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Executive Director
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.  

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as sensory stimulation, men's groups, crafts,
trivia and many more! Don't pass on this
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Make your own Games!        

Let’s face it, Activity Directors are on a tight budget! Any way to save while still providing
fun activities is much appreciated. Sometimes we need to take a break from that hot
summer sun and find activities indoors. Making your own games is a fun way to spend
an afternoon and stay cooled off!

How to make a homemade checkers game:

Necessary Supplies:

To make a homemade checkers game you'll need to save the caps from 24 jugs of milk
or juice, 12 of one color, and 12 of another color.

To make a checkerboard using a woven rug you'll need 2 new square or rectangular
shaped sponges, a pair of sharp scissors for trimming the sponges, and latex craft
paint in the 2 colors as that match the plastic caps you've collected.

Procedure for a Cloth Checkers Game:

Begin by washing the woven rug and drying it completely. This will soften and shrink the
material while preparing it for the latex paint. While the rug is drying, cut 2 new sponges
into the shape of exact squares. Stack them to make sure they're equal. They will be
used to stamp the squares for the checkers game.

More than likely the solid-colored woven rug is rectangular in shape. Fold the rug in half
in both directions to determine the location of the center, and mark it with a dot of paint.
This will be the center of the game, and it won't matter if the squares cover the entire
length or width of checkerboard. If you want to practice before stamping the squares on
the rug, use an open paper bag or a poster board.

When you're ready to stamp the squares on the rug, begin in the center on one side.
Create alternating colors that make up 4 rows of 8 squares on each side to total 64
alternating squares. Allow the paint to dry completely before handling the rug further.
Use a paint brush to fill in any areas the sponge didn't cover. Have fun with your new

Sundae Scream!  

This ice cream game is a game in which you go around a game board trying to get the
toppings to make an ice cream sundae. The first person to get all the toppings for a
sundae wins!

What You'll Need:

Monopoly Board or Homemade Board
A pair of Dice
Playing pieces or different colored paper cut in small circles
Different types of toppings or things to represent toppings
Homemade action cards (see below)

How to Play

Lay out a Monopoly game board.

Use game pieces to more around the board or cut out different colored circles to
represent ice cream sundae dishes.

Roll a pair of dice to move your dish around the board.

Place small ice cream toppings at different checkpoints along the way. If you land on
those spots, you get to pick up those toppings to make a "sundae."

Of course, there are obstacles along the way. Instead of using the Monopoly cards,
make your own cards that say such things as:

Lose one topping
Miss a turn
Move backwards
Pick up any topping you want

The first person to complete their "sundae" with all the necessary toppings wins.

You'll probably have to go around the board multiple times.

Make your own Beanbag Toss Game  

A Bean Bag Toss is a classic carnival game that can be set up with few materials and
minor preparation. Gather the correct materials and in just a few minutes you'll be ready
to play the Bean Bag Toss Game. This game can be enjoyed in its basic format or be
customized for your event by throwing in some thematic elements.

Things You'll Need:
Large piece of strong cardboard
Heavy scrap material (felt or canvas)
Dried beans or rice

Make the Game Board
1. Cut out a piece of sturdy cardboard that is at least 4 feet by 4 feet. Determine the size
of your board by the number of people playing.
2. Cut three to five round holes in your cardboard game board, big enough for bean
bags to be tossed through and not so large that every player wins the game.
3. Paint your cardboard game board. Opt for a simple, solid color, or choose a thematic
element to go along with your event.
4. Cut two holes in the top corners of your game board. Tie one end of the rope through
each hole. Allow some slack in the rope to create a handle for your game board. Hang
your game board by the rope handle.

Make the Bean Bags
1. Cut scraps of heavy material, such as felt or canvas, into squares measuring 7
inches by 7 inches. Cut two squares per bean bag.
2. Sew each side of the two squares together with the wrong sides out. Leave a small
opening on the final side to allow you to turn the bag inside out and fill it with beans.
3. Turn the bean bag inside out so that the right side of the fabric is now on the outside.
Fill the bean bag with the desired amount of dried beans or rice and then sew the
opening closed.