Shared By Joanne United States
This is the most popular activity that we do and our Residents absolutely love it.
I go to the dollar store, purchase anything, they especially like jams, cookies, tissues, things for the season to decorate outside their doors, you get the idea.
I made peanut bid signs, or something that they can hold up when they want to bid on an item.
Here's how its played:
Each resident receives a number of real peanuts in the shell - however many you want to give them. I give them 75 to start the game. I pre-count them in individual brown lunch bags.
I also give them larger brown bags with handles to carry their goodies home with, but I ask them to recycle the bag and bring it back when they are through so I can reuse them next month.
OK, so each resident gets a bag of peanuts and a brown bag with handle. You need a caller and an assistant to collect the peanuts.
Your caller puts an item up to bid.
The residents go crazy! Oh my....they are so competitive.
It's a lot of fun with lots of laughs for not much money!