Mentoring Activities Submitted by Hanner’s Heroes Draw pictures of things we enjoy. Build things out of magnets and see whose object can hold the heaviest thing. Bring a coloring book, blank paper and colored pencils or crayons to color and talk about how they feel. Avoid markers because they can stain the table. Give the student a survey to fill out. This helps to get to know them better. Look at Eye Spy books together. Let the student read and both try to find things in the pictures. Make a list of 10 things that happened that week that went well. Focus on the positive. Read a book together or listen to the student read. Let the student take an Accelerated Reader or Reading Counts test. Bring a board game to play together (or ask the classroom teacher for a game). Examples of games – Chutes and Ladders, Checkers, Pictionary, Monopoly Make a craft together. Help with homework or school work. Go to the gym (if it is available) and shoot basketball or kick a soccer ball. Talk about common interests. Each of you creates a collage describing yourself. Think about the things that make you who you are. Consider family, friends, hobbies, interests, goals. Make holiday ornaments. I brought in a scrapbook with pictures of me and my family and things I have done so I could ask them about their family. Help the student become creative by making up stories together. Talk to the student about her day/week and set some goals for the upcoming week. Bring in beads to make a bracelet. Play a flashcard game with sight words or math facts on them. At Christmas write a letter to Santa and to the student’s family. Play a game called “Eye Spy Eagle Eye” it is like the Eye Spy books but in a game form. Go to the library and have the student pick out a book that she can read. When finished talk about it and draw a picture from the story. Sing a song. Cut pictures out of magazines of things that interest the both of you and make a collage. Play an ice breaker game; such as, Would you Rather? Sample Questions: o Would you rather be able to fly or have the ability to read people’s minds? o Would you rather have a third eye in the middle of your head, or a horn, in the middle of your head? o Would you rather it be winter forever or summer forever? o If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, would you rather it be sweet or salt? o If you could choose a super-power, would you rather be able to fly or move objects? o If you had to be an animal, would you rather live in the ocean or on the land? o Would you rather have a foot long eyelash you can never pluck or an earlobe the size of a basketball? Create a sculpture with clay or play dough. Try making your own batch of play dough together. To get to know each other better you could play Two Truths and a Lie. You could do this first to model. State three sentences, two of them are true and one is a lie. Your partner has to guess which one is the lie.