5 Easy Ways to Decorate Your Senior Facility for the Holidays

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The holidays are coming and it’s time to decorate! But you don’t have to break the bank to add a festive atmosphere to your facility. Here are 5 easy and inexpensive ways from notjustbingo.com to transform any room for the holidays, while getting your residents to help.

1. Construction Paper

Provide residents with colorful Christmas construction paper or scrapbook paper to make holiday chains http://www.ssww.com/item/holiday-paper-chains-SL8086/ that you can easily hang throughout your facility. Use a kit that contains pre-cut links that your residents can easily link together without the use of messy glue sticks. In contrast, you can always make your own holiday links using holiday-colored construction paper, a paper cutter, and glue dots. Continue reading



DIY Doily Santa Craft for Kids

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Doily Santa Holiday Craft

Kids can make a doily santa decoration using a few simple craft materials! Use this as a fun group craft project or a one-on-one activity. To make this craft even easier, we have created a Free Printable Download with each shape. Place the color construction paper you need behind each shape and cut along the lines.

Recommended Ages: 4-7

Materials:

  • Doily
  • Oak tag
  • Construction paper
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Cotton ball
  • Marker

1. Cut our your pieces

  • Cut a circle out of oak tag paper for the face.
  • Cut 3 small circles, for the nose and 2 rosy cheeks using red and pink construction paper.
  • Cut 2 wavy shapes out of white construction paper for the mustache.
  • Cut a hat out of red construction paper.

Tip: Pre-cut the pieces for young kids and lay them out in piles on a table for easy access.

2. Glue the pieces 

  • Glue two wiggly eyes, nose, cheeks, and mustache to the face (large circle)
  • Glue the face to the center of the doily
  • Glue the hat to the back of the doily (this should overlap)
  • Glue the cotton ball to the end of the hat

3. Get creative!

  • Kids can add eyebrows, draw silly eyes instead of using wiggly eyes, add more cotton balls for a beard, glitter or gems to the hat, and any other fun craft materials they’d like.

Now you can hang Santa up!

  • Add a magnet to the back to hang it on the refrigerator
  • Hole punch the top of the hat to hang it from a string for a cute decoration
  • Glue Santa to a piece of paper for a background, then write Merry Christmas or use foam letters to spell it out!

Have kids write a letter to Santa after the craft activity to add to the holiday fun!



Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Pre-K & Kindergarten

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Give your Pre-K or Kindergarteners the perfect gifts for the holiday this year! Here are 10 hand picked items from one of our S&S associates to help your little ones enjoy the season.
 pre-k kindergarten gifts
1. Candy Land® Game

I remember how I used to play Candy Land for hours as a child, and I look forward to playing this game with my children as well. I love that the game has pictures on the card so reading is not required. I think at this age it is important to learn about how to be a good winner and good loser, and shake hands at the end of each game. So this will be a fun way to introduce that concept.
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6 Holiday Themed Party Ideas for Senior Residents

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With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the fun holiday themed parties that you want to plan for your residents. Here are 6 ideas from notjustbingo.com to get you started.

1. Gingerbread House Party

Celebrate Gingerbread Decorating Day (Saturday, December 9) or Gingerbread House Day (Tuesday, December 12) with a fun gingerbread house contest for your residents. Divide residents into teams to compete to see who can decorate the most beautiful gingerbread houses.

For the competition, be sure to use gingerbread kits that come with all the supplies for decoration. If you find that gingerbread cookie kits are too messy for your residents, then consider using a foam gingerbread house craft kit that comes with self-adhesive foam decorations that your residents can easily stick onto the gingerbread houses. Continue reading



5 Easy Craft Projects for the Holiday

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The holiday season is full of events that are perfect for a craft activity. Here are some of our holiday craft kits and projects that are low-mess and easy to make at events such as a Breakfast with Santa or a grandparent and child activity at a senior center. Having a craft activity at an event provides everyone an opportunity to create something special this season and makes your event more memorable!

Tips and tricks:

  • All these craft projects come complete with instructions
  • To make the beaded projects easy, we recommend using paper plates to hold beads while assembling projects.
  • We suggest having 1-2 premade samples at the craft table or station so that everyone can refer to them as needed.

Gingerbread Ornaments

holiday craft projects

We are excited about this new craft kit this year! These adorable gingerbread ornaments come with pre-punched holes in the felt to make stitching easy with the included plastic needle. Each project is also individually bagged so you can distribute them easily to eahc participant. This is a great seasonal project for seniors. Hang them on the Christmas tree or around your facility.  Continue reading



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