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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.  

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Fun Days to Celebrate in September~

September 9th- Teddy Bear Day!

1. A great intergenerational activity would be a teddy bear picnic with the residents and a
local children’s group or family of the staff and/or residents of the facility. Have children
bring their teddy bears and give prizes for the oldest, cuddliest, fuzziest, most loved, etc.
Sing a teddy bear song. Play some teddy bear trivia! Create teddy bear snacks to enjoy!
Read teddy bear stories. Bring doll clothes and hats to dress up the teddies!

2. Collect teddy bears for a local charitable group or organization! Stuffed Animals for
Emergencies (SAFE) is a national charity that accepts used toys. SAFE's website can
direct you to the nearest drop of location. http://www.stuffedanimalsforemergencies.

3. Make a texture bear: You can use cardboard and other items you have around to
make this unique texture bear craft.

Materials Needed:
  • Light-Weight Cardboard
  • Sand, Saw Dust, Coffee Grounds
  • Craft Glue
  • Large Wiggle Eyes
  • Item for Nose (See suggestions below)
  • Scissors

Using the cardboard, cut out a bear head shape - don't forget the ears. You can also cut
out a shape that looks like the whole bear! Using a Pencil, draw a few details on the
cardboard bear; for example, if you cut out only a head, draw an oval where the nose
and mouth would go, and draw small circles in the ears. If you are using a full bear
body, draw a large oval where the belly would be, and you can also draw the details on
the face as above. Use your imagination!

Once you have the various bear parts sketched on, you can start adding the textures.
Start by painting in your various bear part with glue. Decide which texture (sand, saw
dust, coffee grounds) you want on each part, and sprinkle that texture onto the glue.
Only add the glue for one texture at a time. Let your bear dry.
Once all your textures are dry, add the wiggle eyes and a nose (a pom-pom, button, or
oval cut out of construction paper). If you like, you can then use the material, ribbon,
buttons, etc to add more details!

September 12th- Grandparent’s Day!

Honor your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great grandparents…

1. Provide an opportunity for residents to pass down a special skill, hobby, or interest.
Whether it is preparing a beloved family recipe, quilting, genealogy, painting, or tips for
making the garden's crops so plentiful, should be shared with others. It could also be
special family traditions, music, songs, celebrations, or even beliefs. Our residents are
such a wealth of information rich in history, but sometimes the young don't ask enough
questions. Remember, the knowledge helps to preserve the heritage.

2. Create an opportunity for story-telling, allowing residents to relate stories of their
past, enlightening us about the good old days.

3. Board games that are easily played by young and old add enjoyment to gatherings
and enhance intergenerational interaction.

4. Have residents get together and work on tracing family trees and making scrapbooks
of their families.

September 19th- National Play-Doh Day!

1. Whip up a batch or two of play-doh!
Recipe 1
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1.5 cups salt
  • 6 tsp. cream of tarter
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 3 cups water
Pour all ingredients into a large pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball
forms by pulling away from the sides. Knead dough until the texture matches play
dough (1-2 minutes). Store in plastic container, should last for at least 3 months.

Recipe 2- Non Cooking
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup water
Have your residents mix the flour and salt in a bowl then add water. Knead and squeeze
the dough to make a clay consistency. You may need to add more water. Note: This
dough doesn't last as long as the cooked recipe.

Divide into sections and knead in food coloring (liquid or paste). Use unsweetened
Kool-Aid for color and scent. Add glitter for sparkly play dough.

2. Adding Sensory Fun to Playdoh
You can turn your playdoh into a full blown sensory experience by adding some or all (if
you’re game) of the following:

* Sand (regular or colored)
* a few drops of essential oils (1 drop per 2 cups of playdoh is enough, and stick to
lavender, mandarin, tea tree and orange oil for safety)
*Vanilla Essence – add a teaspoonful when you’re kneading the playdoh
*Peppermint essence- be warned, it makes the dough smell very edible!! (It is, but it    
doesn’t taste very good)
*Rice – plain, or you can color it.

3. Make Playdoh Stamps: use your playdoh to stamp paint onto paintings. It makes
fantastic patterns. Simply dollop your paint onto a sponge, and stamp your dough in it,
then stamp your paper!

4. Create a playdoh diorama, think dinosaurs, under the sea, whatever theme you like!