Activity Idea of the Month

playing United States bingo for the Fourth of July for nursing home senior residents

United States Bingo

Celebrate the Fourth of July with your residents by hosting a fun game of United States bingo (by deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com). To play, simply pass out the site's bingo cards and then read a fun fact about each state to see if residents can correctly identify the state before looking for the state on their card. Use patriotic themed bingo markers for the game, like star beads. In between rounds, play patriotic songs and encourage residents to sing along. (This activity idea is also featured in our July 2020 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

making faux pearls for Gorgeous Grandma Day for your senior nursing home residents

Faux Pearls

Invite residents to assemble a string of faux pearls (by 30minutecrafts.com) for the ladies in your facility to wear on Gorgeous Grandma Day (July 23). For the fun craft, supply residents with pearl beads, thread, and colorful ribbon. First, have residents use the thread to help string the beads onto the ribbon by pushing the thread through the first bead so that there is a loop on the other side. Then feed the ribbon through the loop and pull the thread so that the thread helps string the bead on the ribbon. (See tutorial photos on the 30minutecrafts.com site.) Next, create a knot in the ribbon so that the pearl stays in place. Continue using the thread to help string the pearls onto the ribbon, while tying knots in the ribbon in between the pearls. (This activity idea is also featured in our July 2020 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

making cocktail napkins for National Daiquiri Day with the seniors at your nursing facility

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

Recognize National Daiquiri Day (July 19) with the men by recruiting them to make stamped cocktail napkins (by alyssaandcarla.com) to enjoy with their non-alcoholic daiquiris. To make the napkins, have the men dip pencil erasers into colorful stamp pads to create polka dot napkins. Other design options include carving cut potatoes to dip onto the stamp pads to create unique designs on the napkins. (This activity idea is also featured in our July 2020 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

making emoji art for World Emoji Day with nursing home residents

One-on-One Activity of the Month

In recognition of World Emoji Day on July 17, assist your resident with making fun emoji art (by yukikotsu.blogspot.com) to hang on his wall. To make the art, simply use a yellow marker to create yellow circles on paper before filling them in. Then use a black marker to create unique emoji faces on each of the circles. Frame the finished artwork for hanging. (This activity idea is also featured in our July 2020 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

making ice cream in a bag for National Ice Cream Day with seniors in assisted living facilities

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

On National Ice Cream Day (July 19), make ice cream (by food.com) with residents in just five minutes by shaking a bag of just five ingredients. (This activity idea is also featured in our July 2020 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

making fireworks cookies for the Fourth of July with senior residents

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

For Independence Day on July 4, encourage residents to help you decorate fireworks cookies (by marthastewart.com). For the activity, provide residents with plain cookies, royal icing, and toothpicks. To create the designs, first outline the cookie with white icing and flood the inside with more white icing. Next, pipe a red or blue dot in the middle of the cookie and add rings of color around the dot. Finally, place the toothpick in the center dot and drag it towards the edge of the cookie. (This activity idea is also featured in our July 2020 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

bicyclecards.com

BicycleCards.com

Be sure to check out our activity resource of the month, Bicycle Cards (bicyclecards.com), to find fun card and dice game ideas for your residents, like Texas Hold'em Poker, Spoons, and Left, Center, Right.

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