Sample Dementia Activity Calendar

August 2018 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 August
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Each day contains six types of activities:

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Crafts: Web Weavings

Supply residents with yarn and sticks to make their own yarn spider webs in honor of this day that Spider-Man debuted. Use colorful Neon thread, and leave off the plastic spiders so that you can hang the finished web weavings in your Activity Room for the summer.

One-on-One: Exactly What You Need

In recognition of this birthday of Moby-Dick author Herman Melville, assist your resident with making a clay whale phone holder to give as a gift to a grandchild. Use air-dry clay, paint, and a black marker for the craft.

Exercise: Cola Ring Toss

Set up a classic carnival ring toss game for residents to play, like Cola ring toss, on this first day of International Clown Week.

Bedside: M.T.V. – The 1940s Edition

Borrow a tablet to share videos of popular songs that your resident enjoys on this day that the music video channel, MTV, premiered.

Reminiscing: Child-Rearing Around the World

Reminisce with residents about their child-rearing styles in recognition of this first day of World Breastfeeding Week. Share a few unique parenting styles from around the world, as well as how other countries view breastfeeding.

Sensory Stimulation: Singing in Rounds

Celebrate this Rounds Resounding Day with your residents by hosting a fun sing along featuring songs that your residents can sing in rounds (beginning at different times) like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" or "Three Blind Mice." (View an example from The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.)

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Crafts: Coloring Page Journals

Recruit residents to assist you with making coloring page journals to pass out to visiting kids this weekend in honor of this National Coloring Book Day. Use white printer paper, a stapler, and coloring pages for the project. Encourage residents to leave the coloring pages blank for the kids to color themselves.

One-on-One: Actor Scramble

Print out the photos and the names of 1930s actors for your resident to try to match on this birthday of actress Myrna Loy.

Exercise: Hall of Fame Throw

In honor of this birthday of Hall of Famer Lamar Hunt, invite your residents to compete to see who can make a Hall-of-Fame-inspired football throw through a target in your Activity Room. Provide the residents with a foam football for the activity.

Bedside: Quilt Sudoku

Challenge your resident to a fun colorful game of quilt Sudoku using colorful pieces of cardstock in recognition of this National Coloring Book Day. (On the website, scroll down the page and click on "Free Printable: Quilt Sudoku Busy Bag for Kids" to print out the Sudoku printables.)

Reminiscing: Name That Dessert

Play a fun game of Name That Dessert with residents on this National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. For the activity, pass around a photo of a popular dessert to see if residents can recall the name. Afterwards, encourage residents to reminisce about how they used to make the dessert. (To print out the photos, first right-click your mouse on the photo and select "Open image in new tab" before printing the photo.)

Sensory Stimulation: Q-Tip Color Match

Invite residents to play a fun color match game in recognition of this National Coloring Book Day using Q-tips. Before the activity, recruit volunteers to use rulers to draw a configuration of lines in six squares on a piece of paper. Then have them use markers to color the ends of the lines in different colors. Be sure to have them create identical Q-tips that match the Q-tips on the paper. Then during the activity, pass out a paper and its matching Q-tips to each resident to try to match.

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Crafts: Crafting Like Martha

Encourage staff members to donate their unwanted plastic bangles for residents to makeover like Martha Stewart on this birthday of the craft diva. Provide residents with string and craft glue to cover the plastic bangles.

One-on-One: Toe-Tapping to Satchmo

Play music by Louis Armstrong so you and your resident can tap toes while listening on this first day of the Satchmo SummerFest, an annual jazz music festival celebrating Louis Armstrong in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Exercise: Group Dance

For this first day of the Gigglefeet Dance Festival in Ketchikan, Alaska, invite your seated residents to dance in their chairs as you play music. During the songs, announce different groups (e.g., all those wearing red, all those who grew up on a farm, etc.) to have them dance in their chairs for segments of the songs.

Bedside: Watermelon Juice Break

Make a batch of watermelon juice for your resident to enjoy on this National Watermelon Day.

Reminiscing: Milking a Cow

On this first day of Agrifair, featuring livestock shows and agricultural displays in Canada, reminisce with residents about their past of growing up on a farm. Ask residents to demonstrate how to milk a cow.

Sensory Stimulation: Polka Band Party

Pass out your musical instruments and have residents join in as you play fun Polka music on this first day of the National Czech Festival in Wilber, Nebraska.

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Crafts: Sandcastle Contest

Host a fun sandcastle contest for residents on this Sandcastle Day. Beforehand, heat a mixture of sand and cornstarch and once it has cooled, provide it to residents to shape their sandcastles. Before the activity, pass out cardboard for residents to use to build their sandcastles and seashells for decorating. Place the finished sandcastles out to display for others to see and vote on their favorite. (If heating sand and cornstarch on a stovetop is not an option, then provide residents with a no-cook option using just sand, flour, oil, water, salt, and food coloring, if desired.)

One-on-One: Nature Stick Raft

Assist your resident with constructing a nature stick raft in honor of this first day of Cowes Week, a weeklong sailing regatta featuring daily sailing races in England. Use sticks, string, felt, a needle, and yarn for the project. Wrap the finished raft as a gift to a grandchild.

Exercise: Broom Golf

In recognition of this National Disc Golf Day, teach residents a new type of golf – broom golf. To play, use masking tape at one end of your Activity Room to create two horizontal lines that are parallel to one another but are about a foot apart. Then create a third horizontal line that is about ten feet from the other two lines. Next, have your residents stand behind the third line and use a broom to putt a golf ball so that it lands in between the two parallel lines. Award a point to each resident who successful gets their ball to stop in between the two parallel lines.

Bedside: Stone Art

For this first day of the League of NH Craftsmen Annual Craftsmen's Fair, America's oldest crafts fair in Newbury, New Hampshire, provide your resident with stones and colorful yarn to create rock art for his room for the summer. Place the finished rocks as a display on his windowsill for the season.

Reminiscing: Rosie the Riveter

In honor of this Single Working Women's Day, reminisce with the ladies of your facility about their single working days and the types of jobs they were offered. During the activity, pass around a few photos of women working during World War II. Afterwards, read out loud the "The 1943 Guide to Hiring Women", a guide for male supervisors who hired women in the 1940s, to see what residents think about how women employees were viewed back then.

Sensory Stimulation: Name That Condiment

On this National Mustard Day, host a fun activity for residents to identify condiments by taste. Beforehand, raid your facility's kitchen for tasty condiments. Then create plates that feature a dollop of each condiment for the participants to taste. Award a prize to the participant who correctly guesses the most condiments.

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Crafts: Colorful Coasters

For this American Family Day in Arizona, invite the grandchildren to join your residents with making fun Neon coasters for summertime. Use cork coasters (or cut out circles from corkboard), Neon paint, painter's tape, and vinyl dot stickers for the craft.

One-on-One: Astrology Corner

Encourage your resident to set up shop in a common area to read horoscopes to passersby in recognition of this birthday of world-famous astrologer Sydney Omarr. Invite residents and visitors to stop by to have their horoscope read. Either use your local newspaper or pull up the daily horoscope on a tablet for your resident to read. Beforehand, make a batch of cookies to entice visitors to stop by to receive their horoscopes for the day from your resident.

Exercise: Punch Ball Party

Invite the grandchildren for a fun punch ball party with your residents on this first day of Exercise With Your Child Week. Before the activity, have the group make their own punch balls using balloons, rubber bands, and scissors. Then play fun music as you encourage residents and their grandchildren to get a great arm workout while punching the balloon back and forth.

Bedside: The Original Kardashians: The Gabor Sisters

On this Sisters' Day, chit chat with your resident about her knowledge of the Gabor sisters. Afterwards, share a few fun facts about the sisters.

Reminiscing: Where Did You Meet Your Best Friend?

In recognition of this Friendship Day, reminisce with residents about where they met their best friends. Afterwards, encourage residents to share stories of some of their oldest current friendships and how they still keep in touch.

Sensory Stimulation: American Bandstand of the 1930s

Host your own American Bandstand activity for your residents in honor of this day that the music show American Bandstand premiered nationally on television. For the activity, play music from the 1930s and 1940s. Then before each song plays, give a quick synopsis about the band. (On the YouTube video, click on "Show More" to see the names of the bands. Then use your phone to read a quick bio of each band before their song plays.)

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Crafts: Drop Cloth Picnic Blankets

Recruit your residents to assist you with making drop cloth picnic blankets to cover your Activity Room tables for the upcoming Picnic Bingo activity in recognition of this Picnic Day in Australia. To make the blankets, use pencils to sketch designs on the drop cloths before filling in the designs with paint.

One-on-One: Painting Like Andy

Invite your resident to assist you with making Andy Warhol-inspired art on your computer in honor of the artist's birthday today. (On the site, scroll down to "Pop Art Digital Art Project" for instructions.)

Exercise: Toe Exercises

Help your residents exercise their toes on this Wiggle Your Toes Day by leading them in foot exercises.

Bedside: Pick a Number

Show-off your mind-reading abilities to your resident on this first day of Psychic Week as you guess the number he has picked as you play a few rounds of Pick a Number. Follow the instructions found on the website as you correctly guess the final number.

Reminiscing: Was It Fact or Rumor?

In recognition of this birthday of Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons, reminisce with residents about the facts and rumors of who was dating whom in Old Hollywood. Read a list of on-screen Hollywood couples to see if residents can guess "Fact" or "Fiction" as to whether they were really a couple. (Be sure to add in more real Hollywood couples for residents to ponder.)

Sensory Stimulation: Picnic Bingo

On this Picnic Day in Australia, cover the tables in your Activity Room with the picnic blankets that were made earlier during the Crafts activity, and invite residents to play a fun bingo game. However, instead of playing your typical bingo game, use different bingo patterns for each of the games.

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Crafts: Summer Lighthouses

Encourage residents to craft their own lighthouse this summer on this National Lighthouse Day. Use foam cones, a foam cutter, Smooth Finish paintable covering, baby food jars, battery-operated tea lights, paint, and glue to assemble the colorful lighthouses.

One-on-One: Street Performer

In recognition of this day that street performer Philippe Petit made a tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, recruit your resident to set up a table to "perform" for passersby by doing tricks, like the classic shell game.

Exercise: Nighttime Bowling Party

Host a fun nighttime bowling party for your residents in a common area in your facility on this National Night Out. Coordinate with Dining Services to serve tasty desserts for this after-dinner activity to help entice residents to stop by and play.

Bedside: Now That's a Lighthouse

For this National Lighthouse Day, borrow a tablet to share photos with your resident of beautiful lighthouses from around the world. (More photos)

Reminiscing: Guess That "Looney Tunes" Character

On this birthday of Rudolf Ising, the American co-creator of "Looney Tunes", invite residents to try to recall the classic "Looney Tunes" characters as you pass around photos of the characters. (To print out the photos of the characters, simply hover your mouse over the character, and then right-click your mouse to click on "Open image in new tab.")

Sensory Stimulation: Glow-in-the-Dark Jars

Assist residents with making their own glow-in-the-dark jars on this National Night Out. For the activity, supply residents with glass jars, glow-in-the-dark paint, fine glitter, and paintbrushes. First, have residents paint the inside of their jar with the glow-in-the-dark paint. Then have residents sprinkle fine glitter into their jar while the paint is still wet so that it sticks to the inside of the jar. Finally, close the lid and turn off the lights for residents to see their glow-in-the-dark designs.

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Crafts: Wooden Bracelets

Encourage residents to make Washi tape wooden bracelets in recognition of this Wear Your Mother's Jewelry Day. Three days before the activity, soak wooden craft sticks in water and leave them there for two days. After the two days, remove the craft sticks and carefully bend the wooden sticks and place them in mugs so that they can keep their shape. Set the mugs out in the sun so that the sticks can dry for a day. Then during the activity, provide residents with colorful Washi tape to decorate their bracelets. Next, use an awl to create a hole at either end of each bracelet to string cording through. Finally, encourage residents to wear their bracelets or wrap them as summer gifts to their grandchildren.

One-on-One: Ring Maker

In honor of this Wear Your Mother's Jewelry Day, recruit your resident to assist you with making button rings to give out to visiting kids this summer. Simply thread colorful pipe cleaners through the buttons to make the rings. (Have your resident use her pinky as a guide for the proper size for the kids.)

Exercise: Cat Pose

On this International Cat Day, teach your residents how to do the cat pose and other simple chair yoga poses that are appropriate for your residents.

Bedside: Jewelry Fashion Show

Organize a jewelry fashion show for your bedridden resident by recruiting residents to wear their best jewelry and model it for your resident in her room on this Wear Your Mother's Jewelry Day. As each resident enters the room, have them explain the history and share any fun stories about their jewelry.

Reminiscing: Favorite Vegetable to Grow

For this Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbors' Porch Night, reminisce with residents about their favorite vegetables to grow in their backyard gardens. During the activity, pass around photos of beautiful backyard vegetable gardens for residents to compare to their own gardens of the past.

Sensory Stimulation: Painting Beads

Assist residents with painting wooden beads in beautiful colors to use to create their own fabric necklaces on this Wear Your Mother's Jewelry Day. Use pretty fabric for the necklaces, and encourage residents to wear their finished jewelry.

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Crafts: Penny Spinners

For this first day of the National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa, use pennies and poster board for a fun intergenerational craft with your residents and their grandchildren to make penny spinners. Provide the group with crayons and markers to decorate the discs before spinning them using pennies. Afterwards, host an impromptu penny spinning tournament to see who can spin their penny spinner the longest.

One-on-One: Making Rice Pudding

Celebrate this National Rice Pudding Day with your resident by preparing a batch of rice pudding from scratch. Pass out cups of the pudding for passersby to sample.

Exercise: Penny Toss

Pass out the pennies for residents to play a penny toss game on this first day of the National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa. Before the game, recruit a volunteer to use colorful paint or markers to create circles on a large sheet of white paper that can be used as the game board. Then during the activity, have residents toss pennies to try to land on the different colors. Be sure to give different point values for the different colors on the board. Also give different point values for those pennies that land within the circle and for those pennies that land on the edge of the circle.

Bedside: Fishing Jokes

Share a few fishing jokes and funny fishing stories with your fishing-expert-resident on this birthday of Izaak Walton, an English author of fishing treatises.

Reminiscing: Ticket to the White House

Reminisce with residents about Vice President Gerald Ford becoming president on this day in 1974 when President Richard Nixon resigned. Share the history of how the U.S. Representative eventually became president following the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew in 1973 and the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974 after the Watergate Scandal.

Sensory Stimulation: Galaxy Chalk Art

Assist residents with making their own spiral galaxy chalk art using black construction paper, white chalk pastel, and colored chalk pastel in recognition of this first day of the Perseid Meteor Showers. (Watch the short video on the site to view the simple instructions.)

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Crafts: Lion Birthday Cards

Invite your residents to make lion birthday cards for their grandchildren on this World Lion Day. Use colorful felt, googly eyes, glue, and cardstock for the project.

One-on-One: Indoor S'mores

Recruit your resident to assist you with making a batch of indoor s'mores to pass out to others on this National S'mores Day.

Exercise: Jazz Hands

On this first day of the Long Beach Jazz Festival in Long Beach, California, play jazz music in the background as you help residents stretch their fingers to help with their arthritis.

Bedside: Funny Skits

Share a few funny Candid Camera skits with your resident on this day that the reality show premiered.

Reminiscing: I Don't Have Time for That!

In honor of this National Lazy Day, reminisce with residents about the things that they used to avoid when they were feeling lazy. Then ask residents to share how they overcame their laziness.

Sensory Stimulation: Chocolate Personality Test

In recognition of this birthday of Henri Nestlé, the founder of the Nestlé company which later went into the chocolate business, invite your residents to participate in a fun chocolate personality test. For the activity, place Hershey's miniatures in the center of the table and ask residents to pick one piece to sample. Then, based on the candy that they chose, share a bit more about their chocolate personality.

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Crafts: Trash to Treasure

In recognition of this National Garage Sale Day, collect empty tissue boxes for your residents to repurpose into pretty desk organizers that can be given as gifts to the administrators in your facility. For the project, provide residents with colored pencils and markers to decorate kraft paper before wrapping it around empty tissue boxes that have the tops cut off. Finally, add small cardboard rolls in the boxes to hold the supplies.

One-on-One: Traveling to Japan

On this Mountain Day in Japan, take your resident on a virtual trip to the beautiful country and its top cities.

Exercise: Table Bowling

For this National Bowling Day, play a fun game of table bowling with your residents. To play, set up small pins (e.g., toilet paper rolls) at the end of the table and have residents exercise their arms as they roll a foam ball down the table to knock down the pins.

Bedside: 1950s Cars

Reminisce with your resident about his 1950s car on this day of the Street Scene, an annual car show in Covington, Virginia. Show a documentary about the culture of cars during the 1950s.

Reminiscing: Hot Rod Music

Play fun hot rod music for your residents in recognition of this day of Street Scene, an annual car show in Covington, Virginia. Play music from the 1950s as you ask residents to recall what they and their single friends used to do on a Saturday night.

Sensory Stimulation: Vintage Tea Party

In honor of this day of the Somerset Antique Show in Somerset, Pennsylvania, host a vintage tea party for your residents featuring a vintage tea set with cups and saucers. Coordinate with Dining Services to serve tea sandwiches and cookies for residents to enjoy.

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Crafts: CD Suncatchers

Invite residents to make CD suncatchers in recognition of this Vinyl Record Day. To make the colorful suncatchers, use permanent markers in different colors, old CDs, fishing line, twine, and sticks. Hang the finished suncatchers in a sunny corner in your Activity Room for the season.

One-on-One: Laundry Sachets

In recognition of this day that the home sewing machine was patented, assist your resident with hand-sewing laundry sachets that can be used to keep her laundry smelling fresh like lavender. Use old, pretty recycled pillowcases, dried lavender, colorful embroidery thread, and a needle for the project.

Exercise: Category Ball Bounce

For this International Youth Day, host a fun "recess" for your residents as they play a fun game of category ball bounce. To play, seat residents in a large circle and then name a category (e.g., types of cars, girls names that begin with the letter "S", etc.). Then hand a ball to one of the residents and have them list an item in the category before bounce-passing the ball to another resident in the circle. Then when that resident catches the ball, have them list a different item in the category before bounce-passing the ball to another resident, and so on.

Bedside: Washi Tape Art

Encourage your resident to assist you with making simple Washi tape art for her walls in recognition of this birthday of artist Thomas Bewick. Have your resident choose Washi tape colors and create a design onto paper that can be framed and hung on her wall.

Reminiscing: Remembering The Ten Commandments

On this birthday of Hollywood producer Cecil B. DeMille, reminisce with residents about one of his most popular movies, The Ten Commandments (1956) starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner. Share some movie trivia with residents about the epic film.

Sensory Stimulation: Chair Dancing

Help your residents follow along with a simple chair dancing routine in honor of this birthday of choreographer Michael Kidd.

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Crafts: Bubble Wands

Encourage your residents to make bubble wands to use for the upcoming Tiny Bubbles Auditions activity. Use pipe cleaners, wooden dowels, and colorful beads for the project.

One-on-One: Colorful Leaf Prints

Assist your resident with gathering leaves from your outdoor trees to create leaf prints in recognition of this birthday of the first English printer William Caxton. Use a sponge brush to paint one side of the leaves before pressing the leaves onto paper to make the prints. For frameable art, encourage your resident to overlap the leaf prints and to use complementary paint colors.

Exercise: Left-Handed Balloon Volley

Divide residents into teams of two and have them sit facing one another so that they can volley a balloon back and forth using only their left hand on this International Left-Handers Day.

Bedside: Target Game

Make a felt target game for your resident to practice her targeting skills in honor of this birthday of American markswoman Annie Oakley.

Reminiscing: Historical Timeline of the 20th Century

In recognition of this day that the Berlin Wall was erected, reminisce with residents about other important events of the 20th century. Share a few events from each of the decades of the 20th century. (On the website, click on "More" under each decade to view important happenings of each of the years.)

Sensory Stimulation: Tiny Bubbles Auditions

Play tribute to Hawaiian singer Don Ho on this day that he was born by having residents blow tiny bubbles while listening to Don Ho's music. Beforehand, make bubble solution for residents to use with the bubble wands that were made earlier during the Crafts activity.

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Crafts: Twig Tabletop Teepees

Assist residents with making twig tabletop teepees in recognition of this Navajo Code Talkers Day. While assembling the teepees using twigs, twine, and paint, chit chat with residents about what they remember hearing about the Navajo Code Talkers during World War II.

One-on-One: You Can Do It!

Challenge your resident to assist you with stacking coins off the edge of a table in recognition of this first day of the World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Borrow a tablet for you and your resident to watch how to stack the coins so that they don't fall off the table.

Exercise: Early Morning Meditation Walk

Lead your early risers on an outdoor meditation walk before it gets too warm in recognition of this day that the largest Gothic church in northern Europe, the Cologne Cathedral, was completed.

Bedside: Paper Model

Invite your resident to assist you with assembling a paper model of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany in her room on this day that it was completed.

Reminiscing: How Were Your Parents Cared For?

On this anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act, reminisce with residents about how their parents were cared for when they reached a certain age. Then share how the elderly are treated in other cultures.

Sensory Stimulation: Creamsicle Break

Celebrate this National Creamsicle Day by passing out creamsicles for residents to enjoy on this hot, summer day.

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Crafts: Henna Scratch Art

On this Independence Day in India, show your residents how to make henna scratch art. For the project, first have residents use pencils to outline their hands onto white cardstock. Then pass out crayons for residents to color the whole hand. Next, cut out the hand and paint it using black tempera paint. After the paint has dried, use a wooden skewer to create designs on the hand, revealing the color beneath the paint.

One-on-One: 3-Dimensional Art

Use toilet paper rolls to create unique wall art with your resident for her room in honor of this birthday of graphic designer Paul Rand. First, paint the toilet paper rolls the desired color. Once the paint has dried, flatten the rolls and cut them into one-inch-wide pieces. Next, glue the pieces together and hang them on the wall using thumbtacks.

Exercise: Dancing Like It's 1960

Play music from the 1960s as you lead residents in the fun dances from the era, like the Mashed Potato or the Swim, in honor of this day that the Woodstock music festival began.

Bedside: Tie-Dyed Balloons

Decorate your resident's room with colorful marbleized balloons in honor of this first day of the Woodstock music festival in 1969. Encourage your resident to assist you with decorating the balloons using a bowl of water and nail polish.

Reminiscing: High-Tech Ways to Find Fido

For this Check the Chip Day, a day to remind pet owners to update their pets' microchip information, reminisce with residents about how they used to find a lost pet. Afterwards, share a few high-tech ways to find a lost pet.

Sensory Stimulation: One of Julia's Favorites

In recognition of this birthday of cook Julia Child, invite residents to help you roll out croissant dough to make tasty croissants. (Before the activity, make the dough and allow it to chill for at least two hours.)

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Crafts: Corn Mosaic Art

Celebrate this first day of the Sun Prairie's Sweet Corn Festival in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin by assisting residents with creating corn mosaic art. Beforehand, recruit volunteers to dye the corn kernels. Then during the activity, have residents glue the kernels onto sturdy cardstock to create a mosaic. (If residents are unable to freehand a mosaic, simply print out coloring pages onto cardstock for residents to fill in with the corn kernels.)

One-on-One: Ever Made Rum Cake?

Encourage your resident to assist you with baking a rum cake on this National Rum Day.

Exercise: Hey, Batter Batter

Set up a batter box in your Activity Room for residents and invite each resident to use a pool noodle to try to hit the foam ball that you pitch to them on this first day of the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Bedside: Corn Kernel Necklace

For this first day of the Sun Prairie's Sweet Corn Festival in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, invite your resident to assist you with stringing a corn kernel necklace that can be given as a gift to a grandchild. Provide your resident with a bowl of corn kernels, and have her pick out the kernels that she wants you to string onto the necklace.

Reminiscing: Popcorn Party

On this first day of the Sun Prairie's Sweet Corn Festival in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, reminisce with residents about their favorite flavors of popcorn while serving a variety of popcorn flavors for them to sample.

Sensory Stimulation: Corn Pudding Chefs

Invite residents to assist you with preparing corn pudding in honor of this first day of the Sun Prairie's Sweet Corn Festival in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Divide residents into teams so that each team can work on one task (e.g., creaming the butter and sugar, cracking the eggs, etc.)

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Crafts: Yarn Hearts

Assist residents with making yarn hearts on this Chinese Valentine's Day. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter, a thin foam sheet, and colorful yarn for the project. Decorate your Activity Room with the hearts for the upcoming Valentine Cookie Bake-Off activity.

One-on-One: Flea Market Flip

In honor of this National Thrift Shop Day, play a fun game of Flea Market Flip. Instead of actually doing the flip, show your resident a before picture and have her creatively think of things that she could repurpose the item for, before showing her the after picture.

Exercise: Musical Partners

On this Chinese Valentine's Day, invite residents to play a fun game of musical partners. To play, pair residents together to dance. Once the music stops, have everyone switch partners until the music stops again. Encourage residents to keep switching partners each time the music stops. Beforehand, recruit volunteers and staff members to participate to ensure that you have an equal number of dance partners.

Bedside: Blueberry Muffin Mug Cake

Treat your resident to a quick-to-make blueberry muffin mug cake on this first day of the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias, Maine.

Reminiscing: Before There Was a Marilyn Monroe, There Was a Mae West

Reminisce with residents about the stage and screen actress Mae West on this day that the actress was born. Share a few fun facts about the sex symbol of the 1930s. Afterwards, pass around photos of other beautiful actresses of the 1930s to see if residents can guess their names.

Sensory Stimulation: Valentine Cookie Bake-Off

Host a valentine cookie bake-off on this day of the Double Seven Festival, Chinese Valentine's Day, in China. Divide residents into teams and provide each team with a different valentine cookie to bake. Afterwards, invite your facility's administrators to sample and judge the cookies.

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Crafts: Floral Crowns

On this first day of the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival in West Newton, Pennsylvania, invite residents to make their own Renaissance-inspired floral crowns to wear. For the activity, use floral wire, floral tape, and the fresh flowers that were picked from your garden during the Exercise activity.

One-on-One: Adorable Animals

For this International Homeless Animals Day and Candlelight Vigils, invite your animal-lover-resident to watch a quick funny video about baby animals.

Exercise: Picking Flowers

Lead residents outdoors to pick fresh flowers for the Crafts activity of making floral crowns.

Bedside: Honey Tasting

Surprise your resident with a platter of different types of honey, cheese, and nuts to sample in recognition of this National Honey Bee Day.

Reminiscing: Mail-Order Catalogs

Reminisce with residents about ordering from mail-order catalogs on this day that the first mail-order catalog was published by Montgomery Ward. Share a bit of history about the catalogs as you pass around photos of old catalog pages.

Sensory Stimulation: It's Ice Cream Pie Time!

Celebrate this National Ice Cream Pie Day with your residents by making a quick 10-minute pie for them to enjoy.

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Crafts: Potato Stamp Stationery

For this National Potato Day, provide residents with halved potatoes, paint, and white cardstock to make their own stationery this summer. Beforehand, recruit volunteers to use craft knives to carve designs in each of the potatoes. Then during the activity, have residents fold the cardstock in half and begin using the potatoes to stamp designs on the outside of the cards. Allow the finished cards to dry before having residents save them as stationery.

One-on-One: Volunteer Help

Recruit your resident to assist you with passing out greeting cards to your bedridden residents on this World Humanitarian Day. Ahead of time, print out greeting cards for the activity.

Exercise: Sweep Potato

Invite residents to play a fun game of Sweep Potato using brooms and a potato on this National Potato Day. To play, use masking tape to create two parallel lines on the floor that are 10 feet apart. Then have a resident stand on the outside of one of the lines and hit a potato with the broom so that the potato crosses the line that is 10 feet away. (If you have more than one broom and one potato, then you can have multiple residents attempt at the same time.) Award points for each resident who is able to hit their potato so that it rolls over the line (instead of rolling to the side).

Bedside: Tell Me a Story

On this World Photography Day, share photos from the 1950s with your resident and have her create a story about the picture. Encourage your resident to tell you what she thinks the people in the photos are doing that day.

Reminiscing: Family Photos

Reminisce with residents about their families as you encourage them to bring their family photos to show others on this World Photography Day.

Sensory Stimulation: Float Party

Serve root beer float popsicles to your residents to enjoy on this summer day in recognition of this day that the first root beer float was served. For the popsicles, use root beer, vanilla ice cream, paper cups, and popsicle sticks. (Make the popsicles the night before to allow time for freezing.)

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Crafts: Jingle Bell Ribbon Wands

Assist residents with making jingle bell ribbon wands to use for the upcoming Dancing to the Radio activity on this World Radio Day. For the project, use wooden rods, duct tape, colorful ribbons, jingle bells, and hot glue.

One-on-One: Touring NYC

In recognition of this birthday of architect Eliel Saarinen, invite your resident to go on a virtual tour of New York City from the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building. (On the website, click the video to check out the different landmarks in the city.)

Exercise: Dancing to the Radio

Pass out the jingle bell ribbon wands that were made earlier during the Crafts activity as you invite residents to move to music from a local radio station.

Bedside: Fibber McGee & Molly

Share an old episode of the radio show Fibber McGee & Molly with your resident to enjoy on this National Radio Day.

Reminiscing: Grandma's Home Remedies

On this World Mosquito Day, reminisce with residents about their grandmother's home remedies, like using ice for bug bites. Ask residents whether those homemade remedies ever worked, and whether they ever created their own remedies for their kids.

Sensory Stimulation: Radio Songs

Play songs from the radio from the 1940s for your residents to enjoy on this National Radio Day.

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Crafts: Grass Skirts

Provide residents with plastic tablecloths to make Hawaiian skirts to wear for the upcoming Hula Dance on this day that Hawaii became the 50th state. (Skirts can also be made from paper grocery bags.)

One-on-One: Southern Sweet Tea Party

Host a sweet tea party featuring sugar-free sweet tea for your resident on this National Sweet Tea Day. Ask your resident how she used to make sweet tea. Then share some history about the favorite beverage of the South.

Exercise: Hula Contest

Pass out the grass skirts that were made earlier for residents to wear as you teach them how to hula dance on this anniversary of Hawaii's statehood.

Bedside: Special Recording

On this National Senior Citizens Day, interview your resident by asking her fun questions that may be of interest to her grandchildren. With her permission, record her answers to the questions and send them to her grandchildren.

Reminiscing: Swapping Stories

Invite residents to reminisce and swap stories on this National Senior Citizens Day. Pass around photos to get residents remembering about their childhood.

Sensory Stimulation: Hawaiian Taste Test

Coordinate with Dining Services to serve a variety of Hawaiian desserts for residents to sample in honor of this day that Hawaii became the 50th state.

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Crafts: Paper Clip Angels

Invite your residents to help you make paper clip angels on this Be an Angel Day. Use butterfly paper clips for the craft, along with pearl beads and colorful ribbon. Store the finished angels to use either as ornaments for your upcoming Christmas decorations or as gifts to residents at the end of the year.

One-on-One: Constellation Coasters

Enlist the help of your resident to make constellation coasters on this birthday of American astronomer Samuel Langley. Use wooden circles, black paint, a white colored pencil, a constellation chart, and a clear spray sealant for the coasters. After painting the circles black, allow them to dry before using the white colored pencil to draw the constellations. If you do not have a star stamp, simply use your white colored pencil to draw stars as the connection points on the constellations. Finally, spray a sealer over the coasters to seal in the design.

Exercise: Hip Swinging Blues

Pay tribute to blues singer John Lee Hooker on this day that he was born by teaching residents how to do a blues line dance, like the hip swinging blues dance to the song "Hip-Swing'in Blues."

Bedside: Belief in Angels

For this Be an Angel Day, invite your religious resident to discuss her beliefs about angels. Host an impromptu Bible study with her as you share a few facts about angels in the Bible.

Reminiscing: Which One is Ripe?

On this National Eat a Peach Day, reminisce with residents about their grocery shopping habits and about how they are able to tell whether a fruit is ripe. (If possible, plan a fun outing to a local grocery store or farmer's market for residents to display their skills at picking the ripest fruit.)

Sensory Stimulation: Choir Practice

Lead residents in a fun choir practice on this day that the Mormon Choir performed for the first time. Beforehand, print out traditional folk songs lyrics. (On the website, click on the song and then click on the orange "Text (PDF)" link to download the lyrics.) During the activity, pick a song that has a melody that you and your residents are familiar with, and then lead them in singing the other verses of the song that they may not be familiar with.

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Crafts: Quirky Puppets

Before the grandchildren return to school, invite them to make a fun, quirky craft – clothespin paper puppets – with your residents on this first day of the annual country fair in Acton, Maine. Use clothespins, markers, yarn, glue, and googly eyes for the puppets. (On the website, instead of subscribing to get their paper puppet template, encourage your group to make their own paper puppet faces using a circle template.)

One-on-One: Yacht Newbie

Show your resident what it's like sailing around the world on a yacht on this birthday of American naval hero Oliver Hazard Perry by sharing a video of the experience.

Exercise: Human Ring Toss

On this first day of the Acton Fair in Acton, Maine, invite residents to participate in a fun game of human ring toss. Beforehand, borrow pool inner tubes from staff members for the activity. To play, divide residents into small teams, and have each team designate a "peg" who will have the rings tossed around them. (Another option is to recruit staff members or volunteers to be the peg for each team.) Award points for each ring that goes around the human peg. (If you have a limited amount of inner tubes, then time each team individually to see how many inner tubes they can get over their human peg in 60 seconds.)

Bedside: Watching Gene Kelly

Share a few videos with your resident of dancer Gene Kelly in action on this day that he was born.

Reminiscing: Sunday Morning Paper and...

Reminisce with residents about reading their Sunday morning paper on this birthday of comic strip artist Ernie Bushmiller. Ask residents what they used to do and eat while reading their Sunday paper.

Sensory Stimulation: Tap Dance Party

Teach your seated residents the basic steps of tap dancing in honor of this birthday of dancer Gene Kelly. After the short lesson, play tap dancing music for residents to dance to in their chairs.

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Crafts: Pine Cone Pineapples

Supply residents with pine cones and yellow paint to create pine cone pineapples in recognition of this birthday of native Hawaiian surfer and Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku. Use green construction paper to create the pineapple leaves before attaching them to the painted pine cones using tape. Use the finished pine cone pineapples as decoration for your summertime festivities.

One-on-One: Waffle Topping Tester

Invite your resident for a waffle topping tasting on this National Waffle Day. Beforehand, use an electric waffle iron to make a waffle before cutting it into equal pieces. For the activity, borrow four different toppings from Dining Services (e.g., strawberry jam, grape jelly, blueberry jam, and peach preserves) and heat each in the microwave. Then have your resident dip a waffle stick into each of the toppings to try them out.

Exercise: Walking Tour

For this first day of the Oregon Trail Rodeo in Hastings, Nebraska, create your own walking trail through your facility using your facility's Sales Coordinator. Ask her to give your residents the walking tour of the facility that she normally gives family members who want to check out the facility for their loved ones.

Bedside: Western Bingo

Show an old episode of the popular western television show Gunsmoke from the 1950s for your resident to enjoy on this first day of the Oregon Trail Rodeo in Hastings, Nebraska. Before the activity, create a bingo card featuring items normally found in a western (e.g., cowboy, cowgirl, cactus, saloon, sheriff, horse, spur, bank, stage coach, boots, etc.). Then as your resident watches the episode, encourage him to mark off the things that he has seen on the show.

Reminiscing: How Long Has It Been?

In recognition of this first day of the World Library and Information Congress in Malaysia, start a discussion with residents about the last time that they have been to the library. Then reminisce about what the library was like when they used to go on a regular basis, and how much different it is today with all the computers and technology. Afterwards, share a few secrets of public librarians.

Sensory Stimulation: Hawaiian Fruit Tasting

In celebration of this birthday of Hawaiian Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku, provide residents with several native Hawaiian fruits to taste, like pineapple, mango, and coconut.

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Crafts: Greeting Cards

For this Kiss-and-Make-Up Day, assist residents with making watercolor greeting cards to send to loved ones. For the project, fold cardstock or watercolor paper in half to create the cards. Then have residents use Washi tape to make designs on the front of the cards before using watercolors to fill in the rest of the space on the front of the cards. Next, carefully remove the tape to reveal the designs. After the cards have dried, assist residents with writing notes of love and encouragement to their family members.

One-on-One: No-Bake Banana Split Cake

Recruit your resident to assist you with assembling a no-bake banana split cake on this National Banana Split Day using ingredients that include bananas, crushed pineapple, and graham cracker crumbs.

Exercise: Minibeast Spotting

Lead residents on an early morning nature walk to conduct a minibeast spotting in recognition of this International Bat Night. Pass out the sheet for residents to mark with pencils when they come across one of the "minibeasts."

Bedside: Yosemite Park

Take your resident on an online tour of Yosemite National Park in California in recognition of this day that the U.S. National Park Service was founded.

Reminiscing: The Fanciest Car

Reminisce with residents about the fanciest car that they have ever been in on this day of the Corvette Crossroads Auto Show in Mackinaw City, Michigan. Pass around photos of the beautiful cars of the 1930s and the 1940s, and ask residents what they remember about those cars.

Sensory Stimulation: Cutting Bananas

On this National Banana Split Day, invite residents to participate in the relaxing, sensory activity of cutting bananas. Pass out bananas and plastic knives to residents, and have them peel and cut the bananas before eating them.

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Crafts: Vegetable Seedlings

In recognition of this National Toilet Paper Day, provide residents with toilet paper rolls to create seedling pots that include the seeds of vegetables or herbs that should be planted in August. Pass out the seedlings to visitors over the weekend.

One-on-One: Popsicle Stick Frames

For this National Cherry Popsicle Day, convince your resident to use popsicle sticks to make popsicle stick frames for her room. Use colorful Washi tape, popsicle sticks, small magnets, and tacky glue for the fun project.

Exercise: Men vs. Women

In honor of this Women's Equality Day, host a fun sporting competition, like bowling or shuffleboard, between the men and women in your facility.

Bedside: Carnival Balloons

On this first day of the Notting Hill Carnival in England, give your resident's room a make-over by inflating lots of colorful balloons and tying them throughout the room.

Reminiscing: When Did You Feel Equal?

Start a discussion with residents about gender equality in their communities and in their former workplaces on this Women's Equality Day. Ask residents to share their stories of inequality in the workplace, and whether they view women and men as being equal.

Sensory Stimulation: Doggie Date

Invite the family members of your residents to bring their well-behaved dogs on a fun visit with your residents on this National Dog Day. (Beforehand, ask family members to bring a copy of their dog's vaccination papers for you to keep on file for visiting dogs.)

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Crafts: Bible Snacks

For this birthday of Catholic nun Mother Teresa, encourage residents to make edible crafts by making Bible snacks using Fig Newtons. For the activity, have residents use a plastic knife to trim off three sides of the Fig Newton before decorating it with white icing and a fruit roll-up that is carved to look like a bookmark. Take pictures of the finished Bibles before residents begin sampling them.

One-on-One: Books of the Bible Word Scramble

Assist your resident with completing a Books of the Bible word scramble in honor of this birthday of Catholic nun Mother Teresa. (On the website, click on the links directly under the word scramble to print out the puzzle sheet and the answer sheet.)

Exercise: Tennis Bounce

Pass out plastic rackets to residents and have them work on their hand and eye coordination as they bounce tennis balls on their rackets in recognition of this first day of the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York. Have residents hold the racket so that the face of the racket is facing up. Then have them place a tennis ball on the racket for them to gently bounce on their racket. See who can bounce the ball on their racket the longest without the ball falling off.

Bedside: Tennis Ball Emojis

Ask staff members to donate any of their unused tennis balls for you and your artistic resident to have some fun creating tennis ball emojis on this first day of the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York. Provide your resident with a pencil to draw the faces before going over the lines with markers. Use the finished emojis as a fun display in your Activity Room.

Reminiscing: Did You Know...

Reminisce with residents about President Lyndon Johnson on this day that the 36th president was born. Share a few fun facts about the Texas native.

Sensory Stimulation: Old-Time Music

On this first day of the National Old-Time Music Festival & Expo in LeMars, Iowa, play Appalachian old-time music, and encourage residents to dance or tap their toes.

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Crafts: Beaded Sticks

For this birthday of naturalist Roger Tory Peterson, invite residents to use elements of nature to create beaded sticks by stringing pony beads onto twigs. Gather the finished beaded sticks together in a vase as a piece of art in your facility.

One-on-One: Commercial Break Bingo

In recognition of this day that the first radio commercials were broadcast, leave a commercial break bingo card with your resident for her to use when she watches her favorite program on television for the evening. Encourage her to check off the items on her bingo card when she sees them in a commercial (and have her write in the commercial product) before turning the bingo card back into you the following day for a fun prize.

Exercise: Cloud Watch

On this birthday of naturalist Roger Tory Peterson, take residents outdoors for a walk to your garden to go on cloud watch to identify your local clouds. Pass out cloud viewers for residents to use after sitting down in the garden. (Beforehand, cut out the cloud viewers and attach craft sticks to make it easier for residents to hold up.)

Bedside: Making Dragonflies

Gather a few items from nature to have your resident assist you with making nature dragonflies for her room in recognition of this birthday of American naturalist Roger Tory Peterson. For the dragonflies, use twigs, leaves, beads, rubber bands, and floral wire.

Reminiscing: March on Washington

Reminisce with residents about the March on Washington civil rights rally in Washington, D.C. on this anniversary of the event. Pass around photos of the march to spark discussion.

Sensory Stimulation: Jingle Makers

Pass out jingle bells, pencils, and pipe cleaners for residents to make jingle sticks in honor of this day that commercials and their fun jingles were first broadcast on the radio. (On the website, scroll down to the second craft to view the instructions.) After making the jingle sticks, encourage residents to participate in a jingle bell orchestra in which you play music and point to a section in the orchestra (a group of residents sitting next to each other) to shake their jingle sticks at a certain point in the song.

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Crafts: Food Crafts

On this day of La Tomatina, the world's biggest food fight in Spain, invite residents to make a food craft, like cookie ovens. Use graham crackers, peanut butter and chocolate candy melts, Kit Kat bars, M&M's candies, chocolate chips, and pretzel sticks for the fun craft. Take pictures of the finished ovens before residents begin sampling.

One-on-One: Floral Herb Perfume

Encourage your resident to make her own floral herbal perfume in recognition of this More Herbs, Less Salt Day. To make the perfume, first take your resident outdoors to pick flowers and herbs from your garden. Then tear the flowers and herbs and place them in a bottle. Next, have your resident choose which essential oils she wants to add to her perfume before adding water to the spray bottle. Since the perfume doesn't last long, be sure to encourage your resident to use her spray right away to freshen up her room or clothes.

Exercise: Lemon Roll

Invite residents to participate in a fun lemon bocce ball in recognition of this National Lemon Juice Day. To play, seat residents in a large circle and place the jack (a white ping pong ball) on the floor in the center of the circle. Then pass out lemons to each of the residents and have them roll their lemon so that it ends up being the closest to the jack. Be sure to warn residents that lemons don't always roll straight!

Bedside: Card Players

Challenge your resident to a card game of Spit on this According to Hoyle Day, a day promoting games to be played according to the rules.

Reminiscing: Foreign-Born?

Reminisce with residents about Old Hollywood actresses on this birthday of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman. Borrow a tablet to run through a list of Old Hollywood actresses to see if residents can recall if they are foreign-born.

Sensory Stimulation: Herb and Spice Playdough

Use an electric stovetop to heat flour, water, salt, cream of tartar, and your favorite herbs to make herb and spice playdough for residents to mold on this More Herbs, Less Salt Day. After the doughs have cooled, provide each resident with a different herbed dough to play a playdough animal game. To play, name an animal and give residents a minute to mold their dough into that animal. Once everyone has molded their animal, have residents pass their dough to the person on their right. Then give another animal for residents to mold using the new herbed playdough that they just received.

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Crafts: Napkin Pencils

Encourage residents to make beautiful pencils in recognition of this birthday of writer Mary Shelley. For the project, first have residents use markers to create designs on paper towels. Then cut the dried paper towels into strips. Next, use glue sticks or Mod Podge to adhere the paper towel strips onto the pencils. Carefully add a final layer of Mod Podge over the paper towel and set the pencils out to dry.

One-on-One: Watercolor Postcards

In honor of this birthday of writer Mary Shelley, invite your resident to make watercolor postcards to send to her loved ones, using a postcard template and crayons, watercolors, or rubber cement.

Exercise: Twister Toss

In recognition of this first day of the Blue Hill Fair in Blue Hill, Maine, host a fun Twister Toss game for your residents. To play, place the Twister mat on the floor, and have residents try to toss bean bags so that they land on the color that they spun. Award points each time a bean bag lands touching the desired color.

Bedside: Afternoon Read

For this birthday of English novelist Mary Shelley, read parts of her 1818 book Frankenstein to your resident, and have him read several of the passages back to you. Borrow the book from your local library or read it online.

Reminiscing: Toasted Marshmallows

Celebrate this National Toasted Marshmallow Day with residents by serving oven-toasted marshmallows for residents to enjoy. While eating, reminisce with residents about the special treats that they used to enjoy as kids, like toasted marshmallows.

Sensory Stimulation: Sweet, Sour, Salty or Bitter

On this first day of the National Sweetcorn Festival in Hoopeston, Illinois, invite residents to sample different foods to determine whether they are sweet, sour, salty, or bitter. For the activity, first provide each resident with a sweet food (sugar), a sour food (lemon wedge), a salty food (salt), and a bitter food (baker's chocolate). Then provide residents with other foods for them to taste to see which of the four basic tastes the food is most similar to.

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Crafts: Stick and Leaf Butterflies

Grab a few elements of nature to assist residents with making stick and leaf butterflies on this first day of the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival in Winchester, Kentucky. For the project, have residents decorate leaves with chalk markers. Then use glue to attach the leaves to colored twigs. Gather the finished butterflies to give to visiting kids as nature gifts.

One-on-One: Leaving a Trail for the Birds

Invite your resident to walk out to the backyard to leave a trail for the birds on this National Trail Mix Day. Provide your resident with a bag of sunflower seeds for her to drop on the ground for the birds to follow and eat.

Exercise: Straw Javelin Throw

In recognition of this first day of the Odyssey – A Greek Festival in Orange, Connecticut, host a fun Greek Olympic-style game of the straw javelin throw. For the game, set up bowls on the floor, and pass out straws for residents to throw in the bowls to accumulate points.

Bedside: Colorful Twig Art

On this first day of the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival in Winchester, Kentucky, gather twigs with your resident to create string twig art. For the activity, first use twine to tie the twigs into triangles, and then wrap colorful pieces of yarn around the triangles. Hang the finished twig art at varying lengths in a window in your Activity Room.

Reminiscing: Best Neighbors Ever

Reminisce with residents about their best neighbors on this first of the Benton Neighbor Days in Benton, Missouri. Share a few good neighbor stories with residents as you encourage them to share a few of their own.

Sensory Stimulation: How Many Shades of Green Can You Find?

Lead residents outdoors for a walk in nature on this first day of the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival in Winchester, Kentucky. During the walk, pass out paint swatches of different shades of green for residents to find leaves on your backyard trees that match. (If walking in the backyard is not an option, recruit volunteers ahead of time to fill a small basket with different shades of leaves for residents to compare to their paint swatches inside.)

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