Activity Idea of the Month

passing out Thanksgiving balloons for Thanksgiving Day for nursing home senior residents

Passing Out Thanksgiving Balloons

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day (November 26) with your residents by recruiting them to help you create and decorate Thanksgiving balloons (by studiodiy.com). For the activity, first inflate colorful balloons. Then use white paint pens to write funny Thanksgiving puns on each of the balloons, like "It doesn't get any butter than this!" or "It's all about that baste!" Once the balloons have been made, walk the halls and tie a balloon to each resident's door as a fun Thanksgiving Day decoration that they can keep in their rooms. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2020 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

decorating clay wishbones for Thanksgiving with your senior nursing home residents

Clay Wishbones

Invite residents to create clay wishbones (by ohhappyday.com) during this Thanksgiving season. To make the wishbones, first encourage residents to use their hands to roll air-dry clay into skinny snakes. Then take a snake and bend it to form a U-shape. Next, pinch the base of the U to create the end of the wishbone. After allowing the clay wishbones to dry, encourage residents to paint their wishbones in fun colors. Use the finished wishbones as fun decoration for the season or as part of name plates for your Thanksgiving dinner tables. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2020 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

folding turkey napkins for Thanksgiving with the seniors at your nursing facility

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

Show the men how to fold napkin turkeys (by worldmarket.com) for Thanksgiving Day (November 26) using cloth napkins. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2020 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

making poppy wreaths for Veterans Day with seniors in assisted living facilities

One-on-One Activity of the Month

In anticipation of Veterans Day, assist your resident with making a poppy wreath (by craftymorning.com). To make the wreath, first cut out the cups from an egg carton and paint them with red and black paint to look like poppies. Next, cut out a paper plate so that all that remains is the perimeter of the plate and a horizontal bar. Next, paint the plate green. Once the paint dries, glue the painted cups onto the perimeter of the plate and write the word "Remember" on the horizontal bar. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2020 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

making pumpkin parfaits for Thanksgiving with seniors in assisted living facilities

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

Assemble pumpkin parfaits (by bettycrocker.com) with residents using canned pumpkin pie mix. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2020 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

assembling bean turkeys for Thanksgiving with seniors in assisted living facilities

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

On Thanksgiving Day (November 26), encourage residents to assemble bean mosaic turkeys (by heapsoflaundry.blogspot.com) using cereal box cardboard, dried beans, lentils, popcorn kernels, and glue. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2020 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Thanksgiving Week.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

history.com

History.com

Be sure to check out our activity resource of the month, History.com, to find interesting biographies and information that your residents can read on their own as independent activities.

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