Activity Idea of the Month

hosting a hot cocoa party for nursing home senior residents

Polar Bear Hot White Chocolate Party

Host a fun polar bear hot white chocolate party (by littlepassports.com) for your residents during this wintry February. Encourage residents to dress for the hot cocoa party by wearing scarves and mittens. At the party, use white chocolate chips to make the hot white chocolate, and use different sized marshmallows to make the tasty polar bears – jumbo, large, and mini marshmallows. (This activity idea is also featured in our February 2019 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

gingerbread house contest for Valentine's Day for your senior nursing home residents

Most Romantic Gingerbread House

Recognize this valentine season with residents by inviting them to make romantic gingerbread houses (by livinglavidaholoka.com) for Valentine's Day. Award a prize for the "Most Romantic Gingerbread House." (This activity idea is also featured in our February 2019 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

making football pennants with the men at your nursing facility for the Super Bowl

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

Invite the men to make football pennants (by pinkpeppermintdesign.com) for Super Bowl LIII. Use blue and gold felt for your L.A. Rams fans and navy blue and red felt for your New England Patriots fans. (This activity idea is also featured in our February 2019 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

making a bird snow cake for nursing home residents

One-on-One Activity of the Month

Recruit a volunteer to make a bird snow cake (by parents.com) with your resident during this wintry weather. Supply the duo with buckets to form the cake, as well as carrots, berries, and seeds for decoration. If the weather is too cold for your resident, then have him give instructions to your volunteer on how to build the snow cake. Then have your resident oversee the cake building while watching from a large picture window. (This activity is also featured in our February 2019 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

making popcorn recipes for seniors in assisted living facilities

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

Have fun this Oscar season with your residents by making a variety of tasty popcorn recipes (by tasteofhome.com) with residents. Simply microwave plain popcorn and add various ingredients for the different recipes. Pass out the popcorn to residents as they watch movies or even the Oscars on February 24. (This activity idea is also featured in our February 2019 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Movie Night Week.)

making ice art for senior residents to hang as a fun activity

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

Encourage residents to take advantage of this cold weather by making ice ornaments (by handmadecharlotte.com) to hang outdoors as decoration. To make the ornaments, first place water in a foil container and add baking soda. Then add a ribbon to the water so that you can hang the ornament once it freezes. After the mixture has frozen, remove the foil container and use paint brushes to apply food coloring to the block of ice. After painting, hang the ice art outdoors so residents can view the ornaments from the window. (This activity idea is also featured in our February 2019 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

Puzzles.ca

Puzzles.ca

Check out our resource of the month, puzzles.ca, to download fun puzzles for your residents, like word search, crossword, and Sudoku puzzles.

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