Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Release: Big Brothers Big Sisters has Relocated

ST. CLOUD, MN (December 16, 2014) –

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota has relocated their office to the Professional Suites in the Youth for Christ Center located at 203 Copper Avenue North in St. Cloud.

The relocation will provide the opportunity to designate more resources towards the program. The Center is also home to other youth-serving programs and amenities which will provide many opportunities for collaboration and onsite programming.

The new office space required a complete renovation. Major contributors include the Morgan Family Foundation, Barb Anderson and Dave Chandler, and the St. Cloud Morning Optimist Club.

Jackie Johnson, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director states “We are thrilled to be located in a more youth-directed center where we will be able to offer our matches more opportunities.”


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Give to the Max Day 2014

The Season of Giving is upon us.  To celebrate, we’d like to thank everyone involved in our successful Give to the Max Day 2014.  Give to the Max Day takes place each year in November for Minnesota. GiveMN provides a useful website to help generous people find a cause and donate support.  On November 13, Minnesota prompted its citizens to donate to their favorite cause, and you all did!  Minnesota raised a record-making $18 million for Minnesota nonprofits and schools this year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters depends on support from people like YOU.  So, we wanted to find out, why do you donate?
Debbie Clausen is an active member in the Big Brothers Big Sisters community.  While working for Thrivent Financial, she helped host a recruitment event. On top of all her support, she is also a Big Sister. Debbie became a big when she was inspired to take action at her company’s recruitment dinner. “The moment that really gave me the final push into committing to the process of becoming a big, was the piece that tugged at my heart the most; people who are hurting and in need.” Debbie specifically remembers the story of a boy who was never matched, and never forgot 27 years later.  “My heart broke,” She says.  “It moved me to take action, and this past May I was matched with my Little.” Debbie continues to work hard to influence her peers to get involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, especially since her Little has a brother who is still looking for his Big. With her continued efforts, Debbie reports, “Our office is also hosting a holiday party for the waiting Littles in December. Our hope is that the adult volunteers will see the value of becoming a permanent Big, and the kids will make some meaningful contact.”
When asked why she donates, Debbie said, ”I don’t donate to be recognized, but because I am passionate about helping where I can.  Give to the Max Day was just another opportunity to make an impact.”

You don’t have to be a Big to support Big Brothers Big Sisters, either.  Jamie, another Big Brothers, Big Sisters supporter said that she chose to donate because she was looking for a “strong, committed, and caring staff that are truly focused on their mission.  I believe we all have a civic responsibility to make our communities better, whether that’s giving your time, talents, or resources.  Investing in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota has a profound impact on our communities.  We are ensuring that youth have the support their need to be successful in life.  And as we know, these youth will go on to become the leaders of our communities.”


We’d like to thank everyone who got involved with Give to the Max Day 2014, especially to Jerry S. who was actively involved on Twitter.  Every donation counts towards growth in our community.  We look forward to the end of a successful year, and the beginning of a new one with many new opportunities for Big Brothers Big Sisters!

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Big Thank You

Lonely. Sad. Dark. Those were the words that nine-year-old "Jacob" used to describe his feelings to his mother. She was overwhelmed.

"It would be critical for Jacob to have a positive role model," she told us. He loved math, science and sports - especially baseball. But he didn't have anyone he could share them with. His father had been absent - spending more time in jail than with his son.

We knew a Big Brother could be the change Jacob needed. We had seen it so many times. But could we find a match? It's not always easy, especially for boys. Boys sometimes spend up to two years on a waiting list. So much can happen in that amount of time.

The day before we were to call Jacob's mom to tell her that we could grant her wish, she called to share that the challenges had mounted. Seeking attention, Jacob had lashed out at a college worker at his after-school program. This was not like him. Through tears, she said this match could not have come at a better time.

Jacob's "Big" said he knew that exact feelings Jacob was experiencing. He had felt the same way as a child.

In the few short months Jacob and his Big Brother have been matched, Jacob's mom has already seen a change.

We know it's just the beginning. We're imagining a day when Jacob becomes a Big.

This magical, meaningful change would not have been possible without the support of people like you - people who care enough to give to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

YOU are the spark that ignites every Big Brothers Big Sisters match. YOU are a par at of each and every step. YOU are with us when a mom watches her son meet his Big for the first time with tears in her eyes. She whispers "thank you."

That thank you is for people like you - people who donate so generously of their time and money to make matches possible.

Without you, Big Brothers Big Sisters would cease to exist. There wouldn't be an office, a staff, a program. And kids like Jacob would still be waiting for the presence of a caring adult in their lives to make such a difference.

Because of YOU, a mom didn't lose hope. Because of you, another Big sees how his time can impact a life - forever. And he's changed, too.

Your gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters makes the power of mentorship possible for ninety children who are waiting to be matched with a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple, or Big Family.

Won't you give generously to make this life-changing magic happen?

We've made it convenient for you to give. Go to bbbscentralmn.org/pages/AnnualGiving and donate with your credit card. Or you can call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 320.253.1616 and we'll take your information over the phone.

We look forward hearing from you!





WE ARE MOVING!

Because we need a facility that will help our growing program better serve children, families, and mentors in central Minnesota, we are moving our offices in December 2014.

Our NEW ADDRESS will be:
203 Cooper Avenue N,  Suite 162, St. Cloud, MN 56303 
(Behind Eich Motors and across from Microbiologics)

We hope you'll stop in to visit!





Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bowl for Kids' Sake!


Join in the fun this October at this year’s Bowl for Kids' Sake! Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature event fundraiser. Each year, this event brings together half a million people around America to raise money and awareness while supporting kids’ future.

This year’s theme is the “Yo Ho Pirate Bowl.” Stop on by for some pirate themed activities, including a pirate costume contest. For every $50 you raise, you have the opportunity to win some BIG prizes in our drawing! The more you raise, the more chances you will have to win.

Anyone may participate, just choose the date and time that works for you. Individuals and teams up to five are allowed. We request a minimum pledge of $40 per bowler, and encourage as many pledges as possible. Bowlers will receive free bowling, shoes, and a whole lot of fun!

We have three opportunities to be part of the fun at Southway Bowl, St. Cloud.

Friday, October 10
3:30 to 500 pm
5:30 to 7:00 pm
7:30 to 9:00 pm (10 lanes reserved for Car Dealerships)

Friday, October 24
3:30 to 500 pm
5:30 to 7:00 pm

Saturday, October 25
12:00 to 1:30 pm (reserved for Coborn’s)
2:00 to 3:30 pm
4:00 to 5:30 pm

Sign up today! Call or email Shari at Big Brothers Big Sisters to reserve a time slot (320-258-4511 or swahlin@bbbscentralmn.org), or register on-line here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tap Takeover


Do you enjoy local food and craft beer? What about supporting great causes? You can do them both this Friday! Keep your calendars open for our Tap Takeover at the Third Street Brewhouse on August 22nd!

Join us from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. for food, local craft beer from Third Street Brewhouse and music from veteran guitarist Paul "Stretch" Diethelm. Proceeds from the event will go towards finding Little's a match to mentor, guide and provide a positive relationship for them!

Food and beer tickets will be available for purchase at the event in Cold Spring (you must be 21 years or older to purchase and consume alcohol). We would love to see all of your smiling faces! What's better than food, beer and friends, especially when it's for such an amazing cause?

The Third Street Brewhouse is located just off of highway 23 near the Cold Spring Bakery and Rocori High School. Let us know if you have any questions. We can't wait to see you on Friday!

Third Street Brewhouse address: 219 Red River Ave Cold Spring, MN 56320



Monday, July 28, 2014

Golf Fore Kids' Sake 2014


We are right around the corner from our annual Golf Fore Kids’ Sake outing  at the Territory Golf Club! The event is on August 4th with driving range and registration opening at 10 A.M. and a shotgun start at 12 noon.

The funds raised at this years event will be used to match children in our program with caring and carefully trained volunteers who become their mentor, friend, and role model.

This year we will be featuring a blind auction with boxes around the course to place your best bid on the package deals we are offering. Come prepared to bid on some awesome opportunities, the prizes are as follows.

Long Legged Lake Resort – Ear Falls, Ontario ($2,500 Value)

• 4 Days/ 3 Nights Stay for up to 4·

• Two 16’ boats with 20hp motor (18’ with 30hp for a group of three)

• Fishing amenities (Depth Finder, Bucket, Net, stringer, lake map and trolling
motor on request)

• Fish are cleaned, packaged and frozen for the trip home

• Optional Upgrade (includes 3 meals each day)


The Wilderness at Fortune Bay ($700 Value)

• 2 rooms for a one night stay at Fortune Bay Casino (located in Tower, MN)

• Round of golf for 4 at The Wilderness: Best Courses You Can Play – Golf week

2014 (#1 in Minnesota)


Grand Casino – Hinckley ($300 Value)

• Golf for 2 at the Grand National

• Night Stay at Grand Casino


Northern Lights Casino ($400 Value)

• Night stay at casino (Located in Walker, MN)

• Round of golf for 4 at Long Bow Golf Club

• Round of golf at Tianna Country Club: 4 Stars – Golf Digest


We are very excited for not only the chance to spend the day with some amazing people and golfers, but to also raise money for a great cause. Matching our Little’s with the perfect Big for an amazing mentoring opportunity!

For more information please visit our website!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fun Summer Activities For You and Your Little


Summer is finally here and that means it’s time for festivals and parades in the Central Minnesota area.  One of the best things about these events is the price, FREE!  With festivals and events in the area growing every year, we figured we would outline some of the biggest and most popular ones!


With a brand new covered stage area being unveiled a few weeks ago, Summertime by George will be taking over the Lake George area every Wednesday night this summer!  With an opening Wednesday crowd on June 11th of 9,000 people this weekly event is sure to have something for everyone.  The area will include free live music from local and regional bands, local vendors, artisans, and a kid's zone for the entire family to enjoy!  The event runs from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. with bands beginning to take the stage at 6:30 p.m.  A great way to spend an evening listening to live music, checking out some of the areas best vendors, and meeting people from the St. Cloud area.


Another great event quickly approaching is the annual Granite City Days from Thursday June 26th- Sunday June 29th.  The festivities begin on Thursday on the campus of Saint Cloud State University with the Lemonade Concert and Arts fair.  The art and craft fair runs from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. with other things such as the Little Lemons Art Park, food vendors, and the farmers market taking place during that time.


The Granite City Days opening ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Atwood Mall Mainstage followed by a performance by the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, which is sure not to disappoint!  Free public parking will be available in most campus lots for this event. Parking in the SCSU Ramp is available for an hourly fee or a daily rate of $8.00. Free shuttle service will be provided throughout the event from K and Q lots up to the north end of campus.


Friday night features the Liberty Savings Block Party at Whitney Park with a performance by the Charlie Daniels Band at 5 p.m.  Come out for more free music as well as food vendors and events such as air brush tattoos and fun hair stylists for kids!


Saturday is the famous Granite City Days Parade; the event starts at 10 a.m. near Hester Park and makes its way to the St. Cloud Public Library.  Make sure to get there early to grab a spot along the route!


This awesome weekend is capped off on Sunday with a 5k run/ walk, a fishing derby and expo at Lake George from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., followed by Hams Music Summer Showcase at the Lake George concert center.  This showcase features local artists such as Kris Towne, Dave Cofell and Andrew Hammer, Sweet Papa Dave, and Sell Out Stereo.  Make your way to one or all of these amazing events, but you wont want to miss out on any!




Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Summer Activities for You and Your Little

Warm weather is right around the corner and after a harsh winter, who wouldn't want some nice outdoor activities to do with your Little?   Here are a few fun, easy crafts that will get you out in the sun!


1.  DIY Paper Kite:  This activity combines arts and crafts with a fun experience of teaching your Little how to fly a kite!


What You’ll Need
  • Two wooden dowels between 1/4″ and 1/8″ in diameter, cut to 33″ and 24″ lengths.
  • 36″ wide sheet of paper (or several smaller sheets taped together to make a large one)
  • Assortment of acrylic paints
  • Twine
  • Tape
  • Ribbons and stencils for decoration

Directions:
First, start by painting the sheet of paper.  The more creative the better, stencils are a fun way to spice up the artwork!

To build the kite frame tie together the two dowels as shown above and then reinforced the joint with hot glue if desired. The perimeter is created by tying a single length of twine from one end of the dowel to the next, for extra stability wrap the twine a few times at each end piece and secure with hot glue.  

Lay the kite frame out on to the painted artwork and trim the paper to size. Leave a 2″ border around the kite frame for folding and finishing the kite.  Lay the kite frame out on to the painted artwork and trim the paper to size.


Find the mid-point of the two sections of the longer dowel and use scissors or a craft knife to cut a small slit in the kite at those locations. You may want to reinforce the holes with a small piece of tape on each side of the kite.


Tie a length of twine to the dowel at the first slit location and feed the string through the slit to the front side of the kite. Feed the string back through the other slit and finish by tying it to the dowel on the backside of the kite. Make sure that the string is NOT pulled tightly on the front side of the kite, but that it has a good amount of slack in it to create the kite’s bridle.  Tie the string that you will use to fly the kite to the center of the bridle, and tie on some ribbons or fabric scraps to create the kite’s tail.  After that you should be ready to fly!


2.  Egg Carton Garden:  Does your Little want to plant flowers but you’re limited on space?  No problem, the egg carton garden is a small space alternative.


What You’ll Need
  • A biodegradable egg carton
  • Dirt
  • Seeds of your choice

Directions:
Step 1
Take a pair of scissors and cut off the top and side flap of egg carton.

Step 2
Fill egg cups with dirt. There are good seed starting varieties of dirt. If you’re growing food, or edible flowers go for an organic dirt.

Step 3
Plant your choice of seed in each egg cup.

Step 4
Water your seeds accordingly.

Step 5
Place the garden in a sunny window and wait.  Make sure your little guys get lots of water and light. Check on them every day to watch them grow. You’ll notice they bend towards the sun. To help them grow tall and straight, rotate the carton from time to time.

Step 6
Now for the fun part! After the last frost, Farmer’s Almanac says April 11, you can transplant your seedlings outdoors. Just cut along the lines of the carton to free each individual egg cup and plant the whole thing, cup and seedling, in the ground. The cup will biodegrade in the dirt and your little seedling will grow into a mighty fine plant.  Neat, huh?


3. Recyclable Wind Chimes:  Have an assortment of tin cans laying around your quiet house?  Create some natural sound with these recyclable wind chimes!
What You’ll Need
  • Recycled tin cans of various sizes
  • Masking tape
  • Craft paint and brushes
  • Glitter
  • Hammer and nail
  • Yarn
  • Washers


Directions:
Let your Little decorate the cans with paint and glitter, again the more creative the more fun the project will be!  Make a hole in the top of the cans with the hammer and nail, this should be done by the Big for safety reasons.  Run a strand of yarn through the hold and tie a washer to the end to hold it in place.  Different sized cans make different noises and different sized washers create different sounds. Invite your kiddos to explore and compare!


For more Summer activities for you and your Little, check out our Pinterest page!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Magic Moments Gala Raises Over $177,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

 Event Co-Chairs Roger Schleper and Sue Wendt welcome guests to the Magic Moments Gala

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota hosted its annual Magic Moments Gala on Friday April 11, 2014 at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center. The event was attended by over 700 guests and raised over $177,000 for the program.

The Magic Moments Gala also raises awareness of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. This year's theme was "Growing Up Big" which highlighted the lifelong impact of mentoring. Guest speakers, Gary Marsden and Vince Mohs, were matched through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in 1976 and shared the journey of their friendship and the positive impact their relationship has had on both of their lives.

The BriAnna Kruzel Growing Up Big Award was announced at the Gala. The award was created in honor of BriAnna Kruzel, a former mentor who passed away unexpectedly this past September. This award will be given out annually at the Magic Moments Gala to a deserving program participant, either a former Little or High School Big, who demonstrates service to the community, character, and integrity.

Next year's Magic Moments Gala has been scheduled for Friday, April, 10, 2015. The event will be held again at the St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center. 




All proceeds from the Magic Moments Gala help fund Big Brothers Big Sister’s youth mentoring program benefiting local children who are facing adversity. Currently, there are over 100 children in Central Minnesota that are waiting for a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or Big Family. To learn more about becoming a mentor contact Rachel at (320) 258-4535 or visit www.bbbscentralmn.org.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Magic Moments Gala 2014



Please join us for a delightful evening on Friday, April 11 at 5:30 pm at the St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center.

This year’s event theme is Growing Up Big…highlighting the long-term impact a match relationship can have on the life of a “Little”. 

We are thrilled to have Gary Marsden as our guest speaker at the Gala with his former "Little Brother," Vince Mohs. They were matched 38 years ago! 

Gary Marsden

Gary Marsden is the co-founder of Marco and serves as its Chairman of the Board. Originally, a 12 person Typewriter Shop, Marco is now a 736 100% employee-owned information technology company in 33 mid-west locations. Gary was the St. Cloud Chamber Entrepreneurial Success Award winner in 2000 and earned the Minnesota Entrepreneurial Award from the US Small Business Administration. In 2004, Marco was named one of the Top 25 Best Medium/Small Companies to Work For in America.

Gary is known for his heart and passion for the community, setting an early example for donating time and talent to area causes. In 1974, Gary decided to become involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. 


Vince Mohs
Vince Mohs' father died in a plane crash when he was only 4 years old. When Vince was 9 years old, his mother thought it would be important for Vince to have a male role model in his life, so she enrolled him in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Vince was matched with Gary Marsden as his Big Brother. Vince says that his relationship with Gary had a huge impact on his life and helped him make good choices in life. Both Gary and Vince feel that it was a wonderful match.

Vince graduated from Apollo High School in 1983 and Saint Cloud Technical College with a degree in Sales and Management in 1986. In 1984 while attending college, Vince was hired as a delivery man at Marco by his Big Brother, Gary. After graduating in the spring of 1986 Vince became a sales representative at Marco, focusing on the sales of office supplies to commercial accounts in the St. Cloud area. In 1987, his product offering changed from supplies to commercial office furniture. Sales volume generated by Vince continued to grow through the 1990’s and he was promoted to the position of Director of Sales of the furniture division in 2003. In 2011 the furniture division was sold to Northern Business Products, where Vince was Director of Sales until his departure in May of 2013. 


Gary and Vince continue to be friends. Gary is pleased to know that his role as a mentor has had a positive, life-long impact on Vince's life.

In 2000, Vince joined the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters, serving until 2007. After leaving Northern Business Products in 2013, Vince rejoined the BBBS Board of Directors. In December of 2013 Vince became a “Big Brother” and was matched with a Little Brother. He is confident that he will find his experience as a “Big” just as meaningful and rewarding as his experience as a “Little”. Vince married Lori Spychala in 1992 and has a daughter Raquel (17) and a son Matthew (15). Vince met Lori through mutual friends at Marco.

All proceeds from the Magic Moments Gala will be used to help fund Big Brothers Big Sister’s youth mentoring program benefiting children who are facing adversity. There are currently 130 children in central Minnesota that are waiting for a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or Big Family.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Being a Good Mentor



Being a Big can be a greatly rewarding experience not only for your Little, but also for you. Being a Big is a great opportunity for you to make a difference in a child’s life as well as help to improve your own. As a new Big, one of the biggest things you can do is mentor your Little. With that in mind, we have compiled a few tips to help you become not only a great Big, but also an awesome mentor!

1. Be Positive
We cannot stress how important it is to be a positive role model. The best mentors are ones that are respected by their Little and those that they interact with. Your Little will be able to learn a lot from you when you show them a positive side to every situation - good or bad. This may involve you having to create situations where your Little can become involved in stuff that will teach them new things.

2. Be Interested
This tip should come as no surprise. Your Little will be able to tell if you want to spend time with them or not. In order to establish a personal relationship, you must show genuine interest in what they have to say and what you do with them. You also need to get to know them for who they are and what they value.

3. Share Your Experiences
Good mentors are able to share stories that are appropriate and helpful for their Little to learn from. You will have to be open to sharing your stories of failures and mistakes because this is where the best opportunities to learn come from. 

4. Ask Questions
We recommend asking open-ended questions to your Little. This will help you be able to identity their values as well as their needs and passions. You will then be able to form a more personal relationship where you can share your wisdom and advice.

5. Be a Good Listener
This is just as important as asking questions. You must be a good listener when your Little wants to talk. This greatly benefits Littles to have someone that they know they can trust to talk to about anything. 

6. Give Helpful Feedback
As a mentor you have the opportunity to help shape another person’s life. You have probably been through most of the things your Little will ask you, and you know how to handle them better than they do. By giving your Little helpful feedback, you can give them further insight into the situation, and help them develop specific skills and qualities needed to handle different situations.

7. Acknowledge Achievements
Make sure you always acknowledge the achievements your Little accomplishes. This means more to them than you could imagine and will help them to strive to accomplish more.

You became a Big to help shape and form the lives of younger generations in a positive way. Following these few simple tips will help you be the best mentor you can be! 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Perfect Wintertime Projects

All pictures from here.

With the weather being so cold in Minnesota during the winter, we know that it can sometimes be hard to find fun activities to do with your Little. A great way to connect with your Little is through doing DIY, or do it yourself, projects in the comfort and warmth of the indoors. Not sure where to start? Here are five fun and simple projects that you and your Little can try:

1. Play Dough This is a simple activity that requires only a few ingredients. It only takes a few minutes to make, and it can turn into hours of fun once it’s prepared!

What You’ll Need
● 1 cup flour
● 1 cup water
● 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
● ⅓ cup salt
● 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
● food coloring

To make the play dough, combine the flour, cream of tartar, and salt in a 2-quart
saucepan. Once combined, add the water and vegetable oil. From there, place the
saucepan a medium-low burner and stir the ingredients together. Continue to stir until
the contents start to turn into a solid. At that point, it is time to add the food coloring.
Once the food coloring is stirred in, take the play dough out of the saucepan and place
it on some wax paper to cool. To prevent the play dough from getting hard, store it in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container.

2. Kid Friendly Slime This is similar to play dough; it is inexpensive and quick to make, but can lead to hours of fun!

What You’ll Need
● Clear glue
● Liquid starch
● Glitter
● Food coloring

Making slime is a very easy process and does not take much thought to do it properly. To begin, stir together a ½ cup of glue and a ½ cup of liquid starch, and then mix in however much glitter and food coloring you would like. Keep mixing for a good slime consistency, and you will be ready to enjoy! Store the slime in the refrigerator to last longer.

3. Finger Paints What’s more fun than painting with your fingers? Making the paint before you use it!

What You’ll Need
● 3 tbls. sugar
● ½ tsp. salt
● ½ cup cornstarch
● 2 cups water
● Food coloring

This is another easy craft to do and only requires a small amount of time to make. Start
by combining all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture until it begins to
become thick. Once it has thickened, you should then pour the mixture into containers
and add food coloring to make whatever colors you would like.

4. Floating Paint Chip Calendar This project is great for older Littles. Again, with just a few supplies, you and your Little can make something that they can use every day!

What You’ll Need
● 35 paint chip samples
● Floating image picture frame
● Scratch paper
● Scissors
● Tape

To start, you will want to measure your frame and determine the size each paint chip should be. Remember that you must fit 35 squares in the frame and each should have an equal amount of space between them. If your frame is 11x15.75” then your squares will be about 1.75”. You will make seven columns of 5 samples each. Once you have your samples laid out, put a piece of tape on the back of each one. This will keep the samples in place when you add the other sheet of glass and BAM – you’re done! Now you can draw and write all over the calendar with a dry erase marker!

5. Mosaic Picture Frame This project is great for a Little of any age!

What You’ll Need
●Various Dollar store picture frames
● Small mosaic glass tiles
● Larger broken tile pieces
●Sea shells
●Rhinestones
●Glue Dots (regular and mini)

This might be the simplest project yet – simply lay out the materials and go! You and
your Little can make one frame together, or you make two frames and give them to each
other when you’re finished. This is fun to see just how creative each of you can get!

Whether you decide to make one, two, or all five of these projects, we’re certain you and your Little will have a ton of fun! For more DIY activities, check out our “Big / Little Craft Ideas” board on Pinterest!