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DIY Heart Stamps

You Will Need:

  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Paint
  • Construction Paper

To Begin:

  1. Making heart-shaped stamps is easy! First, grab a toilet paper roll and flatten it.
  2. You should be left with a flattened, creased paper roll. Push one of the creases inside out to form a heart-shape.
  3. Pinch and shape accordingly to get the perfect heart shape.
  4. Dip your toilet paper roll into paint the press firmly down on a sheet of construction paper.
  5. Repeat as many times as you’d like – make multiple hearts for multiple colors!
  6. Stamp your heart out!

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Fortune Cookie Valentines

Valentine’s Day is approaching – have you made your valentines yet?? Get crafty with your residents and make these super simple Fortune Cookie Valentines.

You Will Need:

  • Felt Fabric or Scrapbook Paper
  • Plain White Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue Dots
  • Marker

To Begin:

  1. Start by tracing and cutting out a circle from your felt or scrapbook paper.
  2. With your plain white paper, cut out a strip of paper roughly 3 inches x .5 inch.
  3. Write your message on the strip of paper.
  4. Place your note in the middle of the circle you just cut out.
  5. Fold the circle in half without creasing the paper.
  6. Place a glue dot on the outer edge of the circle, grab the corners with your pointer and thumb and pinch together.
  7. Trim off any excess paper from your note.
  8. Make many and give to many!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Inkblot Valentines

You Will Need:

  • Construction Paper
  • Paint
  • Glitter Glue
  • Scissors
  • Marker

To Begin:

  1. Start with a sheet of construction paper. Allow residents to choose between red, pink, purple or white.
  2. Fold your sheet of paper in half hamburger-style.
  3. Next, choose your favorite paint colors (choose between pink, red, purple and/or white.)
  4. Open your folded piece of construction paper, squirt your paint randomly throughout the inside. Be sure residents don’t use too much as this can get messy.
  5. Next, fold your paper in half again, press and rub to smear the paint on the inside.
  6. Open your sheet of paper, admire, share what shapes you see and allow time to dry.

7. Once your inkblots are done drying, fold them in half and draw the outline of half a heart on your piece of paper.

8. Cut along the outline you just drew, you should be left with a heart.

9. Flip your heart over on the blank side. Using a marker, write a message to your valentine.

10. Using your glitter glue, decorate and embellish your valentine.

11. Allow time to dry.

12. Give it to your favorite person or hang them all together!

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2-Ingredient Snow Dough

What’s better than snow? Snow Dough! The joy of snow without the cold and the wet. Making yours is super easy and requires only two ingredients!

2-ingredient snow dough

You Will Need:

  • Cornstarch
  • Cheap White Conditioner
  • Glitter
  • Medium Bowl
  • Stirrer
  • Mason Jar
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

To Begin:

  1. In a Medium Mixing Bowl combine 1 cup of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of conditioner together. We’re using Suave Coconut Conditioner. Make sure whatever conditioner you choose smells how you would like the dough to smell. If you’re sensitive to smells try using a scentless conditioner. While mixing, sprinkle in your favorite color(s) glitter. Add as much or as little as you’d like.
  2. With your stirring stick, stir together ingredients. If you find your dough is too sticky, sprinkle in cornstarch until the texture is as desired. If your dough is too dry, try adding a little more conditioner.
  3. When your dough is smooth, not too wet, and not too dry, it’s ready to handle.
  4. To keep our “Snow Dough” fresh we’ll put it in a tightly sealed mason jar.
  5. Cut and tie a cute ribbon around the neck of your mason jar.
  6. Gift or play!
snow dough

To Avoid the Mess:

  1. Pre-mix your snow in a large bowl, but leave out the glitter.
  2. Give each resident a Mason Jar and a paper plate.
  3. Allow them to scoop up their own snow dough and put it in their Mason Jar.
  4. With an array of glitter choices available, allow your residents to pick their favorite color(s) of glitter.
  5. With your resident’s paper plate in front of them, dump the dough out onto the plate. Sprinkle glitter on top of the dough. Mix thoroughly and play!
  6. Include googly eyes, toothpicks, and orange triangles cut from construction paper for your residents to build their own snowmen!
Snow Dough

Sensory Snow Bin:

  1. Place paper plates or wax paper out on a table for your residents.
  2. In a large bin/tray/unused litter box, combine and mix your cornstarch, conditioner, and glitter. Leave out in the middle of the table. I recommend a container that can be sealed.
  3. Supply tools to play in your Snow Dough. Shovels, pales, cookie cutters, rolling pins, and plastic cutlery.
  4. Allow your residents to play as they please!
Snow Dough

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National Crossword Day!

Today is National Crossword Day!
To celebrate we’ve put together a fun crossword puzzle for December – just click the button that says “download” to download and print handouts for your community.

December Crossword
December Crossword

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Chinese New Year Paper Lanterns

The New Year is right around the corner, but so is the Chinese New Year!

Create these festive Chinese New Year Paper Lanterns with everyone at your facility!

Chinese New Year Paper Lanterns

You Will Need:

  • Two different colored pieces of construction paper (We used the festive Red & Yellow, but you can choose whichever colors you’d like)
  • Scissors
  • Tape

To Begin:

  1. Select the paper color you would like to be the outside of your lantern. Lay the paper down flat. Trim off a half-inch wide piece of paper like the one pictured below. Set the half-inch wide piece aside.
Trim a half inch piece of paper

2. With the larger piece of paper, fold it in half.

Fold in half.

3. Using a pencil and a ruler draw a line length-wise on the open-side of your folded piece of paper about half an inch to an inch thick.

Draw inch-wide line on the open end of folded piece of paper.

4. With your marked, folded piece of paper in hand, grab your scissors and cut half-inch thick lines down the folded side of the paper. Don’t cut the paper all the way – stop at the line you marked previously. Set aside.

Cut half-inch sections from the folded-side and stop at the line you just drew.

5. With your second color paper, lay it out flat. With the short end in hand, roll the piece of paper to the other end, then tape to secure. This should create a roll.

6. Lay your “roll” on top of the cut piece of paper – align the edges and roll the cut piece of paper around the “roll.” Tape to secure the ends. Repeat on the opposite end.

Secure ends.

7. You should be left with something that looks a little like this:

Lantern without Handle

8. Grab the inch-wide slip of paper you trimmed off earlier. With a couple of pieces of tape, place them on the ends of the slip. Secure to the lantern to create a handle.

Chinese New Year Paper Lanterns.

10. Ta-da! Ready for the new year! Hang and celebrate!

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2-Ingredient Snow Paint Snowman

Make your own Snow Paint Snowman with just 2 ingredients! All you need is shaving cream and a bottle of white glue – both are available at the dollar store. Snow Paint Snowman is a calming, motor skill-driven activity, but really, they’re just fun to make!

Snow Paint Snowman

You Will Need:

  • A Bowl
  • Paint Brushes
  • Bottle of White Glue
  • Bottle of Shaving Cream (not gel)
  • White Glitter
  • Colored Construction Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons
  • Scissors

Making the Snow Paint

Snow Paint
  1. Prep by grabbing your bowl, white glue, a bottle of shaving cream and a paintbrush.
  2. Combine the entire bottle of glue into the bowl along with enough shaving cream to cover the glue. Do not use the whole bottle of shaving cream.
  3. Mix thoroughly with your paintbrush, adding more shaving cream if needed.
  4. You should be left with fluffy snow paint!

Prepping your Snowman

Snow Paint Snowman
  1. To begin, take out a black sheet of construction paper. If you have a hole punch handy, punch out roughly 7 circles per snowman and set aside.
  2. If you don’t have a hole punch, take out a black sheet of construction paper and fold it in half four times.
  3. With your scissors handy, cut out a small quarter-inch circle. Repeat if necessary.
  4. Next, you’ll want to take another black sheet of construction paper and cut out a hat for your snowman.
  5. Now, grab a sheet of orange construction paper. Cut a small carrot-shaped triangle from the paper.
  6. Choose 2-3 buttons for your snowman.
  7. Trim a piece of ribbon to 5 inches
  8. Grab glitter and set aside all of your items.

Making your Snowman

  1. Grab your favorite color construction paper.
  2. Using your paintbrush, scoop a big glob into the center of your brush, and begin painting the body for your snowman. We made this easier by adding two or three globs of snow paint to our paper and spreading them around to create the body and head.
  3. Don’t forget to add snow! Add snow paint to the “ground” in your painting, and maybe even a few snowflakes falling as well.
  4. Now we’ll decorate our snowman – grab some white glitter, empty some into your hand, pinch and sprinkle onto your snow.
  5. Add your snowman’s hat to the top of his head.
  6. Add his eyes using two black construction paper circles (2 large googly eyes if you have them). Do not press them into the “snow” – you won’t be able to see them as well.
  7. Add your snowman’s orange, triangle nose.
  8. Using 5 or so black circles, create your snowman’s smile.
  9. With your 2-3 buttons, drop them vertically down his chest.
  10. Grab your ribbon, tie a knot about a third of the way down the strand. With the shorter end in hand, place it over your snowman’s neck to give him a scarf.
Snow Paint Snowman

Give your Snowman about 2 days to fully dry. He should be left nice and fluffy!

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