February Dates to Celebrate:
Feb.3-Norman Rockwells Birth anniversary-Why don't you get a book of his work and show it to your residents and discuss
his work.Ask if they remember the old Saturday Evening Post magizenes with his work on the cover....
Feb.8-The Boy Scouts of America were incorporated on this day in 1910.- Why don't you contact a local Boy Scout group
and ask them to come in and play some board games with your residents, serve refreshments.
Valentines Day- See ideas below.
National Potato Lovers Month:
Why not have a Potato Party?
Have a" Dress the Potato Head "contest.Get a Mr.Potato Head game and blindfold the participants and give them a set time
to try to make the face of the Mr.Potato Head.
Get different types of potato chips and have a sample tasting of each type,talk about which ones have the best flavor,etc.
Ask your residents about their favorite potato recipes.
Play a game and write on a white/chalk board all the things you can make with potatoes,for example:chips,potato salad,soup,
Another fun game is to write the word P O T A T O on a white/chalk board and see how many words the particpants can make
out of the word.Some examples are:POT,OAT,TOO,AT,TOP,TAP.(you get the idea)
Chinese New Year- Have a New Years Party- Get blowers and hats,serve fried rice,won tons and hot green tea,do chinese
new year trivia.(below)
National Cherry Month- Why not have a cooking class and make individual cherry pies.(below)
National Bird Feeding Month- Make easy and inexpensive bird feeders out of all those left over pinecones from Christmas.
Just get a pinecone and put peanut butter all over it and set it out for the birds.
National Snack Food Month- Why not have a Snack Food Mystery Auction?
Get different types of snack foods,twinkies,chips,pretzels,cookies,cracker,peanuts,etc.and
put each item into a brown paper bag and put numbers on the bags,then on an index card with the same numbers as the bags,write
down clues or the slogans for each product in the bags.For example:For Lays Potato Chips-"No one can eat just one", For Chips
Ahoy Chocolate Chip Cookies" A ton of chips in each bite".Then give each participant some "funny money" to use to bid
on the items they want.For each item,read the clue and have the participants bid on the items.