Sample Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar
February 2020 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar
Find interesting themed activity ideas in the calendar below that you can use for your senior residents and easily add to your nursing facility's activity calendar.
TIP: Click on the themes in the calendar box below to see more information about each weekly theme.
TIP: Use the following monthly themes as inspiration for activity ideas.
February is ...
- African-American Cultural Heritage Month
- AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
- American Heart Month
- Bake for Family Fun Month
- Creative Romance Month
- Declutter for a Cause Month
- Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month
- Great American Pie Month
- International Boost Self-Esteem Month
- Library Lovers' Month
- National Bird-Feeding Month
- National Black History Month
- National Cherry Month
- National Goat Yoga Month
- National Grapefruit Month
- National Hot Breakfast Month
- National Mend a Broken Heart Month
- National Parent Leadership Month
- National Pet Dental Health Month
- National Senior Independence Month
- National Time Management Month
- National Wedding Month
- Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
- Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
- Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
- Spunky Old Broads Month
- Wise Health Care Consumer Month
- Worldwide Renaissance of the Heart Month
- Youth Leadership Month
TIP: Click on the following weeks of the month to see activity ideas for that specific week.
TIP: Find activities that are classified to help you easily find the types of activity ideas that you need for your calendar.
Each week contains ten types of activities:
- Crafts: projects allowing the residents to increase their hand and finger mobility
- Reminiscing: interesting group discussions to help the residents reminisce
- Physical: enjoyable physical activities to keep residents moving
- One-on-One: fun, specialized activities that work well with only one or two residents
- Lower-Functioning: hands-on activities
- Bedside: simple bedside activities that appeal to at least one of the resident's senses
- Outing: fun trips or bus rides
- Sensory Stimulation: fun, interactive, large-group activities to stimulate the senses
- Men's: projects or activities specifically geared toward men
- Special Event: enjoyable, interactive large-group activities
TIP: Click on the highlighted links below to get more information (instructions, recipes, or pictures) to assist with completing the activity.
Countdown to Super Bowl Sunday Week
(Week of January 26)
Crafts: The Drinks
Get your residents ready for Super Bowl LIV on February 2nd by providing a week of fun football-themed activities. Start the week by making football cozies with residents using a jersey template, craft foam, number stickers, paint, glue, and pencils. (Watch the short video for instructions.)
Reminiscing: The Stadium
Reminisce with residents about their past trips to NFL stadiums. Afterwards, share a few photos of NFL stadiums for residents to rank in order of their favorites.
Physical: The Coin Toss
Play several rounds of heads or tails with residents. To play, have everyone stand up, and then have them pick "heads" (by placing their hands on their heads) or "tails" (by placing their hands on their hips). After you flip the coin, announce whether it is heads or tails, and have those who incorrectly guessed the flip sit down. Then do it again until there is only one person standing, and award that person a fun prize.
One-on-One: The Display
Recruit your resident to assist you with making papier-mache snack bowls for your Super Bowl parties.
Lower-Functioning: The Cheer
Help residents make pom-poms to cheer for the big game. For the activity, provide residents with sheets of tissue paper that have been cut so that they can wrap them with tape to create the pom-poms.
Bedside: The Decor
Invite your resident to make paper football lanterns to hang in his room as decoration for the football game.
Outing: The Sports
Take residents on a trip to your local sports bar to eat snacks while watching sports on television.
Sensory Stimulation: The Food
Teach residents how to make Super Bowl strawberries by using candy melts, strawberries, and a piping bag (a Ziploc bag with the corner cut off).
Men's: The Game
Encourage the men to participate in a Super Bowl football pool. (On the website, scroll down and click on "Download football pool grid printout" to print out the football pool sheet.)
Special Event: The Socializing
Host a fun Super Bowl bingo game for residents. (To print out the bingo cards from the website, scroll down the page and click on the "Super Bowl Bingo" card link underneath the fourth photo on the site.) (Please note that Super Bowl LIV is Sunday, February 2.)
Spunky Old Broads Week
(Week of February 2)
Recognize this Spunky Old Broads Month with the residents of your facility by scheduling fun activities throughout the week that help the ladies have fun and be themselves. Start the week by showing residents how to design crystal brooches for the ladies to wear this week.
Reminisce with residents about how spunky they were when they were younger. Afterwards, encourage residents to watch old episodes of the popular television show Golden Girls, a sitcom about four older women living together.
Encourage your residents to enjoy themselves as you teach them how to play the Cheetos shower cap game, in which participants pair up and have one person toss Cheetos onto their partner's shower cap that is covered with shaving cream.
One-on-One: Get Tattoos
Lower-Functioning: Go Flying
Invite residents to "go flying" as you assist them with making paper planes to toss into a target.
Bedside: Sky Dive
Borrow a tablet to take your resident virtual skydiving.
Host a fun gathering at your local pub as you take the ladies for a happy hour drink.
Sensory Stimulation: Eat
Whip up an Oreo icebox cake using Oreo cookies and homemade whipped cream for the ladies to sample.
Host a fun dance for all your residents while playing music from the Andrews Sisters. Encourage the spunky women of your facility to ask the men to dance.
Special Event: Socialize
Start a chapter of the Red Hat Ladies in your facility or create your own hat club where the ladies of your facility can gather once per month to socialize and have fun. (Please note that February is Spunky Old Broads Month.)
Be My Sweetie Week
(Week of February 9)
Crafts: Valentine Balloons
Help your residents enjoy this valentine season by providing a variety of fun valentine-themed activities throughout the week. On Valentine's Day, recruit residents to help you decorate for the observance by making tissue paper heart balloons. Simply cut out a heart shape from red tissue paper before adhering to helium-filled white balloons using Mod Podge. Use the finished balloons as decoration for your upcoming Valentine Dessert Party.
Reminiscing: Valentine Jewelry
Reminisce with residents about the valentine jewelry that they have given or received in the past on Valentine's Day. Beforehand, recruit a few volunteers to help you make Hershey's Kisses rings that you can pass out to your residents so that they receive "valentine jewelry" this year.
Physical: Valentine Bowling
Show residents how to play a valentine bowling game. Beforehand, set up the game by filling plastic bottles with colorful tissue paper and attaching paper conversation hearts to each of the bottles. Set up the bottles in a bowling configuration and have residents roll a ball to try to knock down all the bottles.
One-on-One: Valentine Hand Warmers
Assist your resident with assembling valentine hand warmers that you can pass out to visitors on Valentine's Day. For the activity, use red, white, and pink felt, white and red string, a needle, and rice.
Lower-Functioning: Valentine Towers
Invite residents to have fun trying to stack conversation hearts to see who can stack the highest tower of candy hearts.
Bedside: Valentine Candy
Encourage your resident to wrap Hershey's Nuggets candy with candy bar wrappers that she can use to wrap small chocolates to pass out to her visitors throughout the week. Another option is to use decorative scrapbook paper.
Outing: Trip to Candy Store
Take your residents on a fun trip to the local candy store to sample a few of their valentine treats.
Sensory Stimulation: Valentine Love Songs
Play love songs for residents to listen to and try to identify the song titles. Award valentine candy as prizes for each correct answer.
Men's: Valentine Doodles
Provide bananas and markers to the men and recruit them to create valentine doodles that your residents would enjoy. Set out the fruit doodle valentines in your facility's common areas for passersby to pick up and eat.
Special Event: Valentine Dessert Party
Coordinate with Dining Services to provide a variety of tasty valentine desserts for residents to sample in your facility's Activity Room. Be sure to decorate the room using the valentine balloons that were made during the Craft activity. (Please note that Valentine's Day is Friday, February 14.)
Hail to the Chief Week
(Week of February 16)
Crafts: Duct Tape Flags
Host a fun week of presidential activities as you help residents celebrate Presidents' Day this week. To help decorate for the holiday, assist residents with making duct tape flags. To make the flags, provide residents with red, white, and blue duct tape to cover Styrofoam blocks. First, have residents alternate placing lines of red and white tape across the blocks. Then use the blue duct tape to create a square over the red and white lines in the upper left square of the Styrofoam block. Next, cut out small white stars to glue on top of the blue tape. Finally, hang the finished duct tape flags throughout your facility as decoration.
Reminiscing: Truly Forgettable
Reminisce with residents about their favorite past presidents as you list a few forgettable presidents to see whether residents remember them.
Physical: Presidential Ring Toss
Recruit volunteers to decorate wooden pegs as presidents that can be used for a fun presidential ring toss. To play, set up the finished presidential pegs on the floor, and provide residents with rings to toss around the presidents.
One-on-One: Visiting Washington, D.C.
Teach your resident about the lesser known monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C. Afterwards, ask your resident to identify the places in D.C. that she has visited.
Lower-Functioning: Cleaning Coins
Encourage your residents to help make the presidents look a little better as you assist them with cleaning pennies and other coins.
Bedside: Presidential Foods
Chit chat with your resident about the favorite foods of past presidents to see whether he likes any of the same foods.
Outing: Trip to Local Government Office
Take residents on a fun trip to a local government office for a fun tour of how their local government works.
Sensory Stimulation: Cooking Like the Presidents
Arrange for residents to whip up a few of the presidents' former favorite foods. For the activity, divide residents into groups to make a few of the recipes, and then have residents sample each of the foods.
Men's: Presidential Facts
Quiz the men about what they know about the presidents of the United States. For the activity, divide the men into teams, and award a prize to the winning team.
Special Event: Presidential State Dinner
Coordinate with Dining Services to serve a special State Dinner for your residents featuring some of their favorite foods. (Please note that Presidents' Day is Monday, February 17.)
Leap Year Week
(Week of February 23)
Crafts: Leap Into Art
Celebrate this Leap Year with residents by helping them leap into different activities throughout the week. Begin the week by assisting them with folding origami frogs that can be used for your upcoming scavenger hunt during the Leap Into Hunting activity.
Reminiscing: Leap Into Memories
Reminisce with residents about their past Leap Days as you share a list of things that have happened on past Leap Days.
Physical: Leap Into Hunting
Schedule a fun scavenger hunt for residents where they look for hidden frogs throughout your facility. For the day-long activity, hide the origami frogs that were made earlier during the Crafts activity. Then at the end of the day, award a prize to the person who has found the most frogs.
One-on-One: Leap Into Mathematics
Educate your resident about the math behind Leap Year.
Lower-Functioning: Leap Into Painting
Supply residents with rocks and paint as you show them how to assemble rock frogs that can be used as decoration for this Leap Year.
Bedside: Leap Into Celebrity Trivia
Have fun with your resident as you share a list of celebrities who were born on Leap Day.
Outing: Leap Into Trying Something New
Take residents to a local restaurant to sample frog legs. Ask residents whether the frog legs taste like chicken.
Sensory Stimulation: Leap Into Creativity
Assist residents with being creative while baking as you show them how to make frog biscuits with a few alterations to your biscuit dough.
Men's: Leap Into Eating
Organize a fun frog sandwich lunch for the men featuring frog sandwiches using pickles as the tongues and olives as the eyes.
Special Event: Leap Into the Future
Host a fun Leap Day time capsule activity, in which you ask each participant to bring a memento or object to place in a time capsule that will be opened in four years on the next Leap Day on February 29, 2024. (Please note that Leap Day is Saturday, February 29.)