Sample Men’s Activity Calendars for Assisted Living

February 2024 Men’s Activity Calendar

Find fun activity ideas in the calendar below for the men in your assisted living facility that you can easily add to your facility’s activity calendar.

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

Fun Men's 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 four types of activities:

  • Tactile: fun, hands-on projects that allow the men to increase their hand and finger mobility
  • One-on-One: specialized activities that work well with one resident
  • Discussion: interesting group discussions that help male residents reminisce and bond with one another
  • Special Event: enjoyable, interactive large-group activities

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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  • 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)
  • Greensboro Sit-in, first day of a nonviolent protest where African-American students sat down at a Woolworth's lunch counter and ordered coffee, staying there even though they were refused service (1960)
  • Michigan International Auto Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan (February 1-4)

Tactile: Cardboard Toy Car Ramps

For this first day of the Michigan International Auto Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, invite a local Boys' Club to assist the men with assembling cardboard car ramps for their toy cars. Have a few toy cars for the men and boys to test out on the ramps.

One-on-One: Newspaper Bike

In recognition of this birthday of journalist Jessica Savitch, assist your resident with using newspapers to create a newspaper bike by rolling the newspaper into paper rolls and securing with glue.

Discussion: Important Protests of Our Time

Chit chat with the men about past protests that they remember concerning social issues on this first day of the Greensboro Sit-in, a nonviolent protest where African-American students sat down at a Woolworth's lunch counter and ordered coffee, staying there even though they were refused service. Share several other 20th century protests to see if the men remember them.

Special Event: Was It Gable, Stewart, or Fonda?

On this birthday of popular actor Clark Gable, host a fun actor-guessing game with the men to see whether they can choose the correct actor – Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, or Henry Fonda. To play, simply give the title of a movie that has Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, or Henry Fonda as one of the main characters in the movie, and award a point to the first participant who correctly guesses whose movie you are describing.

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  • Bubble Gum Day
  • Groundhog Day

Tactile: Groundhog Cookie Assembly

Invite the men to participate in a fun groundhog cookie assembly as part of your Groundhog Day festivities. Use large chocolate cookies, mini cookies, homemade googly eyes, chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles, pink jelly beans, sunflower seeds, and melted chocolate for the cookies.

One-on-One: Bubble Gum Blow-Off

Challenge your resident to a bubble gum blow-off on this Bubble Gum Day. For the activity, set a timer for five minutes to see how many bubbles the two of you can blow.

Discussion: How Accurate Is the Groundhog?

On this Groundhog Day, start a discussion about the accuracy of Punxsutawney Phil's predictions that is based on whether he sees his shadow. Afterwards, ask whether the tradition of having the groundhog predict an early spring should continue despite all the inaccuracies.

Special Event: Groundhog Day Reveal Breakfast

Coordinate with Dining Services to provide a special Groundhog Day reveal breakfast for the men where you reveal whether you're having six more weeks of winter. At each place setting in the Dining Room, provide a sealed card for the men to open that states whether the groundhog saw 6 more weeks of winter. (Place a card signaling six more weeks of winter if the groundhog saw its shadow, or a card signaling an early spring if the groundhog did not see its shadow.)

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  • Birthday: Norman Rockwell, American artist and illustrator (1894)
  • Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting everyone the right to vote, was ratified (1870)
  • Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing Congress the right to levy taxes on income, was ratified (1913)
  • Take Your Child to the Library Day

Tactile: Rockwell Chalk Art

Use chalk pastels as you show the men how to create their own Rockwell chalk art on this birthday of illustrator Norman Rockwell.

One-on-One: Valentine Bookmark

For this Take Your Child to the Library Day, recruit your resident to assist you with crafting Valentine bookmarks to pass out to visiting kids this month. For the project, print out the template onto white cardstock, and use glue and a craft knife or heart punch.

Discussion: Are Taxes Fair?

Begin a discussion about taxes with the men on this day that the Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing Congress the right to levy taxes on income, was ratified. Ask the men whether progressive tax rates are fair, and whether the rich should pay more in taxes.

Special Event: Constitutional Quiz

On this day of the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting everyone the right to vote, quiz the men with a Constitutional quiz.

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  • Birthday: Betty Friedan, American feminist and first president of the National Organization for Women (1921)
  • Birthday: Byron Nelson, American golfer who was known for his golf swing (1912)
  • Birthday: Charles Lindbergh, American aviator (1902)
  • World Cancer Day

Tactile: Craft Stick Airplanes

Assist the men with making craft stick airplane kits to pass out to visiting children on this birthday of American aviator Charles Lindbergh. To assemble the kits, use two large craft sticks, two small craft sticks, one clothespin, and one small wooden bead for each kit. Have the men make a few of the airplanes to use as samples to show the kids what they can make.

One-on-One: How Well Do You Know the Rules of Golf?

Quiz your golf-loving-resident with golf trivia to see how well he knows the rules of golf on this birthday of famous golfer Byron Nelson.

Discussion: Can Men Be Feminists, Too?

Start a debate among the men about feminism on this birthday of feminist Betty Friedan who was the first president of the National Organization for Women. Ask the men whether they believe that men can be feminists and whether we still need feminism today.

Special Event: Dance-a-Thon

Host a dance-a-thon fundraiser for the men to raise money for a local cancer charity on this World Cancer Day. Beforehand, contact family members to sponsor their loved ones by pledging a dollar amount for every 5-minutes that they keep dancing. (Consider asking for flat donations of $20 from family members.) During the activity, recruit volunteers and staff members to dance with the men.

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

Tactile: Watercolor Hearts

Invite the men to help you decorate your facility for the valentine season by making watercolor hearts. To make the hearts, simply have the men paint watercolor paper with watercolors. Then once the paint dries, cut out heart shapes from the paper to stick on your facility's walls using glue dots.

One-on-One: Hollywood or Broadway?

Test your resident's knowledge of film and stage actors on this Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Day. For the activity, read the names of Hollywood and Broadway actresses, and ask your resident to identify whether they are a stage or film actress.

Discussion: Extreme Weather Debate

Begin a debate with the men about extreme weather on this Weatherperson's Day. Ask the men whether the recent incidences of extreme weather signal an overall change in climate from what they remember seeing as youngsters. Afterwards, ask the men whether climate change is exaggerated.

Special Event: Nacho-Eating Contest

Host a tasty nacho-eating contest with the men and staff members on this Constitution Day in Mexico. To play, pair each of the men with a volunteer or staff member and have the staff member sit in front of a plate of cheesy nachos. Then blindfold the men and have them sit near their partner and the plate of nacho so that they can feed their partner the nachos while blindfolded. Encourage the staff members and volunteers to direct the men on where their mouth is so that they can eat the nachos. Award a prize to the first team that finishes their plate of nachos.

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  • Birthday: Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Famer (1895)
  • Birthday: Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician (1945)
  • Birthday: Thurl Ravenscroft, American singer and voice artist for popular Tony the Tiger cereal commercials (1914)
  • Massachusetts became the 6th state (1788)

Tactile: Puffy Paint Seashells

On this birthday of Jamaican reggae singer Bob Marley, provide the men with seashells to paint using puffy paint. Store the decorated seashells away for your upcoming beach and Caribbean parties.

One-on-One: MLB Teams

See how well your resident does at identifying Major League Baseball teams on this birthday of Baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth. For the activity, use your tablet to see if your resident can name all 30 MLB teams.

Discussion: Which Do You Pour First: Cereal or Milk?

Host a fun discussion for the men about cereal on this birthday of cereal commercial voice artist Thurl Ravenscroft. Ask the men whether they pour the cereal or the milk first when they are eating cereal. Afterwards, encourage the men to discuss their favorite breakfasts.

Special Event: Playing Forty-Fives

In honor of this day that Massachusetts became the 6th state, teach the men how to play a game that is popular in Canada and several northeastern states like Massachusetts called Forty-Five.

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  • Birthday: Sir James Murray, English lexicographer who was one of the primary editors of the Oxford English Dictionary (1837)
  • National Signing Day – College Football
  • Wave All your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day

Tactile: Words Starting With…

For this birthday of English lexicographer Sir James Murray, provide the men with paper and pens to write down objects in the room that start with a particular letter. Give the men one minute to write down as many objects that they find. After the minute, have them read their words, and award a point to the participant who wrote down the most words. Then move on to the next round with a different letter.

One-on-One: 3-D Hand Art

Show your resident how to create his own three-dimensional art drawing of a hand on this Wave All your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day. For the activity, use a pencil, a black marker, and colorful markers.

Discussion: Do We Put Too Much Pressure on Our Athletes?

Chit chat with the men about student athletes on this National Signing Day in college football. Ask the men whether they remember feeling pressured to outperform in sports as a teenager. Afterwards, ask the men to brainstorm clues of an overaggressive coach.

Special Event: Getting to Know Your Neighbors

Help the men get to know one another on this Wave All your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day by having them play a fun game of "What If?" To play, simply ask the men What If questions for the men to discuss.

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  • Birthday: Jules Verne, French writer called the "Father of Science Fiction" (1828)
  • Opera debuted in the colonies in South Carolina (1735)
  • Portland, Oregon, the "City of Roses," was incorporated (1851)

Tactile: Strawberry Roses

On this day that Portland, Oregon, the "City of Roses," was incorporated, teach the men how to make strawberry roses using strawberries, forks, and plastic knives.

One-on-One: Conversation Heart Stacking Game

This week before Valentine's Day, challenge your resident to a conversation heart stacking game using chopsticks. The first person to stack 10 hearts using chopsticks is the winner of the round.

Discussion: The Relevance of Science Fiction

In recognition of this birthday of the "Father of Science Fiction" Jules Verne, encourage the men to debate the relevance of science fiction as a part of literature and whether it should be considered serious literature. Afterwards, ask the men whether they can think of a few benefits of reading science fiction.

Special Event: Name That Symphony Instrument

Play a fun game of Name That Symphony Instrument with the men in recognition of this day that opera debuted in the colonies in South Carolina. (On the YouTube site, scroll down to view the list of instruments that are played during the video.)

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  • Pizza Pie Day
  • Read in the Bathtub Day

Tactile: Pizza Painting Party

Host a pizza painting party for the men on this Pizza Pie Day. For the activity, set up canvases for the men to paint with one hand while enjoying eating pizza with the other.

One-on-One: M&M's Pizza

Invite your resident to help you make a tasty M&M's pizza to serve to residents on this Pizza Pie Day.

Discussion: Best Food Dishes

Chit chat with the men about their favorite foods on this Pizza Pie Day. Share a list of the most popular American food dishes, and ask the men to identify their favorites.

Special Event: Mega Bubble Contest

On this Read in the Bathtub Day, divide the men into teams to play the mega bubble Minute-to-Win-It-style game, in which participants try to blow bubbles through a target.

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  • Birthday: Jimmy Durante, American entertainer known for his sign-off, "Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!" (1893)
  • First time a computer beat a human in a chess game (1996)
  • First time The New York Times slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print" appeared on its front page (1897)

Tactile: Valentine Tissue Paper Trees

Recruit the men to help you decorate for Valentine's Day by making tissue paper trees. Use cardboard cones, glue sticks, tissue paper, and pencils for the craft.

One-on-One: Chess Pieces

Assist your resident with using polymer clay to make clay chess pieces in recognition of this day that a computer beat a human in a chess game for the first time.

Discussion: Notable Sign-Offs

Reminisce with the men about their favorite sign-offs on this birthday of entertainer Jimmy Durante who was known for his sign-off, "Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!" Afterwards, share a few famous sign-offs from news broadcasters to see if the men recall any of them.

Special Event: Newspaper Puzzle

Invite the men to participate in a fun newspaper puzzle on this day that The New York Times slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print" first appeared on its front page. To play, cut up a sheet of newspaper for each participant so that it is in many pieces, and then have the men try to put their newspaper sheet back together. Award a point during each round to the first person who successfully puts their newspaper sheet back together.

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  • National Shut-in Visitation Day
  • Pro Sports Wives Day
  • Satisfied Staying Single Day
  • Super Bowl LVIII in Paradise, Nevada

Tactile: Football Cake

Invite the men to assist you with baking a football cake to serve during your Super Bowl LVIII festivities.

One-on-One: Reading to Residents

Assist your resident with filling up your activity cart with books as the two of you visit your bedridden residents to read to them on this National Shut-in Visitation Day.

Discussion: How Was the Single Life?

Chit chat with the men about their bachelor days on this Satisfied Staying Single Day. Ask the men whether being single was one of the best phases of their life. Then have the men identify the pros and cons of being single.

Special Event: Pro Sport Trivia

Host a trivia competition among the men in recognition of this Pro Sports Wives Day. Begin the competition with a few super easy sport trivia questions before asking more general sport trivia questions.

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  • Birthday: Abraham Lincoln, American president (1809)
  • Birthday: James Dwight Dana, American geologist, naturalist and author (1813)

Tactile: Got Pennies?

On this birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, invite staff members to drop off their change for the men to roll into coin wrappers for them. Beforehand, print out and assemble the coin wrappers for the activity.

One-on-One: Rock Valentines

In recognition of this birthday of geologist and naturalist James Dwight Dana, invite your resident to help you make rock valentines to decorate your facility for Valentine's Day. To create the rock valentines, first dip fingers into red paint to create a heart shape on the rock. Then once the paint dries, use a black marker to draw characters for each of the rocks.

Discussion: Why Is He So Revered?

Start a discussion about the presidency of Abraham Lincoln with the men on this day that the 16th president was born. Share a few fun facts about the Illinoisan before asking the men whether he should be as revered as he is today.

Special Event: Penny Slide Challenge

Invite the men to compete in a penny slide challenge on this day that the man on the penny, Abraham Lincoln, was born. To play, seat competitors at the end of a long table and have them slide pennies across the table so that their penny gets closest to the edge without falling off.

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  • Birthday: Bess Truman, American first lady and wife of President Harry S. Truman (1885)
  • Birthday: Grant Wood, American artist (1891)
  • Employee Legal Awareness Day
  • Mardi Gras

Tactile: Cork Art

In recognition of this birthday of American artist Grant Wood, help the men tap into their creativity as you show them how to make cork art. Use cork discs or sheets of cork and colorful Sharpie markers for the artwork.

One-on-One: Mardi Gras Garland

Recognize this Mardi Gras by recruiting your resident to assist you with making a Mardi Gras garland to use as decoration.

Discussion: Outrageous Laws

For this Employee Legal Awareness Day, chit chat with the men about outrageous laws that are still on the books. Share a few crazy state laws from each of the men's home states to see if they can defend their state's outrageous law.

Special Event: Was It Bess, Mamie or Jackie?

On this birthday of former First Lady Bess Truman, host a First Lady game for the men. To play, read a fact from the biography of Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, and Jackie Kennedy, and have the men try to identify which first lady you are referring to.

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  • National Donor Day
  • Oregon became the 33rd state (1859)
  • Valentine's Day

Tactile: Most Romantic Gingerbread House

Invite the men to participate in a fun Valentine's Day gingerbread house contest. To begin the activity, show the men how to construct the houses using graham crackers. Then provide the men with icing and valentine candy to decorate their houses. Set the finished houses out for display, and have passersby vote on the "Most Romantic Gingerbread House."

One-on-One: Conversation Heart Balloons

Encourage your resident to assist you with making conversation heart balloons to drop off to bedridden residents on this Valentine's Day. Use red vinyl letters and heart-shaped balloons for the activity.

Discussion: Automatic Opt-in Donors

Start a debate with the men about organ donation on this National Donor Day. Ask the men whether Americans should automatically be opted-in as a donor, allowing them to opt-out if they do not want to donate their organs.

Special Event: Take a Guess

In honor of this day that Oregon became the 33rd state, invite the men to play a state guessing game where they try to identify the state after you read a fun fact about the state.

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  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado (February 15-17)
  • Birthday: Galileo Galilei, Italian physicist and astronomer (1564)
  • Canada's maple leaf flag was adopted (1965)
  • Digital Learning Day

Tactile: Canadian Mountie Peg Dolls

Assist the men with crafting Canadian Mountie peg dolls in honor of this day that Canada's maple leaf flag was adopted. For the project, use tan felt (for the hat), glue, and red, yellow, brown, and black markers.

One-on-One: Snow Volcano

For this first day of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, take your resident outdoors in the snow to make a snow volcano using baking soda, vinegar, dish soap, and red food coloring.

Discussion: Should We Have a Space Force?

Begin a debate among the men about space on this birthday of astronomer Galileo Galilei. Ask the men whether there should be a space force and whether it should be a separate branch of the military. Encourage the men to share a few pros and cons of the branch.

Special Event: Tablet Trivia

Borrow a tablet on this Digital Learning Day to quiz the men with fun trivia.

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  • Birthday: Edgar Bergen, American entertainer and ventriloquist (1903)
  • Great Backyard Bird Count (February 16-19)

Tactile: Pretzel Snowmen

Assist the men with making pretzel snowmen as a fun winter snack, using pretzel rings, candy melts, mini chocolate chips, and fruit leather.

One-on-One: Paper Mâché Hand Puppet

Encourage your resident to make a papier-mâché hand puppet on this birthday of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. Use newspaper, paste, fabric, yarn, felt, and paint for the fun craft.

Discussion: Should We Feed Wild Birds?

On this first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count, chit chat with the men about whether they ever used to feed their neighborhood birds. Start a discussion about whether to feed wild birds.

Special Event: Great Backyard Bird Count

In recognition of this first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count, invite the men to assist you with a bird count using a bird count sheet. Seat the men in front of large picture windows to conduct the bird count.

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  • La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros and Tucson Rodeo in Tucson, Arizona (February 17-25)
  • My Way Day, a day to celebrate doing things your way
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • World Pangolin Day, honoring the endangered scaly anteater

Tactile: Thank-You Cards

Recruit the men to help you address thank-you cards to give to all the caregivers in your facility on this Random Acts of Kindness Day.

One-on-One: Anaconda Poker

On this first day of La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros and Tucson Rodeo in Tucson, Arizona, teach your resident how to play the saloon-style game of Anaconda poker.

Discussion: Is It Wrong to Go After What You Want?

Begin a discussion with the men about going after what you really want on this My Way Day. Ask the men whether it is wrong to be selfish. Then share a list of the reasons why being selfish is good for you.

Special Event: Barnyard Snap

Invite the grandchildren to play a fun Snap card game with the men, but to alter it to include animals on this World Pangolin Day, a day honoring the pangolin, an endangered scaly anteater. So, at the beginning of the game, have everyone pick a different animal. Then during the game if another person flips over a card that matches yours, instead of being the first person to yell "Snap" you would need to yell the other person's animal before they yell your animal.

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  • Birthday: John Hughes, American film director of the 1980s "Brat Pack" films featuring preppy high schoolers (1950)
  • Dwarf planet Pluto was discovered (1930)
  • National Engineers Week (February 18-24)
  • NBA All-Star Game in Indianapolis, Indiana

Tactile: Building a Bridge

Divide the men into teams to see which team can build the best bridge using craft sticks and glue on this first day of National Engineers Week.

One-on-One: Pom-Pom Solar System Mobile

Assist your resident with making a pom-pom solar system mobile using a cardboard pom-pom maker on this day that the dwarf planet Pluto was discovered.

Discussion: Best High School Group

On this birthday of John Hughes, the American film director of the 1980s "Brat Pack" films featuring preppy high schoolers, invite the men to discuss what high school was like for them. Then list the most common high school cliqués and have the men identify the one that best suited them.

Special Event: All-Star Shoot Out

Set up several baskets and pass out foam balls for the men to compete in a fun basketball shoot-out on this day of the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina. Award a prize to the participant who makes the most baskets.

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  • Japanese Americans were ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to be placed in concentration camps during World War II (1942)
  • Presidents' Day

Tactile: Fancy Log Cabin

Divide the men into teams to create fancy log cabins using gingerbread kits in recognition of this Presidents' Day. Use pretzel logs, candies, and royal icing for the fun craft.

One-on-One: Executive Privilege

Start a debate with your resident about Executive Privilege on this Presidents' Day. Ask your resident whether he agrees with there being such a privilege.

Discussion: Making Reparations

Begin a discussion with the men about reparations on this day that Japanese Americans were ordered to be placed in those camps. Ask the men whether reparations should be issued to those who were wrongfully placed in internment camps or who were enslaved. Ask the men to brainstorm the pros and cons of issuing reparations to descendants of slaves.

Special Event: Playing the Presidents Game

On this Presidents' Day, invite the men to compete against one another while playing the Presidents' Game using president cards. Award a prize to the first person who wins – or gets five consecutive presidents in their hand.

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

Tactile: Nature Photo Class

Share camera phone tips with the men on how to take winter nature photos from your facility's large picture windows with their phones in recognition of this birthday of Ansel Adams, an American photographer of Yosemite National Park.

One-on-One: Mini Star Pies

Invite your resident to assist you with baking tasty mini star pies for residents to sample on this National Cherry Pie Day. Use boxed pie crust mix with cherry fruit filling to make the easy pies.

Discussion: Social Justice

Celebrate this World Day of Social Justice with the men by starting a discussion on the topic. Ask the men to share the pros and cons of social justice.

Special Event: Photo Scavenger Hunt

Provide the men with a scavenger hunt list to use as they take photos on their phones during a photo scavenger hunt on this birthday of nature photographer Ansel Adams.

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  • American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Race/Birkie Week in Wisconsin (February 21-25)
  • International Mother Language Day
  • Washington Monument was dedicated (1885)

Tactile: Colored Ice Ornaments

In recognition of this first day of American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Race/Birkie Week in Wisconsin, provide the men with water, food coloring, plastic cups, a cake pan, and string to make colored ice ornaments to hang outdoors.

One-on-One: Qué es?

Use Spanish flash cards for a fun language class with your resident on this International Mother Language Day. (On the website, click on the cards to enlarge and print out.)

Discussion: Learning a Second Language

On this International Mother Language Day, chit chat with the men about the importance of learning a second language. Ask the men whether schools should require all students to learn a second language. Afterwards, share a list of the pros and cons of having a bilingual education.

Special Event: Name That Monument

Celebrate this day that the Washington Monument was dedicated by playing a fun game of Name That Monument with the men. To play, simply pass around photos of national monuments to see if the men can correctly identify them.

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  • Birthday: George Washington, American president (1732)
  • Birthday: Robert Wadlow, tallest man in recorded history at 8 feet and 11.1 inches, known as the "Gentle Giant" (1918)
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
  • Single-Tasking Day

Tactile: Washington Portraits

Invite the men to use colored pencils and a Washington portrait coloring page to replicate a Washington portrait on this birthday of the first American president.

One-on-One: Taking Science and Math Classes

In recognition of this Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, reminisce with your resident about when he was a student and whether schools promoted having girls take math and science classes. Ask him whether we need more girls to pursue science and math careers before sharing a few pros and cons of women in S.T.E.M. fields.

Discussion: Can You Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time?

For this Single-Tasking Day, chit chat with the men about whether they try to multi-task or handle tasks one at a time. Share a list of pros and cons of multi-tasking to see if the men agree.

Special Event: Giant Game

In honor of this birthday of the tallest man in recorded history, Robert Wadlow, invite the men to play a game of giant Bananagrams (similar to Scrabble but no scoring). Beforehand, recruit volunteers to make tiles using cardstock and paint.

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  • Birthday: Samuel Pepys, English diarist (1633, Old Style date)
  • Curling Is Cool Day
  • National Tile Day

Tactile: Mini Notebooks

Assist the men with making mini notebooks using paper on this birthday of diarist Samuel Pepys.

One-on-One: Ice Art

In recognition of this Curling Is Cool Day, use foil containers, water, and food coloring to make ice art with your resident to hang outdoors.

Discussion: Olympic Sports

Start a discussion with the men about Olympic sports on this Curling Is Cool Day. Share a list of discontinued Olympic sports to see if the men think that they should be reintroduced.

Special Event: Playing Mahjong

Borrow a Mahjong set to teach the men how to play the tile game on this National Tile Day.

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  • CAMEX, an annual national conference for collegiate retailers in Savannah, Georgia (February 24-28)
  • Flag Day in Mexico

Tactile: Mexican Folk-Art Sculptures

Supply the men with air-dry clay and colorful paint to make Mexican folk-art sculptures on this Flag Day in Mexico.

One-on-One: Root Beer Pong

For this first day of CAMEX, an annual national conference for collegiate retailers, invite your resident to play the classic college beer pong game using root beer.

Discussion: Is a Lower Drinking Age the Solution?

In recognition of this first day of CAMEX, an annual national conference for collegiate retailers, start a debate among the men about the legal drinking age. Ask the men whether lowering the drinking age on college campuses would alleviate some of the collegiate issues when it comes to drinking.

Special Event: Piñata Whacks

Invite the men to compete in a fun piñata competition to see who can successfully burst open a piñata on this Flag Day in Mexico. Ahead of time, recruit volunteers to make a piñata for the activity.

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  • Birthday: Millicent Fenwick, American fashion model and congresswoman (1910)
  • Birthday: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French Impressionist painter (1841)

Tactile: Glitter CD Snowman

Pass out old CDs for the men to convert into glitter snowmen that can be hung as decoration in your Activity Room this winter. Use sandpaper, paint, glue, pipe cleaners, felt, glitter, and the template to convert the CDs into winter art.

One-on-One: Snow Pictionary

Celebrate this winter season by using a baking sheet of fake snow to play a fun game of winter Pictionary with your resident, where the two of you use your fingers to draw an object in the snow for the other to guess.

Discussion: Brains and Beauty

On this birthday of American fashion model and congresswoman Millicent Fenwick, start a discussion with the men about brains and beauty. Ask the men whether beauty is more important than brains for women today. Afterwards, share a list of why beautiful people are more successful in life.

Special Event: In the Eye of the Beholder

Host a fun art game for the men on this birthday of Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir. To play, divide the men into teams of two with one person drawing and the other person describing – having one person describe how to draw an object to the other without saying what it is. After the drawing is complete, have the person who drew the object try to guess what they just drew. If they answer correctly, then award a point to that team.

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  • Birthday: Honoré Daumier, French painter and caricaturist (1808)
  • Birthday: Johnny Cash, American country music star (1932)
  • Grand Canyon National Park was established (1919)

Tactile: Drawing Caricatures

Pair the men together, and teach them how to draw caricatures of their partner on this birthday of French caricaturist Honoré Daumier.

One-on-One: Winter Yarn Hats

Recruit your resident to assist you with making winter yarn hats as fun decoration for your facility this winter. For the project, use toilet paper rolls, colorful yarn, and scissors.

Discussion: National Parks

Start a discussion with the men about national parks on this day that the Grand Canyon National Park was established. Ask the men to brainstorm the top issues facing national parks.

Special Event: Johnny Cash Poker Night

On this birthday of American country music star Johnny Cash, play Johnny Cash music in the background as you teach the men how to play Omaha poker.

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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
  • Twenty-Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, limiting tenure of the presidential office to two terms, was ratified (1951)

Tactile: Polar Bear White Chocolate Party

Encourage the men to make and sip their own polar bear hot chocolate on this International Polar Bear Day.

One-on-One: Golf Stretching Exercises

Lead your resident in a few upper body golf stretching exercises before teaching him how to swing a golf club correctly on this birthday of Gene Sarazen, the American golfer who invented the sand wedge.

Discussion: Two-Term Presidential Limits

Begin a discussion with the men about presidential term limits on this day that the Twenty-Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, limiting tenure of the presidential office to two terms, was ratified. Ask the men whether there should be term limits for Supreme Court justices and for members of Congress.

Special Event: Movie Match

Invite the men to match leading ladies and leading men to the correct movie on this birthday of leading lady Elizabeth Taylor. Beforehand, print out photos of leading ladies and leading men. Then during the activity, seat the men around a large table that has all the photos. Then read the name and year of a classic movie, and encourage the men to find the photos on the table of those who were in that movie.

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  • Birthday: Charles Blondin, French acrobat who crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope (1824)
  • Final episode of the popular television sitcom M*A*S*H debuted (1983)
  • Floral Design Day

Tactile: Flowerpot Ping Pong Bounce

On this Floral Design Day, set up flowerpots for the men to bounce ping pong balls into to accumulate points.

One-on-One: Pipe Cleaner Acrobats

For this birthday of French acrobat Charles Blondin, invite your resident to assemble a few pipe cleaner acrobats using colorful beads.

Discussion: Popular T.V. Shows

Chit chat with the men about popular television shows on this day that the final episode of popular television sitcom M*A*S*H debuted. Use a whiteboard, and write a list of the top 10 shows from the 1960s to see if the men can put them in order.

Special Event: Flower Centerpieces

Order bunches of fresh flowers to assist the men with assembling flower centerpieces for the tables in your facility's Dining Room on this Floral Design Day.

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  • Bachelors Day
  • Leap Day

Tactile: Origami Jumping Frogs

Show the men how to fold origami paper frogs on this Leap Day. Save the finished frogs to give out to visiting kids at your facility

One-on-One: Leap Year Word Search

Challenge your resident to see who can complete a Leap Year word search on this Leap Day.

Discussion: What Was Life Like for You…as a Bachelor?

Chit chat with the men about their lives as bachelors long ago in recognition of this Bachelors Day. Ask the men to name the benefits of being a bachelor.

Special Event: Bachelor Party

Host a fun bachelor party for the men in your Activity Room on this Bachelors Day. Set up several gaming tables for the men to play poker, dominoes, and blackjack. Be sure to serve nonalcoholic drinks.