This post seems to have been posted a while back, but I thought I would share some input. We play bingo and pokeno (we call it poker keno) two times a week in the afternoons. I have recently had them making their own bingo cards. I simply typed out the numbers that go under each letter, for instance under B you can choose 1-15, I you choose 15-30 and so on. Then I gave them Bingo sheets I created and allowed them to pick what numbers they wanted to go where. They hesitated at first, my bunch isn't big on change, but after they got the hang of it, they LOVE it! I love it as well, often they get huffy with me and tell me I am calling all the wrong numbers, or that they got a defective bingo card. Now I tell them, well you choose those numbers yourself, and they have stopped complaining.
The other game we place once a week is called Rob the Table. I set out numerous prizes in the middle of a long table (4 tables put together), and they go around the table taking turns rolling foam dice. If they roll a 7 or 11 they get to choose a prize out of the middle. If they roll snake eyes (two 1's) they get to choose 2 prizes. Once the prizes have been taken from the middle, we continue rolling the dice, however they start "robbing" from each other. If a resident rolls a 7 or 11, they are allowed to choose ANY prize that ANYONE has. If they roll snake eyes, they get to choose two prizes. I always announce the last 3 rounds as our time is dwindling down, then after the last person rolls the dice, I announce "what you have in front of you, is yours" They absolutely adore this game. The prizes vary each week as a lot of them are donations given by family members, staff members or sometimes by other residents. We have blankets, crackers, cookies, gloves, hats the list goes on and on. I have recently started adding a mystery prize,(several prizes in a brown lunch sack) and they are not allowed to know what is in there until the game is over. It is amazing how the prizes float around from person to person, and they really get into it.