Celebrate the upcoming Winter Athletic Games event in Pyeongchang, South Korea with your residents by hosting fun activities during the two-week event (Friday, February 9 to Sunday, February 25). Schedule activities that get your residents engaged and excited, like creating activities for preparation for the games, Opening Night Festivities, and of course, the Winter Athletic Games. In addition, during the two weeks, be sure to include fun activities that showcase the beauty and culture of South Korea.
Winter Athletic Games Prep
Before the games begin, gather residents to help you decorate your facility in a fun winter theme. Use winter decorations or simply have residents cut paper snowflakes to hang. In addition, schedule a craft activity for residents to assemble and decorate winter sleds that can be used as table centerpieces during your upcoming dining activities.
Finally, organize a Winter Bracelet Beading Party and encourage residents to use winter beads to make winter-themed bracelets that residents can wear during the two-week event.
Opening Night Festivities
Olympic Parade of Nations
If your facility has staff members and residents from different countries, encourage them to participate in an international parade on opening night (Friday, February 9), in recognition of the Olympic Parade of Nations. Encourage participants to wear the attire from their home countries in the parade.
Winter Fashion Show
Host a winter-themed fashion show in recognition of the Winter Olympics fashions that will be showcased on Opening Night during the Olympic Parade of Nations. Beforehand, assist residents to pick out their favorite winter outfit to strut their stuff on your catwalk.
Opening Night Dinner
Celebrate opening night by coordinating with Dining Services to serve dishes from all over the world, like Mexican tacos, Chinese egg rolls, Greek spanakopita, Italian spaghetti, or German bratwurst. In addition, don’t forget about dessert. Plan to serve tasty treats like French eclairs, Canadian Nanaimo bars, or Turkish baklava for the final course.
When the games begin in Pyeongchang, organize several games in your facility, like biathlon, curling, and hockey. Afterwards, don’t forget to pass out medals to the games’ participants.
Introduce residents to the sport of biathlon, which includes cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, by creating your own winter archery game. Use a plastic dart archery set for residents to test out their targeting skills.
Invite residents to participate in the sport of curling, which includes sliding stones on ice to land on a target, by creating your own curling game. Use Washi tape and tape off a large rectangle on a wooden floor. Then have residents use the shuffleboard sticks and puck from your shuffleboard set to try to land the puck inside the target. If it’s in your budget, you can use a real floor curling set.
Encourage residents to join in to play hockey by setting up a goal for residents to hit a large foam ball through. Use plastic hockey sticks or homemade hockey sticks (cardboard tubes or brooms hitting an inflated balloon) for the fun game.
South Korean Culture
Remember to educate your residents about the beautiful host city of Pyeongchang, South Korea by introducing several activities that reflect the Asian country’s culture. For instance, host a tea party for residents that feature popular teas from the area, like green tea and ginseng tea.
In South Korea, the fan dance, also known as buchaechum, is very popular. Therefore, invite your residents to assemble and decorate their own paper fans to use during a fan dance exercise class, where residents use fans to do arm and hand exercises.
Surprise residents with a batch of kimchi (fermented vegetables) for them to sample. Encourage residents to try the popular South Korean side dish during a South Korean-themed afternoon social in your Activity Room. During the social, serve the kimchi and teach residents how to play the popular South Korean game of Tuho, in which participants toss arrows (or long sticks) into a narrow-neck container. (To play the game, have residents toss long sticks into a basket.)
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