Sample Dementia Activity Calendar

February 2019 Dementia Activity Calendar

Find fun senior activity ideas for your Alzheimer's and dementia residents in the calendar below that you can easily add to your nursing facility's activity calendar.

TIP: Click on the links in the calendar box below to see more information about each activity.

Fun Dementia Activity Ideas for February
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Each day contains six types of activities:

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Crafts: National Wear Red Day Brooches

Assist residents with crafting red pom-pom brooches to wear on this National Wear Red Day. For the project, use red yarn, pin backs, and a cardboard pom-pom maker.

One-on-One: Acting Exercises

In honor of this birthday of American actor Clark Gable, invite your resident to participate in an acting exercise of reading tongue twisters to help with her pronunciation.

Exercise: Snowman Ping Pong Tournament

In recognition of this first day of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival in Saranac Lake, New York, use Sharpies to turn your plain white ping pong balls into fun snowmen by drawing snowman faces on them. Then use them for a fun snowman ping pong tournament with your residents.

Bedside: Winter Wonderland Diorama

On this first day of the Winterlude in Canada, assist your resident with cutting out and assembling a cardboard winter wonderland display that can be given to one of his grandchildren as a gift.

Reminiscing: The Bubble Gum Game

As you reminisce with residents about their favorite gum on this Bubble Gum Day, set up a fun bubble gum game. To play, place a piece of bubble gum in a plate and cover it with whipped cream. Then have your residents compete to be the first to use their mouth to find the piece of gum, chew it, and blow a bubble without using their hands.

Sensory Stimulation: Guess the Flavor

Pass out flavored gum to residents on this Bubble Gum Day to see who can correctly identify the flavor. Start with your easier flavors, like grape and cherry.

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Crafts: Tea Light Snowmen

For this Candlemas Day, assist residents with assembling tea light snowmen to hang as decoration throughout your facility. For the project, use battery-operated tea lights, black and orange markers, red ribbon, red pipe cleaners, red pom-poms, black felt, and glue.

One-on-One: Paper Football Challenge

Challenge your resident to a paper football game on this birthday of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach George Halas. Beforehand, construct a paper football to be used for the game.

Exercise: Cardio Chair Drumming

Use drum sticks, yoga balls, and a few container cans to set up a fun cardio chair drumming activity for your residents in honor of this birthday of American jazz saxophonist Stan Getz.

Bedside: Xylophone Blind Man's Bluff

In honor of this birthday of American jazz saxophonist Stan Getz, use a toy xylophone to play a fun game of Blind Man's Bluff with your resident. To play, first blindfold your resident, and then hit one of the bars of the xylophone. Next, have your resident feel the instrument to locate the vibrating bar.

Reminiscing: Name That Pop Icon...From the 1940s

In recognition of this birthday of pop-culture icon Farrah Fawcett, see how well your residents do at remembering icons from the 1940s as you pass around photos for residents to identify.

Sensory Stimulation: Watercolor Bookmarks

Provide residents with watercolors, watercolor paper, kosher salt, yarn, and a hole punch to make watercolor bookmarks as a way to promote reading on this Take Your Child to the Library Day.

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Crafts: Football Pennants

Get your residents to help you decorate for this evening's Super Bowl LIII game in Atlanta, Georgia by helping you make football pennants featuring the colors of the two teams in the game. For the project, use felt, wooden dowels, hot glue, and the pennant template.

One-on-One: Football Cake

Invite your resident to assist you with baking a football cake to serve during your Super Bowl LIII festivities.

Exercise: Bean Bag Football Toss

Recruit volunteers to assemble a football toss game so that your residents can play a fun tailgate game on this Super Bowl Sunday. Provide the volunteers with fleece, felt, beans, needle and thread, and glue to assemble the game.

Bedside: Flower Bean Art

On this day of the Bean-Throwing Festival in Japan, show your resident how to create flower bean art using white beans, black beans, a large frame without the glass, scissors, a flower template, and tacky glue.

Reminiscing: Remembering Those Past Duds

Pay tribute to this Dump Your "Significant Jerk" Day with your residents as they reminisce about the jerks that they have encountered in the past. Afterwards, share a common break-up comfort food – ice cream sandwiches – for residents to sample. For the treat, provide residents with a variety of cookies and ice cream for them to assemble themselves.

Sensory Stimulation: Halftime Show

Since most of your residents are not familiar with the songs of Super Bowl LIII's halftime show performer, Maroon 5, host your own halftime show by playing fun big band music and getting your residents up and dancing.

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Crafts: Felt Heart Ornaments

In recognition of this birthday of seamstress Rosa Parks, pass out colorful felt and buttons, and assist residents with sewing felt hearts for this Valentine's Day season. Use needle and thread and polyfill for the project.

One-on-One: No-Bake Dessert

In celebration of this Medjool Date Day, honoring the type of fruit, encourage your resident to assist you with making no-bake date snack bars.

Exercise: Cardboard Box Golf

Use box cutters to create holes in a cardboard box for residents to use as target practice with golf clubs and balls on this birthday of golf professional Byron Nelson.

Bedside: Flying School

Create a target for your bedridden resident to toss paper airplanes through to accumulate points on this birthday of aviator Charles Lindbergh.

Reminiscing: Staying Connected

In honor of this day that the United Service Organizations (USO) was founded, reminisce with residents about how they stayed connected to their family members who were stationed overseas during World War II. Afterwards, share how people can stay connected today with troops overseas.

Sensory Stimulation: Cutting Up Dates

Pass out plastic knives for residents to chop dates on this Medjool Date Day, honoring the type of fruit. If dates are not an option, use raisins. After chopping the fruit, add it to small cups of yogurt for residents to enjoy.

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Crafts: Mariachi Band Piñatas

Celebrate this Constitution Day in Mexico with your residents by making mariachi band piñatas. Use toilet paper tubes, tissue paper, tape, cardstock, paint pens, cardboard, white glue, and individually wrapped candy for the craft.

One-on-One: Flannel Hand Warmers

In recognition of this National Weatherperson's Day, encourage your resident to assist you with assembling flannel hand warmers that can be delivered to a local homeless shelter. Beforehand, ask staff members to donate any of their old, clean flannel shirts for the project.

Exercise: Mexican Kick Ball

Invite residents to play a fun indoor game of Mexican kick ball on this Constitution Day in Mexico. To play, set up a target, like a chair, and have seated residents try to kick a foam ball so that it goes underneath the chair and through the chair's legs.

Bedside: Chinese Lanterns

On this day of the Chinese New Year, make Chinese paper lanterns to hang throughout your resident's room for the day. Instead of using stencils to decorate plain paper (as mentioned on the site), use colorful scrapbook paper for the paper lanterns.

Reminiscing: Snowy Bingo

Reminisce with residents about the snowy weather of the past on this National Weatherperson's Day. Afterwards, invite them to play a fun game of Snowy Bingo by simply replacing B-I-N-G-O on the top of your bingo cards with S-N-O-W-Y. For the game, pass out blue Hershey's kisses as the bingo markers. In addition, for each round provide a different winter bingo pattern for residents to play. (To have a better view of the winter bingo patterns, go to the patterns' website and click on the image.)

Sensory Stimulation: Winter Paintings

For this National Weatherperson's Day, invite residents to make their own winter paintings using school glue, salt, and paint.

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Crafts: Rasta Bracelets

Help your residents pay tribute to Jamaica on this birthday of reggae singer Bob Marley by making Rasta bracelets. Use craft foam, colorful thread, pony beads, and glue for the project.

One-on-One: Pool Noodle Challenge

Have fun with your resident on this National Girls and Women in Sports Day as you teach her a few fun balancing exercises using a pool noodle, like balancing the pool noodle on your palm or tossing and catching the pool noodle with each other.

Exercise: Limbo Contest

Recruit staff members and volunteers to join your residents in a limbo contest on this birthday of Jamaican reggae singer Bob Marley. Be sure to lower the limbo bar for volunteers and staff members, and to raise the bar for residents as they dance under it.

Bedside: Presidential Documentary

Invite your resident to watch a documentary about Ronald Reagan on this day that the former president was born.

Reminiscing: A Taste of the Caribbean

On this birthday of Jamaican singer Bob Marley, reminisce with residents about the international food that they enjoy eating. Afterwards, pass out Caribbean fruit for residents to sample, like bananas, mango, pineapple, oranges, and strawberries.

Sensory Stimulation: Caribbean Birdhouses

Pass out wooden birdhouses for residents to paint in beautiful Caribbean colors on this birthday of Jamaican singer Bob Marley. Use the finished birdhouses throughout your facility as decoration.

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Crafts: Valentine Bottle Brush Trees

Encourage residents to help you decorate your facility for Valentine's Day by making pretty valentine bottle brush trees that can be used as table centerpieces for your Dining Room tables. Use jars, powdered dye, and water for the fun project.

One-on-One: Ballet Toe Stretches

Lead your resident in a few ballet toe stretches on this day that ballet was introduced to the United States.

Exercise: Chocolate Bar Toss

For this chocolate candy season, place several individually wrapped chocolate bars on the floor and have residents toss pennies to try to land the pennies on the chocolate bars. If a resident's penny lands on the chocolate bar, then they get to keep the candy.

Bedside: 21st Century Gloves

On this Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day, help your resident transform regular cotton gloves into 21st century texting gloves by adding puffy paint. Sell the finished gloves at an upcoming Crafts Fair.

Reminiscing: State Fair Games

In recognition of this first day of the Florida State Fair in Tampa, Florida, reminisce with residents about how much fun they used to have at the state fair. Afterwards, share a list of the most commonly fixed carnival games to see if your residents ever had any luck at winning those games.

Sensory Stimulation: Outdoor Valentine Tree for the Birds

Enlist the help of your residents to make heart birdfeeders to hang on a backyard tree as a sweet valentine surprise for your neighborhood birds.

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Crafts: Paper Roses

Recruit residents to assist you with crafting paper roses to use as decoration for the upcoming Rose Tea Party.

One-on-One: Valentine Cards

Assist your resident with making Valentine's Day cards for his grandchildren that he can mail out before the holiday. For the cards, use white cardstock, a white crayon, and colorful watercolors.

Exercise: Earn Your Fitness Badge

Help your residents earn their merit badge in fitness on this day that the Boy Scouts of America was founded by teaching residents a few simple exercises using resistance bands.

Bedside: Chocolate Wrappers

Encourage your resident to help you decorate for this Valentine's Day season using chocolate wrappers. Simply print out the templates onto colored paper, and use them to cover candy bars. Use the finished candy bars as prizes for your Valentine's Day games and events.

Reminiscing: Sharing Funny Stories

Reminisce with residents about the funny events of their lives on this first day of Love May Make the World Go 'Round, But Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week. Afterwards, share a few funny stories with residents.

Sensory Stimulation: Rose Tea Party

Celebrate this day that the "City of Roses" Portland, Oregon was incorporated by hosting a rose tea party for your residents. Beforehand, coordinate with Dining Services to serve apple roses puff pastry and strawberry jam cookies.

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Crafts: Heart Suncatchers

Encourage residents to make heart suncatchers using coffee filters and liquid watercolors. Hang the finished hearts as decoration for Valentine's Day.

One-on-One: Cupid Toss Game

Assist your resident with making a cupid toss game as a Valentine's Day gift for a grandchild. For the game, use a cardboard box, craft knife, paint, wooden skewers, glue, and felt.

Exercise: Bubble Catch

For this Read in the Bathtub Day, divide residents into teams of two and have one person blow bubbles so that their partner catches the bubble in a spoon without popping it. Award a point each time the partner catches the bubble in their spoon without popping it.

Bedside: Torn Art Landscapes

In recognition of this first day of the Arizona Renaissance Festival that is being held in Gold Canyon, Arizona, assist your resident with making torn paper art landscapes. Use colorful construction paper and glue sticks for the project. Frame a few of the finished art as colorful abstract pieces for her wall.

Reminiscing: Name That Country Western Tune

Reminisce with residents about their favorite country and western singers on this birthday of singer Ernest Tubb. Afterwards, play country songs to see if residents remember the song titles.

Sensory Stimulation: Bubble Pop Competition

On this Read in the Bathtub Day, make several bottles of bubble solution and pipe cleaner bubble wands for teams of residents to play a bubble pop game, in which one partner blows bubbles and their teammate has to pop all the bubbles before they reach the floor.

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Crafts: Newspaper Popcorn Cones

Celebrate this day that The New York Times slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print" first appeared on its front page by assisting residents with making newspaper cones to fill with popcorn for a snack.

One-on-One: Racket Bounces

Use a ping pong ball and plastic tennis racket to help your resident practice bouncing a ball up and down on a tennis racket in honor of this birthday of famous tennis player Bill Tilden. Have your resident bounce the ball 10 times while holding the racket with one hand, and then have her switch hands. Encourage your resident to try to control the bounces, making some bounces small and some bounces big.

Exercise: Racket Catch

For this birthday of tennis player Bill Tilden, invite residents to play a fun tennis game of catch. To play, pair residents together and have one person use a tennis racket to catch a foam ball that is thrown by their partner. Show residents how to control their arm so that they can hold the racket and catch the ball without having the ball bounce or roll off the racket.

Bedside: Sort the Paper

Invite your resident to help you sort a local newspaper on this day that The New York Times slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print" first appeared on its front page. For the activity, simply take a newspaper and get it out of order before having your resident try to put the sections back in order again.

Reminiscing: Current Events

On this day that it was the first time that The New York Times slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print" appeared on its front page, host a fun current events activity with residents using your local newspaper. For the activity, read a few of the headlines and then ask residents if they can think of a similar story or situation from the past.

Sensory Stimulation: Two-Ingredient Strawberry Fudge

Persuade your residents to sample a sweet treat just before Valentine's Day as you assist them with making an easy two-ingredient fudge using white chocolate chips and a can of strawberry frosting.

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Crafts: Shaving Cream Hearts

Assist residents with making shaving cream hearts to use as decoration for your upcoming Valentine's Day festivities.

One-on-One: Dart Board Maker

Recruit your resident to assist you with making a dart board game for the upcoming Professional World of Darts activity.

Exercise: Professional World of Darts

Host a fun professional-style dart game for residents in recognition of this Pro Sports Wives Day. For the game, use the dart board that was made earlier in the One-on-One activity, and just as in the professional game, supply the winner with a trophy as a prize.

Bedside: Bedside Dog Show

In recognition of this first day of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, coordinate to have a few staff members bring their well-trained dogs to visit your resident who loves dogs. During the visit, host an impromptu dog show in your resident's room where staff members can show off their dogs' tricks.

Reminiscing: Playing Musical Instruments

Reminisce with residents about their instrument-playing days on this Get Out Your Guitar Day. Then share a list of the easiest instruments to learn how to play to see if the residents agree.

Sensory Stimulation: What's That I Smell?

On this birthday of French chef Paul Bocuse, host a fun smelling activity with residents where they attempt to identify various smells.

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Crafts: Valentine Monster Pencils

On this Extraterrestrial Culture Day, invite residents to make Valentine monster pencils to pass out to visiting kids during the valentine holiday.

One-on-One: Penny Roll

Challenge your resident to see who can roll Abraham Lincoln (a penny) the farthest on this birthday of President Abraham Lincoln. Use tape to mark the spot on the table.

Exercise: Big Band Toe-Tapping

In recognition of this birthday of American bandleader "Tex" Beneke, play big band music for your Exercise Class as you guide residents in a toe-tapping exercise.

Bedside: Sock Monsters

Assist your resident with crafting sock monsters as gifts for her grandchildren on this Extraterrestrial Culture Day.

Reminiscing: Do You Remember Your First Scary Movie?

Reminisce with residents about scary movies on this day that the horror film Dracula premiered. Go around the room and ask residents to try to name the first scary movie that they saw at the movie theater.

Sensory Stimulation: Monster Stress Balls

Provide residents with balloons, flour, yarn, and markers to make monster stress balls on this Extraterrestrial Culture Day. (Video)

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Crafts: Bejeweled Suncatchers

Assist residents with making bejeweled suncatchers to hang in your Activity Room windows for Valentine's Day. Use empty plastic milk jugs, gems, glue, and scissors for the project.

One-on-One: Name Game

For this Get a Different Name Day, play the name game with your resident where the two of you think of girls names that begin with each letter of the alphabet, and then think of boys names that begin with each letter of the alphabet. For the activity, encourage your resident to think of the names as you write them down.

Exercise: Radio Exercise

Use your local radio stations as background music for your Exercise Class on this World Radio Day. First, begin the class with classical music as you lead residents in stretches. Then play pop music during the main part of the class. Finally, play new age music for the cool down part of the class.

Bedside: Old Radio Games

Stop by your resident's room to play old radio shows for him to enjoy on this World Radio Day. (On the site, click on the orange Play buttons to play the game shows.)

Reminiscing: The Favorite Foods of First Ladies

Reminisce with residents about what they remember about Bess Truman on this day that she was born as you serve her famous Ozark pudding for residents to sample. Afterwards, discuss a few of the other first ladies' favorite foods.

Sensory Stimulation: Sing Along

In honor of this birthday of Country Hall of Fame singer Tennessee Ernie Ford, invite residents to participate in a fun sing along. (On the website, choose videos featuring singers that your residents are familiar with like Nat King Cole and Gene Autry.)

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Crafts: Valentine Necklaces

Assist residents with crafting valentine necklaces to pass out to visitors on this Valentine's Day. Use craft foam, cording, and colorful beads for the craft.

One-on-One: Valentine Scavenger Hunt

Invite your resident to participate in a fun valentine scavenger hunt on this Valentine's Day. For the hunt, walk with your resident through the hallways to find the items.

Exercise: Valentine Ring Toss

Recruit volunteers to paint bottles for a fun valentine ring toss game for your residents on this Valentine's Day. Shape pipe cleaners into hearts to use as the rings.

Bedside: Building of the Hoover Dam

Share a documentary with your resident about the building of the Hoover Dam on this day that one of the states that it borders, Arizona, became the 48th state.

Reminiscing: Box of Chocolates Surprise

Reminisce with residents about their favorite chocolate candy as you provide a large box of chocolates for residents to sample and taste test on this Valentine's Day.

Sensory Stimulation: Valentine Roll and Cover Game

On this Valentine's Day, provide residents with dice to play a fun game of valentine roll and cover, in which residents roll dice to find out which boxes on their roll and cover sheet should be covered. Supply residents with conversation heart candy to cover their boards, and award a prize to the first person who covers all the boxes on their board.

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Crafts: Paper Birds

Encourage residents to assemble paper birds in recognition of this first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Print the template onto colorful scrapbook paper before cutting it out and finishing the birds with buttons and cording.

One-on-One: Gem Stone Lollipops

For this birthday of American jeweler Charles Lewis Tiffany, invite your resident to assist you with melting Jolly Rancher candy to make jewel-inspired lollipops to pass out.

Exercise: Canadian Football

On this day that Canada's maple leaf flag was adopted, invite residents to play a fun version of Canadian football, which is similar to American football. To play, set up a target or goal in your Activity Room, and have residents practice kicking a foam football into the target. Award points for each successful goal.

Bedside: Snowman Snow Globe

Provide your resident with modeling clay to make a waterless snowman snow globe for her room for the season. After shaping the snowman, add twigs for the arms, and place the snowman underneath a clear cup.

Reminiscing: Voting History

Reminisce with residents about their voting history on this birthday of American women's suffrage advocate Susan B. Anthony. Share a timeline of voting rights in the United States, and ask residents to comment.

Sensory Stimulation: Bird Snow Cake

If you have snow in your facility's yard, invite residents to help you decide on how to decorate a bird snow cake for your neighborhood birds on this first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Beforehand, recruit volunteers to help you use the snow to create a cake in the yard. Meanwhile have your residents sort through items indoors, like carrots, apples, and berries, that will be used to decorate the cake. Then invite residents to sit at a large picture window to watch as you decorate the cake outdoors.

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Crafts: Pasta Puppets

Invite residents to assemble pasta puppets in recognition of this birthday of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. Use elastic string, pipe cleaners, paper, red pom-poms, black markers, paint, wooden skewers, wooden beads, glue, and pasta for the puppets.

One-on-One: Anaconda Poker

On this first day of La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros and Tucson Rodeo in Tucson, Arizona, teach your resident how to play the saloon-style game of Anaconda poker.

Exercise: Chair Cat-Cow

For this World Pangolin Day, honoring the endangered scaly anteater, teach a few animal-inspired chair yoga positions to your residents, like the Chair Cat-Cow stretch or the Chair Eagle position.

Bedside: Travel Documentary

Show your resident a documentary about beautiful landscapes in Europe on this birthday of the "Father of the Documentary Film" Robert J. Flaherty.

Reminiscing: Working With Animals

Reminisce with residents about working with animals on this first day of La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros and Tucson Rodeo in Tucson, Arizona. Ask residents about their experiences with dog training and how tough it was. Afterwards, if your facility has a house dog, invite a few residents to help you teach the dog a few new tricks.

Sensory Stimulation: Paper Animal Masks

Encourage residents to invite their grandchildren to stop by to make animal masks on this World Pangolin Day, honoring the endangered scaly anteater. Use templates, colorful scrapbook paper, cereal box cardboard, Mod Podge, a craft knife, scissors, and ribbon for the masks.

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Crafts: Kindness Candy Gifts

Invite residents to assist you with making candy gifts to pass out on this Random Acts of Kindness Day. Use a variety of candy to assemble the gift bags before adding the kindness cards.

One-on-One: Building a Bridge

Supply your resident with popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, glue, and craft foam to build a bridge on this first day of National Engineers Week.

Exercise: Upper Body Workout

On this birthday of French physician René Laennec, known as the "Father of Chest Medicine," lead your residents in an upper body workout.

Bedside: Balloon Delivery

Use colorful balloons, cereal cardboard, and a wooden dowel to create a floral balloon to deliver to your resident on this Random Acts of Kindness Day.

Reminiscing: Should Teachers Be Held Responsible?

Reminisce with residents about working with teachers in their children's schools on this National PTA Founders' Day. Ask residents whether teachers should be held responsible for their students' performance.

Sensory Stimulation: Butterfly Printing

Assist residents with making butterfly prints on this day that the opera Madama Butterfly was performed for the first time in Milan, Italy. Use sponges, paint, and rubber bands for the activity.

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Crafts: Popsicle Stick Flags

Assist residents with using popsicle sticks, paint, cardstock, glue, and rhinestones to make popsicle stick flags on this Presidents Day.

One-on-One: Mixed Media Mosaic

Recruit your resident to assist you with making a mixed media winter mosaic for his room for the season. Use a canvas, glue, clear vase filler crystals, sand, paint, florist wire, toothpicks, and gemstones for the project.

Exercise: The Most Popular Sport of American Presidents

Celebrate this Presidents Day with your residents by inviting them to play the most popular sport of American presidents – golf. Simply play a round of indoor golf with your residents in your Activity Room.

Bedside: Paper Mosaic

On this birthday of museum philanthropist George Peabody, assist your resident with making her own art by creating a paper mosaic using cardstock, paper, and glue.

Reminiscing: Top Family Activities

For this Family Day in Canada, reminisce with residents about their favorite family activities. Pass around the photos to see if residents can guess the activities. (To print out the photo, simply hover your mouse over the photo and right-click your mouse and click on "Open image in new tab" before printing from your browser.)

Sensory Stimulation: Stained Glass Art

In recognition of this birthday of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the artist known for the stained glass Tiffany lamp, assist residents with making their own stained glass paintings using wax paper, paint, and bottle caps.

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Crafts: Pom-Pom Polar Bears

Assist residents with crafting cute pom-pom polar bears in honor of this Full Snow Moon.

One-on-One: Kitchen Chat & Tea

Serve coffee and cut coupons with your resident at the kitchen table in recognition of this first day of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Exercise: Fly Swatter Hockey

On this cold winter day of the Full Snow Moon, invite residents to play a fun game of hockey – using fly swatters. To play, seat two teams of residents in a line with each team facing the other. Then pass out clean fly swatters for residents to hit a foam ball or balloon underneath their opponent's chairs to score a goal.

Bedside: Snowball Garland

In recognition of this day of the Full Snow Moon, assist your resident with making a snowball pom-pom garland for her room using a plastic needle and a few bags of cotton balls. Hang the finished garland for the season.

Reminiscing: How World War II Changed America

For this anniversary of Japanese Americans being order to be placed in concentration camps during World War II, reminisce with residents about World War II. Ask residents how different America was after the war.

Sensory Stimulation: Mitten Match

Place lots of mismatched gloves and mittens on a table for residents to sort and match together for the season.

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Crafts: Frosty Pine Cones

Provide residents with pine cones, white paint, glue, and silver glitter to make frosty pine cones to hang and use as decoration for the season.

One-on-One: Photo Match Game

Print out two copies of American landmarks photos onto heavy cardstock to cut out to make a photo matching game for your resident to complete on this birthday of nature photographer Ansel Adams.

Exercise: Winter I Spy

Get your residents up and moving this winter by playing a fun game of Winter I Spy with them. To play, place the Winter I Spy cards at each of the large picture windows in your facility, and have residents look outdoors to see if they can spot the objects on the cards. Encourage residents to walk to all the Winter I Spy locations to try to spot the objects outdoors.

Bedside: Bringing Back Memories

In honor of this birthday of photographer Ansel Adams, share vintage photos with your resident to see which ones bring back memories.

Reminiscing: Photo Show-and-Tell

On this birthday of photographer Ansel Adams, invite residents to bring their family photos to your Activity Room to share stories about their families.

Sensory Stimulation: Cherry Hand Pies

For this National Cherry Pie Day, assist residents with making homemade cherry hand pies.

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Crafts: Snow Bunnies

Have fun with residents as you assist them with crafting snow bunnies on this first day of American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Race/Birkie Week in Wisconsin. For the project, use wooden clothespins, toothpicks, craft sticks, felt-tip pens, wooden balls, and colorful pipe cleaners. To assemble the ski bunnies, remove the metal from the wooden clothespin and hot-glue the two wooden pieces of the clothespins together as shown in the pictures before attaching the craft sticks as skis. Then glue on the wooden ball for the head before adding the pipe cleaner coat and arms. Encourage residents to be creative with their designs. (Please note that the website is in Spanish. To read the instructions, go to Google Translate and place the URL in the first box. Then click on the link in the second box.) (If wooden clothespins are not an option, use wooden beads and pipe cleaners to assemble the snow bunnies.)

One-on-One: Popsicle Stick Skis

Recruit your resident to assist you with making popsicle stick skis on this first day of American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Race/Birkie Week in Wisconsin. For the project, use popsicle sticks, wooden skewers, paint, markers, baker's twine, and felt.

Exercise: Jazzy Exercise

Play jazz music in the background during your Exercise Class on this birthday of American blues and jazz singer Nina Simone as you lead residents in chair exercises.

Bedside: Playing 421

On this International Mother Language Day, teach your resident the French dice game 421.

Reminiscing: Taking Science and Math Classes

In recognition of this Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, reminisce with residents about when they were students and whether schools promoted having girls take math and science classes. Ask residents whether we need more girls to pursue science and math careers.

Sensory Stimulation: Hot Cocoa Ski Chalet Party

Host a fun hot cocoa party for your residents on this first day of American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Race/Birkie Week in Wisconsin. Set up chairs near your facility's picture windows so that residents can enjoy their hot chocolate while watching the snow and winter weather. For the hot chocolate, use a slow cooker, and turn it on in the morning so that residents can enjoy their hot cocoa in the afternoon.

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Crafts: Candy-Filled Cherries

Assist residents with crafting candy-filled cherries in recognition of this birthday of cherry tree chopper George Washington. To assemble the cherries, use red and green tissue paper, green floral tape, floral wire, and candy.

One-on-One: Pipe Cleaner Flamingos

Provide your resident with pipe cleaners to make pipe cleaner flamingos in recognition of this day that the United States acquired Florida from Spain.

Exercise: Playing Jai Alai

On this day that the United States acquired Florida from Spain, teach your residents how to play the popular Florida sport Jai Alai. To play, pair seated residents together so that they are each sitting side by side facing an empty wall. Then have one of the residents bounce a foam ball against an empty wall so that it bounces to the other person for them to catch and return.

Bedside: It's Five O'Clock Somewhere

Celebrate this National Margarita Day with your resident by serving her a tasty nonalcoholic margarita.

Reminiscing: Five and Dime Candy

In celebration of this day that the five and dime store Woolworth's opened its first chain store in Utica, New York, reminisce with residents about purchasing candy from their local five and dime store when they kids. During the discussion, pass around candy for residents to sample.

Sensory Stimulation: Tell a Story

For this birthday of President George Washington, who has many folk tales and stories told about his life, encourage residents to tell a few stories of their own. For the activity, pass around photos, and have residents make up a story based on what they see in the photographs.

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Crafts: Decorative Bottles

On this Open That Bottle Night, supply residents with empty glass bottles to make decorative glass bottles using glass paint.

One-on-One: Bathtub Curling

Teach your resident how to play the sport of curling using one of your facility's bathtubs on this Curling Is Cool Day. Simply create a curling target on the tub and use frozen cubes to show your resident how to play the sport.

Exercise: Two-Liter Ring Toss Game

Use two-liter bottles for a fun ring toss game with your residents on this Open That Bottle Night.

Bedside: Crayola Calligraphy

Grab a few Crayola markers to show your resident how to write in calligraphy on this birthday of diarist Samuel Pepys.

Reminiscing: Do We Need Education Reform?

In recognition of this birthday of American educator W. E. B. DuBois, reminisce with residents about their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with their and their children's education. Ask residents whether we need education reform. Afterwards, ask residents what they believe that today's students really need to learn.

Sensory Stimulation: Sheep Cookies

Invite residents to make sheep cookies on this day that the first animal, a sheep, was cloned. Use Milano cookies, mini marshmallows, candy melts, M&M's candies, and chocolate morsels for the cookies.

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Crafts: Parade Floats

Provide residents with paint and small cereal boxes to create their own parade floats on this day of the Mystic Krewe of Barkus Parade in New Orleans, Louisiana. Save the finished floats for your upcoming Mardi Gras festivities in March.

One-on-One: Tuxedo Oreos

Celebrate this night of the Academy Awards Presentation in Los Angeles, California with your resident by making tuxedo Oreos using Oreos, milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and coconut oil.

Exercise: Playing Balero

Show residents how to play the Mexican game of balero (cup and ball toss) on this Flag Day in Mexico. Beforehand, recruit volunteers to make the game for the activity.

Bedside: Colorful Tissue Paper Flowers

Recognize this Flag Day in Mexico by assisting your resident with making colorful tissue paper flowers for her room. Simply use tissue paper sheets and pipe cleaners to assemble the flowers.

Reminiscing: First Time Using a Computer

On this birthday of tech innovator Steve Jobs, reminisce with residents about the first time that they ever used a computer. Ask residents to list the things that they would like to still learn on the computer, and then consider creating a Computer Class to teach them.

Sensory Stimulation: Mexican Pinch Pots

Invite residents to make pinch pots and paint them using Mexican designs and colors on this Flag Day in Mexico.

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Crafts: No-Sew Snowman Pillow

Assist residents with making no-sew snowman pillows for the season using fleece, felt, button, glue, and polyfill.

One-on-One: What's the Best Way to Melt Ice?

Encourage your resident to assist you with an ice-melting experiment on this winter day. Use ice cubes, salt, sugar, and a mitten for the fun experiment. (On the website, scroll down to the middle of the page to view the photos of the experiment.)

Exercise: Livestock Lasso Contest

Teach residents how to lasso a stuffed animal on this first day of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, Texas.

Bedside: Snowflake Rocks

Invite your resident to assist you with painting snowflakes on rocks to use as decoration this winter. Use smooth rocks, paint or a paint pen, and the snowflake template provided on the site to complete the project.

Reminiscing: Banking Incentives

In recognition of this day that the first national bank was chartered by Congress, reminisce with residents about the free gifts that they used to receive from banks, like toasters, for opening a new checking account. Afterwards, share information about the the history of banking with your residents.

Sensory Stimulation: Snow Dig

On this winter day, provide each of your residents with a bowl of fake snow (baking soda and shaving cream) for them to dig through to find objects hidden in the snow.

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Crafts: Diamond Necklaces

Provide residents with jewelry cording and crystal gems to make diamond necklaces for the ladies for the upcoming Denim and Diamonds Party.

One-on-One: Return of the American Buffalo

Share a documentary about American buffalo with your resident on this birthday of American frontiersman Buffalo Bill, who was known for killing over 4,000 buffalo.

Exercise: Music Bounce

Celebrate this birthday of music star Johnny Cash with your residents by playing Music Bounce. For the activity, play music in the background and pass out small beach balls to each resident. Next, have residents bounce their beach ball to the beat of the music – bouncing the ball slowly when the music is slow and bouncing the ball quickly when the music is fast.

Bedside: Front Row Fashion Show

On this birthday of blue jeans creator Levi Strauss, coordinate with administration to allow all staff members to wear their jeans on this day. Then invite your jean-cladded staff members to show-off their jeans for your bedridden residents in a jeans fashion show in their rooms.

Reminiscing: Visiting the Grand Canyon

Reminisce with residents about their past visits to the Grand Canyon on this day that the Grand Canyon National Park was established. Share a few fun facts about the iconic landmark with residents.

Sensory Stimulation: Denim and Diamonds Party

Host a fun denim and diamonds party on this birthday of blue jeans creator Levi Strauss. Provide the ladies with the diamond necklaces that were made earlier during the Crafts activity. Then during the party, play a fun game of Denim Bingo by replacing the B-I-N-G-O at the top of your bingo cards with D-E-N-I-M. Use small gemstones or rhinestones as the bingo markers for the game.

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Crafts: Polar Bear Art

Assist residents with making polar bear art on this International Polar Bear Day. Use liquid paint, the bear templates that are provided on the site, salt, plastic cups, tissues, pencils, and markers for the project.

One-on-One: Poetry Reading

Alternate reading Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poems with your resident on this day that the poet was born. (When printing out the poems from the site, be sure not to print all the pages, which includes 15 pages of comments.)

Exercise: Chipping Practice

Use a Hula Hoop, a small foam ball, and a chipping wedge to set up a chipping practice game in your Activity Room for your residents on this birthday of Gene Sarazen, the American golfer who invented the sand wedge.

Bedside: Name That Elizabeth Taylor Movie

Play a fun game featuring Elizabeth Taylor's movies with your resident on this birthday of the actress. To play, read a movie description and have your resident try to guess the title of the movie. (To make it easier for your resident to guess, look for older movies on the website where Elizabeth was the main star of the film.)

Reminiscing: First Bike

In recognition of this first day of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Poland, reminisce with residents about their first bikes. Pass around photos that detail the evolution of the bicycle.

Sensory Stimulation: Battle of the Bands

In honor of this birthday of singer Marian Anderson, invite residents to participate in a musical performance by playing instruments (bought or handmade) while listening to band music. Divide residents into sections based on the musical instruments that they are playing, and direct them to play at different times during the songs.

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Crafts: Mod Podge Flowerpots

Assist residents with crafting Mod Podge flowerpots on this Floral Design Day. Consider using a floral fabric for the craft.

One-on-One: Felt Flowers

Invite your resident to make colorful felt flowers on this Floral Design Day. Use flower templates, colorful felt, pom-poms, glue, sticks, and cardstock for the project.

Exercise: Flexibility Chair Stretches

On this birthday of French acrobat Charles Blondin, lead residents in a set of flexibility chair stretches.

Bedside: Who Are These Hollywood Families?

In recognition of this birthday of American musical director and father of actress and singer Liza Minelli, Vincente Minnelli, share photos of Hollywood families with your resident to see if she can identify them.

Reminiscing: Grandma's Chili

Reminisce with residents about what their grandmothers put in their chili on this National Chili Day. Beforehand, coordinate with Dining Services to provide a tasty chili for residents to sample.

Sensory Stimulation: Abstract Flower Art

Provide residents with paint, canvases, and flowers to make their own abstract flower art on this Floral Design Day.

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