How are you planning to celebrate Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) at your senior livng facility this year? Here are 5 games to host at your upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebration as you recognize the Mexican holiday.
Fill a beautiful donkey piñata with candy for your residents to participate in a Piñata-Hitting Party. For the game, provide the residents with a plastic bat to hit the piñata two times. Whoever cracks the piñata gets to pass out the candy.
Coordinate with Dining Services to provide a Taco Bar Lunch for your residents where they can assemble their own tacos. Provide a variety of tasty toppings for residents to sample like cheese, onions, shredded lettuce, and refried beans. Decorate the scene with a fiesta decorating kit.
Purchase several different brands of salsa from your local supermarket and encourage residents to participate in a Salsa Tasting to see which brand of salsa they prefer. For the activity, decorate a large table with a fiesta tablecloth and place a scoop of each type of salsa into small Dixie cups for residents to sample.
Pass the Sombrero
Play a fun seated game of Pass the Sombrero with your residents. To play, seat residents in a large circle and have them pass a sombrero around a circle for everyone to wear while the music plays. When the music stops, whoever is wearing the sombrero is out of the game.
Pass out Mexican pesos or gold coins for residents to flip into sombreros during a fun game of Peso Toss. To play, place several sombreros on the floor and have residents toss their pesos into the rim of the hats. Award different point values for each of the sombreros, and provide a fun prize to the participant who accumulates the most points at the end of the game.
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