Activity Idea of the Month

making ugly Christmas sweater cookies for senior residents for Christmas

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookie Decorating Contest

Host a fun contest to see who can decorate the ugliest Christmas sweater cookies (by popsugar.com) in your facility this Christmas season. (This activity idea is also featured in our December 2018 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

jingle bell wreaths as a Christmas activity for nursing home residents

Jingle Bell Wreath Ornaments

Encourage residents to help you decorate for the holidays by making jingle bell wreath ornaments (by jinxykids.com) as Christmas decoration. To make the wreath ornaments, simply slide colorful jingle bells onto green pipe cleaners. Then shape the pipe cleaners into a wreath shape before adding ribbon for hanging. (This activity idea is also featured in our December 2018 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

making confetti balloons for senior residents for New Year's Eve

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

On New Year's Eve (December 31), recruit the men to help you make confetti balloons (by designimprovised.com) to decorate your facility. Simply inflate clear or solid colored balloons, and use a sponge brush to dip in Mod Podge or glue before writing "2019" on the balloons. Next, sprinkle confetti on the balloons so that it sticks to the glue. (This activity idea is also featured in our December 2018 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Countdown to 2019 Week.)

Hanukkah activity for seniors in nursing homes

One-on-One Activity of the Month

Recruit a volunteer to chit chat with your resident over a cup of gelt hot chocolate (by busyinbrooklyn.com) during the Hanukkah season (December 3-10, beginning at sunset on December 2). Supply the duo with mugs, warm milk, sugar, cinnamon, and chocolate coins to make the tasty hot chocolate. (This activity is also featured in our December 2018 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

Santa belly cookies as a Christmas activity for seniors in assisted living facilities

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

For this Christmas season, invite residents to assemble adorable Santa belly cookies (by thecountrychiccottage.net) using Winter Oreo cookies (with the red filling), black gel icing, and white sugar pearls. To assemble the cookies, simply remove the top of the Oreo before using the black gel icing to create a belt across the red filling. Then create a buckle for the belt by adding the white sugar pearls. (This activity idea is also featured in our December 2018 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for 12 Days of Christmas Week.)

salt dough ornaments for senior residents to make as a Christmas activity

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

Celebrate this Christmas season with residents by inviting them to make salt dough ornaments (by wholefully.com) using all-purpose flour, salt, and warm water. Once your salt dough comes together, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough. Then use cookie cutters to cut out various shapes. Next, to add texture, use forks or straws to create ridges in the dough. Then bake the ornaments according to the site's instructions before cooling. Finally, decorate the ornaments with paint, glitter, and glue. (This activity idea is also featured in our December 2018 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

AltogetherChristmas.com

AltogetherChristmas.com

Check out our resource of the month, altogetherchristmas.com, to find fun Christmas-themed resources like Christmas cards and Christmas carol lyrics.

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