Need some Fall themes and ideas for your fall activity calendars? Here are a few to try for the September, October and November months.
Host a variety of activities relating to the fall harvest, like a Fall Harvest Garden Party to harvest your summer’s vegetables, a Fall Harvest Tea Party to enjoy the autumn flavors of cinnamon and apple, or a Fall Harvest Pie Bake-Off to have residents share their homemade recipes with your kitchen staff, who can bake the pies for everyone to sample. Add a craft to the harvest theme, like making a weaved basket with yarn.
Celebrate this season of apple cider by scheduling a weekly apple cider social for residents to enjoy. Add in other apple-theme activities like an Apple Pie Tasting, an Apple Peeling Competition (showcasing who can produce the longest continuous peel of an apple), or a Trip to an Apple Orchard. We also love this simple paint pallete watercolor activity to go along with the apple theme.
This time of the year also brings about local county fairs. Turn your Activity Room into a fun County Fair with carnival games like a ring toss game, a beanbag toss game, or even an animal balloon-making class. Additionally, check out your local fairs and schedule a trip to take your residents.
Organize easy-to-plan Tailgate Parties around your locally televised football games. The parties can be as simple as having residents munch on popcorn while watching the game in your Activity Room.
Use the season’s flowers for decoration ideas in your facility. For example, if you have sunflowers in your garden, be sure to involve your Flower Club to use them when filling vases to place throughout your facility. You can also plan a collaborative art activity using stickers to create a mosaic sunflower poster.
Take residents on a Trip to the Garden Center in your area to pick out colorful mums that can be planted around your facility for fall. In addition, schedule a Fall Planting Party to get residents to decorate planters that can also be used inside your facility.
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