Activity Idea of the Month

assembling pipe cleaner hats on National Hat Day for nursing home senior residents

Pipe Cleaner Hat Contest

Celebrate National Hat Day (January 15) with residents by hosting a fun hat-making contest to see who can assemble the best pipe cleaner hats (by spunnys.com). To make the hats, supply residents with colorful pipe cleaners and wire cutters. Then name a type of hat (e.g., birthday hat, Easter bonnet, witch's hat) for residents to make. Invite your facility's administrators to help judge the hats, and award a prize to the winner. (This activity idea is also featured in our January 2022 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

making snow globe jars for winter with your senior nursing home residents

Snow Globes

This winter, invite residents to use clear glass jars to make snow globes (by thesweetestoccasion.com) to place in their rooms for the season. For the fun activity, first use sand paper to sand the inside of the jar lid before using a strong epoxy to glue the figurine to the inside of the jar lid. Then fill the glass jars with distilled water, glycerin, and tinsel glitter. Next, screw on the lid, which has the figurine attached. Finally, have residents shake up their snow globes to watch the snow fall around the figurine. (This activity idea is also featured in our January 2022 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Hibernation Week.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

making popcorn snowmen on National Popcorn Day for winter with the seniors at your nursing facility

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

Invite the men to compete to see who can make the best popcorn snowman (by jollytime.com) on National Popcorn Day (January 19). Ahead of time, make a popcorn-marshmallow mixture for the men to use by mixing marshmallows and butter before adding in vanilla and pouring the mixture over popcorn. Then for the contest, supply the men with food-grade gloves to mold the popcorn-marshmallow mixture into snowmen. Provide the men with colorful candies, like licorice, sprinkles, jumbo marshmallows, gumdrops, and M&M's, to attach to their snowmen as decoration. (This activity idea is also featured in our January 2022 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

assembling a snow wreath on National Snow Day with seniors in assisted living facilities

One-on-One Activity of the Month

For National Snow Day (January 16), invite your resident to help you make a snow wreath (by designimprovised.com) for his apartment door. To assemble the wreath, first gather bunches of iridescent polyester fill and form into snowballs. Then use hot glue to attach the snowballs to fill a foam wreath form. Finally, use a pretty ribbon to attach the wreath to your resident's door. (This activity idea is also featured in our January 2022 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

making peanut butter bars on National Peanut Butter Day with seniors in assisted living facilities

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

Make no-bake peanut butter bars (by amandascookin.com) with residents on National Peanut Butter Day (January 24). To make the peanut butter bars, combine melted unsalted butter, animal cracker crumbs (or graham cracker crumbs), powdered sugar, and creamy peanut butter in a food processor. Once smooth, pour the mixture into a baking pan. Then make the topping by melting chocolate and peanut butter in a microwave and pouring the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter layer. Allow the finished dessert to chill in the refrigerator before cutting into bars and serving. (This activity idea is also featured in our January 2022 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

making watercolor birds for National Bird Day with seniors in assisted living facilities

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

Celebrate National Bird Day with residents on January 5 by using watercolors and pens to make watercolor birds (by suzerspace.com). To make the birds, simply apply splotches of colorful watercolors to cardstock. Then once the watercolors have dried, use pens to outline the splotches and add features to turn them into birds. (This activity idea is also featured in our January 2022 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

TasteofHome.com

TasteofHome.com

Check out TasteofHome.com for winter recipes that residents can make.

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