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Jolene Ewert, Executive Director
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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,
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Spring Fling Carnival    

Start by giving each senior a fun, bright bag to put their prizes in and tickets to play the

Cupcake Walk- A couple of days before make a bunch of cupcakes for the walk with
your residents or ask staff for donations.  Use colorful duct tape to mark spots on the
carpet large enough to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers, number each spot the
seniors will be walking around. Seniors walk around the board stopping only when the
music stops. Draw numbers and the person standing on that number wins a cupcake.
4 tickets to play.

Duck Pond-Purchase floating ducks from a novelty company or the dollar store and
labeled each on Small, Medium or Large. Fill a wash tub halfway with water and add the
ducks. Contestants simply picked a duck to determine the size of their prize. The prizes
for this game could be duck key chains, duck coin purses and duck-billed hats. 2 tickets
to play.

Lollipop Tree-You can purchase a cardboard Lollipop Tree or make your own by
painting an 18" Styrofoam cone green and poking lots of holes in it. Put black marks on
one third of the lollipops and stick them all in the tree. Contestants who pull out a
marked sucker receive a prize. game
2 tickets to play.

Catch a Fish Game-For this game we make three sizes of card stock fish and attach
two paper clips to each one. Attach twine to dowel rods and corks with magnets to the
other end of the twine. Place fish behind a covered table. Contestants can "fish" for
small, medium and large prizes. 3 tickets to play.

Dime Toss-Prior to the carnival, collect old glasses and dishes. Contestants toss a
dime and if it lands in a glass or on a dish, they get to take it home.  4 tickets to play.

Bucket Bonanza: Contestants attempt to toss Ping Pong Balls into empty coffee cans
or other buckets for a prize. 2 tickets to play.


Pencil Pot:
Wrap pencils in green pipe cleaners for the stem and tape pretty felt flowers
at the eraser end of the pencil. "Plant" flowers in green garden foam inside clay flower

Happy Frogs:
paper plates
green and red paint, crayons, or markers
small green pom-poms
small wiggle eyes

Take a paper plate and color or paint one side red, the other side green. When done
fold the plate in half so that the red is touching and the green is on the outside. Glue the
pom-poms onto the top of the paper plate, followed by gluing the wiggle eyes onto the
pom-poms. Once dry you have a funny frog to croak around your house.

Egg Box Caterpillars:
Cut a cardboard egg box in half lengthways and staple the two rows together to form a
caterpillar. Paint and/or decorate the caterpillar with sticky spots and draw or stick two
eyes on the front. Pierce two holes in the top of the head and thread through a short
piece of pipe cleaner for antennae.

Spring in a Bottle:
Clear 2-liter soda bottle
Small flowerpot
Potting soil
Craft stick marker

Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Cut the top from a clear 2-liter soda bottle.

2. Find a flowerpot that fits inside the dome. Fill the pot with potting soil, then plant the
seeds according to the packet directions.

Tip: Consider planting herbs, such as parsley and basil, which can be transplanted
outside once the weather warms, or grass, which grows fast and is fun to trim with

3. Place the pot on a saucer and poke in a craft stick marker. Slip the dome over the pot.
Be sure to water the soil when it looks dry.


  • Popcorn
  • Snow cones
  • Hot dogs/hamburgers
  • Cotton candy
  • Soft Drinks & Italian Soda
  • Peanuts
  • Cookies
  • Candies
  • Pretzels
  • Trail mix
  • Fruit
  • Caramel or candy apples
  • Ice cream
  • Nachos
  • Scones
  • Curly Fries

Activities to Welcome Spring!

  • Take a walk in the sunshine.
  • Blow bubbles outside.
  • Plant a flower garden.
  • Draw with sidewalk chalk.
  • Read a book outside.
  • Make a simple bird feeder.
  • Decorate Easter eggs.
  • Participate in a spring clean-up day in your local community.
  • Make a collage of all the things you'd like to do this season.
  • Make personalized garden stones.
  • Plant a butterfly garden.
  • Purchase a hanging plant to display outdoors.
  • Tackle a spring cleaning project.
  • Visit a botanical garden.
  • Plant a vegetable garden with some unusual veggies.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Eat strawberry shortcake.
  • Visit a nature preserve.
  • Make a wind chime.