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November Dates to Celebrate:
 
Nov.7th-General Election Day- Take your residents to go vote.Or make up a booth at your facility and hold a "mock election",make up ballots,and voting boxes and see who your population would vote for.
Decorate the facility in red,white and blue.Serve refreshments.
 
Nov.10th-Birthday of Spam(1939)- Spam is short for spiced ham.Why dont you ask residents what type of recipes they have made with spam. Serve fried spam pieces and cheese with crackers.See recipe ideas below.
 
Nov.18th-Mickie Mouse's Birthdate(1928)- Plan a trip to Disneyland(if your in Ca.)-otherwise why don't you have a Disney party-Have your residents and staff dress up as their favorite Disney character,watch a Disney classic(Cinderella,Snow white,Fantasia), and invite a local pre-school to come dressed up too.
 
Nov.19-25-National Game and Puzzle Week-
All week hand out a new puzzle each day and hold a contest to see who can solve and return to you  the quickest,hand out small prizes(candy,gum,bag of chips)Then at the end of the week crown the Queen and King puzzle solver,make up crowns and hold a ceremony.See below for puzzles.
 
Fourth Thursday in Nov.- Thanksgiving Day-
Have a family Luncheon and invite residents families.Hire Entertainment and play games(see below).
 
 
 

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot:
Get one resident and one family or staff member per team.Then they
will get the resident and go through an obstacle course.
I have always done this in a patio/courtyard area with alot of room.
Basically all you do is set up an obstacle course and have your
teams take turns going through the course holding onto a frozen
turkey(or stuffed animal turkey),they go through the course and the
one that has the best time wins!
One example of a Turkey Trot Obstacle Course:
Have residents start at the starting line,then say go(start the
clock)then the first thing they do is go in and out of a bunch of
potted plants or cones,then they have to pick up a flag,then they
have to go under a stick(broom,whatever)then they have to knock over
something(soda cans,milk cartons)then they go through one more set
of cones and at the end they take their turkey and toss it into a
pan.
The team with the best time wins!Give small prizes to everyone that
participates.
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Cornacopia Relay Race:
Go to the 99 cent store or Dollar Tree store and pick up some small
Cornacopia baskets,then get plastic fruits and some walnuts and
other items to fill the cornacopias up with.
Then you will put the items all over your facility and give the
participants clues on where to find the items at in your facility.
They will start by holding their cornacopia baskets and the first
clue on where to find the first item,when they find the first
item,it will have the clue to find the second item and so on, the
first one to fill there cornacopia wins!
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Thanksgiving Feast Scavenger Hunt:
This is fun for groups of two-four.
Give each group a large piece of paper(draw a large "table" on each
paper),scissors,glue sticks,and about 10 magazines each.
The object of this game is to set the table for a huge Thanksgiving
Feast.
Each team will get a list of Thanksgiving Feast items to find,cut
out and paste onto the table(the piece of paper).
Example of stuff to look for in the magazines:
turkey,stuffing,people
eating,families,pies,cookies,drinks,silverware,
plates,corn,butter,rolls,potatoes,yams,a ham,etc.
Give the team a time limit,usually 15 minutes is good.
At the end of the time limit,the team with the most items from the
list cut out of the magazines and pasted on their "Table" wins!

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Dress the
Turkey:
Give each participate a paper turkey( a drawing of a turkey) and
other items to "dress" the turkey with.
Crayons,markers,feathers,sequins,beads,stickers,etc.
Have everyone "dress" their turkey then have a satff member or
Dept.Head come in and pick the "Best Dressed "
Turkey.



Giving Thanks
(Author Unknown)

For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the workingman's hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest,
For our country extending from sea unto sea;
The land that is known as the "Land of the Free" --
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Word search:
 
Look for the words,they are all horizontal.
turkey,stuffing,cranberrysauce,blessings,pilgrims,
indians,rolls,gravy,corn,pie,dinnertime.
 
T U R K E Y F O G H S J D E
R O L L S B S I  M O H K H M
G R A V Y O N U C O R N I T
P U D S G T O J H D S W I F
B L E S S I N G S L J S I T E
P I E V C F R Y A S U C F T
I N D I A N S I Y M D S B O Y
P I L G R I M S Y F D M G E
S T U F F I N G I L C B N H S
C R A N B E R R Y S A U C E
D I N N E R T I M E D F C U I

Fall Word Game:
 
"What am I"
 
 I am full of seeds-
A candle is placed in me-
My face is made to be scary sometimes-
answer- A Pumpkin
 
Fall is my season-
I come in many colors-
My floral name is hard to spell-
answer-Chrysanthemum
 
In the summertime I'm all dressed up-
I'm lonely in the fall-
The crows are afraid of me-
answer-Scarecrow
 
I have two legs-
My least favorite time of year is Thanksgiving-
Stuffed and dressed, I'm mouthwatering-
answer- A Turkey
 
I was green but now I'm colored-
Trees look bare without me-
answer- Leaves
 
I love nuts-
I'm a real chatterer-
My cheeks are great for storage-
answer- A Squirrel
 
I am a type of berry-
I am always paired with a Turkey Dinner-
answer-Cranberry sauce
 
My other name is Horn of plenty-
I can hold harvest samples-
I am a symbol of Thansgiving-
answer- Cornucopia

Acorn Wreath

Copyright © 1999 Dorothy LaFara, auntannie.com

What you will need: 

  • Acorns
  • Wicker wreath
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Newspaper
  • Flowers or other decoration

 
How To Make It
 
  1. First, spread the newspaper on a flat surface. Lay your wreath down flat. Heat your glue gun.
  2. Next, starting in the middle of the wreath begin gluing the bottom of the acorn. Place the glued part of the acorn in the middle of the wreath and stand the acorn straight up. Make 1 row in a straight line going all the way around the wreath. Repeat the process from top to bottom with the wreath still laying flat.
  3. Then decorate with flowers, bows, or even holiday ornaments. Be sure not to leave any open spaces except in the back. The back of the wreath shouldn't have any acorns on it so when you lay it down it is flat.

 

Turkey


Turkeys are domestic (farm) birds that were originally bred from wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopo). The adult female turkey is called a hen, the adult male is called a tom, and the young are called poults. A group of turkeys is called a rafter. Over 300,000,000 turkeys are raised in the USA each year.

Anatomy: The tom turkey is larger and more brightly colored than the hen. Toms grow to be up to about 30 pounds (13.5 kg). Turkey eggs are tan with brown spots; they are a little bigger than chicken eggs. Poults are brown.

Diet: Turkeys have a varied diet. They eat insects, worms, fruit, seeds, acorns, grains, slugs, snails, and many other foods. They have a well-developed gizzard (a part of the stomach that contains tiny stones) that grinds up their food.

Predators: Many animals prey upon turkeys, including skunks,owls, hawks, bobcats, and snakes.


Proclamation 

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

 

 

Apple Votive

What you need:

  • Apples or small pumpkins
  • Tea candles
  • Utility knife
  • Spoon
  • Lemon juice

What you do:

  1. If you are going to place the apple votives in the water check how they float first.  Do this by filling the pot you'll be putting them in and marking with a dot the side that stays up above the water.
  2. Place a tea candle over the dot you have made in #1 and trace around its circumference with a utility knife, inserting the knife vertically as deep as the tea candle is tall.
  3. Set aside the candle, and cut the circle into sections and scoop out using the spoon.   Squeeze lemon juice onto the cut surface to keep the apple from turning brown, and insert a tea candle.

Here's how you make
your Holiday Bean Soup Gift Jar:

Holiday Bean Soup Mix

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click on the picture above to see a FULL size picture of the tag along with preparation instructions, which you can print out.

Here's what you need:

  • 1 pound dried black beans
  • 1 pound dried red beans
  • 1 pound dried kidney beans
  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 1 pound dried great northern beans
  • 1 pound dried baby lima beans
  • 1 pound dried large lima beans
  • 1 pound dried pinto beans
  • 1 pound dried green split peas
  • 1 pound dried yellow split peas
  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 pound dried green lentils
  • 1 pound dried brown lentils

What to do:

  1. Combine all of the beans in a very large bowl.
  2. Pour two cups of the bean mixture into pretty jars ( 16-oz.) jars- these jars should hold two cups of bean mix.
  3. Give with the following recipe for holiday bean soup. You could also layer the beans in the jar for prettier effect. Just put a little of each of the beans in until you fill it to the top.
  4. Print out the tag and attach it to the jar.
    It is an attractive label as well as the preparation instructions for the recipe.

What's Cookin'
Grandma's Baked Apples
 
you will need:
4 large apples,peeled and halved
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
 
Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together.
Dip the apple halves into the mixture.
Place a dab of the butter into the middle of each apple and place in a baking dish.Cover with plastic and microwave on high for 6-9
minutes.Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Serves 8.

Ingredients
- 1 (1-pound) loaf frozen bread dough thawed
- 1/4 cup pizza sauce
- 1 SPAMŪ Classic (7-ounce) can cubed
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped pepperoncini
- additional pizza sauce
 
 
   
  SPAM™ Pinwheels
Prep Time: 1 hour
CookTime Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 16
Serving Size: 1 piece
 
  Directions
Roll bread dough out on lightly floured surface to 12-inch square. Brush pizza sauce over bread dough. Sprinkle SPAMŪ, cheese, and pepperoncini over dough. Roll dough, jellyroll fashion; pinch seam to seal (do not seal ends.) Cut roll into 16 slices. Place slices, cut side down, on greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise in warm place 45 minutes. Heat oven to 350°F. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately with pizza sauce.
 
Nutrition
  146 Calories
6 Grams Fat
8 Grams Protein
19 Milligrams Cholesterol
15 Grams Carbohydrates
619 Milligrams Sodium

Ingredients
- 1 SPAMŪ Classic (12-ounce) can finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese divided
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
- 1 green bell pepper diced
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup CHI-CHI'SŪ Salsa divided
- 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
- Shredded lettuce
- Chopped tomato
 
 
   
  SPAM™ Enchiladas
Prep Time: 30 minutes
CookTime Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
 
  Directions
Heat oven to 350°F. In bowl, combine SPAMŪ, 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, 1 cup cheddar cheese, bell pepper, onion, and 1/4 cup salsa. Spoon cheese mixture down center of each tortilla; roll tightly. Place seam-side down in 13x9-inch baking dish. Spoon remaining salsa evenly over enchiladas. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with lettuce and tomato.
 
Nutrition
  749 Calories
46 Grams Fat
41 Grams Protein
150 Milligrams Cholesterol
47 Grams Carbohydrates
1,657 Milligrams Sodium

Arts and crafts:
 
Thankful Tree:
 
You will need:
terra cota pot
soil
tree branches
construction paper(different colors)
ribbon
hole puncher
 
Put the tree branches in a pot full of soil,arrange them to look like a tree,then have residents make leaves out of construction paper and have them write down what they are thankful for on each leaf,then attach the leaves to the"tree" with the ribbon.Set in the middle of the table.

I got this off another site and just loved it !!

Turkey on a Hat

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With just a few simple items you can create this fun and friendly turkey on a hat for Thanksgiving.

You will need:

  • Felt (Orange, red, yellow, white and brown)
  • Large goggle eyes
  • Tan paper twist
  • Large straw hat
  • Gold glitter paint
  • A small piece of wire
  • Pattern click here

Instructions:

Print out your pattern and cut it out. Trace the pattern onto desired colors of felt, or follow the example in the picture and cut out the felt pieces.

Glue the turkeys face onto the hat first so you know where the center is. Then glue the felt feathers on the top of the hat slightly overlaping. Glue the brown bib felt piece over the top of the feathers right around the hat ball part. And lastly, glue the two brown looking hands on each side of the bib shape.

Make a bow out of the paper twist and fluff up. Glue the yellow legs to the back of the hat.

Finishing touches: Using the Gold glitter and glue, add some swirls and dots on the bow and straight lines on the feather. I didn't put any more lines on the felt feathers. I didn't want it to look like leaves.

Last, secure a small piece of wire to the top back of the hat. So you can hang it on the door.


Thankful Wreath of Leaves
You and your residents can make a beautiful wreath of leaves that displays what your resident is thankful for. This wreath makes a great Autumn or Thankgsiving decoration.


Supplies needed:
  • A plain white paper plate
  • Construction paper (orange, red, yellow, brown, and other earth tones)
  • Crayons or markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue or a glue stick
Cut a half circle out of the center of a plain paper plate. This will hold the leaves.
Cut out a lot of leaves from construction paper. Draw the leaf veins if you wish.
Glue the leaves all around the rim of the paper plate.
In the lower center of the wreath, write, "I am thankful for," and then let your resident write or draw what they are thankful for.


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