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JOLENE EWERT
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About Jolene

Jolene has enjoyed working in
the healthcare field in such
capacities as Marketing
Director, Activity Director and
Coordinator of Dementia
programs. She currently holds
an Administrator's License and
works as an Activity Consultant.
She is the author of A+
Activites and owner and
operator of the A+ Activities
website, a website dedicated
to Activity Professionals that
has been in circulation for over
12 years.  

The A+ Activities E-Newsletter
is available for only $1.50 a
month or $18.00 for a year.
Each month you will be
emailed a newsletter with
activity planning ideas such as
sensory stimulation, men's
groups, crafts, trivia and many
more! Don't pass on this great
resource! Visit the A+ Activities
website at
 
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more information or email
Jolene at
jolenerae1975@yahoo.com
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ESPECIALLY DESIGNED WITH SENIORS IN MIND
FEATURING TONS OF BULLETIN BOARD AND CRAFT SUPPLIES
We now have available 10
holiday themed bingo cards with
hand-drawn images, a
crossword puzzle, a wordsearch
puzzle and a coloring page.
They are available for only $10
which includes shipping and
handling!

Available  through my site at
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aactivities/
or an invoice can be requested
from me at
jolenerae1975@yahoo.com
HOLIDAY FUN
PACKS
November:  A Month of Giving Thanks

THE THANKSGIVING TREE

What you will need:
  • A dry tree branch anywhere from 12 inches to 46 inches high.
  • Glue
  • Glitter (you choose the color)
  • Sand
  • A plant pot or container
  • A role of ribbon; you can use material ribbon or the synthetic paper/plastic type.
    You can also choose whether to use only green ribbon or a variety of colors.
  • Black pens that won’t run when used on ribbon.
How to make the Thanksgiving Tree:
Fill the plant pot/container with sand, and "plant" the branch in the sand.
Paint the branch with glue.
Cover the branch with glitter.
The tree is done, now for the leaves.. Simply cut the ribbon into strips about 12 inches
long. Then, tell residents to share with us what you are thankful for in your life. Write
what you are thankful for on one of the ribbons and tie it to one of the tree branches.
When it gets closer to Thanksgiving Day you can read all of the ribbons aloud to share
all that we have to be thankful for.

AN ACTIVITY TO GIVE THANKS TO OTHERS         

Material Needed: Paper, envelopes, writing utensils
Time Required:20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the group
Group Size: 2-40
Explain to the residents that the phrase "thankless job" is one that can be applied to
many positions or specific tasks. Explain that sometimes one simple phrase coming
from the right source can change that descriptor; the phrase is "thank you".
Distribute blank paper and envelopes.
Ask group residents to write their name on their envelope and place them in a location
easily accessible to everyone.
Invite residents to write a note to say 3 kind things about another resident or staff
member.
Have residents put their kind words of thanks in each other’s envelopes.
Open the envelopes at your Thanksgiving Dinner at the facility or another special time
that week.

GIVE THANKS NATURE HUNT BANNER  

This project is not only fun to make with your residents, but the process of gathering
your supplies is a fun activity also!
Step one: Gather your residents and let them know you are going on a nature hunt for
small treasures that you can later glue onto a banner that will hang in your facility for
Thanksgiving.
Step two: Traverse into the woods near your facility or go to a nearby park. Collect
separate bags of acorns, small leaves, seeds, feathers, small sticks, pine needles,
small stones, etc…
Step three: Bring all your treasures together and clean them up if needed.
Step four: Gather items from your kitchen to help fill in any gaps… like raw dried beans,
rice, raw popcorn, or sunflower seeds.
Step five: Glue like items on a separate sheet of construction paper to make a letter.
Each sheet should have a letter that all strung together, will spell; “GIVE THANKS”.
Step six: String the individual sheets together with raffia and then hang your banner up
for all to see.

LEARN TO SAY THANK YOU IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES

*Invite someone locally to give lessons to residents on different ways to say thank you.
(other languages, sign language)
*Residents who already know how to say "thank you" in another language can share
what they know with the others.

GIVE THANKS CORNUCOPIA RECIPE

Ingredients
  • 8 ice cream sugar cones
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate melted
  • Assorted fall candies
  • 8 (2 x 3/4-inch) pieces lightweight cardboard
Directions
  • Dip edges of cones into melted chocolate; let stand on wire racks or wax paper
    until chocolate is firm.
  • Place each cone on its side. Fill cones with candy corns, candy pumpkins and
    assorted colorful candies.
  • You may attach a thank you card to the top of each cornucopia by dabbing a bit of
    melted chocolate to the top side and when nearly dry, attach place card gently.
    Makes 8.