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Jolene Ewert, Executive Director
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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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Featuring supplies for
parties, holiday
celebrations  and
special events
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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

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Turkey Shaped Sugar Cookies
•        1 (16.5 oz) roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
•        Candy corn
•        Orange sprinkles
•        Tube of decorating gel (orange, black or red)
•        Turkey-shaped cookie cutter.
•        Mini candy-coated chocolate candies (like M&Ms Minis)
Heat oven to 350°. Slice and bake cookies as directed on the roll. Cool completely,
about 20 minutes.
Use decorating gel to attach candy corns around the top of the cookie to create the
turkey's tail.
Attach two mini candy-coated chocolate candies for the eyes.
Draw on a beak and legs with orange or red decorator gel.

Fun Thanksgiving Turkey Balloon
Balloons are always a fun and favorite idea for crafts. Here is an interesting
Thanksgiving craft idea to make Turkey balloon.
•        2 round balloons and an long balloon
•        Cardboard
•        Tape
•        Acrylic paint and brushes
•        Scissors
How to make fun Thanksgiving turkey balloon:
1. Inflate one of the round balloons and tie the end. This will be the balloon turkey's
2. Inflate the long balloon about halfway so that there's an uninflated nose at one end.
This will be the head of the turkey. Tie an uninflated round balloon to the nose.
3. Attach the ends of the body and the head together by wrapping a rubber band around
4. Cut two small pieces of cardboard (for the feet) and attach them to the bottom of the
body of the turkey balloon with tape.
5. Let your residents show their creativity by painting on the face and feathers of the
balloon turkey.

Thanksgiving Trivia
Supplies: Research Thanksgiving trivia, paper and pens

Here is one that everyone can enjoy after the big Thanksgiving meal. On a piece of
paper write down several questions regarding the history behind Thanksgiving and 4
possible answers, but only one is correct. For example, one of the questions could be: -
From the following foods which one was not likely to be at the pilgrims table? a) Corn b)
Potatoes c)Yams d) Beans Answer is b, potatoes

And, whoever guesses the most answers from the quiz wins a small prize. A little
research is needed to prepare the game but information is readily available on the
internet for free.

Thanksgiving Craft Project: Make a Thankful Tree
Want a fun way for your facility to display all that you are thankful for?? Make a Thankful

You will need:
1 brown paper bag
Construction Paper: red, yellow and orange

Cut open the brown paper bag by cutting down one of the creases and then cutting the
bottom off. Lay the paper out on the table and use about half to ¾ of the length of the
bag to draw a tree trunk.
Staple this to the back of a door or a bulletin board.

Using the remaining pieces of the bag make branches. Staple those coming from the
tree trunk.

Now make leaves out of construction paper. Make lots of them!
Put them in a basket and leave a pen nearby.

Have your residents begin to write down on the leaves what they are thankful for. Begin
to attach these leaves to the tree.

Once you start this project, the tree can fill up quickly!!

Around Thanksgiving have a discussion about all the things people are thankful for!