Activity Idea of the Month

finishing the limericks on St. Patrick's Day for nursing home senior residents

Finish the Limerick Challenge

On St. Patrick's Day (March 17), invite residents to participate in a fun Finish the Limerick challenge where residents compete to see who can correctly finish their limerick (by kabubble.com). (This activity idea is also featured in our March 2021 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

making leprechaun houses for St. Patrick's Day with your senior nursing home residents

Leprechaun Houses

Invite residents to assemble leprechaun houses (by agirlnamedpj.com) for St. Patrick's Day (March 17) using gingerbread, icing, and lots of green and gold candies. To make this a much easier activity for a large group, use graham crackers instead of gingerbread. Then have residents use icing to attach pieces of the graham crackers to form the houses before adding green and gold candies. Consider making the activity a contest, in which residents compete to create the best leprechaun house. Then recruit a few of your facility's administrators to judge the best house, and award a prize to the winner. (This activity idea is also featured in our March 2021 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

drawing flowers on marshmallows for spring with the seniors at your nursing facility

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

Help the men create flower marshmallow art (by thedecoratedcookie.com) in recognition of the first day of spring on March 20. Simply use food-grade markers and large marshmallows for the fun activity. (This activity idea is also featured in our March 2021 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for The Many Themes of Spring Week.)

making palm crosses for Palm Sunday with seniors in assisted living facilities

One-on-One Activity of the Month

In celebration of Palm Sunday on March 28, assist your resident with making palm crosses (by houseofjoyfulnoise.com). Simply supply your resident with palm fronds to fold into crosses that can be used as decoration for the holiday. (This activity idea is also featured in our March 2021 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

making a leprechaun cheeseball for St. Patrick's Day with seniors in assisted living facilities

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

Assemble a leprechaun cheeseball (by handmadeintheheartland.com) with residents for St. Patrick's Day (March 17) using deli corned beef, green onions, cream cheese, pecans, horseradish, Dijon mustard, veggies, and Worcestershire sauce. Serve the finished cheeseball at one of your St. Patrick's Day activities. (This activity idea is also featured in our March 2021 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

assembling shamrock hats for St. Patrick's Day with seniors in assisted living facilities

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

For St. Patrick's Day on March 17, invite residents to assemble shamrock hats (by thehousethatlarsbuilt.com). To make the hats, use shaving cream and green food coloring to create a green marble design that can be imprinted onto cardstock. (This activity idea is also featured in our March 2021 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

puzzles.ca

Puzzles.ca

Check out this month's resource, Puzzles.ca, to print out word search puzzles for your residents to complete. In fact, create a word search day, like Word Search Monday, in which residents compete to see who can finish their word search puzzles first.

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