Co-curricular Activities : Meaning, Examples

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June 15, 2020

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Science and technology develop every single day. Skillsets are redefined every fortnight. Schooling is no exception, teaching through non-academic or co-curricular activities are gaining prominence across the world. Let’s understand what these co-curricular activities are and how they can change your kid's life for the better. Subsequently, we will have a look at some indoor and outdoor co-curricular activities which are available for students.


What are co-curricular activities?

Co-curricular activities refer to all the activities performed by students to enhance their life skills. Wherein curricular activities comprise academic and scholastic activities. 

Co-curricular activities can be performed individually or in groups, inside or outside the classroom depending on the nature of the activity. Psychologists too recommend co-curriculum activities to help kids with all-round development. A balanced set of activities will ensure all-round development for kids at school.


Importance of co-curricular activities

“The Extracurricular activity in which I was most engaged -debating-helped shape my interest in public policy”, enunciated by Joseph Stiglitz, American Economist, and Policymaker. Let us go through the following points to understand the importance of co-curricular activities.

  • Improves Communication Skills

Communication skills are extremely important in today's competitive world. 

Moreover, kids need time to understand how to express themselves, active participation in the debate or extempore speech can help them relinquish their barriers.

  • Develops Methodical Time- Management Skills

One needs to learn time allocation and management in their school life itself. 

Balancing scholastic activities with co-curriculum activities will help your kid understand the important principles of work-life balance.

  • Inculcates Moral Values and Decision-making ability

Our sense of justice and moral values stem from early childhood. Even though various factors like family background and individual traits play a key role, participation in co-curricular activities helps kids gather their thoughts.

  • Teaches Self-motivation

When a kid struggles to learn a new skill in early childhood, he or she experiences failure and feels rejected at times. 

However, they keep trying and learn to motivate themselves. Identification and rectification may sound complex for kids in junior grades but a few kids astonishingly pick up their grades after performing poorly in an examination. 

  • Analytical Ability

Participating in the Mathematics Club or Mathematics exhibition are engaging recreational activities for kids. 

These activities include games and mathematical modelling alike which can be fun and challenging at the same time. These activities help children analyze situations on their own. Kids can also solve puzzles and simulations on Cuemath to build analytical abilities.

  • Develops Patience

Children can be very restless at times and this might create problems during examination. Kids tend to overlook important details associated with questions. 

Comprehension can also be cumbersome for some kids. Mental Math or Math Puzzles help kids comprehend better. In the process of light hearted learning kids tend to develop patience and interest. 


List of some co-curricular activities 

Let's look at a few co-curricular activities to have a better understanding of all the activities which are available for your kids. While picking a school for your kid, you might as well have a look at all the co-curricular facilities the school has to offer. The list is inexhaustible as schools and education boards are constantly updating the available activities to provide the most likely experience to kids.


The list of Indoor Co-curricular activities is as follows:

  • Music 

  • Dance

  • Drama

  • Drawing and painting

  • Abacus

  • Mental Mathematics or Vedic Mathematics

  • Cooking 

  • Weaving

  • Clay modeling

  • Debating

  • Mathematics Club 

  • Story Telling

  • Tailoring

  • Rangoli

  • Cardboard work

  • Youth Parliament

  • Mathematics Exhibition

  • Model United Nation

  • Student self-government

  • Art and craft

The list of Outdoor Co-curricular activities is as follows:

  • Horse Riding

  • Yoga

  • Athletics

  • Martial Arts or Self defense

  • Bicycling

  • Gardening

  • Cricket

  • Tennis

  • Mass parade

  • Mass drill

  • Swimming

  • Football

  • Basketball

  • Volleyball

  • Educational Excursion 

  • Community Lunch

  • Morning assembly

  • Excursions

  • Community service or volunteering activities



Co-curricular activities add balance to student life and help to facilitate Physical, Emotional, and Cognitive development in kids. Behavioral or concentration problems are common among kids. Allow them to participate in school activities and they will learn social behavior. Stress is really bad for kids and hampers their overall development. Various activities conducted by schools will help you in parenting your child better.

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