Big Resources


1. Decorate your BBBS membership card
2. Keep a journal/scrapbook of all your outings and what you liked/disliked about each
3. Start a hobby together (e.g., astronomy, sewing, music, drama, dance, painting, poetry)
4. Play charades, checkers, chess, backgammon, a board game or cards (or create your own game!)
5. Start a collection of something you are both interested in (e.g., stamps, rocks, coins, comics, bugs)
6. Walk, train and play with your dog or his/her dog together
7. Pop popcorn (the “old-fashioned” way or in the microwave) and watch a movie
8. Go to the YMCA for a swim, to play basketball or to learn racquetball/squash
9. Build a model car, plane or rocket
10. Form your own book club (with other matches!) and/or read together
11. Play on a playground
12. Go bowling
13. Draw, paint, work with clay or make papier-mâché animals or casts of each other
14. Take a bike ride together — you can look up local trails
15. Research your family trees together — the library and Internet are great resources!
16. Attend your Little’s school play or sporting event to cheer him/her on
17. Check out the free concerts at Monument Square in Portland in the summer
18. Fly a kite at the park — for an extra challenge, make your own kites!
19. Visit an area firehouse or police station to go on a tour
20. Attend a BBBS Match Activity
21. Feed birds, paint bird feeders or go to a park and feed the ducks
22. Go roller skating, Rollerblading or ice skating
23. Have a TV show you both watch every week, then call and talk about it
24. Do a science project together — find out what happens to an egg soaked in vinegar!
25. Take a free, kid-friendly class at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s
26. Bounce on a trampoline
27. Go to local art fairs, festivals or other events (check the newspaper/Internet for local activities)
28. Watch a parade on a holiday
29. Go horseback riding
30. See one of our local professional sports teams (Pirates, Sea Dogs, Red Claws) or college teams (USM, UNE) in action
31. Check into local history/archaeology
32. Take a walk and bring a memento bag to collect interesting objects along the way
33. Prepare a meal together from scratch — try finding recipes online or in a cookbook (YUM!)
34. Help your Little with homework or a school project
35. Write a letter to your Little on your match anniversary, telling what you’ve noticed about him/her in the last year (e.g., positive changes, growth or maturity)
36. Take your Little to your place of employment
37. If you have been matched for over one year, and your Little’s parent/guardian and match support person approve, go on a camping trip, even if it is in your back yard or inside
38. Make your own cards for holidays, birthdays or other special occasions for friends/relatives
39. Trim the hedges, mow the lawn, rake the leaves and do other yard work together
40. Build a birdhouse or bird feeder
41. Visit a local park or beach
42. Write and send letters in the mail to each other, or get pen pals
43. Share family pictures with each other
44. Start a garden, indoors or outside
45. Go to the Garden Show or other events at the Civic Center
46. Carve a pumpkin together — don’t forget to roast the seeds!
47. Make a log cabin, picture frame or anything else you can think of out of Popsicle sticks
48. Try new restaurants together
49. Go to the movies
50. Teach him/her how to change the oil in your car, or other handy skills you may have
51. Complete a jigsaw puzzle
52. Volunteer at a community center/soup kitchen/humane society
53. Make up new lyrics to a song, maybe even about your match
54. Go to an auto show, boat show or truck pull
55. Decorate T-shirts with fabric markers and colored glue
56. Enjoy cloud watching on a nice day
57. Go swimming or play with the water hose or sprinkler in the back yard
58. Volunteer to help build a house for Habitat for Humanity or to deliver food for Meals on Wheels
59. Make friendship bracelets
60. Visit a local courthouse and observe a court hearing
61. Play Frisbee, catch, basketball, volleyball, touch football, croquet, badminton, etc.
62. Make paper airplanes and gliders
63. Go caroling during the holiday season
64. Go apple picking and try different apple recipes with your apples
65. Visit a local museum — there are plenty to choose from!
66. Write a newsletter together to send to your friends and relatives
67. Play games on the Internet or peruse your favorite age-appropriate sites together
68. Play golf or putt-putt, or just hit golf balls at a driving range
69. Make wrapping paper from old magazines and newspapers
70. Show your Little how to maintain his/her bike — replace the chain, repair the brakes, etc.
71. Make an obstacle course in your yard or local park and time each other
72. Make puppets
73. Play video games/pinball
74. Use sidewalk chalk and draw pictures on the sidewalk
75. Let your Little drive … at a go-cart track!
76. Go to a gem and mineral show
77. Look through coupon books for 2-for-1 deals for your favorite activities
78. Let your Little do chores and run errands with you
79. Eat lunch with your Little at his/her school
80. Call your match support person and let him/her know about activities you have tried
81. Explore your local area (
82. Go on a sound scavenger hunt with a tape recorder
83. Bake a cake, cookies or brownies, or make candy — be sure to share with friends/family!
84. Visit your church, your Little’s church or another local worship center
85. Have a picnic
86. Make a collage about friendship or your Little’s life, using pictures and headlines from old magazines and newspapers
87. Visit the Humane Society or volunteer there
88. Look up new words in the dictionary
89. Have your Little teach you something
90. Plan a money-earning project to save money for a special event
91. Blow bubbles
92. Listen to music together
93. If your Little is a teenager, practice completing job and college applications
94. Show your Little your high school yearbook, baby pictures, old report cards, etc.
95. Build a snowman or snowwoman
96. Join BBBS for the Bowl for Kid’s Sake event
97. Do each other’s nails or hair
98. Go on a camera scavenger hunt — make a list of the things you want pictures of before you go, and let your Little take the pictures
99. Spend some time with your support specialist! We love having visitors or getting out of the office and hanging out with matches!
100. Talk about this list! And make a to-do list of the ideas you’re interested in.