Activity Idea of the Month

hosting a patriotic Pictionary game for nursing home senior residents

Patriotic Pictionary

Host a fun patriotic Pictionary game for your residents to celebrate Flag Day (June 14). Use patriotic words (by holidappy.com) that residents can draw, including classic symbols like American flag and Capitol Building or harder words like inauguration and Betsy Ross. To play the game, first divide residents into teams. Then provide a person from each team with a patriotic word to draw for their teammates to guess. Give each team one minute to try to guess five different patriotic words or phrases, and award points for each correct answer. (This activity idea is also featured in our June 2019 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

shirt cards for Father's Day for your senior nursing home residents

Father's Day Origami Shirt Cards

Help residents get ready for the Father's Day holiday (June 16) by assisting them with making origami shirt cards (by hellowonderful.co) that can be used as place cards in your facility's Dining Room for your Father's Day brunch or dinner. To make the cards, first watch the short video on the website to learn how to easily fold colorful construction paper to look like a man's shirt. Then use glue or glue dots to adhere mini pom-poms, stickers, or cardstock to the shirts to create embellishments that look like shirt patterns, ties, or even buttons. (This activity idea is also featured in our June 2019 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Celebrating Dads Week.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

teaching the men how to fold the American flag at your nursing facility

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

Honor Flag Day (June 14) with the men of your facility by teaching them how to fold the American flag (by va.gov). For the activity, invite each of the men separately to assist you with folding the flag so that they all have a chance to see the proper method of folding the flag. Afterwards, reminisce with the men about the time that they spent in the service defending our flag. (This activity idea is also featured in our June 2019 Men's Activity Calendar.)

making sand cast starfish for World Oceans Day with nursing home residents

One-on-One Activity of the Month

Recruit a volunteer to assist your resident with assembling a sand cast starfish (by craftsbyamanda.com) for World Oceans Day (June 8). For the project, use sand, Plaster of Paris, water, twigs, seashells, and a large bowl. (This activity is also featured in our June 2019 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

making beach ball donuts for the first day of summer for seniors in assisted living facilities

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

Have fun with your residents on the first day of summer (June 21) by assembling no-bake beach ball donuts (by clubcrafted.com). To make the tasty treats, simply dip cake donuts in powdered sugar icing before allowing the white icing to harden. Then divide the remaining icing into three separate bowls, adding a different food dye color to each bowl like red, blue, and yellow. Next, use piping bags to add triangles of the colored icing to the donuts to create a beach ball appearance. Allow the icing to harden before serving. (This activity idea is also featured in our June 2019 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

making watermelon print napkins for the summer with senior residents

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

Encourage residents to work with sponges and paint to make watermelon print napkins (by thesweetestoccasion.com) for the summer, which begins on June 21. To make the napkins, use a marker to draw a watermelon wedge (in two separate pieces) on a sponge before cutting out. Next, dip the watermelon fruit wedge into red paint to transfer to white cotton napkins, and dip the rind wedge into green paint to transfer to the napkins. Once the watermelon shapes have dried for a few minutes, use a paintbrush to dip into black paint to add the watermelon seeds to the prints. (This activity idea is also featured in our June 2019 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Unofficial Start of Summer Week.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

Reader's Digest

Reader's Digest

Check out our activity resource of the month, Reader's Digest, to find fun stories, jokes, and articles to share with your residents during your afternoon socials.

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