Activity Idea of the Month

Thanksgiving bingo card

Thanksgiving Day Parade Bingo

Celebrate Thanksgiving with your residents by inviting them to play a fun game of Thanksgiving Day parade bingo (by sheknows.com). Turn on the television in your Activity Room and pass out the bingo cards for residents to mark with their pens as they watch the parade. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2017 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

giant poppies

Giant Poppies

In recognition of Veterans Day (November 11), enlist the help of your residents to make giant poppies (by molliemakes.com) that can be used as decoration for your Veterans Day celebrations. Use tissue paper in two different colors, crepe paper, and pipe cleaners for the project. Place the finished poppies throughout your facility for decoration, as well as on the doors of your facility's veterans for the observance. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2017 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

balloon turkeys

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

Invite your resident-hunters to participate in a fun balloon turkey hunting activity (by agirlandagluegun.com) in anticipation of Thanksgiving Day (November 23). For the activity, use helium to inflate balloons and use markers to write different point values on each of the balloons. Then, pass out ping pong shooters (by thechicsite.com) for the men to use to target their balloon turkeys and earn points. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2017 Men's Activity Calendar.)

felt poppies

One-on-One Activity of the Month

For Veterans Day (November 11), invite a volunteer and your resident to make a felt poppy (by thethingsshemakes.blogspot.co.uk) so that your resident can wear it in his lapel, after attaching a pin back. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2017 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

rice cake ornaments

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

In anticipation of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony on November 29, provide residents with rice cakes, peanut butter, Christmas M&Ms, marshmallows, and licorice to assemble rice cake ornaments (by 360familynutrition.org). (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2017 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

Thanksgiving gingerbread houses

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

This Thanksgiving season, recruit residents to assist you with assembling Thanksgiving gingerbread houses (by cleanandscentsible.com) using graham crackers, icing, and candy to make the houses. Encourage residents to compete to see who can make the best Thanksgiving gingerbread house. (This activity idea is also featured in our November 2017 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

Famous Poets and Poems

Famous Poets and Poems

Do your residents enjoy poems? Then check out our fun resource of the month, Famous Poets and Poems, to find poems that can be used during a weekly Poetry and Prose activity where residents read and share poetry. (This resource is also featured in our November 2017 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

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Quick Tip: Start a Newsletter Club featuring your facility's residents as the writers and editors. Recruit volunteers to type the articles for a fun, monthly one-page newsletter.