Bean Auction

Bean Auction

Shared By Kim   United States

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Each resident gets a bag of 40 beans to bid on the items they want. The items up for bid can come from the dollar store, or staff can donate items. Our residents love this activity!


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Susan 18th Aug 2019 Activity Director
The foam peanuts are a great option unless your residents think they are food and try to eat them
Debra 17th Aug 2019
We use styrofoam peanuts, like the kind used in packing. I put 50 in a popcorn bag (10/$1) and they love using the peanuts. No allergy to be concerned with; no mess; We also made bidding paddles out of bright colored dessert plates with the oversize craft stick glued on the back. they LOVE IT. Play monthly and that's not enough.
Maureen 14th Aug 2019
This is a neat program idea! What kind of items do you use for auction? What would you use for items with residents that have dementia?
We are thinking about doing this but using tickets instead of beans
Penny 14th Aug 2019 Activities Director
At the facility where I used to work, we did something similar, first with actual pennies, then with "virtual" pennies. That way, nobody would hold up the show counting out their pennies, and we saved oodles of time not having to recount/bag them! We had a list of names, and each person received 50 virtual pennies. A member of our management team would be the "banker" for us. It worked like a charm, and we got through more of our auction items doing it that way. This is a great activity! I'm working at a new facility now, and would love to bring it here - just need to find some folks who are willing to donate some goodies for the event!

One other thing we did - we took small styro-foam plates and wrote numbers on them with an over-sized black marker. We then stapled the plates to paint sticks, and voila! We had auction paddles! When residents checked in to the auction, they'd receive a paddle (we got our attendance this way) then had a few minutes to review the auction items to see what was of interest to them. It was great fun!
Solange 15th Aug 2019 Diversional Therapist
Great tips Penny, Thanks for sharing.
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