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July Dates to Celebrate:
 
National Picnic Month & National Parks/Recreation Month- Take your residents to the park for a picnic,serve sandwiches,fruit salad and drinks.Bring a plastic wading pool to let the residents put their feet in.Bring a C.D. player and have a sing along too.
 
National Baked Bean Month & National Hot dog Month&The 4th of July-Well,this is too easy...
Have a Fourth of July Barbecue Blowout-
Serve hot dogs,baked beans,red,white and blue cupcakes,red or blue punch.Have everyone wear red,white and blue clothing.Have a resident read the Declaration of Independence(see below)
Play find the flag(see below).Ask residents to sing
God bless America.
 
July 11th- Birth anniversary of E.B.White,the author of Charlotte's Web-Hold a Charlottes web party for the children/grandchildren of the staff and residents.Invite all the kids to come in and watch the video with their family,serve refreshments.
 
July 23-The Ice cream cone was invented on this day-Why dont you have a Ice cream Party. Take your residents out for a cone.

To view the Declaration of Independence:

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Fourth of July Word Scramble:
 
1) gfal----------Flag
2) frewksior-----------Fireworks
3) htwie----------White
4) utnedi-----------United
5) aamerci----------America
6) dre-----Red
7) mdoefer--------Freedom
8) lbeu--------Blue
9) radepa---------Parade
10) steats----------States

Frozen Uncle Sams
 
This Fourth of July, invite your residents to turn ice cream cones into edible, festive Uncle Sam top hats.

Ingredients

1 scoop store-bought vanilla ice cream
1 Wafer ice cream cone
White frosting
Blue fruit leather
Red and blue decorating gels
Red and blue M&M's
Canister of ready-made whipped cream 

Directions

Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a plate and return it to the freezer to harden. Meanwhile, construct an Uncle Sam hat out of a wafer ice cream cone.

Use frosting to attach a blue band of fruit leather around the bottom of the cone. Squirt vertical stripes of red decorating gel down the sides and blue gel on the top.

Using a star tip, squirt on white frosting stars around the blue fruit leather, if desired.

construction TIP: To avoid smudging the Uncle Sam hat design, have your resident hold the cone from the inside while decorating it with fruit leather and icing.

Remove the ice cream-scoop "head" from the freezer and top with the Uncle Sam hat. Working quickly so the ice cream doesn't melt, add blue M&M's eyes and a red M&M's nose. Finally, add a whipped cream beard. To do this, have your resident hold the canister upside down while squirting on a long white beard.

Serve up your Uncle Sam ice cream cone immediately; he goes over well at July 4th celebrations. Makes 1.


Name all the United States:
ALABAMA
ALASKA
ARIZONA
ARKANSAS
CALIFORNIA
COLORADO
CONNECTICUT
DELAWARE
FLORIDA
GEORGIA
HAWAII
IDAHO
ILLINOIS
INDIANA
IOWA
KANSAS
KENTUCKY
LOUISIANA
MAINE
MARYLAND
MASSACHUSETTS
MICHIGAN
MINNESOTA
MISSISSIPPI
MISSOURI
MONTANA
NEBRASKA
NEVADA
NEW HAMPSHIRE
NEW JERSEY
NEW MEXICO
NEW YORK
NORTH CAROLINA
NORTH DAKOTA
OHIO
OKLAHOMA
OREGON
PENNSYLVANIA
RHODE ISLAND
SOUTH CAROLINA
SOUTH DAKOTA
TENNESSEE
TEXAS
UTAH
VERMONT
VIRGINIA
WASHINGTON
WEST VIRGINIA
WISCONSIN
WYOMING

String of Stars



Decorate a porch railing with these festive Fourth of July garlands.

String of Stars
WHAT YOU NEED
Craft Foam
Scissors
Tacky glue
Hole punch
Ribbons

Time needed: Under 1 Hour

Step 1:
Cut out a bunch of craft foam stars that measure five or so inches across.
Step 2:
Next cut out smaller stars of contrasting colors and use tacky glue to attach each one to a larger star.
Step 3:
To finish, use a hole punch to make two holes in each glued pair, then thread lengths of ribbon through to tie them together.

Ring Toss and Other Games

For this game, contestants need the tossing skills of a Frisbee player and the good aim of a seasoned horseshoe pitcher.

For the scoring poles, you'll need nine dowels. Set them in the ground in three rows, each composed of three dowels and spaced 2 feet apart. Decorate the planted poles by wrapping them with red, white and blue crepe-paper streamers. For the rings (you'll need three per team), use a dozen sturdy paper plates. You can either purchase colored plates or spray paint plain ones. Cut out a large circle from the center of each plate. Then, place two of the plates face-to-face and tape together all the way around the rims. Repeat for the remaining five rings.

During the game, members from both teams have three attempts each to toss a ring around one of the poles. (It's fun to alternate turns between the two teams.)
A ring that lands around a pole in the nearest row is worth 10 points; a ringer in the middle row earns 20 points; and a ringer in the far row earns 30 points. The team that accumulates the most points wins.

MORE GAMES FOR YOUR Party:
Badminton
Boccie
Balloon Toss
Capture the Flag
Croquet
Horseshoes
Sack Race
Tag Football
Tug-of-war
Volleyball

Fourth of July Game
 
Find the Flag
 
Ask one player to leave the room.Then hide an American flag so that everyone but the absent player knows where it is.Call back the player and explain to him that while he is hunting for the flag, the crowd will sing Yankee Doodle, softly when he is away from the flag and louder when he is close to it.This game is a lot of fun!

Ice Cream Word Game:
 
Have residents name items to make an ice cream treat....
 
bananas
butterscotch topping
caramel topping
chocolate jimmys
chopped nuts
whipped cream
marshmallows
chocolate ice cream
cherries
chocolate syrup
cookie crumbs
strawberries
gummy candy
vanilla ice cream
strawberry ice cream
waffle cones

What to Wear to the Parade

Whether elaborate and citywide or a simple neighborhood march, Fourth of July parades have been a tradition since the Liberty Bell rang in 1776. Festive hats, makeshift drums and an independence banner signed by all will get your holiday march off on the right foot.


FIRECRACKER HATS

With this quick and inexpensive design, you can easily outfit a crowd of paraders with hats that will flutter as they march.

MATERIALS
2 full sheets of newspaper
Ruler
Pencil
Blue, red and white tempera or
acrylic paints
4-inch poly-brush (foam sponge on a wooden handle) or wide paintbrush
White construction paper
Scissors, tape and glue

First, unfold the two newspaper sheets one atop the other as if you were reading them, and treat them as a single two-ply sheet thereafter--this will strengthen the hat and provide a double layer of fringe.

To make the brow band, mark a line that measures 3 1/2 inches from the bottom edge of the sheet and fold up along that line. Roll the band up once more and flatten the fold. Paint the brow-band blue. When dry, paint broad red and white stripes on the flip side of the newspaper (this will be the inside of the hat). While waiting for the paint to dry, cut star shapes from the construction paper.

Fit the hat by wrapping the brow band (painted side out) around a persons head and taping the overlap securely. At this point, the hat should resemble a tall cylinder.

Decorate the brow band by gluing on the stars. Finally, use the scissors to fringe the top of the hat, making cuts (spaced an inch or so apart) that extend about halfway down the cylinder.

What's Cookin'
 
4th of July Pretzel Sparklers
 
All you need is a bag of pretzels,a can of white frosting and red,white and blue sprinkles.
 
Just have your residents put the frosting on top of each pretzel, then shake the sprinkles on top.Thats it! So easy and taste pretty good too....
 
 
 
 
Fruit Kabobs:
Get shiskabob sticks and blueberries,
strawberries,bananas and limes.
Cut up bananas in slices and wash strawberries and blueberries,then
brush with lime juice to prevent browning.
Next,put the strawberries,then the blueberries,then the bananas on the sticks.
Thats it.Enjoy !!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fourth of July Crafts:
 
Firecrackers
 
You will need:
red,white and blue construction paper
orange tissue paper
glue
scissors
tolet paper roll / or paper towel roll (empty)
 
Take the paper towel roll and cut in half, you can make two with this.
If using the tolet paper roll cover 1/3 with red construction paper(top)then the middle1/3 with white construction paper and the bottom 1/3 with the blue construction paper, glue each color onto the roll,red,white,then blue.
then take the orange tissue paper and put a small piece in the center and fan it out so that it looks like a flame .
These are so easy to make and are very inexpensive decorations for the holiday!

Fourth of July Windsocks
 
These are great to decorate for the 4th or anytime!!
 
You will need:
Small American flags(one for each resident)
Hot glue gun
Fishing wire
Hole puncher
Red,White and Blue Ribbon(the cloth kind or curling ribbon)
 
First give each resident a flag,glue the ribbon on the bottom edge of the back of one side of the flag,(or the inside,if only one side to the flag)start with the red ribbon,then the white,then the blue and so on ,all the way around the flag.Let dry.Then take the flag and hold it horizonally and glue the edges together so that it looks like a cylinder without a top.Then take the hole puncher and punch one hole on each side of the flag and attach the fishing wire to desired length and cut and tie.Hang outside.

 
Fourth of July Party Ideas:
 
 
~ Red,White and Blue Table Centerpieces~
 
You will need:
 
small sand pails(one per table)
sand
small American flags(three per table)
red,white and blue types of fake flowers
paints
paint brushes
 
Directions:
Give one pail to each resident with some paint and let them paint stars and ribbons on the sand pail,let dry.
Then take some sand and put into sand pail to three quarters full.
Next,arrange the flowers and the flags in the pail.
Put on each table in your dining room for fun,festive centerpieces.
 
 
Fun Food:
 
~Fruit Cups~
 
This is such a simple recipe.Just take cut up strawberries,blueberries,pound cake(cut into very small cubes) and cool-whip and arrange in a clear parfait glass.
Start with at the bottom of the cup with the poundcake,then strawberries,then poundcake again,then blueberries,then top with cool-whip.
Enjoy !!
 
 

Watermelon Roll :
 
All you need are a few Watermelons and some participants......
Line up your resident's wheelchairs or chairs and give them each a Watermelon and tell them to roll it as far as they can,the person that rolls it the furthest WINS !!
This game is very simple,yet fun because most of the residents can hardly lift the Watermelon,yet alone roll it !

Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July !!!


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