Themed Sing-along - Songs starting with: I'm

Themed Sing-along - Songs starting with: I'm

This activity is suitable for almost anybody and is lots of fun!

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Celebrating Grandparents Day

Celebrating Grandparents Day

Grand-Parents Day is celebrated in many countries on different dates. The celebration is to promote the importance of grandparents to children.

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Bean bag Toss

Bean bag Toss

This has always been a very popular game at all the facilities where I have worked. If you don't have a sewing machine ask a volunteer or one of your clients' relatives to do it for you.

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Season Leaves Game

Season Leaves Game

There are many activities with autumn leaves but I can't see why it should be restricted to autumn. Here is an activity for any time of the year

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Things that go Together Quiz

Things that go Together Quiz

There are two ways to play this game.
Great for dementia patients!

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Herbal Scent Tea Party

Herbal Scent Tea Party

Try inviting relatives for this activity; it is an enjoyable occasion.

Table soccer

Table soccer

This is an ideal game for men to form/strengthen friendships whilst having fun.

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Salt Dough Magnets

Salt Dough Magnets

I find this activity very rewarding. Participants can have the pleasure of holding dough in their hands for fun; no need for gloves like when they are cooking.

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Mexican sangria and  bean dip

Mexican sangria and bean dip

Celebrate special days of Mexico with Mexican food and drinks!

Famous Pairs

Famous Pairs

Leader says the first word and the audience guesses the next

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Mexican Fiesta

Mexican Fiesta

A Mexican Fiesta is a great theme to celebrate any time of the year. Whether you are celebrating 'Cinco de Mayo' or the Independence Day of Mexico, a fiesta is a fabulous cultural party for everyone to enjoy. Olé!

Easter Bonnets

Easter Bonnets

Here are a couple of easy Easter bonnets for your parade! I have included some templates for the decorations but let your clients express their artistic flair by encouraging them to decorate as they please.

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Greek Themed Party

Greek Themed Party

Throw a Greek themed party to celebrate the National Day of Greece!

Four Leaf Clovers and Shamrocks

Four Leaf Clovers and Shamrocks

Lovely decorations for St. Patrick's Day!

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Leprechaun #2 for St Patricks Day

Leprechaun #2 for St Patricks Day

Make it more interesting by having small groups of participants to share in the creation of each Leprechaun; two or three people taking turns in tracing, cutting, gluing and decorating the hat, legs, jacket and vest.

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Recycled Percussion Instruments

Recycled Percussion Instruments

These easy percussion instruments will reward you with a happy and very noisy sing-a-long! Remind participants how important percussion instruments are for mankind; indeed every culture has some sort of percussion instrument.

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Wooden Branch Christmas Trees

Wooden Branch Christmas Trees

This is a very useful tree to have! It can be used all year around, just change the ornaments on Easter, Valentines Day, Mothers Day, Chocolate day, Wish Tree Day.

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Evergreen Hanging Christmas Trees

Evergreen Hanging Christmas Trees

Any of the Arborvitae evergreens can be used; I find the Thuja occidentalis particularly good because the leaves as flat by nature, making it easier to glue the layers.

Recycled Christmas Card Tree Ornaments

Recycled Christmas Card Tree Ornaments

Lovely Christmas tree ornaments made from recycled Christmas cards

Recycled Hoy Game

Recycled Hoy Game

Who doesn't have a deck with missing cards? In my house we have at least half a dozen incomplete decks. Don’t throw them out, use them for Hoy!

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Guy Fawkes Art Templates

Guy Fawkes Art Templates

Here are some templates to be coloured in and decorated for Guy Fawkes Day!

Poem for Guy Fawkes Night

Poem for Guy Fawkes Night

This is a traditional rhyme for Guy Fawkes Night's festivities.

Guy Fawkes Night Celebration

Guy Fawkes Night Celebration

Here are some ideas on how to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night

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Monet Water Lillies Recreation

Monet Water Lillies Recreation

Celebrate Claude Monet's birthday in November by recreating one of his famous paintings!

Advent Wreaths

Advent Wreaths

Make your own beautiful advent wreath and celebrate with a morning tea on the four Sundays preceding Christmas!

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Melbourne Cup Hats

Melbourne Cup Hats

Create your own beautiful hats to be worn on Melbourne Cup Day!

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Melbourne Cup Artwork

Melbourne Cup Artwork

Create a fantastic Melbourne Cup piece of art in this activity!

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Mandalas

Mandalas

Beautiful mandala templates to decorate in a relaxing and creative activity

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Remembrance Day Word Search

Remembrance Day Word Search

Here's a Remembrance Day themed word search!

Apple Sauce for Oktoberfest

Apple Sauce for Oktoberfest

This is a great recipe to make any time of the year but especially in October in time for Oktoberfest! Everybody can join in peeling apples, grating lemon zest and reminiscing about other sauces around a large table.

Oktoberfest Party Ideas

Oktoberfest Party Ideas

Have some fun on Oktoberfest with your own party. Here a some great ides!

Indian Chai Tea Recipe

Indian Chai Tea Recipe

This is my own recipe. You may ask an Indian friend or search online for other ways of making it. If you prefer you may buy it ready-made in Indian shops and some supermarkets.

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Frisbee Throwing Competition

Frisbee Throwing Competition

This game has been adapted to indoors to suit people with a limited range of movements.

Coin Tossing Competition

Coin Tossing Competition

Improve movement and promote well-being with this easy and fun competition!

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Potato Peeling Competition

Potato Peeling Competition

Reminisce about familiar skills and have fun with this potato peeling competition!

Indian Themed Commonwealth Games party!

Indian Themed Commonwealth Games party!

The 2010 Commonwealth Games are being held in Delhi, India from the 3rd of October to the 14th. Why not have an Indian themed day to celebrate with Indian food, music and dancing and of course lots of games.

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Fun ways to celebrate World Animal Day

Fun ways to celebrate World Animal Day

The wonderful thing about World Animal day is that it can be celebrated indoors or outdoors. Here are some suggestions of fun things to do on World Animal Day.

Halloween Table Centrepieces

Halloween Table Centrepieces

Halloween styled table decorations!

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Tissue flowers for Mother's Day

Tissue flowers for Mother's Day

To observe cultural dates. To engage residents in reminiscing

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Three of a kind

Three of a kind

Promote cognitive alertness. Opportunity for socialization

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French Toast for Mother's Day Breakfast

French Toast for Mother's Day Breakfast

Wonderful cooking aromas will bring everyone to the breakfast room!

ANZAC Day Service

ANZAC Day Service

Observe cultural festivities. Promote sense of purpose. Download full program!

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Handbag Clean-Up

Handbag Clean-Up

Each resident will bring her own handbag to be cleaned-up. The idea is to have them engaging in cleaning up and talking about the contents of their handbags.

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Valentine's Day Hearts

Valentine's Day Hearts

Cultural observance. Reminiscing.

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Pancake Day Party

Pancake Day Party

Pancakes are easy to make and the fillings can be savoury or sweet. The aroma throughout the facility will have people coming from everywhere the see what’s cooking!

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Multicultural Food Day

Multicultural Food Day

Enjoy a multicultural food day to celebrate the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jnr.

Australia Day Damper Recipe

Australia Day Damper Recipe

Damper is so easy to make - all you need is a hot oven and some very basic ingredients! Here is a recipe well worth trying!

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Pet Therapy - bathing a dog

Pet Therapy - bathing a dog

Opportunity to reminisce. Focus of interest outside routine.

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Pet Therapy (with a dog)

Pet Therapy (with a dog)

To promote socialization. Provide a sense of purpose.

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Stained Glass Window Christmas Decorations

Stained Glass Window Christmas Decorations

Here is an activity that will help you with your resolve to become more ‘green’. It is fun to make and requires little skill and yet looks rather striking hanged in walls, doors, windows and shelves.

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Christmas templates for colouring-in

Christmas templates for colouring-in

Colouring-in, whether with crayons, coloured pencils or paint is therapy as well as a great way to pass the time absorbed in something creative. It may help to maintain what remains of dexterity and fine motor control.

Thanksgiving Tongue Twister Competition

Thanksgiving Tongue Twister Competition

Have fun and increase bonding with staff.

Thanksgiving Word Search

Thanksgiving Word Search

Here is a series of word searches for thanksgiving with 3 different levels of difficulty. Choose the most appropriate for your residents!

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Care Plan Goals & Interventions

Care Plan Goals & Interventions

Learn how to respond to the assessment of needs with the following 6 case studies.

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Identifying Needs

Identifying Needs

Learn how to identify the needs of residents entering aged care facilities.

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How to make horses for the ‘Race Horse’ game:

How to make horses for the ‘Race Horse’ game:

Make your own game for Melbourne Cup Celebrations!

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Hat Parade for Melbourne Cup

Hat Parade for Melbourne Cup

Get in the spirit of Melbourne Cup Day with a hat parade!

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Sweeps for Melbourne Cup Celebration

Sweeps for Melbourne Cup Celebration

Get residents involved in Melbourne Cup celebrations!

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Melbourne Cup Horse Race Game

Melbourne Cup Horse Race Game

The Horse-Race game is a great way to spend the morning on Melbourne Cup Day!

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Remembrance Day Celebration

Remembrance Day Celebration

Observe cultural festivities. Promote sense of purpose. Download full program!

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Foods of the World Quiz

Foods of the World Quiz

In which countries did the following foods originate from?

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Attire of the World

Attire of the World

In which country would you see people wearing these?

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Pot Decoration

Pot Decoration

Encourage creative expression. Improve dexterity.

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Pet Quiz

Pet Quiz

Fill in the missing letters to reveal the animals and breeds!

Pet Names

Pet Names

Which creature does each of the following pet names indicate?

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Oktober Fest Word Search

Oktober Fest Word Search

Celebrate Oktober Fest with this Word Search!

All About Birds Quiz

All About Birds Quiz

Fun facts about birds for World Animal Day!

Famous Cat Lovers

Famous Cat Lovers

Here are some interesting stories about famous cat lovers to help you celebrate World Animal Day.

World Animal Day Trivia

World Animal Day Trivia

Here's some fun animal trivia for World Animal Day in October.

Fun with Salt Dough

Fun with Salt Dough

Increase socialization. Improve ability to follow directions.

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Nursery Rhyme Game

Nursery Rhyme Game

Memory recall and reminiscing

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My Father's Profession Game

My Father's Profession Game

To engage socially and reminisce

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Fathers Day Poems

Fathers Day Poems

Poems especially for Dad's!

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Father's Day Word Search 1

Father's Day Word Search 1

Here's a fun find-a-word especially for Father's Day!

Balloon Bean bags

Balloon Bean bags

VIDEO Instructions included! Object: maintain social skills and reinforce friendships. Sensory stimulation.

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Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt

Tactile stimulation and promote 'staying on task'.

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Handbag Sorting (Toolbox for men)

Handbag Sorting (Toolbox for men)

Improve dexterity (grasping objects) and practice decision-making.

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Picture Puzzle

Picture Puzzle

Improve hand-eye coordination and enhance motor skills

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Baseball Game

Baseball Game

Improve upper body strength and hand-eye coordination.

Fishing Competition

Fishing Competition

Hand-eye coordination. Upper body movements (exercise).

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Cultural Awareness

Cultural Awareness

To promote tolerance. To encourage acceptance and inclusion of cultural diversity.

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Dementia Program - Weekly

Dementia Program - Weekly

This sample program is for acute Dementia care. Some people like to do it weekly, others monthly. Download the form and adjust it to suit you.

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Matching Shapes

Matching Shapes

Improve dexterity and promote dimension discerning

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Colour Sorting

Colour Sorting

Promote recognition of colours. Develop motor skills.

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Waltzing

Waltzing

Fun exercise and opportunity for social interaction.

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Scent Guessing

Scent Guessing

Sensory stimulation with familiar scents.

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Polishing Brass

Polishing Brass

Develops hand-eye coordination

Comfort Activities

Comfort Activities

Promote cognitive well being, provide fun and enjoyment, and establish old roles.

Cleaning out a Drawer

Cleaning out a Drawer

Suitable to clients in first stage dementia (small objects are dangerous for later stages).

Alzheimer's
Pot Painting

Pot Painting

Enhance spiritual fulfillment. Improve dexterity.

Sanding & Painting Birdhouses

Sanding & Painting Birdhouses

Encourage new interests. Promote friendship. Soothe the mind.

Gardening for Men

Gardening for Men

To maintain logic and planning skills.

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Taste  Day

Taste Day

Stimulation of taste senses. Provision of enjoyment.

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Sensory Patchwork

Sensory Patchwork

Enhance memories and provide stimulation by utilising interesting textures.

Alzheimer's
Wonderful cooking aromas

Wonderful cooking aromas

Sensorial stimulation and provision of home-like activity.

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Beauty Therapy

Beauty Therapy

Provide sensory stimulation and enjoyment, ideal activity for Mother's Day

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Baths or Spa Baths

Baths or Spa Baths

Time out to relax and quiet the mind. A simple and effective way to use essential oils.

Horticultural Therapy

Horticultural Therapy

This is a very soothing and worthwhile activity

Ladies Discussion

Ladies Discussion

Reminiscing and mental stimulation through socialising

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Carpet Bowls

Carpet Bowls

This is an excellent game for socialization.

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Bean Bag  Surprise

Bean Bag Surprise

Nice game to maintain or improve physical abilities.

The Price is Right Game

The Price is Right Game

Reminiscing, engaging in conversation, cognitive exercise

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Daily Living

Daily Living

Engagement of residents in tasks they used to do in their own home. A very calming activity.

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Balloon Games

Balloon Games

Gentle exercise for the arms as well as an opportunity to socialize!

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Guessing Game

Guessing Game

Orientation, reminiscing and enjoyment. Socialization.

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Outdoor Gardening

Outdoor Gardening

Promotion of physical activity and improve cognitive function.

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Group singing

Group singing

Promote alertness and sensory stimulation

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The Benefits of Individual Music Activities for Elders

The Benefits of Individual Music Activities for Elders

Provide bed ridden clients with a feeling of enjoyment and well being

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Stringing Beads

Stringing Beads

Stringing beads is a simple and affordable activity for seniors that produces beautiful and satisfying results.

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Musical Bingo

Musical Bingo

Sensory stimulation and encouragement of interpersonal skills

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