5 Winter Activities for Care Home Residents

As the days are getting colder, you may need some slightly warmer ideas to clear the cabin fever for your care and nursing home residents! Why not try out a few of these fun winter activities!

Be the “Bartender”

Set up a bar in your facility’s lobby and become the bartender as you provide made-to-order hot chocolate and mulled wine throughout the day for residents to enjoy. Why not be super festive and add extras like gingerbread, candy canes and mini Christmas puddings!

Build Snowmen

Host a fun competition to see who can build the best snowman! You may be thinking ‘it only rains in the UK’. You can create fake snow by simply mixing together an 8:1 ratio of flour to oil (8 cups of flour to 1 cup of oil) to create mouldable “snow” for residents to build their snowmen. Or, you can use air dry clay to create your own DIY snowman. Make sure you supply buttons and ribbons for residents to embellish their snowmen.

Shovel Snow

Use plastic shovels and recycle your white packing peanuts, and host a fun shovelling competition to see who can shovel their pile of snow the quickest.

Compete in the Winter Olympics

Set up several fun games that your residents enjoy. Be sure to add a twist so that it relates to winter. For instance, play a ring toss game, where residents throw the rings around a stuffed snowman. Afterwards, award prizes or medals to all the participants.

Go Bird-Watching

Create a winter bird-watching station near the largest picture window. Your residents can view your friendly neighbourhood birds using binoculars.

Find more ideas from Not Just Bingo on the S&S blog here.

Not Just Bingo is an online resource of fun, senior activity ideas for activity professionals of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. They have been providing fun activity ideas online since 2009. They continue to assist activity professionals across the country by creating meaningful and engaging activity ideas for their residents that go “beyond bingo.”

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