More than one third of children aged 5 to 14 years (980,700)
participated in at least one organised cultural activity (playing a musical
instrument, singing, dancing, drama or organised art and craft) outside of
The proportion of children dancing in 2012 (15 percent) has increased
since 2006 (13 percent), while fewer children are now playing a musical
instrument (18 percent in 2012 compared with 20 percent in 2006).
Nearly half of all female children (47 percent) participated
in at least one organised cultural activity, compared with 24 percent of male
children. Dancing was the most popular activity for females (367,400
participants), followed by playing a musical instrument (261,400 participants).
Playing a musical instrument was the most popular activity for males (228,800
The proportion of children reading for pleasure
has decreased from 75 percent in 2006 to 71 percent in 2012. Female children
are more likely to read for pleasure (77 percent) than male children (65
percent). Female children were also more creatively involved in recreational
art and craft (54 percent participation) than male children (33 percent