As we continue to social distance, your role in the life of your Little is more important than ever. You all have been doing an amazing job finding ways to digitally connect with your Littles and support them through this time.
Please remember that as Massachusetts slowly begins to reopen, we at BBBS are monitoring the situation to determine when it will be safe for you and your Little to meet in person again. We ask that matches continue meeting virtually until June 8th, when we will announce our next steps.
Thank you for all that you do!
Warm wishes, The Community Team
MySTEAM Speaker Series
Where/When: Thursday afternoons
Join the MYSTEAM (Mentoring Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) team on Thursdays through the month of June for our MYSTEAM Speaker Series, where Bigs and Littles have the opportunity to play, learn, and grow with STEAM professionals over Zoom. We are so excited that June is Animal Science Month, where we’ll be joined by an array of professionals who love animals so much, they made a career of it! Sign up below for our Thursday sessions, and we’ll send you the Zoom link the morning of.
On June 4th we will be talking Peter the zookeeper from Southwicks Zoo! Tune in at 4pm.
The Girl Scouts have been generous enough to share a compiled list of at-home activity ideas with BBBS! Their website is filled with activity ideas for youth grades K-12. Appropriate for all children (not just girls) the activity topics range from steam to entrepreneurship. Take a look at the activities offered here.
ONLINE GAMING GUIDE
Online Gaming Guide
Big Brothers Big Sisters knows that youth are playing online games more than ever, especially now that they are at home all day. For a comprehensive guide to a few of the most popular online games that your Little might want to play with you, click here.
Virtual Paint Night
The MetroWest YMCA is hosting a virtual, guided paint night every Wednesday at 5:15pm. A great activity for you and your Little to do together!
The Naturalist Program at the EcoTarium is a new educational initiative geared toward rising ninth graders interested in learning about natural science, careers in STEM, and museum work.
This three-year, cumulative program will follow the schedule of the school year and will include hands-on, interactive activities, projects, and exploration of the museum’s collection. The first two years focus on New England Ecology and STEM careers. Each month will have a different theme with corresponding citizen science projects, museum projects, and field trips. Year three will include rotations of internships in various departments in the museum so youth will gain experience working with the Collections, Wildlife, Exhibits, and Education departments. The Naturalist Program is an excellent way to help youth gain skills they need to succeed in life.
Application for a nominated youth to fill out here.
MORE ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES
Check out the Big Brothers Big Sisters website for even more suggestions of virtual activities to do with your Littles. And please note, Bigs and Littles are absolutely NOT PERMITTED to meet in person at this time, even if social distancing guidelines are being followed.
Looking to talk with your Little about race and everything that's been going on in the country recently? Here are some great resources and a helpful video with advice for talking to children about race.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
RECIPE: Frozen Chocolate Monkey Treats
You and your Little can create this snack together over video call, minimal parental help required. Then, perhaps enjoy your creations together in a virtual picnic.