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Quick Tips (quick activity ideas for activity directors)
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QUICK TIP: PLAN BIRD-WATCHING TRIPS

Take residents to an area where they can bird-watch from your vehicle. Be sure to bring along warm cookies and a thermos of hot cocoa for residents to enjoy as they sit and watch the birds.
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Quick Tip: HOST PIE-BAKING CONTESTS

Recruit members of your facility's Baking Club to compete in pie-baking contests. Ask a few of your administrators to be the judges. Consider making this a fun activity each season.
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Quick Tip: START A SENIOR DANCE GROUP

Recruit your active seniors to start a fun, dance group in your facility. Teach several dance routines and encourage them to perform them at upcoming special events.
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Quick Tip: INVITE LOCAL "MOMMY & ME" GROUPS

Invite local "Mommy & Me" groups to bring their toddlers for an hour of fun and playtime in your Activity Room. Seat residents around the perimeter of the room to enjoy watching the little kids.
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Quick Tip: ORGANIZE COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENTS

Get your residents more involved with your community by planning events in which residents can donate their time to help others. For instance, coordinate military care packages for troops abroad, fundraisers for local shelters, and mentoring programs with your local Boys' and Girls' Clubs.
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Quick Tip: CREATE AN ART STUDIO

Find a small place in your facility in which you can create an art studio for residents to stop by and participate. Arrange to have an artistic volunteer or art student (like an intern for the semester from a local college) to invite passersby to participate in different art projects. Schedule to have the "art studio" open at the same time each week for a few hours to encourage your artistic residents to stop by and have fun creating.
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Quick Tip: MAKE POPCORN & CRANBERRY GARLANDS FOR BIRDS

Provide residents with popcorn, cranberries, twine, and needles to make popcorn and cranberry garlands to decorate your outdoor trees for the holidays.
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Quick Tip: MAKE PAPER BAG ADVENT CALENDARS FOR KIDS

Invite residents to make paper bag advent calendars filled with candy that visiting kids can enjoy throughout the holidays.
Paper bag advent calendar
Paper bag advent calendar
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Quick Tip: WRITE THANK-YOU NOTES

Assist residents with writing and sending thank you notes to their family and friends during this Thanksgiving season.
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Quick Tip:  HOST  HOLIDAY  BAKE-OFFS

Recruit your facility's resident-bakers to compete in fun holiday baking competitions. Encourage the Administrators to be the judges.
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