|The Activity Director's Office Presents
Activity Ideas That Work
by Gina Salazar, AD
|Back to School Trivia:
Fill in the blanks.
1.We begin the day with the
Pledge of------- Allegiance.
2.Give the teacher an ------ Apple
3.When we play outside its
4.We eat our lunch in the 5.The
trouble makers go to
6.We often have to get books from
7.The teacher uses a piece of
------to write on the board.----Chalk
8.The kids that sing in a group at
school are on the------Choir.
9.When we get to school we hear
the-----,and then we know its time
to go to class.---Bell.
10.When school is out its called
You will need:
brown paper lunch bags
Slice the apples in half and blot
the juice on a paper towel.
Apply the paint to the apple.
Press the apple onto a practice
piece of paper to see how much
paint to apply and to see the
amount of pressure to apply to the
Get your brown paper lunch bag
and apply the stamp to the bag.
Let dry completely before using.
You will need:
Plastic two -litter soda bottle
razor box cutter
5 pound bag of bird seed
Before your group meets,cut a
square out of one side of the two
litter soda bottle,big enough for
your hand to fit in.
Give each person a soda bottle
and let them paint and decorate it
with paints,glitter,ribbon.Let dry
Then fill the bottle with bird seed
and put fishing wire around the top
of the bottle and hang outside for
bird to eat from.
You will need:
1 can of pineapple(chunk)
1 basket of strawberries
1 bunch of grapes
1 melon baller(scoop)
Cut the top of the watermelon off and
set aside.empty out the watermelon
with the melon baller and put the
balls of melon in a seperate
bowl.get all the melon meat out of
the melon.then cut up all the rest of
the fruit into chunks and put into
September Dates to Celebrate:
Labor Day-Monday,Sept.6th- Why don't you have a Goodbye Summer
Party.Labor day is generally the last great picnic day of summer so have a big
Family Picnic,invite all your residents families and hold a potluck,have everyone
bring something different,decorate with red and white checker tablecloths,red
and white balloons,and put Watermelon centerpieces on each table(see
Colonel Sanders Birthday-Sept.9th- Why not take your residents on an outing to
KFC to eat some chicken. Call your group the "Lunch Bunch" and go to different
places to eat each month.
Grandparents Day-First Sunday after Labor day-
Hold a Grandparents Day Tea- Have all your residents invite all their
grandchildren and serve
different teas,punch and gourmet cookies and muffins. Take pictures of the
grandparents and grandkids together.
National Assisted Living Week-
Have a celebration all week,Do different themed days,for example: Have a
mexican theme on Monday,have residents and staff dress up in mexican
clothing,listen to mexican music,serve mexican food for lunch,etc.Hold a
different theme each day (Italian,Chinese,Hawaiian,German,Etc.)and invite
families and your community to join in the fun! The main purpose of this week
is to show the community what Assisted Living is all about !!
Milton Hersheys Birthday-Creator of Hersheys Chocolate-Sept.13th-Have a
Chocolate Lovers Party.Go to Walmart or another inexpensive store
and buy different types of chocolate( hersheys,godiva,branchs,sees) then have
your party and ask residents to taste each one blindfolded,ask which one taste
better and why and discuss the yummy results.
Back to School Month- Have a back to school day-
Have residents give you an old school picture the week before your back to
school day and put all the pictures on a poster board with numbers by their
pictures.Then at your party give them a list with the names of all the residents
on the picture board and have them write the numbers to match the names
from the board.Decorate the room with books,apples,pencils anything that
looks "schoolish".Do back to school trivia(below).
Learn To Make An Apple Wreath
Do you remember the last time you were in someone's home that had an apple
pie baking in the oven? Ahhh, the aromas of a fresh baked pie -- it is simply
Well, now you can recreate this delicious scent in your own home, or in the
homes of your loved ones, by making scented apple wreaths. Scented apple
wreaths are not hard to make, and the results are wonderful! Hang one of
these on your wall and you will surely impress all of your guests.
What you will need:
Juice of approximately 10 lemons
2 teaspoons salt
8 - 10 large firm apples
8 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons allspice
1 teaspoon cloves
8" - 10" sturdy, heavy gauge wire
1 - 1 1/2 yards of a 1" ribbon
How to make your apple wreath:
1) Place lemon juice in a large bowl, and stir in salt.
2) Peel, core, and slice apples horizontally into 1/4" thick circles. Soak slices in
lemon juice bowl for approximately 6-10 minutes, making sure each side of the
slices has a chance to absorb some of the lemon juice.
3) Meanwhile, mix spices in a bowl and blend well.
4) Remove the slices from the bowl and place them on paper towels. Pat tops
of apple slices with paper towels.
5) Dust apples slices with spice mixture. Turn slices over and repeat on
6) Place apples slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 150-200
degrees F for 6 hours or until completely dried. Apple slices should be slightly
7) Fold each apple slice in half, and then into quarters and thread the apples
slices onto the wire. Continue to pack on the folded apples until the wire is
8) When the wire is completely covered, use pliers to bend ends into hooks so
that they can connect and close. Carefully shape wire into desired shape. I
recommend either a circle or heart shape.
9) Using your ribbon, create a hanger for your wreath.
10) Hang on your wall, or package as a gift for someone special.
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