Sample Activity Calendar for Seniors with Dementia

February 2024 Dementia Activity Calendar

Find fun senior activity ideas for your Alzheimer’s and dementia residents in the calendar below that you can easily add to your senior facility’s activity calendar.

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

Fun Dementia 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: Find activities that are classified to help you easily find the types of activity ideas that you need for your calendar.

Each day contains six types of activities:

  • Craft: easy and fun craft projects for residents
  • One-on-One: meaningful activities that are ideal for one resident
  • Exercise: enjoyable physical activities to keep residents moving
  • Bedside: simple bedside activities that appeal to at least one of the resident's senses
  • Reminiscing: interesting discussion activities for higher-functioning dementia residents
  • Sensory Stimulation: fun, interactive, large-group activities to stimulate the senses

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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  • African Heritage and Health Week (February 1-7)
  • Birthday: Clark Gable, American actor (1901)
  • Birthday: Jessica Savitch, American journalist who was one of the first women to anchor the nightly news by herself (1947)
  • World Interfaith Harmony Week (February 1-7)

Crafts: Washi Tape Pen Holders

In recognition of this birthday of journalist Jessica Savitch, show residents how to assemble Washi tape pen holders. Use empty aluminum cans and colorful Washi tape for the project. Deliver the finished pen holders to staff members in your facility for their desks.

One-on-One: Acting Exercises

In honor of this birthday of American actor Clark Gable, invite your resident to participate in an acting exercise of reading tongue twisters to help with her pronunciation.

Exercise: African Chair Exercises

Lead residents in a fun African chair exercise on this first day of African Heritage and Health Week.

Bedside: Heart Envelopes

Assist your resident with making heart envelopes to address and give to love ones who visit this valentine season. To make the envelopes, first cut out heart shapes from valentine-themed scrapbook paper. Then write a message on the heart before folding into a heart envelope.

Reminiscing: Is Religion a Source of Conflict or Peace?

On this first day of World Interfaith Harmony Week, reminisce with residents about whether their families were religious while they were growing up. Afterwards, chit chat with residents to see if they view religion as a source of conflict or peace.

Sensory Stimulation: Snowman Bread

Celebrate this winter season with residents by assisting them with baking a few batches of snowman bread using frozen dinner rolls.

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  • Birthday: George Halas, Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (1895)
  • Birthday: Stan Getz, American jazz saxophonist (1927)
  • Bubble Gum Day
  • Candlemas Day

Crafts: Tea Light Snowmen

For this Candlemas Day, assist residents with assembling tea light snowmen to hang as decoration throughout your facility. For the project, use battery-operated tea lights, black and orange markers, red ribbon, red pipe cleaners, red pom-poms, black felt, and glue.

One-on-One: Paper Football Challenge

Challenge your resident to a paper football game on this birthday of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach George Halas. Beforehand, construct a paper football to be used for the game.

Exercise: Cardio Chair Drumming

Use drum sticks, yoga balls, and a few container cans to set up a fun cardio chair drumming activity for your residents in honor of this birthday of American jazz saxophonist Stan Getz.

Bedside: Xylophone Blind Man's Bluff

In honor of this birthday of American jazz saxophonist Stan Getz, use a toy xylophone to play a fun game of Blind Man's Bluff with your resident. To play, first blindfold your resident, and then hit one of the bars of the xylophone. Next, have your resident feel the instrument to locate the vibrating bar.

Reminiscing: The Bubble Gum Game

As you reminisce with residents about their favorite gum on this Bubble Gum Day, set up a fun bubble gum game. To play, place a piece of bubble gum in a plate and cover it with whipped cream. Then have your residents compete to be the first to use their mouth to find the piece of gum, chew it, and blow a bubble without using their hands.

Sensory Stimulation: Guess the Flavor

Pass out flavored gum to residents on this Bubble Gum Day to see who can correctly identify the flavor. Start with your easier flavors, like grape and cherry.

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  • Arizona Renaissance Festival in Gold Canyon, Arizona (February 3 – March 31 on weekends)
  • Bean-Throwing Festival in Japan
  • Birthday: Norman Rockwell, American artist and illustrator (1894)
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day

Crafts: Bean Mosaic Valentines

In recognition of this Bean-Throwing Festival in Japan, assist residents with assembling bean mosaic valentines. Before the activity, cut out heart shapes from cardboard that residents can fill in with beans using glue during the activity. Once the heart is filled with beans, encourage residents to paint the beans in fun valentine colors. Once the beans have dried, have residents flip over the bean hearts to paint on the back before writing "You've bean on my mind!" Use the finished valentines as decoration throughout your facility.

One-on-One: Winter Wonderland Diorama

For this winter season, assist your resident with cutting out and assembling a cardboard winter wonderland display that can be given to one of his grandchildren as a gift.

Exercise: Snowman Ping Pong Tournament

Recognize this winter day by using Sharpies to turn your plain white ping pong balls into fun snowmen by drawing snowman faces on them. Then use them for a fun snowman ping pong tournament with your residents.

Bedside: Torn Art Landscapes

On this first day of the Arizona Renaissance Festival that is being held in Gold Canyon, Arizona, assist your resident with making torn paper art landscapes. Use colorful construction paper and glue sticks for the project. Frame a few of the finished art as colorful abstract pieces for her wall.

Reminiscing: Rockwell Art

Reminisce with residents about their favorite Norman Rockwell art on this birthday of the illustrator. During the activity, use a tablet to share a few of Rockwell's artwork. (Simply click on the image to view larger.) Then ask residents to think of an appropriate title for each of the pieces of art before revealing the actual title.

Sensory Stimulation: Watercolor Bookmarks

Provide residents with watercolors, watercolor paper, kosher salt, yarn, and a hole punch to make watercolor bookmarks as a way to promote reading on this Take Your Child to the Library Day. Keep the bookmarks at your facility's main desk to pass out to visitors.

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  • Birthday: Byron Nelson, American golfer who was known for his golf swing (1912)
  • Birthday: Charles Lindbergh, American aviator (1902)
  • Birthday: Rosa Parks, American seamstress whose arrest sparked the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s (1913)
  • Dump Your "Significant Jerk" Day
  • Medjool Date Day, honoring the type of fruit

Crafts: Felt Heart Ornaments

In recognition of this birthday of seamstress Rosa Parks, pass out colorful felt and assist residents with sewing felt hearts for this Valentine's Day season. Use needle and thread, polyester filling, and the heart template for the project.

One-on-One: No-Bake Dessert

In celebration of this Medjool Date Day, honoring the type of fruit, encourage your resident to assist you with making no-bake date snack bars.

Exercise: Cardboard Box Golf

Use box cutters to create holes in a cardboard box for residents to use as target practice with golf clubs and balls on this birthday of golf professional Byron Nelson.

Bedside: Flying School

Create a target for your bedridden resident to toss paper airplanes through to accumulate points on this birthday of aviator Charles Lindbergh.

Reminiscing: Remembering Those Past Duds

Pay tribute to this Dump Your "Significant Jerk" Day with your residents as they reminisce about the jerks that they have encountered in the past. Afterwards, share a common break-up comfort food – ice cream sandwiches – for residents to sample. For the treat, provide residents with a variety of cookies and ice cream to assemble themselves.

Sensory Stimulation: Cutting Up Dates

Pass out plastic knives for residents to chop dates on this Medjool Date Day, honoring the type of fruit. If dates are not an option, use raisins. After chopping the fruit, add it to small cups of yogurt for residents to enjoy.

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  • Constitution Day in Mexico
  • Weatherperson's Day
  • World Nutella Day

Crafts: Mini Piñatas

Celebrate this Constitution Day in Mexico with your residents by making mini piñatas. Use toilet paper tubes, tissue paper, tape, cardstock, paint pens, cardboard, white glue, and individually wrapped candy for the craft.

One-on-One: Nutella Blondies

Recruit a resident to help you bake a batch of Nutella blondies on this World Nutella Day.

Exercise: Mexican Kick Ball

Invite residents to play a fun indoor game of Mexican kick ball on this Constitution Day in Mexico. To play, set up a target, like a chair, and have seated residents try to kick a foam ball so that it goes underneath the chair and through the chair's legs.

Bedside: Flower Valentine

Assist your resident with assembling a rolled paper flower valentine to hang in her room during this valentine season. To make the valentine, first draw a heart shape onto a canvas. Then use a bowl or glass to trace circles onto pink, red, and purple construction paper before cutting out. Next, cut each circle into spirals before rolling and attaching to the canvas heart. Hang the finished canvas in your resident's room.

Reminiscing: Snowy Bingo

Reminisce with residents about the snowy weather of the past on this Weatherperson's Day. Afterwards, invite them to play a fun game of Snowy Bingo by simply replacing B-I-N-G-O on the top of your bingo cards with S-N-O-W-Y. For the game, pass out blue Hershey's kisses as the bingo markers. In addition, for each round provide a different winter bingo pattern for residents to play.

Sensory Stimulation: Winter Paintings

For this Weatherperson's Day, invite residents to make their own winter paintings using school glue, salt, and paint.

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  • Birthday: Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Famer (1895)
  • Birthday: Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician (1945)
  • Birthday: Ronald Reagan, American president (1911)
  • Birthday: Thurl Ravenscroft, American singer and voice artist for popular Tony the Tiger cereal commercials (1914)

Crafts: Rasta Bracelets

Help your residents pay tribute to Jamaica on this birthday of reggae singer Bob Marley by making Rasta bracelets. Use craft foam, colorful thread, pony beads, and glue for the project.

One-on-One: Rainbow Cereal Art

Encourage your resident to create rainbow cereal art on paper on this birthday of cereal commercial voice artist Thurl Ravenscroft. For the activity, use a box of Froot Loops for your resident to glue to paper in a rainbow.

Exercise: Resistance Exercise

In recognition of this birthday of baseball icon Babe Ruth, help your residents get into athletic shape by leading them in a fun resistance band exercise.

Bedside: Presidential Documentary

Invite your resident to watch a documentary about Ronald Reagan on this day that the former president was born.

Reminiscing: A Taste of the Caribbean

On this birthday of Jamaican singer Bob Marley, reminisce with residents about the international food that they enjoy eating. Afterwards, pass out Caribbean fruit for residents to sample, like bananas, mango, pineapple, oranges, and strawberries.

Sensory Stimulation: Caribbean Birdhouses

Pass out wooden birdhouses for residents to paint in beautiful Caribbean colors on this birthday of Jamaican singer Bob Marley. Use the finished birdhouses throughout your facility as decoration.

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  • Ballet was introduced to the United States (1827)
  • Wave All your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day

Crafts: Valentine Bottle Brush Trees

Encourage residents to help you decorate your facility for Valentine's Day by making pretty valentine bottle brush trees that can be used as table centerpieces for your Dining Room tables. Use jars, powdered dye, and water for the fun project.

One-on-One: Ballet Toe Stretches

Lead your resident in a few ballet toe stretches on this day that ballet was introduced to the United States.

Exercise: Chocolate Bar Toss

For this chocolate candy season, place several individually wrapped chocolate bars on the floor and have residents toss pennies to try to land the pennies on the chocolate bars. If a resident's penny lands on the chocolate bar, then they get to keep the candy.

Bedside: 21st Century Gloves

On this Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day, help your resident transform regular cotton gloves into 21st century texting gloves by adding puffy paint. Sell the finished gloves at an upcoming Crafts Fair.

Reminiscing: Is It O.K. to Be a Nosy Neighbor?

Chit chat with residents about their past nosy neighbors on this Wave All your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day. Encourage residents to discuss the disadvantages of having neighbors to see if they agree.

Sensory Stimulation: Outdoor Valentine Tree for the Birds

Enlist the help of your residents to make heart birdfeeders to hang on a backyard tree as a sweet valentine surprise for your neighborhood birds.

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  • Boy Scouts of America was founded (1910)
  • Florida State Fair in Tampa, Florida (February 8-19)
  • Portland, Oregon, the "City of Roses," was incorporated (1851)

Crafts: Paper Roses

Recruit residents to assist you with crafting paper roses to use as decoration for the upcoming Rose Tea Party.

One-on-One: Valentine Cards

Assist your resident with making Valentine's Day cards for his grandchildren that he can mail out before the holiday. For the cards, use watercolor paper and colorful watercolors.

Exercise: Earn Your Fitness Badge

Help your residents earn their merit badge in fitness on this day that the Boy Scouts of America was founded by teaching residents a few simple chair exercises.

Bedside: Chocolate Wrappers

Encourage your resident to help you decorate for this Valentine's Day season using chocolate wrappers. Simply print out the templates onto colored paper, and use them to cover candy bars. Use the finished candy bars as prizes for your Valentine's Day games and events.

Reminiscing: State Fair Games

In recognition of this first day of the Florida State Fair in Tampa, Florida, reminisce with residents about how much fun they used to have at the state fair. Afterwards, share a list of the most commonly fixed carnival games to see if your residents ever had any luck at winning those games.

Sensory Stimulation: Rose Tea Party

Celebrate this day that the "City of Roses" Portland, Oregon was incorporated by hosting a rose tea party for your residents. Beforehand, coordinate with Dining Services to serve apple roses puff pastry and strawberry jam cookies.

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  • Birthday: Ernest Tubb, American country and western singer (1914)
  • Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (February 9-17)
  • Read in the Bathtub Day

Crafts: Heart Suncatchers

Encourage residents to make heart suncatchers for this valentine season using coffee filters and liquid watercolors. Hang the finished hearts as decoration for Valentine's Day.

One-on-One: Cupid Toss Game

Assist your resident with making a cupid toss game as a Valentine's Day gift for a grandchild. For the game, use a cardboard box, craft knife, paint, wooden skewers, glue, and felt.

Exercise: Bubble Catch

For this Read in the Bathtub Day, divide residents into teams of two and have one person blow bubbles so that their partner catches the bubble in a spoon without popping it. Award a point each time the partner catches the bubble in their spoon without popping it.

Bedside: Let's Take a Trip to Rio

Borrow a tablet to take your resident on a short virtual trip to Rio de Janeiro on this first day of the city's carnival season. (Another Rio de Janeiro video)

Reminiscing: Name That Country Western Tune

Reminisce with residents about their favorite country and western singers on this birthday of singer Ernest Tubb. Afterwards, play country songs to see if residents remember the song titles.

Sensory Stimulation: Bubble Pop Competition

On this Read in the Bathtub Day, make several bottles of bubble solution and pipe cleaner bubble wands for teams of residents to play a bubble pop game, in which one partner blows bubbles and their teammate has to pop all the bubbles before they reach the floor.

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  • Birthday: Bill Tilden, American tennis player considered one of the greatest of all time (1893)
  • First time The New York Times slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print" appeared on its front page (1897)

Crafts: Newspaper Popcorn Cones

Celebrate this day that The New York Times slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print" first appeared on its front page by assisting residents with making newspaper cones to fill with popcorn for a snack.

One-on-One: Racket Bounces

Use a ping pong ball and plastic tennis racket to help your resident practice bouncing a ball up and down on a tennis racket in honor of this birthday of famous tennis player Bill Tilden. Have your resident bounce the ball 10 times while holding the racket with one hand, and then have her switch hands. Encourage your resident to try to control the bounces, making some bounces small and some bounces big.

Exercise: Racket Catch

For this birthday of tennis player Bill Tilden, invite residents to play a fun tennis game of catch. To play, pair residents together and have one person use a tennis racket to catch a foam ball that is thrown by their partner. Show residents how to control their arm so that they can hold the racket and catch the ball without having the ball bounce or roll off the racket.

Bedside: Sort the Paper

Invite your resident to help you sort a local newspaper on this day that The New York Times slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print" first appeared on its front page. For the activity, simply take a newspaper and get it out of order before having your resident try to put the sections back in order again.

Reminiscing: Current Events

On this day that it was the first time that The New York Times slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print" appeared on its front page, host a fun current events activity with residents using your local newspaper. For the activity, read a few of the headlines and then ask residents if they can think of a similar story or situation from the past.

Sensory Stimulation: Two-Ingredient Strawberry Fudge

Persuade your residents to sample a sweet treat just before Valentine's Day as you assist them with making an easy two-ingredient fudge using white chocolate chips and a can of strawberry frosting.

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  • Get Out Your Guitar Day
  • Pro Sports Wives Day
  • Super Bowl LVIII in Paradise, Nevada

Crafts: Football Pennants

Get your residents to help you decorate for this evening's Super Bowl LVIII in Paradise, Nevada by helping you make football pennants featuring the colors of the two teams in the game. For the project, use felt, wooden dowels, hot glue, and the pennant template.

One-on-One: Trophy Maker

Invite your resident to help you assemble a homemade trophy that can be given to the winner of the Professional World of Darts activity. For the trophy, simply glue objects to the bottoms of plastic stem glasses before painting.

Exercise: Professional World of Darts

Host a fun professional-style dart game for residents in recognition of this Pro Sports Wives Day. For the game, use the dart board that was made earlier in the Bedside activity, and just as in the professional game, supply the winner with a trophy. Use the one that was made during the One-on-One activity.

Bedside: Dart Board Maker

Recruit your resident to assist you with making a dart board game for the upcoming Professional World of Darts activity using colorful felt, cardboard, and glue.

Reminiscing: Playing Musical Instruments

Reminisce with residents about their instrument-playing days on this Get Out Your Guitar Day. Then share a list of the easiest instruments to learn how to play to see if the residents agree.

Sensory Stimulation: Halftime Show

Since most of your residents are not familiar with the songs of Super Bowl LVIII's halftime show performer, Usher, host your own halftime show by playing fun big band music and getting your residents up and dancing.

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  • Birthday: Abraham Lincoln, American president (1809)
  • Birthday: "Tex" Beneke, American bandleader during the big band era (1914)
  • Horror film Dracula premiered (1931)
  • National Plum Pudding Day
  • Take Your Family to School Week (February 12-16)

Crafts: Shaving Cream Hearts

Assist residents with making shaving cream hearts to use as decoration for your upcoming Valentine's Day festivities.

One-on-One: Penny Roll

Challenge your resident to see who can roll Abraham Lincoln (a penny) the farthest on this birthday of President Abraham Lincoln. Use tape to mark the spot on the table.

Exercise: Big Band Toe-Tapping

In recognition of this birthday of American bandleader "Tex" Beneke, play big band music for your Exercise Class as you guide residents in a toe-tapping exercise.

Bedside: School Memories

For this first day of Take Your Family to School Week, reminisce with your resident about her childhood school memories. Afterwards, borrow a tablet to show her a vintage instructional video from the 1950s about how to act in school to see if it brings back more memories.

Reminiscing: Do You Remember Your First Scary Movie?

Reminisce with residents about scary movies on this day that the horror film Dracula premiered. Go around the room and ask residents to try to name the first scary movie that they saw at the movie theater.

Sensory Stimulation: What's That I Smell?

On this National Plum Pudding Day, host a fun smelling activity with residents where they attempt to identify various smells. Before the activity, fill small cups with aromatic foods, like bananas, garlic, coffee grounds, lemon juice, etc., and cover with aluminum foil before punching holes in the foil for residents to be able to smell the contents.

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  • Birthday: Bess Truman, American first lady and wife of President Harry S. Truman (1885)
  • Extraterrestrial Culture Day
  • Get a Different Name Day
  • World Radio Day

Crafts: Valentine Monsters

On this Extraterrestrial Culture Day, recruit residents to assist you with turning boxes of candy into valentine monsters to hand out to visiting kids during this valentine season.

One-on-One: Name Game

For this Get a Different Name Day, play the name game with your resident where the two of you think of girls' names that begin with each letter of the alphabet, and then think of boys' names that begin with each letter of the alphabet. For the activity, encourage your resident to think of the names as you write them down.

Exercise: Radio Exercise

Use your local radio stations as background music for your Exercise Class on this World Radio Day. First, begin the class with classical music as you lead residents in stretches. Then play pop music during the main part of the class. Finally, play new age music for the cool down part of the class.

Bedside: Old Radio Games

Stop by your resident's room to play old radio shows for him to enjoy on this World Radio Day. (On the site, click on the orange Play buttons to play the game shows.)

Reminiscing: The Favorite Foods of First Ladies

Reminisce with residents about what they remember about Bess Truman on this day that she was born as you serve her famous Ozark pudding for residents to sample. Afterwards, discuss a few of the other first ladies' favorite foods.

Sensory Stimulation: Monster Stress Balls

Provide residents with balloons, flour, yarn, and markers to make monster stress balls on this Extraterrestrial Culture Day. (Video)

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  • Arizona became the 48th state (1912)
  • Grand Rapids Boat Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan (February 14-18)
  • Valentine's Day

Crafts: Valentine Necklaces

Assist residents with crafting valentine necklaces to pass out to visitors on this Valentine's Day. Use craft foam, cording, and colorful beads for the craft.

One-on-One: Cruising the Caribbean

For this first day of the Grand Rapids Boat Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, take your resident on a tour of one of the largest Caribbean cruise ships.

Exercise: Valentine Ring Toss

Recruit volunteers to paint bottles for a fun valentine ring toss game for your residents on this Valentine's Day. Shape pipe cleaners into hearts to use as the rings.

Bedside: Building of the Hoover Dam

Share a documentary with your resident about the building of the Hoover Dam on this day that one of the states that it borders, Arizona, became the 48th state.

Reminiscing: Box of Chocolates Surprise

Reminisce with residents about their favorite chocolate candy as you provide a large box of chocolates for residents to sample and taste test on this Valentine's Day.

Sensory Stimulation: Valentine Roll and Cover Game

On this Valentine's Day, provide residents with dice to play a fun game of valentine roll and cover, in which residents roll dice to find out which boxes on their roll and cover sheet should be covered. Supply residents with conversation heart candy to cover their boards, and award a prize to the first person who covers all the boxes on their board.

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  • Birthday: Charles Lewis Tiffany, American jeweler (1812)
  • Birthday: Susan B. Anthony, American women's suffrage advocate (1820)
  • Canada's maple leaf flag was adopted (1965)
  • Love Reset Day
  • National Gumdrop Day

Crafts: Bejeweled Suncatchers

On this Love Reset Day, assist residents with making bejeweled suncatchers to hang in your Activity Room windows to add a bit of color for winter. Use empty plastic milk jugs, gems, glue, and scissors for the project.

One-on-One: Gem Stone Lollipops

For this birthday of American jeweler Charles Lewis Tiffany, invite your resident to assist you with melting Jolly Rancher candy to make jewel-inspired lollipops to pass out.

Exercise: Canadian Football

In recognition of this day that Canada's maple leaf flag was adopted, invite residents to play a fun version of Canadian football, which is similar to American football. To play, set up a target or goal in your Activity Room, and have residents practice kicking a foam football into the target. Award points for each successful goal.

Bedside: Snowman Snow Globe

Provide your resident with modeling clay to make a waterless snowman snow globe for her room for the season. To create the snow globe, first have your resident make the tree and snowman from the clay. Then use a plastic cupcake holder or a glass jar as the globe. Use hot glue to attach the tree and snowman to the lid before adding in Styro beads and attaching the jar.

Reminiscing: Voting History

Reminisce with residents about their voting history on this birthday of American women's suffrage advocate Susan B. Anthony. Share a timeline of voting rights in the United States, and ask residents to comment.

Sensory Stimulation: Guess the Gumdrop Flavor

Celebrate this National Gumdrop Day by passing out flavored gumdrops to blindfolded residents to see if they can identify the flavor by taste.

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  • Birthday: Edgar Bergen, American entertainer and ventriloquist (1903)
  • Birthday: Robert J. Flaherty, American filmmaker known as the "Father of the Documentary Film" (1884)
  • Great Backyard Bird Count (February 16-19)

Crafts: Paper Birds

Encourage residents to assemble paper birds in recognition of this first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Use colorful paper for the birds.

One-on-One: Pasta Puppets

Assist your resident with assembling a pasta puppet in recognition of this birthday of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. Use elastic string, pipe cleaners, paper, red pom-poms, black markers, paint, wooden skewers, wooden beads, glue, and pasta for the puppet.

Exercise: Bird Tallying

Invite your mobile residents to get their exercise as you have them go to two bird-watching stations in your facility on this first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Set both bird-watching stations near large picture windows, and provide plenty of seating and tally sheets for residents to complete. At the first station, supply an action tally sheet, in which residents sit for five minutes and tally the birds that they see that are doing each of the actions on the sheet. Then at the second station, supply a more detailed spotter sheet, in which residents can tally the size and colors of the birds that they see while sitting and watching for five minutes.

Bedside: Travel Documentary

Show your resident a documentary about beautiful landscapes in Europe on this birthday of the "Father of the Documentary Film" Robert J. Flaherty.

Reminiscing: Childhood Puppets

Reminisce with residents about their favorite childhood puppets on this birthday of entertainer and ventriloquist Edgar Bergen.

Sensory Stimulation: Bird Snow Cake

If you have snow in your facility's yard, invite residents to help you decide on how to decorate a bird snow cake for your neighborhood birds on this first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Beforehand, recruit volunteers to help you use the snow to create a cake in the yard. Meanwhile have your residents sort through items indoors, like carrots, apples, and berries, that will be used to decorate the cake. Then invite residents to sit at a large picture window to watch as you decorate the cake outdoors.

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  • Birthday: René Laennec, French physician known as the "Father of Chest Medicine" who invented the stethoscope (1781)
  • La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros and Tucson Rodeo in Tucson, Arizona (February 17-25)
  • National PTA Founders' Day
  • Opera Madama Butterfly was performed for the first time in Milan, Italy (1904)
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day

Crafts: Kindness Candy Gifts

Invite residents to assist you with making candy gifts to pass out on this Random Acts of Kindness Day. Use a variety of candy to assemble the gift bags before adding the kindness cards.

One-on-One: Animal Protection

In recognition of this first day of La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros and Tucson Rodeo in Tucson, Arizona, start a discussion with your resident about persuading bullfighters to become bull riders. First, share a list of the pros and cons of bullfighting and ask your resident whether he thinks that the Spanish tradition should be banned. Then ask him whether Spain should look to American bull riding as a way to replace the tradition of bullfighting in the European country.

Exercise: Upper Body Workout

On this birthday of French physician René Laennec, known as the "Father of Chest Medicine," lead your residents in an upper body workout.

Bedside: Balloon Delivery

Use colorful balloons, cereal cardboard, and a wooden dowel to create a floral balloon to deliver to your resident on this Random Acts of Kindness Day.

Reminiscing: How to Evaluate Teachers?

Reminisce with residents about working with teachers in their children's schools on this National PTA Founders' Day. Ask residents whether a teacher's pay should be based on their performance. Then ask residents to share a few of the pros and cons of basing a teacher's salary on their performance. (More cons)

Sensory Stimulation: Butterfly Printing

Assist residents with making butterfly prints on this day that the opera Madama Butterfly was performed for the first time in Milan, Italy. Use sponges, paint, and rubber bands for the activity.

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  • Birthday: George Peabody, American merchant and philanthropist who endowed several museums (1795)
  • Birthday: Helen Gurley Brown, American feminist and editor of Cosmopolitan magazine (1922)
  • Birthday: Louis Comfort Tiffany, American artist who was known for the stained-glass Tiffany lamp (1848)
  • NBA All-Star Game in Indianapolis, Indiana

Crafts: Abstract Canvas Art

Provide residents with canvases, paint, and modeling paste to create their own abstract art on this birthday of artist Louis Comfort Tiffany.

One-on-One: Magazine Read

Take a magazine and alternate reading some of the articles in the magazine with your resident on this birthday of Helen Gurley Brown, the American feminist and editor of Cosmopolitan magazine.

Exercise: Ball Toss Race

On this day of the NBA All-Star Game in Indianapolis, Indiana, invite residents to play a fun game of ball toss race. Before the game, divide residents into two teams, and have each team sit in a circle. Then have them toss the ball to one another (as shown on the video on the website) so that each person tosses it once. Use a timer to see which team can toss the ball back and forth in the quickest time.

Bedside: Paper Mosaic

For this birthday of museum philanthropist George Peabody, assist your resident with making her own art by creating a paper mosaic using paper and glue.

Reminiscing: Favorite Museums

Reminisce with residents about their favorite museums of all time on this birthday of George Peabody, the philanthropist who endowed several museums. Share a list of the most visited American museums and the most visited world museums to see if your residents ever visited them.

Sensory Stimulation: Stained Glass Art

In recognition of this birthday of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the artist known for the stained-glass Tiffany lamp, assist residents with making their own stained glass paintings using wax paper, paint, and bottle caps.

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  • Birthday: Nicolas Copernicus, Polish astronomer who established the Copernican theory, that the sun and not the Earth is the center of our planetary system (1473)
  • Family Day in Canada
  • Japanese Americans were ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to be placed in concentration camps during World War II (1942)
  • Presidents' Day

Crafts: Popsicle Stick Flags

Assist residents with using popsicle sticks, paint, cardstock, glue, and rhinestones to make popsicle stick flags on this Presidents' Day.

One-on-One: Painting Planets

Recognize this birthday of astronomer Nicolas Copernicus by assisting your resident with painting planets to create fun solar system art on paper.

Exercise: The Most Popular Sport of American Presidents

Celebrate this Presidents' Day with your residents by inviting them to play the most popular sport of American presidents – golf. Simply play a round of indoor golf with your residents in your Activity Room.

Bedside: Top Family Activities

For this Family Day in Canada, reminisce with your resident about his favorite family activities. Use a tablet to share photos of the activities to spark a discussion.

Reminiscing: How World War II Changed America

On this anniversary of Japanese Americans being ordered to be placed in concentration camps during World War II, reminisce with residents about World War II. Ask residents how different America was after the war.

Sensory Stimulation: Mitten Match

Place lots of mismatched gloves and mittens on a table for residents to sort and match together for the season.

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  • Birthday: Ansel Adams, American photographer of Yosemite National Park (1902)
  • National Cherry Pie Day

Crafts: Frosty Pine Cones

Provide residents with pine cones, white paint, glue, and silver glitter to make frosty pine cones to hang and use as decoration for the season.

One-on-One: Photo Match Game

Print out two copies of American landmark photos onto heavy cardstock and cut out to make a photo matching game for your resident to complete on this birthday of nature photographer Ansel Adams.

Exercise: Winter I Spy

Get your residents up and moving this winter by playing a fun game of Winter I Spy with them. To play, place Winter I Spy sheets at each of the large picture windows in your facility, and have residents look outdoors to see if they can spot the objects on the cards. Encourage residents to walk to all the Winter I Spy locations to try to spot the objects outdoors.

Bedside: Bringing Back Memories

In honor of this birthday of photographer Ansel Adams, share vintage photos with your resident to see which ones bring back memories.

Reminiscing: Photo Show-and-Tell

On this birthday of photographer Ansel Adams, invite residents to bring their family photos to your Activity Room to share stories about their families.

Sensory Stimulation: Cherry Hand Pies

For this National Cherry Pie Day, assist residents with making homemade cherry hand pies.

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  • American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Race/Birkie Week in Wisconsin (February 21-25)
  • Birthday: Nina Simone, American blues and jazz singer (1933)
  • International Mother Language Day
  • Washington Monument was dedicated (1885)

Crafts: Pine Cone Skiers

Supply residents with pine cones, toothpicks, pom-poms, pipe cleaners, craft sticks, sequins, and glue to assemble pine cone skiers on this first day of the American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Race/Birkie Week in Wisconsin.

One-on-One: Popsicle Stick Skis

Recruit your resident to assist you with making popsicle stick skis on this first day of American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Race/Birkie Week in Wisconsin. For the project, use popsicle sticks, wooden skewers, paint, markers, baker's twine, and felt.

Exercise: Jazzy Exercise

Play jazz music in the background during your Exercise Class on this birthday of American blues and jazz singer Nina Simone as you lead residents in chair exercises.

Bedside: Playing 421

For this International Mother Language Day, teach your resident the French dice game 421.

Reminiscing: Presidential Monuments

On this day that the Washington Monument was dedicated, reminisce with residents about the presidential monuments that they have visited. Afterwards, share a few fun facts about presidential statues in America and abroad.

Sensory Stimulation: Hot Cocoa Ski Lodge Party

Host a fun hot cocoa party for your residents on this first day of American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Race/Birkie Week in Wisconsin. Set up chairs near your facility's picture windows so that residents can enjoy their hot chocolate while watching the snow and winter weather. For the hot chocolate, use a slow cooker, and turn it on in the morning so that residents can enjoy their hot cocoa in the afternoon.

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  • Birthday: George Washington, American president (1732)
  • Independence Day in Saint Lucia
  • National Chili Day
  • National Margarita Day
  • United States acquired Florida from Spain (1819)

Crafts: Candy-Filled Cherries

Assist residents with crafting candy-filled cherries in recognition of this birthday of cherry tree chopper George Washington. To assemble the cherries, place candy in the center of a sheet of red tissue paper. Gather the ends together and secure with green floral tape as you wrap the tape around craft wire to create the stem. Next, cut out leaves from green tissue paper and glue to the floral tape stem.

One-on-One: Visiting St. Lucia

In recognition of this Independence Day in Saint Lucia, teach your resident how to make a Caribbean Sunset mocktail. Then enjoy sipping the drinks while watching a travel documentary about the Caribbean country.

Exercise: Playing Jai Alai

On this day that the United States acquired Florida from Spain, teach your residents how to play the popular Florida sport Jai Alai. To play, pair seated residents together so that they are each sitting side by side facing an empty wall. Then have one of the residents bounce a foam ball against an empty wall so that it bounces to the other person for them to catch and return.

Bedside: It's Five O'Clock Somewhere

Celebrate this National Margarita Day with your resident by serving her a tasty nonalcoholic margarita.

Reminiscing: Grandma's Chili

Reminisce with residents about what their grandmothers put in their chili on this National Chili Day. Beforehand, coordinate with Dining Services to provide a tasty chili for residents to sample.

Sensory Stimulation: Tell a Story

For this birthday of President George Washington, who has many folk tales and stories told about his life, encourage residents to tell a few stories of their own. For the activity, pass around photos, and have residents make up a story based on what they see in the photographs.

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  • Birthday: George Handel, German composer and master of Baroque music (1685; Old Style date)
  • Birthday: Samuel Pepys, English diarist (1633, Old Style date)
  • Birthday: W. E. B. DuBois, American educator and black equality activist (1868)
  • National Tile Day

Crafts: Olympian Skiers

Recognize this winter by supplying residents with tacky glue, craft sticks, markers, and colorful pipe cleaners to assemble pipe cleaner skiers.

One-on-One: Let's Play Scrabble

Recognize this National Tile Day by challenging your resident to a game of Scrabble. If a Scrabble game is not available, then challenge your resident to a Scrabble Spelling game to see who can come up with the most points on their spelling sheet.

Exercise: Snowman Knock-Down

Use markers to turn plain white paper cups into snowman for a fun snowman knock-down game this winter season, in which residents try to knock down the most snowman in a single toss.

Bedside: Crayola Calligraphy

Grab a few Crayola markers to show your resident how to write in calligraphy on this birthday of diarist Samuel Pepys.

Reminiscing: Do We Need Education Reform?

In recognition of this birthday of American educator W. E. B. DuBois, reminisce with residents about their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with their and their children's education. Ask residents to share the pros and cons of having federal involvement in education.

Sensory Stimulation: Sing Along

In honor of this musician George Handel, invite residents to tap into their musical talents by participating in a fun sing along. (On the website, choose videos featuring singers that your residents are familiar with like Nat King Cole and Gene Autry.)

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  • Birthday: Steve Jobs, American technology innovator and co-creator of Apple, Inc. (1955)
  • Flag Day in Mexico
  • Open That Bottle Night, a night to encourage people to drink the bottle of wine that they have been saving

Crafts: Decorative Bottles

Supply residents with empty glass bottles and glass paint to make decorative glass bottles on this Open That Bottle Night.

One-on-One: Two-Liter Ring Toss Game

Use two-liter bottles for a fun ring toss game with your resident on this Open That Bottle Night.

Exercise: Playing Balero

Show residents how to play the Mexican game of balero (cup and ball toss) on this Flag Day in Mexico. Beforehand, recruit volunteers to make the game for the activity.

Bedside: Colorful Tissue Paper Flowers

Recognize this Flag Day in Mexico by assisting your resident with making colorful tissue paper flowers for her room. Simply use tissue paper sheets and pipe cleaners to assemble the flowers.

Reminiscing: First Time Using a Computer

On this birthday of tech innovator Steve Jobs, reminisce with residents about the first time that they ever used a computer. Ask residents to list the things that they would like to still learn on the computer, and then consider creating a Computer Class to teach them.

Sensory Stimulation: Mexican Pinch Pots

Invite residents to make pinch pots and paint them using Mexican designs and colors on this Flag Day in Mexico.

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  • Boxer Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) became the world's heavyweight boxing champion (1964)
  • First national bank was chartered by Congress (1791)

Crafts: No-Sew Snowman Pillow

Assist residents with making no-sew snowman pillows for the season using fleece, felt, button, glue, and polyester filling.

One-on-One: What's the Best Way to Melt Ice?

Encourage your resident to assist you with an ice-melting experiment on this winter day. Use ice cubes, salt, sugar, sand, and baking soda for the fun experiment.

Exercise: Boxing Jabs

Lead residents in a fun boxing exercise on this day that boxer Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) became the world's heavyweight boxing champion.

Bedside: Snowflake Rocks

Invite your resident to assist you with painting snowflakes on rocks to use as decoration this winter. Use smooth rocks, paint or a paint pen, and the snowflake template provided on the site to complete the project.

Reminiscing: Banking Incentives

In recognition of this day that the first national bank was chartered by Congress, reminisce with residents about the free gifts that they used to receive from banks, like toasters, for opening a new checking account. Afterwards, share information about the the history of banking with your residents.

Sensory Stimulation: Snow Dig

On this winter day, provide each of your residents with a bowl of fake snow (baking soda and shaving cream) to dig through to find objects that you have hidden in the snow.

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  • Birthday: Buffalo Bill, American frontiersman who was known for killing over 4,000 buffalo (1846)
  • Birthday: Johnny Cash, American country music star (1932)
  • Birthday: Levi Strauss, Bavarian immigrant who created the first pair of blue jeans (1829)
  • Grand Canyon National Park was established (1919)

Crafts: Diamond Necklaces

Provide residents with jewelry cording and crystal gems to make diamond necklaces for the ladies for the upcoming Denim and Diamonds Party.

One-on-One: Return of the American Buffalo

Share a documentary about American buffalo with your resident on this birthday of American frontiersman Buffalo Bill, who was known for killing over 4,000 buffalo.

Exercise: Music Bounce

Celebrate this birthday of music star Johnny Cash with your residents by playing Music Bounce. For the activity, play music in the background and pass out small beach balls to each resident. Next, have residents bounce their beach ball to the beat of the music – bouncing the ball slowly when the music is slow and bouncing the ball quickly when the music is fast.

Bedside: Front Row Fashion Show

On this birthday of blue jeans creator Levi Strauss, coordinate with administration to allow all staff members to wear their jeans on this day. Then invite your jean-cladded staff members to show-off their jeans for your bedridden residents in a jeans fashion show in their rooms.

Reminiscing: Visiting the Grand Canyon

Reminisce with residents about their past visits to the Grand Canyon on this day that the Grand Canyon National Park was established. Share a few fun facts about the iconic landmark with residents.

Sensory Stimulation: Denim and Diamonds Party

Host a fun denim and diamonds party on this birthday of blue jeans creator Levi Strauss. Provide the ladies with the diamond necklaces that were made earlier during the Crafts activity. Then during the party, play a fun game of Denim Bingo by replacing the B-I-N-G-O at the top of your bingo cards with D-E-N-I-M. Use small gemstones or rhinestones as the bingo markers for the game.

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  • Birthday: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet and writer (1807)
  • Birthday: Marian Anderson, African-American singer (1897)
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, Texas (February 27 – March 17)
  • International Polar Bear Day
  • Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas, Nevada (February 27-29)
  • World Spay Day

Crafts: Pom-Pom Polar Bears

Assist residents with crafting cute pom-pom polar bears in honor of this International Polar Bear Day.

One-on-One: Kitchen Chat & Tea

Serve coffee and cut coupons with your resident at the kitchen table in recognition of this first day of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Exercise: Livestock Lasso Contest

Teach residents how to lasso a stuffed animal on this first day of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, Texas.

Bedside: Poetry Reading

Alternate reading Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poems with your resident on this day that the poet was born. (When printing out the poems from the site, be sure not to print all the pages, which includes 60 pages of comments.)

Reminiscing: Should Animals Be Spayed or Neutered?

Reminisce with residents about their past pets on this World Spay Day. Ask residents whether animals should automatically be spayed or neutered, before sharing the pros and cons of sterilizing the animals.

Sensory Stimulation: Battle of the Bands

In honor of this birthday of singer Marian Anderson, invite residents to participate in a musical performance by playing instruments (bought or handmade) while listening to band music. Divide residents into sections based on the musical instruments that they are playing, and direct them to play at different times during the songs.

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  • Birthday: Charles Blondin, French acrobat who crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope (1824)
  • Floral Design Day
  • National Tooth Fairy Day (also celebrated on August 22)

Crafts: Mod Podge Flowerpots

Assist residents with crafting Mod Podge flowerpots on this Floral Design Day. Consider using a floral fabric for the craft.

One-on-One: Felt Flowers

Invite your resident to make colorful felt flowers on this Floral Design Day. Use flower templates, colorful felt, pom-poms, glue, sticks, and cardstock for the project.

Exercise: Flexibility Chair Stretches

For this birthday of French acrobat Charles Blondin, lead residents in a set of flexibility chair stretches.

Bedside: Snowball Garland

In recognition of this winter season, assist your resident with making a snowball pom-pom garland for her room using a plastic needle and a few bags of cotton balls. Hang the finished garland for the season.

Reminiscing: The Tooth Fairy's Going Rate

On this National Tooth Fairy Day, reminisce with residents about playing the Tooth Fairy for their kids. Ask residents to try to recall how much money they used to give their kids for a tooth. Then share a list of how much the tooth fairy pays today to compare prices.

Sensory Stimulation: Abstract Flower Art

Provide residents with paint, canvases, and flowers to make their own abstract flower art on this Floral Design Day.

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  • Bachelors Day
  • Leap Day

Crafts: Pipe Cleaner Frogs

Recognize this Leap Day by providing residents with green pipe cleaners to assemble frogs to use as decoration.

One-on-One: Frog Thumbprints

Use a green ink pad, black markers, and paper to create frog thumbprints with your resident on this Leap Day.

Exercise: Jumping Balls

In recognition of this Leap Day, invite residents to get an arm workout as they play the Minute-to-Win-It game Ponginator. To play, open an empty egg carton for residents to bounce ping pong balls to land in the carton. Award a prize to the person who can bounce the most ping pong balls into the carton.

Bedside: Old Hollywood Actors

For this Bachelors Day, use a tablet to share photos of Old Hollywood actors, and ask your resident to identify her favorites.

Reminiscing: Leap Day Traditions

On this Leap Day, reminisce with residents about their Leap Day traditions. Afterwards, share a few Leap Day superstitions with residents.

Sensory Stimulation: Oreo Frog Cookies

Assist residents with assembling Oreo frog cookies on this Leap Day using Oreo cookies, green candy melts, and candy eyes.