Wondering how to get the family involved in activities in your facility? Host a fun open game night every Saturday evening for family members to drop by to play with their loved ones. Simply set up lots of game tables in your Activity Room, and encourage participants to sit, play, and have fun. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
While your activity calendar is probably already full of bingo games, consider adding in a few variations of the traditional bingo game. View the examples below on some of our favorite new games featuring bingo with a specific theme!
- Healthy aging bingo game – focus on wellness
- Retro television show bingo game – involves characters of old television shows
- Familiar faces bingo game – includes the many faces of Old Hollywood
- Musical bingo game – features recognizable songs from yesteryear
Jeopardy & Wheel of Fortune
Pretend to be a television game show host as you host fun Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune games. First, invite participants to show-off their knowledge as you become Alex Trebek and ask them trivia questions. For Jeopardy, you can use the actual Jeopardy board game or the card game. For a less mind-crunching game and to get residents more active, play a fun jumbo inflatable Wheel of Fortune themed toss game!
Teach participants how to play the fun game of Pokeno, which also uses game cards and bingo chips. Instead of calling out bingo balls, however, call out the individual card from a deck of playing cards for participants to find on their Pokeno cards.
Simple Card Games
Finally, if you want your residents and family members to be able to come and go as they wish, then consider setting up your game tables with a different card game at each table. For example, use card games that participants may already know how to play, like Uno. You can also plan some games that they can easily learn how to play on their own. Below are a few we recommend.
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