Activity Idea of the Month

hosting a Jelly Bean Pictionary game for nursing home senior residents

Jelly Bean Pictionary

Host a fun Jelly Bean Pictionary game for your residents on National Jelly Bean Day on April 22. To play, divide residents into teams and provide each team with jelly beans to create objects for their teammates to guess. (This activity idea is also featured in our April 2019 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

Pom-Pom bunnies for Easter for your senior nursing home residents

Pom-Pom Bunnies

As you get ready for the Easter season, invite residents to assemble adorable pom-pom bunnies (by whitehousecrafts.net) to give as Easter gifts to visiting children at your facility. To make the bunnies, first use white yarn to make pom-poms, and hot-glue them together. Then add felt pieces for the ears, eyes, and nose, and mini pom-poms for the tail. (This activity idea is also featured in our April 2019 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

making Peeps dioramas for Easter with the men at your nursing facility

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

Provide the men with art supplies to participate in a creative Peeps diorama contest (by feltmagnet.com) for Easter on April 21. (This activity idea is also featured in our April 2019 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

making bunnies with balloons for Easter for nursing home residents

One-on-One Activity of the Month

Recruit a volunteer to assist your resident with assembling Easter bunny balloons (by akailochiclife.com) to use as decoration for the holiday. First, supply the duo with large, white balloons to inflate. Then have them cut out bunny ears from white and colored cardstock to attach to the balloons using a low-temperature glue gun. Next, have them inflate small pink balloons to attach as the bunny noses. Finally, supply the two with balloon ribbon to hang the balloons as decoration throughout your facility. (This activity is also featured in our April 2019 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

making jelly bean bark for Easter for seniors in assisted living facilities

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

Have fun with your residents during this Easter season by making no-bake jelly bean bark (by briteandbubbly.com). Simply melt white chocolate chips in the microwave, and pour the chocolate onto a lined baking sheet. However, if you want to dye the chocolate, do so before pouring the chocolate onto the baking sheet by first dividing the chocolate into bowls and adding one to two drops of food coloring to each bowl. Then pour one bowl at a time onto the baking sheet, making sure to use the back of your spoon to smooth out the mixture between each pour. Finally, add colorful jelly beans and pastel sprinkles before letting the candy harden. (This activity idea is also featured in our April 2019 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

making salt-dough Earths for Earth Day with senior residents

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

Encourage residents to work with salt and flour to make salt-dough Earths (by survivingateacherssalary.com) for Earth Day on April 22. To make the Earths, first create the salt dough using salt, flour, and water. Then use rolling pins to flatten out the dough before using a circle cookie cutter. Next, bake the circles according to the website's instructions, and then paint the circles with blue and green paint. Finally, pass out the finished Earths as gifts to visitors of your facility on Earth Day. (This activity idea is also featured in our April 2019 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

DailyPrayer.com

DailyPrayer.com

Check out our activity resource of the month, the Daily Prayer, to find daily devotions and prayers for your residents during this Easter holiday season.

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