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



Across the USA Theme – State of Massachusetts

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Celebrate the commonwealth of Massachusetts as the Across the USA theme for November. Throughout the month, provide fun activities that relate to The Bay State’s unique state symbols, which can also be used as the basis of activity ideas for the across the usa popular holiday of the month – Thanksgiving.

State Flower: Mayflower

Since the Mayflower is the state flower of Massachusetts, provide a flower painting activity for residents using floral pictures. Simply have residents use the kit’s watercolors to paint beautiful floral prints that can be framed and hung throughout your facility. Encourage residents to mix the watercolors to create autumn colors, like a burnt orange or sunflower yellow, so that the flowers fit in with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Continue reading



How to Know If Your School Is Eligible for Grants

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Is Your School Eligible for Grants?

It might seem that all schools should be equally eligible for grants if they truly have a need for the grant money. That is simply not the case. Two types of organizations are eligible for the most grants.  They are public schools and non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations.  The next two types of organizations in line for grant eligibility are private schools and other types of non-profit organizations. By far the least eligible for grants are for-profit schools or organizations of any type.

Many public schools truly do not have the money to operate as they should, especially if they have large populations of at-risk students from low-income families.  To be able to fund critical technology upgrades, adequate reading programs, and arts programs slashed by budget cuts, they require grant money. Continue reading



Featured PE Teacher – Emily Leffelman

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This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Emily Leffelman!

emily leffelman physedAbout Emily:

I teach Kindergarten through 8th grade Physical Education and 8th grade Health Education at Van Orin Elementary School and Allen Junior High School in Illinois. I teach 141 students daily, and have been teaching for a total of 9 years.

Current Lesson Plan/Unit:

Allen Junior High (6-8th) will be starting the Frisbee Unit. The 4th and 5th graders will review proper throwing steps and ways to catch the frisbee. They will then transition into target throwing. The 6-8th graders will begin by reviewing the rules of Ultimate Frisbee, then begin participation in Ultimate Frisbee games. The 4-8th students will then be introduced/review the rules of Golf and the unit will end by participating in Frisbee Golf. 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

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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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