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

10 DIY Fall & Thanksgiving Craft Ideas


Looking for some fun new crafts and decorations to help you with your Fall and Thanksgiving celebrations? Check out our top 10 DIY crafts that you can keep up all season long!

Thanksgiving Craft Stick Wreath

Our Craft Stick Wreath Craft Kit can be easily turned into a Fall and Thanksgiving themed activity! This simple wreath is made with regular and jumbo craft sticks that are colored with markers and water to give a blended look. Then simply glue the craft sticks to the included wreath shape. Everything you need to make the wreath is included in the kit.

If you want to get even more creative like we did, add a festive message using jute string, oak tag, and the markers which are included in the kit. We also thought it would be fun to have some of our wood leaves hanging in the center.

Pie Garland 

Who doesn’t love eating pie for Thanksgiving? Make a festive pie garland to hang up as a decoration for your Thanksgiving events. These Kraft Paper Pennants work great because they are made from heavy paper, the perfect pie shape, pre-punched holes, and the color makes it easier to decorate.

Fold a strip of white or tan paper accordian style to create the crust at the top. Glue the sides to the back of the kraft paper so you don’t block the holes. Then string jute through the kraft paper holes. You can choose which types of pies you’d like to create. Here’s how we made the 4 you see here: Continue reading

Classroom Book Activity – Arthur’s Thanksgiving


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Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown

Story Summary:

It’s time for Thanksgiving! Arthur has been picked to be the director and cast the roles of his school play. All his friends want to be the star of the show, but no one wants to be the Turkey!

Recommended Ages: Grades 1 – 2

Activity 1

  • Gather the class on the rug and read the story Arthur’s Thanksgiving, by Marc Brown.
  • After reading, explain to the class that they will be doing an activity where they have to write about the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Continue reading

5 Thanksgiving Games to Add to Your Activity Calendar


thanksgiving games activity directorWith Thanksgiving just around the corner, get your residents excited and active during the holiday season by scheduling fun facility-wide competitions. Here are a few Thanksgiving games from to get you started.

Turkey Bowl

Instead of playing the traditional game of football during this time of the year, challenge residents to a game of bowling – turkey bowling! To play, simply modify your existing bowling pins by taping feathers to the back of each pin. In addition, consider setting up several bowling games in your Activity Room to encourage more people to play. To make it even more fun, the day before the competition, divide residents into teams and encourage team members to dress alike for the competition (e.g., all wear red shirts or all wear baseball caps – an item that they all have) to encourage “team unity.” Afterwards, award mini trophies to the winning Turkey Bowl team. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Puzzle Tree Craft for the Classroom


Thanksgiving craftCelebrate the meaning of Thanksgiving in your classroom with this puzzle tree craft! Teach students what it means to be thankful, and have them share what they value the most this year. This is a great collaborative art project, and can be hung up on your bulletin board for the season! You can also use this activity for afterschool, and even with senior residents.


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