|The Activity Director's Office Presents
Activity Ideas That Work
by Gina Salazar, AD
|I Love Lucy Trivia
True / False
Lucille Ball was born in
Jamestown, New York.
I Love Lucy ran for 3 years on air.
False, it ran for six years.
(It's still on t.v.today in reruns.)
Desilu productions was a combination
of both Desi Arnez
and Lucille Balls names.
I Love Lucy first went on air In 1965.
False, it aired on CBS in 1951.
Desi and Lucy were married untill the
last show aired.
True.The day of the last filming
of I Love Lucy,Lucille Ball
filed for divorce.
I Love Lucy aired at the same
time every week.
True.It aired on Mondays at 9:00 pm.
|Dog Days of Summer
Words to Find:
|Ice Cream Sandwiches
Large Chocolate chip cookies
Gallon Vanilla Ice Cream
Give each resident two cookies and
a scoop of vanilla ice cream, put the
sandwich together and roll the sides
in the chopped nuts.
Eat promptly or freeze for later.
One Dozen French Rolls,sliced in
1 pound of Turkey breast
1 pound of Ham
1 pound of Salami
1 jar of dill pickles
Head of lettece
1 pound of cheese(your choice)
salt & pepper
Just layer the meats and rest of the
items on the bread.Makes 24 halves.
Hello Summer !!!
August Dates to Celebrate:
National Smile Week- Aug.1st-7th-Why don't you tell a joke a day during this
week over your P.A.system,or make up some happy faces and copy them,then
pass them out during the week to anyone that you see that has a smile on their
face, then at the end of the week collect the happy faces(put names on them) and
put in a container and have a raffle for prizes.The prizes dont have to be big.This
activity is so much fun because you involve the staff,residents and families.
Ice cream sandwich Day-Aug.2-Make Ice cream sandwiches with your residents.
National Sandwich Month-Make Hero sandwiches
Lucille Ball's Birth Anniversary-Aug.6th- Why don't you have an entire day
devoted to "I LOVE LUCY "
hold a lucille ball look alike contest,have residents and staff dress up like lucy &
have an I Love Lucy marathon and watch the shows on video.
Kite Day-Aug.11th- Make kites with your residents and go outside to try them,hold
a contest to see whos kite can stay up the longest.
Hawaii Admited to the states-Aug.21st- Have a Hawaiian Luau- Have residents
make lais in crafts class,serve BBq chicken and ribs,fried rice,fruit salad kabobs
& coconut cream pie,have Hawaiian
dancers come out to teach the hula(call local dance studios)play limbo with the
staff and families.If you want you can make this a community affair by putting up
fliers and taking them to your local senior center,and throughout the community.
Call your local newspaper too.
Mae West Birth Anniversary-Aug.17th- Reminise with residents about the star,
ask them if they can remember some of her famous sayings, and her movies,
ask them about her" not so good reputation".
Hawaiian Party Ideas
This tropical island theme can be a real hoot--particularly if you challenge arriving
guests to use the 12 letters of the Hawaiian alphabet (a, e, h, i, k, l, m, n, o, p, u,
w) to come up with fun new nicknames to go by.
Aloha! Guests will know they're in for a fun ride when they get this invite. To make
one, use a craft knife to cut an 8-inch-long surfboard shape out of Fome-Cor
(sold at most craft or art supply stores) or cardboard. Cut an identical shape out
of colorful Con-Tact paper. Stick the Con-Tact paper to the top of the surfboard
and print on a fun announcement with a black marker. Print the rest of the
information on the back, including a reminder for guests to wear their favorite
Hang Ten Poses Having your photo taken while you strike a dramatic surfing
pose makes a fun icebreaker for this shindig. To set the stage, put on some
inspiring music (any Beach Boys tune will do), then spread a blue tarp or blanket
on the ground and place a folded-up ironing board on top of it. Guests can then
take turns "riding" the board while you snap Polaroid postcards of them to take
home as souvenirs.
Paper Leis It wouldn't be a true Hawaiian celebration without colorful flower leis.
You can either make them ahead of time and have your child distribute them as
the guests arrive, or provide the supplies so the guest can make their own. First,
trim the tops of colorful cupcake liners to resemble scalloped-edged flowers.
Then cut a bunch of drinking straws into 1-inch lengths for spacers. Using a
wide-eyed embroidery needle and twine, alternately sew through the centers of a
bunch of flowers and string on straw sections. When the strand is long enough,
tie together the string ends, and the lei is ready to wear.
Skewer pieces of fruit, cheese, and meat with fancy toothpicks and arrange them
on a pupu platter (that's Hawaiian for appetizer!). Blend together tropical fruits,
juices, and ice for smoothies that your guests will go bananas over. Serve them
in pretty glasses garnished with cocktail umbrellas. See Cake recipe below.
Hula Hoopla Hawaiian partygoers will get a laugh out of giving this contest a
whirl. Hand two of the guests hula hoops and see who can hula the longest.
Then pose the challenge to two other kids. Once everyone has had a chance,
have the winners of the first round face off against each other, and so on, until
one guest is the victor. He or she wins a hula hoop!
Aloha Volley Played with a beach ball (or even a balloon), this game puts a
tropical twist on classic volleyball. Set up a net (or you can string a piece of
clothesline between two stationary objects). Ask each team to come up with a fun
name like the Invincible Islanders or the Volley-canoes. Explain that the object is
to hit the ball back and forth according to standard volleyball rules. But instead of
scoring points, teams are awarded letters to spell A-L-O-H-A. The first team to
complete the word wins!
HAWAIIAN PARTY POINTERS
•Make your place look like a tropical paradise by decorating it with exotic paper or
silk flowers, colored holiday lights, and paper lanterns.
• Set up a beach umbrella to create a shady spot where guests can get out of the
sun. And have plenty of sunscreen on hand.
• Hawaiian Party Favors: Send guests home from this party in paradise with
tropical trail mix (just add dried pineapple chunks and macadamia nuts to your
favorite mix), shells, beach balls, or sunglasses.
|Hawaiian Beach Cake
Make a big splash at your Hawaiian
luau with this beachy cake.
• 1 baked 13- by 9- by 2-inch cake
• 2 1/2 cups blue frosting
• 1/4 cup white frosting
• 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
• Candy rocks
• Birthday candles
• Plastic Hawaiian dancers
• Candy flower sprinkles
• Plastic palm trees
• Fruit Stripe gum (surfboards)
• Plastic figures
• LifeSavers (inner tubes)
• Sour tape, cut into 1-inch lengths
• Paper parasols
• Plastic dolphin or gummy fish
Step1: Lightly coat the entire cake
with a thin layer of blue frosting. Swirl
extra blue frosting on two thirds of the
cake to create the ocean with waves
and a curvy shoreline. Add whitecaps
by squirting white frosting through a
Step2: To make the sandy beach,
sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on
the remaining third of the cake (the
crumbs will stick to the thin layer of
frosting). Next, let your kids help you
turn the cake into a bustling beach.
Arrange a circle of candy rocks
around a candle bonfire.
Step3: Add Hawaiian dancers, a
candy flower path, plastic palm trees,
Fruit Stripe gum surfboards, plastic
swimmers, LifeSavers tubes, sour
tape beach blankets, and paper
parasols. Don't forget to stock the
ocean with edible and decorative sea
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