Activity Idea of the Month

playing shooting turkeys game with nursing home senior residents

Shooting Turkeys

Host a fun turkey-shooting game for residents to see who can hit the most balloon turkeys (by agirlandagluegun.com) during this Thanksgiving season. For the fun activity, inflate balloons with helium, and draw turkeys and point values on each of the balloons. Then add anchors to the balloons, and set them at different heights and distances. Then have residents use marshmallow shooters to try to hit the turkey balloons and accumulate points. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2022 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

making painted poppies for Veterans Day with your senior nursing home residents

Coffee Filter Poppies

Recruit residents to help you decorate for Veterans Day (November 11) by assembling coffee filter poppies (by happyhooligans.ca), using coffee filters, red paint, and green and black buttons. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2022 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

voting on senior superlatives with the men to recognize General Election Day with the seniors at your nursing facility

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

Celebrate General Election Day (November 8) with the men by voting on fun superlatives among the other men, like Most Artistic and Most Likely to Be Late. Simply name a superlative, and have the men write down their choice. Then tally the results to see who wins the vote. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2022 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

making clay wishbones for Thanksgiving with seniors in assisted living facilities

One-on-One Activity of the Month

Encourage your resident to help you get ready for Thanksgiving on November 24 by making clay wishbones (by ohhappyday.com) as decoration. To make the clay wishbones, simply use air-dry clay and paint. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2022 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

making pilgrim hat cookies for Thanksgiving with seniors in assisted living facilities

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

Gather residents during this Thanksgiving season to make a batch of pilgrim hat cookies (by ohsosavvymom.com), using melted chocolate, fudge-striped cookies, large marshmallows, and yellow icing. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2022 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

assembling handprint turkey cookies for Thanksgiving with seniors in assisted living facilities

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

Invite residents to bake a batch of handprint turkey cookies (by tasteofhome.com) to enjoy during this Thanksgiving season. Use colorful gel food coloring to assemble the festive cookies. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2022 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Happy Thanksgiving! Week.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

history.com

History.com

Check out our resource for the month, History.com, to share bios of famous people, timelines of historical events, and interesting facts that happened on different days of history.

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