• FOR BIGS

    Mentoring doesn’t just benefit the child; it also will enrich your life. Being special in a child’s life, enjoying experiences together through a child’s eyes, offering a guiding hand and a caring ear will make a difference in your life as well.

     

     

MATCH ACTIVITY IDEAS

Please always remember to get parental consent for outings.

 

AGES 5-7

  • Get a library card
  • Fly a kite on a windy day
  • Take a walk and collect interesting rocks, leaves or other items
  • Feed the ducks at the park
  • Make a present for someone special
  • Play UNO, Crazy 8s, Old Maid or Candyland
  • Play bat mitten or croquet
  • Go for a walk and find interesting local landmarks
  • Have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich picnic
  • Visit a pet store and decide which animal is the oddest pet

AGES 8-10

  • Start a scrapbook with a page for pictures of favorite things
  • Go on a camera scavenger hunt to find odd objects to photograph
  • Make greeting, get well or holiday cards to give to special people
  • Make a bug cage and catch lady bugs, butterflies or beetles together
  • Visit the zoo at feeding time
  • Read a selected book out loud and tape record it
  • Play miniature golf or go bowling
  • Play Monopoly, Life or Sorry
  • Go on a field trip to the museum, focus on one exhibit and discuss it
  • Call ahead and visit a local fire station or police station

AGES 11-13

  • Visit a local museum
  • Look up your state at the library and learn about its biggest cities and major industries
  • Build a bird house and watch for new occupants
  • Rent rollerblades and learn to skate, safely
  • Make a list of people you admire and check out library books about them
  • Take a long ride on public transportation to the end of the line
  • Visit the SPCA and offer to walk the dogs
  • Mow the lawn or wash the car together
  • Visit a farmers market and learn about the origin of the items sold
  • Plan and plant a garden or visit a community garden and offer to help

AGES 14-16

  • Check out the classified advertisements and discuss what each job requires for education and experiences
  • Research what happened on the day and year each of you was born
  • Visit a City Hall
  • Visit a fish market, meat market or other place where food is not prepackaged
  • Go to an ethnic restaurant for dinner and find out the favorite dishes or who else is eating there
  • Explore a new radio station together and discuss their target audience and ads
  • Visit a college campus
  • Go to a concert featuring a favorite performer
  • Try mastering something difficult such as juggling, cooking a soufflé or water color painting
  • Watch a professional or semi-professional sporting event