Activity Idea of the Month

appreciation certificate

Volunteer Appreciation Cookout

Host a fun cookout for your volunteers so that your residents and staff can show their appreciation to your volunteers during National Volunteer Week (April 15-21). At the cookout, present your volunteers with certificates of appreciation (by 123certificates.com). (This activity idea is also featured in our April 2018 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for National Volunteer Week.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

salt-dough necklace

Salt-Dough Earth Necklaces

Get your residents ready for Earth Day (April 22) by assisting them with making salt-dough Earth necklaces (by kitchencounterchronicle.com). To make the necklaces, first make a salt-dough using flour, salt, and water. After rolling out the dough, use circular cookie cutters to cut out circles. Then use a toothpick or straw to create a hole in each of the circles for the ribbon. After baking the circles for a few hours, assist residents with painting the circles in blue paint before mixing blue and yellow paint together to create a green paint that residents can add to the pendants to show the land masses. Allow the pendants to dry before threading ribbon through the hole and attaching jewelry fasteners to the end of the ribbon for clasping. (This activity idea is also featured in our April 2018 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Earth Week.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

tree cupcakes

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

Help the men celebrate National Arbor Day (April 27) by decorating tree cupcakes (by bhg.com). To assemble the cupcakes, have the men first frost their cupcakes before adding an inverted sugar cone to the top of the cupcake. Then assist the men with covering the sugar cone with green icing. Set the finished cupcakes out as a tasty display in your Activity Room for passersby to sample. (This activity idea is also featured in our April 2018 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

nature mobile

One-on-One Activity of the Month

Invite a volunteer to assist your resident with making a nature mobile (by danyabanya.com) to decorate your Activity Room for Earth Day (April 22). To make the mobile, provide the duo with leaves and flowers to make several strands of natural elements by string them on embroidery thread with a needle. Tie one end of each strand to a large stick, so that the strands are hanging from the stick. Then add twine across the top of the stick for hanging. (This activity is also featured in our April 2018 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

Earth Day Oreo truffles

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

Celebrate Earth Day with your residents by making a batch of no-bake Earth Day Oreo truffles (by thegunnysack.com). To make the simple yet tasty dessert, crush Golden Oreos in a food processor. Once the cookies are crumbled, add softened cream cheese. Next, divide the mixture into two bowls, and use blue food coloring to tint one mixture and green food coloring to tint the other mixture. Then take a small amount from each mixture and roll them into balls and place them in the freezer to get firm. After about 15 minutes, dip the balls into melted chocolate. Then once the chocolate has set, use melted candy melts to drizzle blue and green decoration on the chocolate balls.

cherry blossom branches

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

Invite your residents to decorate your Activity Room for spring with cherry blossom branches (by myrecipeconfessions.com). To make the cherry blossoms, gather twigs from outdoors and have residents paint the twigs with white paint. While the paint is drying, assist residents with cutting out small pieces of light pink tissue paper using a circle paper punch. Once the branches have dried, fold one of the circles so that it resembles a flower and then hot-glue a second circle to the first to create a fuller blossom. Next, use hot glue to add the blossom to the twig. Repeat the process to continue adding blossoms to the twigs. Finally, place the twigs in a vase for display. (This activity idea is also featured in our April 2018 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

Mental Floss

Mental Floss

Check out our resource of the month, mentalfloss.com, to access fun facts that you can use as topics for discussion with your residents.

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