Labor Day Activities for Your Residents and Their Grandkids


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Invite the grandkids to your facility to enjoy this last holiday of summer by planning fun activities that celebrate the occupations of your residents. Here are a few ideas from to add to your Labor Day festivities.

Labor Day Parade

Host a Labor Day parade in your facility by inviting residents to march in the parade. Along the parade route, ask each resident to stop and give a brief account of their occupation or to just give hints about their occupation so that the spectators can try to guess their occupation. Invite the grandchildren to join in on the parade as well. Ask each of the children to tell everyone what they want to be when they grow up. Be sure to pass out mini flags to the spectators to wave as the parade-goers march past them. Continue reading

Toss Four Game Variations for PE & Active Play


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Learn 5 different ways to use this Toss Four Game for physical education class or general active play! If you are playing indoors, hang the target from any volleyball or badminton game standards. For outdoor use, hand it from poles or use existing game standards. The game allows for multiple players at a time, and can be used for teamwork activities, practicing throwing skills, coordination, and more.

Toss Four Games

Classic Toss Four:


Toss balls at the target and get them to stick to the Velcro patches. The first team to get 4 balls in a line (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) wins the game. Unlike standard 4 in a Line or Connect 4, the balls do not have to start at the bottom of the column and can be thrown anywhere on the target.


Divide your players into two teams with about the same number of players and ability. Place all the pink balls in a pile or container and all the green balls in another container. Mark a toss line about 6 feet from the target using cones, floor tape or some other means. A player’s feet must remain behind the toss line, before, during and after their throw. If they cross the line at any point and the ball they tossed sticks to the target, it must be removed and they lose their turn. Continue reading

Fun With Emojis in the Classroom or Afterschool


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Who doesn’t love emojis? We love to use them in texts or messages, but they can even be used in the classroom and afterschool. Use them for bulletin boards, charts, posters, crafts, prizes, and more. Students can use emojis to learn how to express themselves and learn what expression represent each emotion. No matter what your teaching style, you can add an emoji theme to your lesson plan or activity! You can even use some of these ideas below for a themed emoji party.

Emojis for Classroom Management

Calendar Set

This calendar set bulletin board is great for grades K-3 and can be used during circle time or calendar time. It comes with a calendar chart, 12-month headlines, 31 pre-numbered calendar days, and 2 blank calendar days. It also includes a days-of-the-week chart, a seasons and weather chart, and coordinating labels. The emoji faces make it relatable for kids, and can even be used for nonreaders and non-English speaking students. You can also use the calendar days for number activities such as counting and place value. Continue reading

Staff & Resident Activities for National Assisted Living Week


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National Assisted Living Week is right around the corner (September 10-16). This year’s theme is “Family is Forever” – showing the family bond between staff and residents. Here are a few activity ideas to help you demonstrate how your facility is actually one big family – doing all the things that any family does:

Caring – Schedule several activities that show how much your facility cares about your residents.

Low-Vision Support Group – have both staff and residents attend a meeting so that staff members can learn about the concerns of low-vision residents (e.g., too small print on the menus or not enough verbal reminders for activities).

Crafts: Walker Bags – host a craft activity that provides residents with new walker bags to decorate and place on their walkers so that they can carry more items with them.

New Resident Welcome Social – invite staff and residents to welcome your newest residents during a fun afternoon social. Play several icebreaker games so that everyone gets to know one another. For example, use a Toss and Talk Getting Acquainted Ball for residents to learn more about one another. Continue reading

National Assisted Living Week – “Family is Forever” Theme


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For this year’s National Assisted Living Week starting on September 10th, be sure to incorporate activities that relate to the 2017 theme “Family is Forever.” Simply add activities that involve the family members of your residents – both their blood relatives as well as their extended family (your facility’s staff). Here are a few ideas from to think about.

Family Games

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Set up fun family games featuring your residents, their family members, and the staff.

Family Game Night – Place a different table game on each of your Activity Room tables for residents, staff, and family to play, like Reminiscing, Monopoly, and Sorry!. Pass out drinks and appetizers for residents to enjoy with the games.

Checkers Tournament – Invite your best checkers player among the staff to defend his title against any resident. Just set up a checkers set in the common area and invite passersby to try to outwit your staff member during a quick game. Continue reading

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