Make a 2021 intention frame

Set your 2021 intentions by framing your wishes and hanging them in your bedroom – don’t by shy, wish as much as you want!

MATERIALS 

Popsicle sticks
Glue
Paint
Buttons
Yarn
A photo of your intentions and wishes

STEP BY STEP 

Decorate your popsicle stick in anyway you like! Be creative!

Once the glitter/paint is dry, stick each popsicle stick to each other, over and under.

Add jewels or any other decoration as desired.

Choose an image or a photo of what you wish to demonstrate next year. We chose circle time with friends and my favorite teacher – but you can pick anything you wish for: a new puppy, more playdates or more time in nature.

Finally attach ribbon or string for hanging.

Make your own snow globe!

Who doesn’t love a snow globe? Creating your own truly is the gift that keeps on giving!

MATERIALS 

A mason jar
Epoxy glue
Glycerin Glitter
A figurine of your choosing
Distilled water

STEP BY STEP 

Glue the figurine to the inside lid of the mason jar using the epoxy glue. Let it dry.

Fill the mason jar with distilled water (almost to the top).

Add glitter to distilled water.

Add two healthy pours of glycerin.

When the lid is dry screw on to the top of the jar.

Give it a shake and watch it snow!

Make your own polo bear with funky hair!

Use what nature gives you to fashion your own polo bears! See below to find out more.

MATERIALS 

1 Paper plate
White flowers or petals: hydrangeas, carnations or other
Black market pen
Elmer non toxic glue
White paint
Scrap paper

STEP BY STEP 

Cut and add some ears to the back of the plate. You can use glue or tape.
Draw on a face with a sweet polar bear smile.
Glue leaves or flowers across the forehead to make a crown.

Make your own Penguin

How cute are these?
Why not get creative and add colored beards, hats and hair to create a whole family for adorable little pebble penguins.

MATERIALS 

A rock
A cotton ball
Orange construction paper
Googly eyes
Glue
Scissors

STEP BY STEP 

Cut out a diamond shape and two triangles from the orange construction paper. Set them aside.

Glue the cotton ball three quarters of the way down the rock.

Glue the googly eyes above the cotton ball.

Fold the diamond in half and glue above the cotton ball.

Add the orange triangles underneath the cotton ball as feet. Set aside to dry.

Once dry your penguin is ready for play! We’d love to see what you make! 

Make your own Winter Ornament

Need more ornaments around the house? Who doesn’t!?
Check out our youtube video and follow the step by step below to guide you through this delightful winter project.

MATERIALS 

White craft glue 
15 to 20 pieces of wagon-wheel pasta (mixture of large and small) per ornament White acrylic paint 
Paintbrush 
String or ribbon 

Optional: 
Glitter 
Adhesive-backed rhinestones

STEP BY STEP 

1 – Glue your popsicle together in the shape of a snowflake. Paint white and let dry. 

2 – Glue each pasta edge together directly onto the popsicle sticks. Paint white and let dry. 

3 – Add your string or ribbon so you can hang it from a window or a tree! 

4 – For extra Christmas cheer, mix glue with water (one-to-one ratio), paint onto pasta snowflake, then sprinkle with glitter. Let dry. Attach rhinestones to a few points on snowflake. 

Exploring Life & Business with Keltse Bilbao of Big and Tiny

 

By Voyage LA.
Today we’d like to introduce you to Keltse Bilbao.

Hi Keltse, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Originally from Spain, I’ve lived in many countries and cities around the globe. Besides traveling and meeting new people and cultures, my passion is to create new concepts and bringing them to life. I’m a mom, wife, friend and a serial entrepreneur. As far as my business, Big and Tiny was born in 2018 out of my own need as a mother and entrepreneur to balance my professional and family life. As you might already know, 43% of women leave their jobs when they have a child. To me, the desire of being part of my daughters’ first years made me reconsider devoting my time to my work and my career, which didn’t feel right since I love what I do. This frustration inspired me to came up with a new concept of flexible and participatory childcare + education model that allows parents to focus on their careers or passions while being close to their kids. My goal was to build a mindfully designed space for like-minded parents and their kids and to create a supportive and inspiring community.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
We definitely faced many struggles since we opened our Santa Monica studio 2.5 years ago. Since we were introducing a relatively new business model, we struggled with the on-demand hourly service due to the kid/teacher ratio. We decided to move into a members only model to avoid being under or overstaffed. It goes without saying that every stage of this pandemic has brought on new challenges. We asked ourselves: “Do we stay open?” “How do we pivot?” “What can we do for the families that need us?” We put memberships on hold and went through the heartbreaking process of temporarily letting staff go. We started recording online classes for our community from our empty studio. After a few months, we introduced in-home services and hired back our wonderful staff – in fact, we doubled our team! We trained and retrained and with all our dedication and work, we are so proud we are still here, serving our community.

We’ve been impressed with Big and Tiny, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Big and Tiny is the first “play-working” leading the global movement of balancing work and family. We provide an integrated service of top-notch childcare through our expert educators and an inspiring co-working space so parents can focus on their professional career without compromising their family life. At Big and Tiny, we provide a variety of educational programs for children 0- 6 years old. Our mission is to provide a safe space for kids to cultivate their creativity, explore with autonomy and build relationships.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
One of the most beautiful things that this adventure has taught me is how a community can come together and become a family. What has gotten us through difficult times is the love and gratefulness we’ve received from our amazing community. It makes my day to hear their stories and know that we’re part of them.

Pricing:

  • Monthly memberships starting at $615/month

Contact Info:

  • Address: Santa Monica Studio 1731 Ocean Park blvd Santa Monica CA 90405 Y.310-392-0113 Silver Lake Studio 2624 W sunset Blvd Los Angeles CA 90026 West Hollywood at Second Home 1730 N St Andrews Place Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • Email: Info@bigandtiny.com
  • Website: www.bigandtiny.com
  • Instagram: Bigandtinyspace
  • Facebook: Bigandtinyspace

Team Spotlight – Mr Anthony

Mr Anthony has been in the Big and Tiny family since the very beginning. He was one of our first educators when we opened our Santa Monica location in 2018. He’s also a regular fixture on Big and Tiny’s Youtube channel and IGTV with Zoom classes, arts & crafts videos and more!

What’s your favorite thing about working at Big and Tiny?
My favorite thing about working at Big and Tiny is watching little ones grow from diapers/babbling to walking and saying their first words. And as they grow parents watch with tears of joy in their eyes. 

What are your passions and hobbies?
My hobbies are making people laugh/smile, writing poetry, learning/exploring different cultures, dancing, traveling, and making kids become their best free selves! 

You were doing all the Zoom Classes over lockdown, what was the biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge over zoom classes during lockdown was keeping everyone’s attention, children and adults alike. I overcame this by keeping my energy high and having everyone engaged verbally and physically. I would have my kiddos introduce their favorite toys and talk about it to their friends. I would also play games that had them interact within their surroundings like a scavenger hunt – find something red in your room and bring it to the camera or instructional physical songs that had everyone get up and dance! 

I would  also engage the parents by asking them questions and also making jokes that would make them laugh, after all they were in the zoom each day too! 

You have recently been recording Big and Tiny’s arts and crafts videos! What fun! What is your favorite activity to do with kids?
My favorite activity to do with my kids are sing-alongs! I love to sing in a circle, hear the kiddos sing with joy, and perform the song with hand gestures and dancing!

What life lesson have you learnt from working with little ones?
A life lesson I learned working with little ones is definitely taking a step back and enjoying life unraveling in front of us. Kids have the immaculate ability to live in the presence, pouring water from one glass to another is magical. Life is magical, as adults we tend to forget and lose sight of the magic. 

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Team Spotlight – Miss Monica

Monica joined the Big and Tiny in Summer 2020 but it feels she’s been in the family forever! She looks after the  pre-school group at our Santa Monica location. Read on to learn more about Monica!

Describe yourself in two sentences.
I think I would describe myself as gregarious, hard-working, and passionate. I take pride in my ability to cultivate and nurture my personal and professional relationships, and I always try to put my best efforts toward taking care of the people and things that are important to me. 

What brings you the most joy about working with children?
What a difficult question! There are so many beautiful and exciting aspects about working with little ones. I would have to say that the one thing that brings me the greatest pleasure is having the opportunity to witness a child develop any kind of new understanding. This could be anything from grasping a challenging educational concept,  acquiring new social/interpersonal skills, or even accomplishing the seemingly simple task of learning how to tie their own shoes. In a child’s eyes, every new accomplishment, big or small, means the world to them. They are in a state of constant learning and development, and it is an absolute joy for me to witness it.

What is the biggest challenge about working with children?
While working with children is (in my opinion) the best opportunity one could receive, it certainly has its challenges. One of the most heartbreaking things to witness is when a child internalizes a mistake or perceived failure as a personal shortcoming. When they begin to believe that because they can’t accomplish something that is seemingly easy for others to accomplish, or if a classmate tells them that they don’t want to be their friend anymore, it can feel like the end of the whole world to them. So, my fellow educators and I always do our best to help them understand that no matter what, they are wonderful, capable human beings that are cherished and loved without a doubt. 

Describe your day at Big and Tiny?
Each day is always so different from the last, so it’s always a constant surprise! Typically, my day will begin with me greeting my wonderful coworkers. We always make sure to check in and see how everyone is feeling. Next, I begin to prepare for the day by getting materials ready for class. Afterwards, I get to greet my little ones and their families, which is my favorite part of the day! They are (usually) so excited and happy to see everyone and tell us what’s on their minds. Next, we begin our day with circle time, which consists of songs, books, games, and/or movement activities based on our theme of the week. Later, we enjoy a snack and some free play before we move onto literacy or math. Afterwards, we do some cool and totally messy sensory activities before lunch. To be honest, the mess is half of the fun. Later on, we do some art, games, and reading. Lastly, we end our day in Tinyland playing silly games, listening to music, making art, or doing whatever crazy fun we decide to get into that day!

What is your favorite activity to do? And what’s your favorite song?
My absolute favorite activity that I’ve done with my kids so far would have to be our gratitude tree. Before Thanksgiving break, we sat around our “tree” in Tinyland and took turns telling the class about one person or thing that we were grateful for. We would then write down what they shared on a leaf and the children would tape their leaves onto our tree. It was such a pleasure listening to the little ones really get the chance reflect and share what they value the most. Other times it was just plain funny to watch them soul-search until they finally decided that they were most grateful for roller coasters or something silly! We added to our gratitude tree every day since the beginning of November, and it was such a joy to watch our tree grow with each passing day. 

What’s your life motto?
I’m not sure I would say that I have a life motto, but one quote that I hold dear to my heart is:
 “The two most important days of our lives are the day we were born and the day we find out why.” – Mark Twain 
I am fortunate enough to have discovered my purpose in life. I know in my heart that I am supposed to work with children in some capacity for the rest of my life. It brings me the utmost pride, joy, and a great sense of accomplishment to be able to do so.

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Make your own Holiday Calendar

We love this holiday calendar inspired by Wundertuetchen. Check out our youtube video and follow the step by step below to guide you through this delightful project.

MATERIALS
Tiny kraft paper bags (easily available online)
Twine
Markers
A long stick
Sticks or brown pipe cleaners for antlers
A hole punch
Scissors
Poms

Bonus materials:
-Pine or holly
-Glue gun or tacky glue

Fold back the corners of the kraft bags.
Draw eyes on the kraft bags and glue on a pom for the nose.
Label each of the bags with a day of the month counting down to your celebrated holiday.
Punch a hole in the top of the bag.
Cut varying lengths of twine and tie to each of the bags. Now tie the twine on the long stick.
Glue the pine or holly to the ends of the stick for some extra festive cheer.

Now it’s time to fill the bags with stickers, chocolates, jokes or positive affirmations! Happy crafting!

Member’s Spotlight – Blaise Cannon

Blaise is a marketer, architect and devoted dad to Atlas. We learn more about his incredible career and loved hearing about his parenting tips.

Describe a typical work day?
I wake up at 5.30 to jog in my neighborhood, I get my exercise out of the way because when I get back my son Atlas wakes up. After breakfast, we head to Big and Tiny at Second Home in Hollywood. Once I drop off Atlas in the Big and Tiny pods, I settle in the courtyard or on the roof at Second Home to check emails and catch-up on any overnight or earlier timezone developments.

At 1pm I go to the Big and Tiny pods and feed Atlas his lunch after he wakes up from his morning nap. I then focus on an afternoon of work before picking up Atlas at 4.30pm and driving home. I love to cook for the family and once Atlas is in bed, I catch up with my partner or we like to watch TV with a glass of wine (we have been watching the shocking the NXIVM documentary on HBO Max).

What would be your tip(s) for any new working parent?
The biggest game-changer for me, especially during the most intense pandemic restrictions, have been to just own the time where you can’t get much done. My partner is an essential worker, so I was at home with our son for the most of each day.

At first, I was trying to work and parent simultaneously during his wake windows. Perhaps others are better at multitasking than I, but I found I wasn’t doing either working or parenting very effectively and it left me feeling down on myself and generally disappointed with how each day was going. I resolved to just be a parent during the time when he needed engagement.

Rather than having the laptop out while he tried to get my attention from the floor, we went on walks and I gave him (mostly) undivided attention. I found the additional work time that was required in the evening or at night did not significantly increase, and I felt much better about the work I was doing and the kind of parent I was able to be.

What are your favorite things to do as a family in Los Angeles?
We love packing a picnic and walking around the CalTech campus in Pasadena with Atlas in the stroller. There is a lovely pond filled with turtles that is a big time attraction for the kids and the architecture and grounds are a peaceful respite for the adults.

How do you take time for yourself? (When you get time for yourself!)

I don’t get too much, but my partner is really supportive of me paddling out to surf at least once per week. Usually I set out before sunrise on either Saturday or Sunday to meet up with a buddy or two somewhere in West Malibu for a few waves. I can still usually be back home in time for lunch and an active afternoon with the family.

How do you deal with failure?
In the abstract, I usually beat myself up about it for a time and then resolve to never let it happen again. More tangibly, I usually seek some intense physical activity like a hilly trail run or a marathon surf session. Compensating with a bit of time in isolation is also helpful for me, a kind of monastic reflection period, whether through those physical activities or a long drive–something along those lines.

What has been your biggest achievement professionally?
While working at an architecture firm in Paris some five years ago, I got to contribute to the team working on the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened at the beginning of 2018. In particular, I developed an algorithm that optimized the design for the Grand Vestibule, the first gallery in the procession of the museum, and the result is what you see built there today! I even have a tattoo on my right forearm to commemorate its completion.

 (Courtesy of The National)

What are your hopes for 2021?
I hope that we will get a chance to be a family out from under the dark cloud of pandemic. Our son was only out of the hospital for about six-weeks when LA went into lockdown. While I definitely look forward to the day when we can eat at a cafe or ride public transportation, not having family nearby has been particularly complicated since he hasn’t got to spend much time at all with relatives. I am most hopeful that will change in 2021.