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~Anyone can have a child, But it takes a real man to be Father~

June Dates to Celebrate:
National Candy Month- Why don't you have a candy tasting party.Get some Jelly belly Candies in different flavors and blindfold your residents and let them try to guess the different flavors.Get some wild flavors like jalapeno,coffee,peanut butter,etc.
National Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Month -Why don't you make Chocolate covered fresh Strawberries(see below).
National Iced Tea Month-Why don't you have a Tea Party.Serve different types of teas and muffins.
National Rose Month-Why don't you have a local florist come in and hold a flower arranging class.
See Rose Potpourri ideas below.
Fathers Day-Second Sunday of the month- Why don't you have a Family Barbecue for Fathers day.
Serve Hamburgers,Hotdogs,Baked beans,and Sodas.For Fun, have the families of your residents have a Sack race,play horse shoes,or have a tug of war.
Flag Day- June 14th-Have your residents make paper flags for crafts class  in the weeks before 6-14,then hang them all around your facility.Play patriotic music all day,Do the pledge of allegiance in the morning.Have the staff all dress in red,white and blue.
National Yo-Yo Day- June 6th- Why don't you buy some cheap yo-yos from the 99 cent store and let your residents try to use them and try to do tricks.
If you know anyone that is good at yo-yos have them come in for a demo.for your residents.


Flag Day Trivia:
True or False
The U.S. flag has thirteen stripes,alternating red and white,each stripe represents one of the 13 original colonies of England?True.
The U.S.flag has 49 stars? False, it has 50 stars, one for each state of the union.
The first Flag Day was signed into legislation by President Harry Truman in 1949? True
Since the first official U.S. flag was created by congress,the flag has been changed 26 times?True.
The U.S flag has been called Old Glory,The Star Spangled Banner and Stars and Stripes?True.

            Wind Chimes


Clear plastic lids
X-Acto knife
Hole punch
Fishing line
Stick or dowel
Jingle bells

Time needed: Under 1 Hour





Step 1:


Cut the rims off the plastic lids, then help your children cut out seven (or as many as you like) leaf shapes from the clear plastic. If you want, you can create "veins" on the leaves by lightly scoring each one with an X-Acto blade.


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Punch a hole in the top and bottom of each leaf. Tie a 7- to 10-inch length of fishing line to the top of each leaf, then hang the leaves, evenly spaced, from the stick or dowel.


Step 3:


Using short lengths of fishing line, hang a jingle bell from the bottom of each leaf.


Step 4:


To make a hanger, tie the ends of a 6- to 8-inch piece of fishing line to each end of the stick.

Here are a few ideas for National Rose Month :

How To Make Rose Potpourri
One way to extend the enjoyment that fresh cut roses bring is to use the rose petals to create a batch of fragrant potpourri. This is a fun project that you might do with the person who sent you the roses, or it could be a great project at home or school for your children. The delightful finished product will rekindle memories of your lovely gift of roses. You may even wish to start a rose potpourri collection. You could start a jar with rose petals from your bridal bouquet to which you add rose petals from each anniversary bouquet you receive. Or, you could add petals from roses received from that certain someone regardless of the occasion. 

First collect petals from the rose as the flower reaches fully open maturity, but before it turns brown. Dry them until crisp on a screen, cookie sheet or any flat surface. Red roses, when dried, turn a rich burgundy color and look lovely in a ginger jar, candy dish or antique canister. For each quart of petals you collect, add 1 tablespoon fixative. Dry lavender, oak moss, sandalwood or orrisroot are good choices and are available in chopped form at many herb and spice shops or drug stores.

Next, add your favorite complementary spice. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, dried citrus peel and vanilla beans all make excellent choices.

Last, add a few drops of essential oil (an aroma additive) or, if you like, your favorite perfume.

Seal your potpourri mixture in a jar, allowing it to mellow for approximately 10 days. To properly blend the ingredients, shake the jar lightly every couple of days.

There are myriad uses for this delightful potpourri. Add it to the stuffing of pillows or hang it in pomanders in your closet. Small sachets can be used in any drawer or as thoughtful little gifts for friends and loved ones. An easy way to make a rose potpourri sachet is to place a small handful of the fragrant mixture in a lace or linen handkerchief or other delicate fabric and tie the four corners with a satin bow or ribbon.

Let the gift of roses you receive give you enjoyment throughout the year by adding a delightful fragrance to every room in your home.

Information Provided Courtesy of Roses Inc. P.O. Box 99, Haslett, MI 48840

How To Make Rosewater and Rosewater Toner

During the feasts of Roman Emperor Nero, guests lounged on pillows stuffed with rose petals, gazed upon fountains which flung up rose water, bathed in marble-lined pools filled with rose-perfumed waters, quaffed rose wine and indulged in rose pudding for dessert.

Gather about 2 lbs. of scented petals before they fall. The fresher the better. The actual ratio of Roses to water depends on the
color and fragrance desired. You can start with about 2 cups of rose petals firmly packed to a litre of water. Place in an enamel saucepan or preferably earthenware pan. Cover with cold soft water (preferably rainwater, or bottled water).Bring almost to a boil. Let cool. Strain. Be careful not to scorch. Red Roses cause the water to turn a pale pink. Other color roses turn the water a brownish yellow muddy color. The water will remain scented for a good two days. Refrigerated it lasts longer.


3/4 cup Rose Water
6 drops Glycerine
2/3 cups Witch Hazel
Just blend and shake well.

 Oatmeal Rose and Honey Facial

1/8 C. rose petals, torn up
1/3 C. oatmeal, finely ground
4 t. honey
1 t. rose water

Mix together rose petals, oatmeal and honey until will mixed. Blend in 1 teaspoon of rose water. Apply to freshly cleansed face and relax for 1/2 hour. Remove with warm water.

Sh                          Father's Day Shirt Cake






9- by 12- by 2-inch cake, store-bought or homemade from scratch or a mix
Pastel icing the color of dad's favorite shirt
Cardbord shirt box (ask at the drycleaner's), lined with waxed paper
White paper for making a shirt collar and two cuffs
Colorful frosting for the tie








Bake a cake in a 9-by-12-inch cake pan, remove from the pan, cool, and place on waxed paper.






Start by lining a 9-by-12-inch cardboard shirt box with tissue paper. Cover with a larger piece of waxed paper and flip the cake over and set it bottom-up in the box.






Frost with a pastel-shirt colored icing. Cut a collar and two cuffs out of white paper. The collar is a strip, rolled into a ring and taped, with a small V cut out of the center. The cuffs are rectangles with candy cufflinks.






Add a colorful frosting tie below the point where the collar will be placed. Just before serving, trim away the waxed paper and add the collar and cuffs.







What's Cooking:
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
 You will need:
Simi Sweet Chocolate
or Premium White Chocolate
Large strawberries
Put chocolate pieces into a sauce pan and heat on low.Stir often.
When melted, dip strawberries into chocolate and let excess drip off.
Plcae on wax paper to cool and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Strawberry Sparkles

There's no better time than now, during the height of picking season, to celebrate strawberrythe great taste of fresh strawberries. It takes only a couple of minutes to turn a pint of them into a festive, mouthwatering treat for everyone.

Wash the whole berries and pat them dry with a paper towel. Fill a shallow bowl with colored sugar (you can buy this at the grocery store or mix your own by stirring two drops of food coloring into 1/4 cup of sugar).

In a mixing bowl, blend four ounces of softened cream cheese, two teaspoons of confectioners sugar, four teaspoons of milk, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract with a fork until smooth and creamy. Add more milk if needed to achieve the desired consistency.

Now, holding the berries by their stems, your kids can dip them into the cream cheese, roll them in the sugar, and enjoy.

June Craft idea:
Fathers Day
Mock Leather Cigar Box:
You will need:
Roll of masking tape
Cigar box for each resident( if not available,use any kind of box)
Brown markers
This activity is so easy...
Just have residents take small pieces of masking tape and cover the whole box with the tape,then color the box brown with the marker.Let dry. Thats it!

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