Are you a Big Brother or Big Sister through BBBS of America? Are you looking for cheap activity ideas? Do you want to mentor your little, but don’t have the funds for some costly outings? Here are a few inexpensive activity ideas to do with your Little Brother or Sister.
Play board games together.
One idea is to stay at your place (or college dorm lobby or even the child’s home) and play board games together. Unless you have to buy the board games, this is an inexpensive idea. If you don’t have any, you might see if a friend has some to loan you. Some games to consider are Sorry!, Clue, Monopoly, and Uno. Hopefully your little will enjoy the time together.
Don’t forget, you can also play computer games together. You can find free copies of simple games such as Pac-Man online.
You can buy cookie mixes for under two bucks. This is a fun activity, especially for girls under 10. Of course, boys might enjoy this too. You can let your little take the cookies home for her/his family to enjoy. Of course, you can also try other fun recipes and desserts too. If the child is very young, you might consider making edible playdoh. Read “Fun, Edible and Safe to Eat Playdough Recipes for Kids” for some ideas. And, you can definitely try other recipes to. One idea is to make an easy ice cream cake, though it is kind of pricey. Read this article on how to make a simple ice cream cake for advice.
Attend a Lowe’s How to Clinic for Kids for Home Depot Kid’s Workshop.
Both Lowe’s and Home Depot have fun free classes for kids. You can help your little make a fun project to show off at home. Visit the Lowe’s site here for details. Call you local Home Depot for information about their classes. Your little brother or sister will get a great memento from the event.
Go to classes or workshops at Michael’s.
Michael’s Arts and Crafts store has fun Saturday classes for kids. You can make crafts together such as a jewelry box, small scrapbook, etc. This is probably best for little sisters. You can visit the Michael’s website here, or call your local store.
Go to a High School football game.
Another idea is to go to a local high school football (or other sport’s) game. You don’t necessarily have to stay the whole time, but it can be fun if he/she has never been to one. Be sure to by some good snacks from the concession stand.
Go roller skating.
Roller skating is usually very low cost and lots of fun. You might even let her/him bring a friend for this trip. It’s great exercise too!
Go to library activities.
Your local library probably has some fun Saturday or evening events. Some libraries have a pajama story time where kids come to the library in their pajamas. Others have craft classes, movie nights and more. Your taxes help support these facilities, take advantage of them.
Take him or her work / college.
The one will depend on what type of job you have. If you have a job where you could take your little to work one day for a few hours (during the summer), consider doing so. It will be a very enlightening experience. If you are in college, take him/her to your campus, perhaps the student union building, and show him/her around. You might even take your little to one of your classes.
Take him or her to a wedding.
Obviously, this one will only work if you have a friend that is getting married soon. If you’ve been invited to a wedding, where children and teens may come, then take your little. It will be very memorable, especially if your little sister catches the bouquet.
Go to an open house.
This one is definitely a unique, and a little bizarre, activity. If you know of an open house for a home that is, say, worth more than 500k, take him/her on an outing. You can enjoy browsing though a luxurious home. You might go out for ice cream later and if he/she says “Wow,I want a house like that!”, encourage him/her to go to college and choose a career that pays well. If you need suggestions, read “Jobs that Pay Over $100,000 a Year.” and “High Demand Science Jobs that Pay Over $60,000 a Year.”
These are just a few low cost activity ideas to do with your little brother or little sister. For some more great suggestions, please take a look at “Fun Big Brother Big Sister Activity Ideas.” Kudos to you for choosing to become a “Big” through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. You are changing the future, one child at a time. Happy Mentoring!