For Groundhog Day on February 2nd, treat your residents to fun and games in your Activity Room to celebrate six more weeks of winter!
1. Host a Punxsutawney Phil Breakfast
Arrange to have a special breakfast for residents, featuring all their favorites (items that they may not normally receive) like sunny-side-up eggs, blueberry waffles, and country ham. Encourage residents to dress-up for this special breakfast.
2. Make Sock Puppets With the Grandkids
3. Organize a Peanut Party
Encourage residents to snack on one of the groundhog’s favorite treats: peanuts. Simply cover the tables in your Activity Room with paper and place buckets of roasted peanuts on them for residents to enjoy as an afternoon snack.
4. Make Your Own Snow
If you’re in a warmer climate, treat your residents to a day of snow with Speedy Snow. Simply add water to create instant snow.
5. Teach a Shadow Puppet Exercise
Teach residents how to exercise their fingers while making shadow puppets. Use a flashlight to reflect the puppets onto a wall for residents to see the puppets clearly.
6. Host a Groundhog Day Movie Marathon
Show the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, featuring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, throughout the day in your Activity Room for residents. Encourage residents to stop in and watch the movie while snacking on popcorn.
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