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
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:
Fourth of July Word Scramble:
|This Fourth of July,
invite your residents to turn ice cream cones into edible, festive Uncle Sam top hats.
1 scoop store-bought vanilla ice cream
1 Wafer ice cream cone
Blue fruit leather
blue decorating gels
Red and blue M&M's
Canister of ready-made whipped cream
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.
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:
|String of Stars
|Decorate a porch railing with these festive Fourth of July garlands.
WHAT YOU NEED
• Craft Foam
• Tacky glue
• Hole punch
Time needed: Under 1 Hour
Cut out a bunch of craft foam stars that measure five or so inches across.
Next cut out smaller stars of contrasting colors and use tacky glue to attach each one to a larger star.
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
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
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
Capture the Flag
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
Ice Cream Word Game:
Have residents name items to make an ice cream
chocolate ice cream
vanilla ice cream
strawberry ice cream
What to Wear to the Parade
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
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
Blue, red and white tempera or
4-inch poly-brush (foam sponge on a wooden handle) or wide paintbrush
White construction paper
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
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
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....
Get shiskabob sticks and blueberries,
strawberries,bananas and limes.
Cut up bananas in slices and wash strawberries and
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:
You will need:
red,white and blue construction paper
orange tissue paper
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
Hot glue gun
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)
small American flags(three per table)
red,white and blue types of fake flowers
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.
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.
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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