Sample Monthly Activity Calendar for Seniors

February 2024 Assisted Living Activity Calendar

For each day, find creative activities that you can easily add to your current senior activity calendar for your assisted living facility.

TIP: Click on the links in the calendar box below to see more information about each activity.

Fun Activity Ideas for February
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TIP: Use the following monthly themes as inspiration for activity ideas.

February is …

  • African-American Cultural Heritage Month
  • AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
  • American Heart Month
  • Bake for Family Fun Month
  • Creative Romance Month
  • Declutter for a Cause Month
  • Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month
  • Great American Pie Month
  • International Boost Self-Esteem Month
  • Library Lovers’ Month
  • National Bird-Feeding Month
  • National Black History Month
  • National Cherry Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • National Goat Yoga Month
  • National Grapefruit Month
  • National Hot Breakfast Month
  • National Mend a Broken Heart Month
  • National Parent Leadership Month
  • National Pet Dental Health Month
  • National Senior Independence Month
  • National Sweet Potato Month
  • National Time Management Month
  • National Wedding Month
  • Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
  • Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
  • Spunky Old Broads Month
  • Wise Health Care Consumer Month
  • Worldwide Renaissance of the Heart Month

TIP: Click on the following days of the month to see activity ideas for that specific day.

TIP: Click on the highlighted links below to get more information (instructions, recipes, or pictures) to assist with completing the activity.

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  • Decorating With Candy Day

Crafts: Candy Flowers

For this Decorating With Candy Day, invite residents to assemble candy flowers. To create the flowers, first paint wooden skewers with green paint. Then use a flower template to cut out flower shapes from heavy cardstock. Next, glue a painted skewer to the back of each flower before using double-sided tape to add the individually wrapped chocolates to the front of the flowers. Display the finished flowers in vases.

Plate Snow Globes

Recognize this winter season with residents by showing them how to create plate snow globes featuring pictures of their grandchildren. To assemble the plate snow globes, simply trace a clear plastic plate onto light blue cardstock before cutting out. Then attach the grandchild's photo to the blue circle. Next, add white paint to the bottom as snow before sprinkling on glitter. Then add a pile of snow glitter on the circle before using hot glue to seal the plate onto the paper, making sure that none of the glitter leaks. Encourage residents to shake their plate snow globes to see the snow fall around their grandchild.

Valentine Bracelets

Get your residents ready for this valentine season by inviting them to assemble valentine bracelets. To make the bracelets, simply string valentine-themed beads onto jewelry cording. Encourage residents to make a few for their grandchildren as valentine gifts.

Valentine Match Game Social

Have fun with residents this February by providing a fun valentine-themed game or activity for each afternoon social throughout the month. Start the month by inviting residents to play a Hershey's Kisses match game to see which resident can match all the candies in the shortest amount of time. Beforehand, print out the game stickers to attach to the bottoms of the Hershey's Kisses candy. Once residents are done playing, encourage them to sample a few of the Hershey's Kisses.

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  • Birthday: Farrah Fawcett, American actress who was a pop-culture icon (1947)
  • National Wear Red Day, a day to raise awareness about heart disease in women
  • Saranac Lake Winter Carnival in Saranac Lake, New York (February 2-11)

National Wear Red Day Flower Pins

Assist residents with crafting felt flowers to wear as pins on this National Wear Red Day. For the project, supply residents with red and green felt, fabric scissors, and glue to assemble the red flowers. Then use glue to attach pin backs to the back of each flower for residents to wear for the day.

Snow Sculptures

Invite residents to create snow sculptures on this first day of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival in Saranac Lake, New York. Beforehand, make a batch of fake snow for residents to use that is made from just baking soda and white hair conditioner.

Name That Pop Icon…From the 1940s

In recognition of this birthday of pop-culture icon Farrah Fawcett, see how well your residents do at remembering icons from the 1940s as you pass around photos for residents to identify.

The Newlywed Game Social

Encourage the couples in your facility to participate in a fun Newlywed game in which you separately ask them questions to see if they will give the same answers. During the activity, award each couple a point whenever a participant answers a question identical to their spouse. Serve valentine cookies as a snack.

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  • Bean-Throwing Festival in Japan

Baking Club: Fudgy Brownie Hearts

Encourage residents to bake fudgy brownie hearts using heart-shaped cookie cutters and frozen raspberries.

Snowflake Hot Cocoa

Host a fun hot cocoa party for residents on this winter day by inviting them to spruce up their drinks with snowflake marshmallows using jumbo and mini marshmallows and toothpicks.

Flower Bean Art

On this day of the Bean-Throwing Festival in Japan, show residents how to create flower bean art using white beans, black beans, a large frame without the glass, scissors, a flower template, and tacky glue.

Valentine Word Search Party Social

Pass out valentine word search sheets to see which resident is first to find all the words in the puzzle. Serve layered strawberry Jell-O cups as a snack.

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  • National Homemade Soup Day
  • Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan (February 4-11)
  • United Service Organizations (USO) was founded (1941)

Crafts: Mini Snow Castles

Recognize this first day of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan by inviting residents to compete in a mini snow castle competition, in which residents use faux snow (baking soda and shaving cream) to build their snow castles. Give residents 20 minutes to complete their castles before asking your facility's administrators to judge the best castle.

Staying Connected

In honor of this day that the United Service Organizations (USO) was founded, reminisce with residents about how they stayed connected to their family members who were stationed overseas during World War II. Afterwards, invite residents to help you stay connected to our current troops overseas by addressing and sending cards to the troops through a local organization.

What Soup Am I Making?

Use your tablet to name a few ingredients of a soup to see if residents can correctly guess the soup by its ingredients on this National Homemade Soup Day.

Heart Toss Social

Host a fun heart toss game, in which residents compete to see who can toss the most paper balls through the hanging heart. Serve strawberry fudge as a snack.

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  • Constitution Day in Mexico
  • Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Day
  • Weatherperson's Day

Flannel Hand Warmers

On this Weatherperson's Day, encourage residents to assist you with assembling flannel hand warmers that can be delivered to a local homeless shelter. Beforehand, ask staff members to donate any of their old, clean flannel shirts for the project.

Train Dominoes Party

Set out your facility's dominoes on your Activity Room's tables for residents to play Mexican Train dominoes on this Constitution Day in Mexico.

U.S. Trivia Match

In recognition of this Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Day, divide residents into teams to play a fun game of U.S. trivia. Award a point to each team who is first to correctly answer the trivia questions.

Chop Stick Candy Hunt Social

Play a fun candy hunt game with residents in which you fill bowls with popcorn and conversation heart candy. Then provide residents with chopsticks to see how many candy hearts they can pick out of the bowl in one minute. Serve valentine popcorn as a fun snack.

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  • African-American Coaches Day
  • Birthday: Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician (1945)
  • Birthday: Thurl Ravenscroft, American singer and voice artist for popular Tony the Tiger cereal commercials (1914)

Cereal Tasting

On this birthday of Tony the Tiger cereal commercial voice artist Thurl Ravenscroft, pour a variety of different cereals into small cups to pass out to residents to see if they can identify the cereal by taste.

Limbo Contest

Recruit staff members and volunteers to join your residents in a limbo contest on this birthday of Jamaican reggae singer Bob Marley. Be sure to lower the limbo bar for volunteers and staff members, and to raise the bar for residents as they dance under it.

Blind Draw

In recognition of this African-American Coaches Day, divide residents into teams of two to play a coaching game. To play, provide one of the teammates with paper and a pencil. Then have their teammate instruct the drawer to draw an item without revealing what it is (e.g., draw a rectangle with two lines coming out of the top of the rectangle from the same spot; answer: television). Once complete, ask the drawer to name the object, and award the team a point if the drawer correctly identifies the object.

Valentine Bean Bag Toss Social

Organize a fun valentine bean bag toss game for residents, in which they toss bean bags onto a homemade heart target to accumulate points. Serve sweetheart swirl bark as a snack.

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  • Ballet was introduced to the United States (1827)
  • National Girls & Women in Sports Day
  • Wave All your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day

Paper Napkin Dancers

Celebrate this day that ballet was introduced to the United States by assisting residents with assembling paper napkin dancers. To create the dancers, first twist the pipe cleaners to create the dancer's body. Then fold, twist, and cut the napkins to create the dress before attaching to the body using thread. Supply residents with different colored pipe cleaners and napkins to create a variety of dancers.

Pool Noodle Challenge

Have fun with your residents on this National Girls & Women in Sports Day as you teach them a few fun balancing exercises using a pool noodle, like balancing the pool noodle on your palm or tossing and catching the pool noodle with another.

One-Hit Volley

In recognition of this Wave All your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day, invite residents to play a game of one-hit volley using their hands. To play, seat residents on either side of a volleyball net. Then have residents hit a beach ball back and forth over the net with just one hit on each side of the net.

Candy Guess Social

See how well residents do at guessing candy as you provide them with a What Kind of Candy Am I? guessing sheet to fill out. Award a prize to the first person to answer all the questions correctly. Serve a few of the candies mentioned in the game as a fun snack.

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  • Love May Make the World Go 'Round, But Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week (February 8-14)
  • Portland, Oregon, the "City of Roses," was incorporated (1851)
  • National Boy Scouts Day

Crafts: Crepe Paper Roses

Assist residents with assembling crepe paper roses in recognition of this day that the "City of Roses" Portland, Oregon, was incorporated. Use colorful crepe paper, green pipe cleaners, and scissors for the craft.

Sharing Funny Stories

Reminisce with residents about the funny events of their lives on this first day of Love May Make the World Go 'Round, But Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy Week. Afterwards, share a few funny stories with residents.

Making S'mores

In recognition of this National Boy Scouts Day, set up a fun s'mores bar in your Activity Room as you invite residents to assemble their own s'mores to heat in your microwave or on your electric grill.

Valentine Word Scramble Social

Invite residents to participate in a fun valentine word scramble game. Award a prize to the first person to successfully unscramble all the valentine-related words. (The answers are found upside down at the bottom of the scramble sheet.) Serve valentine marshmallow pops as a snack.

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  • Birthday: Ernest Tubb, American country and western singer (1914)
  • Music group Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show to start their "British Invasion" with their American tour (1964)

Seated Two-Step

Play fun country music as you teach your residents how to do a seated country line dance on this birthday of country and western singer Ernest Tubb.

Leaning Heart Towers

Get residents ready for Valentine's Day by having them play a fun conversation heart game. To play, provide each resident with conversation hearts to stack to see who can stack the most without having them fall over.

Ed Sullivan Show Trivia

On this day that the music group Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show to start their "British Invasion" with their American tour, quiz residents with trivia about The Ed Sullivan Show. (More trivia)

Most Creative Valentine Wafers Social

Supply residents with pink wafers to see who can decorate the most festive valentine wafers. For the activity, use pink wafers, melted chocolate, sprinkles, and lots of candy. Ask your facility's Administrators to judge the most festive treat. Afterwards, encourage residents to sample their creations.

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  • Birthday: Bill Tilden, American tennis player considered one of the greatest of all time (1893)
  • Chinese New Year (Year of the Dragon)

Chinese Lanterns

On this day of the Chinese New Year, make Chinese paper lanterns to hang throughout your facility. Instead of using stencils to decorate plain paper (as mentioned on the site), use colorful scrapbook paper for the paper lanterns.

Bucket Ball

For this birthday of tennis great Bill Tilden, invite residents to play a game of Bucket Ball using tennis balls. To play, seat residents in a large circle and place a bucket in the middle of the circle. Then give each person tennis balls to see how many they can bounce so that the ball lands in the bucket. If a player gets a ball in the bucket, then they get to go again. However, when a person does not get their ball in the bucket, move on to the next person. Award a fun prize to the person who gets the most tennis balls in the bucket for each round.

Writing Chinese Characters

Show residents how to write Chinese characters on this day of the Chinese New Year. Use black paint on red paper, and hang the paper as decoration throughout your facility for the holiday.

Valentine Punch Social

Set up a valentine punch game that residents can punch to get a valentine treat. Beforehand, fill small cups with valentine candy and favors and attach the cups to a wall or posterboard in the shape of a heart. (Alter the size of the heart to make sure to have enough cups for each resident.) Serve strawberry brownie kabobs as a snack.

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  • Super Bowl LVIII in Paradise, Nevada

Crafts: Super Bowl Foam Fingers

Assist residents with getting ready for the big game by making foam fingers that residents can wear while watching the game. To make the foam fingers, simply cut out the finger template from craft foam and glue together.

National Anthem Puzzle

In recognition of this day of Super Bowl LVIII in Paradise, Nevada, invite residents to complete a Star-Spangled Banner puzzle. For the activity, enlarge the lyrics of the national anthem, and cut out each of the words of the first verse and have your residents try to put them in order.

Super Bowl Bingo

Pass out Super Bowl bingo cards for residents to mark as they witness the items on their cards while watching Super Bowl LVIII.

Valentine Skeeball Social

Recruit volunteers to help you make a fun valentine skeeball game for residents to play. Use white foam board, sturdy red cardstock or poster board, markers, a craft knife, glue, tape, and ping pong balls for the game. For a snack, serve Peppermint Patty brownies.

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  • Birthday: James Dwight Dana, American geologist, naturalist and author (1813)
  • Bun Day in Iceland
  • Oglethorpe Day, honoring England's General James Edward Oglethorpe who discovered the colony of Georgia in 1733

Baking Club: Cinnamon Rolls

Celebrate this Bun Day in Iceland with residents by making a batch of cinnamon rolls. Set the finished rolls out for passersby to sample.

Painted Rock Heart Contest

Pass out rocks and paint to see which resident can create the most creative painted rock on this birthday of geologist James Dwight Dana. Ask your facility's administrators to judge the competition.

So, What's Their Claim to Fame?

For this Oglethorpe Day, honoring England's General James Edward Oglethorpe who discovered the colony of Georgia in 1733, pay tribute to the states by quizzing residents to see if they can correctly guess what each state is known for.

Valentine Words Social

Invite residents to complete a valentine word puzzle, where they try to write as many words that they can think of from the words Valentine's Day. Serve chocolate covered pretzels as a snack.

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  • Extraterrestrial Culture Day
  • Mardi Gras

Parade Floats

Provide residents with paint and small cereal boxes to create their own parade floats on this Mardi Gras.

Sock Monsters

Assist residents with crafting sock monsters as gifts for their grandchildren on this Extraterrestrial Culture Day.

Valentine Monster Pencils

On this Extraterrestrial Culture Day, invite residents to make Valentine monster pencils to pass out to visiting kids during the valentine holiday.

Valentine Scattergories Social

Play a fun game of Valentine Scattergories with residents, in which they write a valentine-related word for each letter of the alphabet. Serve valentine Chex Mix as a snack.

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  • Ferris Wheel Day
  • Valentine's Day

Valentine Scavenger Hunt

Encourage residents to participate in a fun valentine scavenger hunt on this Valentine's Day to walk through the hallways to find the items. (PDF)

Paper Ferris Wheels

Divide residents into teams to see which team is first at assembling a paper model Ferris wheel on this Ferris Wheel Day. Before the activity, to save time, cut out all the pieces for each of the teams.

Spot the Hearts

Invite residents to play the Spot the Hearts game to see how many heart stickers they can find on this Valentine's Day. Before the game, stick 20 large heart stickers throughout your facility. Then pass out sheets for residents to write down the 20 locations where they spotted the red hearts. Award a fun prize to the first person who correctly identifies the location of all 20 hearts.

Let's Play the Feud – Valentine's Day Edition Social

Set up a fun Family Feud game where you ask residents Valentine's Day questions to see which team can accumulate the most points. Serve no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars as a snack.

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  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado (February 15-17)
  • Birthday: Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweler (1812)
  • Canada's maple leaf flag was adopted (1965)

Crafts: Clay Jewelry Dishes

Recognize this birthday of American jeweler Charles Lewis Tiffany by making clay jewelry dishes using polymer clay, cookie cutters, and paint.

Frozen Bubbles

On this first day of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, teach residents how to make frozen bubbles using warm water, corn syrup, sugar, dish soap, and straws.

How Much Do You Really Know About Canada$

In recognition of this day that Canada's maple leaf flag was adopted, quiz your residents to see how much they know about our neighbors to the north.

Giant Balloon Tic-Tac-Toe Social

Inflate several X's and O's for residents to play a fun giant balloon Tic-Tac-Toe game on the wall in your Activity Room using Washi tape (to create the game board on the wall) and glue dots (to attach the balloons to the wall). Serve valentine treats as a snack.

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  • Great Backyard Bird Count (February 16-19)
  • National Almond Day

Baking Club: Nut Bars

Encourage residents to bake a batch of nut bars on this National Almond Day.

Birdhouse Winter Village

Recruit residents to help you paint wooden birdhouses on this first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count to turn them into winter villages. Display the finished villages in the common areas of your facility.

Three-Dimensional Paper Birds

Show residents how to craft three-dimensional paper birds on this first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. To create the birds, first have residents paint plain paper in fun colors before cutting a bird template from the paper and assembling using craft wire, glue, and markers. (Video)

Valentine Shots Social

Use a cardboard box to set up a fun valentine shots game for residents to play to see how many arrows they can toss into the cardboard heart. To make the game, first use a craft knife to cut out a heart shape from a cardboard box. Then paint the box in fun colors. To make the arrows, paint stripes onto wooden skewers and attach felt hearts and felt tails to the ends of the skewers using glue. Serve candy heart chocolate pretzels as a snack.

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  • La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros and Tucson Rodeo in Tucson, Arizona (February 17-25)
  • World Pangolin Day, honoring the endangered scaly anteater

Chair Cat-Cow

For this World Pangolin Day, honoring the endangered scaly anteater, teach a few animal-inspired chair yoga positions to your residents, like the Chair Cat-Cow stretch or the Chair Eagle position.

Working With Animals

Reminisce with residents about working with animals on this first day of La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros and Tucson Rodeo in Tucson, Arizona. Ask residents to discuss their experiences of training animals, like their dog. Afterwards, if your facility has a house dog, invite a few residents to help you teach the dog a few new tricks.

Paper Animal Masks

Encourage residents to invite their grandchildren to stop by to make animal masks on this World Pangolin Day, honoring the endangered scaly anteater. Use templates, colorful scrapbook paper, cereal box cardboard, Mod Podge, a craft knife, scissors, and ribbon for the masks.

Ring Around the Roses Social

Fill a vase with roses and pass out the rings from your ring toss game to see who can toss their ring completely around the vase of roses. Serve Lenten pretzels as a snack during this Lenten season.

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  • Birthday: Louis Comfort Tiffany, American artist who was known for the stained-glass Tiffany lamp (1848)
  • Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida

Crafts: Stained Glass

Use open-backed picture frames for residents to turn into beautiful stained glass using food coloring and glue on this birthday of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the American artist who was known for the stained-glass Tiffany lamp.

Balloon-Powered Cars

Assist residents with assembling balloon-powered cars for a fun race on this day of the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Mixed Media Winter Mosaics

Recruit residents to assist you with making mixed media winter mosaics for their rooms for the season. Use canvases, glue, clear vase filler crystals, sand, paint, florist wire, toothpicks, and gemstones for the project.

Name That Candy Social

Have fun with residents as you blindfold them and give them candy bars to sample to try to guess the candy.

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  • Presidents' Day

Guess the President's Silhouette

Use a tablet to share the silhouettes of American presidents to see if they can correctly identify them. For the activity, divide residents into two teams, and show one silhouette to a team, and give them 15 seconds to come up with the name of the president. If they get it right, then the team wins a point. If not, then the other team can guess to win a point.

Log Cabin Contest

Pass out single-serve milk cartons, pretzel sticks, peanut butter, and Wheat Thin crackers to see who can make the best log cabin on this Presidents' Day.

Which President…?

In recognition of this Presidents' Day, read a few presidential trivia questions to see if your residents can answer the questions correctly.

Making Suckers Social

Assist residents with making valentine lollipops that they can enjoy during this candy season.

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  • National Cherry Pie Day
  • National Love Your Pet Day
  • Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day, a day to recognize that spring is only a month away

Cherry Pie Bake-Off

Celebrate this National Cherry Pie Day by hosting a cherry pie bake-off among residents. For the activity, divide residents into teams, and provide each team with a different cherry pie recipe to make. Once all the pies have baked and cooled, invite residents to sample the pies to judge their favorite.

Dog Show

In recognition of this National Love Your Pet Day, coordinate to have a few staff members bring their well-trained dogs to visit your residents. During the visit, host a fun dog show where staff members can show off their dogs' tricks.

Geography Bee

Divide residents into teams to see which team can answer the most geography questions correctly on this Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day. (World geography)

Alphabetical Love Letters Social

Invite residents to play a fun alphabetical sorting game using conversation heart candies. To play, provide each participant with a cup of conversation heart candies, and have them sort all their candies in alphabetical order depending on the heart's message. Award a fun prize to the first person to complete the challenge. Serve heart Oreo truffles as a snack.

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  • American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Race/Birkie Week in Wisconsin (February 21-25)
  • Birthday: Alice Freeman Palmer, American educator and former president of Wellesley College (1855)
  • International Mother Language Day

Snow Bunnies

Have fun with residents as you assist them with crafting snow bunnies on this first day of American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Race/Birkie Week in Wisconsin. For the project, have the men paint wooden clothespins before decorating by wrapping colorful Washi tape around the top (for the shirts) and gluing on pom-poms (for the hats). Next, attach felt scarves before using markers to create the faces. Finally, glue the clothespins to painted crafts sticks.

Do You Know These French Words?

For this International Mother Language Day, read off several French words that we use in the English language to see if residents can define them.

College Mascot Quiz

Quiz residents to see how many college mascots they can name on this birthday of Wellesley College president and educator Alice Freeman Palmer.

Breaking My Heart Piñata Social

Create a heart piñata that's filled with candy for residents to try to break with a plastic bat. Encourage residents to enjoy the candy that falls out of the piñata.

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  • Five and dime store Woolworth's opened its first chain store in Utica, New York (1878; some sources say 1879)
  • United States acquired Florida from Spain (1819)

Crafts: Pipe Cleaner Flamingos

Provide residents with pink pipe cleaners to make pipe cleaner flamingos in recognition of this day that the United States acquired Florida from Spain.

Five and Dime Candy

In celebration of this day that the five and dime store Woolworth's opened its first chain store in Utica, New York, reminisce with residents about purchasing candy from their local five and dime store when they were kids. During the discussion, pass around candy for residents to sample.

Beach Volleyball

On this day that the United States acquired Florida from Spain, host a fun beach volleyball game for residents in your Activity Room. For the game, set up a volleyball net (or a streamer between chairs), and have residents sit on either side to hit a beach ball back and forth.

Cupid Arrow Toss Social

Invite residents to play a fun toss game to see how many points they can accumulate by tossing arrows. For the game, use paper plates, straws, stickers, cardstock, and glue. Serve a no-bake banana split cake dessert as a snack.

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  • Curling Is Cool Day
  • National Tile Day

Coffee Filter Snowflakes

Pass out coffee filters and colorful markers for residents to create paper snowflakes to decorate for the season.

Curling Contest

Divide residents into teams to compete in a fun game of floor curling on this Curling Is Cool Day. Use masking tape and plastic plates for the game.

Snowy Tile Mosaics

Supply residents with paint chips from your local paint store, scissors, glue, and paint to create snowy tile mosaics on this National Tile Day. For the activity, instead of having residents create the mosaic on box tops, simply print out the snowman sketch for residents to fill in with paint and with the cut pieces of the paint chips.

Valentine Jokes Social

Share a few valentine jokes with residents. Serve a red velvet banana bread as a snack.

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  • Full Snow Moon
  • Open That Bottle Night, a night to encourage people to drink the bottle of wine that they have been saving

Blind Wine Tasting

For this Open That Bottle Night, invite residents to participate in a fun blind wine tasting. Provide residents with a wine tasting sheet to judge the wines.

Flip the Bottle

On this Open That Bottle Night, a night to encourage wine drinkers to open wine that has been saved for a special occasion, teach residents how to play the Flip the Bottle game using plastic water bottles.

Heart Pizza Party Social

Host a fun heart pizza party where residents can create their own heart pizzas to sample. For the activity, supply residents with heart shaped pizza dough that they can top with pizza sauce, pepperoni, and cheese.

Snow Moon Nightcap

Celebrate this day of the full Snow Moon with residents with a fun nightcap of cookies and milk near a large picture window so that residents can enjoy the moonlight.

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Crafts: Pom-Pom Snowmen

Assist residents with crafting pom-pom snowmen for the season by making white pom-poms and adding twigs, pipe cleaners, and beads.

Fly Swatter Hockey

On this cold winter day, invite residents to play a fun game of hockey – using fly swatters. To play, seat two teams of residents in a line with each team facing the other. Then pass out clean fly swatters for residents to hit a foam ball or balloon underneath their opponent's chairs to score a goal.

Igloo Contest

For this winter season, invite residents to compete in an igloo contest to see who can build the best igloo using only miniature marshmallows and toothpicks.

Valentine Trivia Social

Award points for each correct answer when you ask residents fun valentine trivia. Serve valentine almond clusters as a snack.

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  • Birthday: Johnny Cash, American country music star (1932)

Snowball Pong

Invite residents to play a snowball pong game on this winter day. To play, set up several baskets and have residents bounce white ping pong balls (the snowballs) to see how many balls they can bounce into the buckets in under a minute.

Hot Toddy Break

Celebrate this winter with residents by serving hot toddy drinks for residents to enjoy.

Name That Johnny Cash Song

Play fun Johnny Cash songs to see if residents can identify the song on this birthday of the country music star.

Valentine Stories Social

Read a few valentine stories for residents to enjoy. Serve valentine pudding cookies as a snack.

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  • Birthday: Elizabeth Taylor, British-American actress (1932)
  • Birthday: Gene Sarazen, American golfer who invented the sand wedge (1902)
  • International Polar Bear Day

Name That Elizabeth Taylor Movie

Play a fun game featuring Elizabeth Taylor's movies with residents on this birthday of the actress. To play, read a movie description and have residents try to guess the title of the movie. (To make it easier for your residents to guess, look for older movies on the website where Elizabeth was the main star of the film.)

Chipping Practice

Use a Hula Hoop, a small foam ball, and a chipping wedge to set up a chipping practice game for residents in your Activity Room to see which residents can chip the ball into the hoop on this birthday of Gene Sarazen, the American golfer who invented the sand wedge.

Polar Bear Art

Assist residents with making polar bear art on this International Polar Bear Day. Use liquid paint, the bear templates that are provided on the site, salt, plastic cups, tissues, pencils, and markers for the project.

Bottle Drop Social

Encourage residents to play the bottle drop game, in which residents stand and try to drop conversation heart candies into a narrow neck bottle that is set on the floor. Award a candy prize to residents who can drop a heart so that it falls inside their bottle. On this National Strawberry Day, serve chocolate covered strawberries as a snack.

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  • Birthday: Charles Blondin, French acrobat who crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope (1824)
  • Birthday: Vincente Minnelli, American musical director and father of singer Liza Minelli (1903)
  • Floral Design Day

Who Are These Hollywood Families?

In recognition of this birthday of American musical director and father of actress and singer Liza Minelli, Vincente Minnelli, share photos of Hollywood families with residents to see if they can identify them.

Balance Exercises

On this birthday of French acrobat Charles Blondin who crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope, lead residents in a few balance exercises to help improve their equilibrium.

Flower Pens

For this Floral Design Day, assist residents with turning plain pens into flower pens. To make the pens, simply attach an artificial flower to a pen using floral tape.

Playing Hearts Social

Teach residents how to play the fun card game Hearts. Serve a valentine fruit tray for residents to enjoy.

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  • Leap Day

Crafts: Monet's Water Lilies

In recognition of this Leap Day, pay tribute to the frogs as you assist residents with creating three-dimensional water lilies using paper, paint, and tissue paper.

Leap Day Mocktail Party

Play bartender as you fix a variety of mocktails for residents to enjoy while listening to fun 1950s music on this Leap Day.

A Four-Year Letter

Encourage residents to write a letter to themselves that they get to open in four years on the next Leap Day.

Mittens & Kisses Social

Pass out mittens for two residents to wear to see who can unwrap a Hershey's Kisses candy the fastest while wearing mittens. Continue pairing residents together to play. Then have the winners play one another until there is only one winner left. Serve valentine peanut butter balls as a snack.