6 Nursing Facility Tips to Prepare for Summer


nursing facility tips for summerIt’s time to start thinking about summer, which officially arrives on June 20th. Here are six nursing facility tips from notjustbingo to help you get ready for a fun and safe summer with your residents.

Remember Hydration

As the weather warms up, plan activities that include opportunities to restore hydration to your residents. For instance, set up a juice bar in your Activity Room with pitchers of fresh juice for your residents to enjoy at any time during the day. After any physical activities, reward your participants with cups of water and pieces of fruit – again to replenish the Continue reading

Kids Shark Craft Ideas for Shark Week


Start summer off with a splash! Shark Week starts June 26th and it’s right around the time summer camp starts. So if you’re a shark lover and want to add a shark craft theme to your activity program, it’s time to start planning! Here are some of our favorite shark themed activities for kids.

Shark Origami

shark craft

Remember making these fortune tellers as a kid? We found this idea from Easy Peasy and Fun. Just print the template and have kids follow the folding instructions. They can also write fortunes or fun shark facts inside the mouth to make it even more fun! Continue reading

Building a School in Kenya – Only Love Foundation


Only Love FoundationOnly Love Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization dedicated to building classrooms and bringing educational resources to impoverished communities and less fortunate children around the world.

Currently, we are campaigning to raise enough funds in order to build a school in Homabay County, Kenya. Unfortunately, the current schooling system in this Kenya community is run down, unsanitary and unsafe. We are looking to build a school to sustainably facilitate children of all ages in the community, Continue reading

Using Makey Makey for Active Play & STEM


makey makey STEM

Recently I was introduced to this awesome little tool called the Makey Makey. This product has become so popular in classrooms, afterschool programs like the YMCA, occupational therapy, and many other industries. With the movie Civil War being so popular, I came up with the idea to create a game with Scratch Studio that pits Captain America versus Iron Man and allows each player to become the characters and get active. This Makey Makey activity encapsulates STEM and Active Play. Continue reading

Flag Day Activities for Senior Residents


Flag Day senior residentsFlag Day is Tuesday, June 14th. This date is important because it officially marks the day we adopted the American Flag. Here are some activity ideas for your nursing facility residents to celebrate:

  1. Recite the Pledge of Allegiance by hosting a flag-raising ceremony outdoors underneath your facility’s flagpole.
  2. Make patriotic bead necklaces using red, white, and blue beads. Consider selling the finished necklaces at your upcoming Independence Day family activities.
  3. Bake a red, white, and blue layered cake with your Baking Club that can be shared with the other residents during a Flag Day Happy Hour. Continue reading

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