December Monthly Planning Guide
RE-OCCURRING PROGRAMS ON OUR PRE-MADE CALENDARS ( available in our shop) :
YOUR INNER ARTIST
Instead of having a pre-made illustration to paint on, give your residents a plain white paper that is paint compatible. Play holiday music in the background. Have residents paint whatever winter scene desire. You can tell them if they would like to paint abstract art, or something that reminds them of the holiday season, while relaxing and painting.
(If your facility allows it, this would be a great program to offer wine with- just always make sure to have non-alcoholic options)
The Don’t Look Back Game
Don’t look back is a great group activity! First you have to ask for a resident to volunteer to “ Not Look Back.” Have them sit in front of a large chalkboard/dry erase board facing the opposite way. On the board write any person, place or thing. Now, in order for the resident to find out what is written behind them, the audience (fellow residents) have to give clues without giving away the answer.
For example, if you write Eiffel Tower on the board, residents would have to give clues such as “ This is a landmark in Paris.”
WATER PONG COMPETITIONS
Fill red solo cups with water half way and sort like in the picture above. Three cups in the back, two cups in the middle and one cup in front. On a table that allows a lot of bounce, have residents sit on each end of the table and try to throw ping pong balls into the other resident’s cup!
If your care home has a smart TV, go to Youtube.com and you can search trivia games that everyone can play. Just make sure to pause the screen before the answers are shown. There are countless trivia videos on youtube that can be fun and educational .
THIS LETTER/ THAT LETTER
Directions: On a Whiteboard " or chalkboard" write down any two letters in the alphabet. For example: "s" and "e". Next have residents shout out words that start with an S and end with an E. such as stove, store, stone, sore. This game is a lot of fun and you can go through many words using different letters. I find whiteboard games to be more interactive with residents because you don't fall into the repetitive circle of one or two people being involved with something that may be more challenging such as trivia questions.
SOCK HOP AND MILKSHAKES
Play some jukebox style tunes while acting as a “soda jerk”. Serve up blended milkshakes and dance your heart out to classic singers like “The Big Bopper”, Little Richie, and other fun 50’s/60’s performers.
YOUTUBE KARAOKE/ Karaoke Krooners
Put together a playlist of karaoke songs to sing along to on your smart tv.
Lights, Camera, Appetite
To switch up regular matinees, let's make it a sensory experience! By creating dishes inspired by the movies you are showing
Play soft, meditation music and offer relaxing hand massages with warm cloths & lotions. Service water with lemon.
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Special Days To Celebrate This Month:
December 2nd is National Fritters Day:
Here is a link to easy recipe: https://soufflebombay.com/easy-apple-fritters/