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:-D Hi I"m new in the business and am loving it...but i am having trouble finding out where to buy my borders and decorations for my bulletin boards. Please send links or store listings... I would really appreciate it so much..

 

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A resident of mine remembered when he was a boy, putting glue on his hand, letting it dry and peeling it off. so now you can find me in his room 1 x a week having sticky hand races. we spread the glue, chat while it dries, then race to see who can get it all off the fastest. when one of us finally gets it off in one piece our time is over. it is so much fun and i get to hear all the neat stories of his childhood.

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There is a magazine out there called: "A New Day" by Gary Grimm & Associates & I have gotten bulletin board borders through this company. I don't know if they are on the web, but the toll free number for a catalog is: 1-800-442-1614. Give that a try.

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Welcome to the profession. It is very rewarding.

 

As far as Bulletin Board decorations, you can find some in M&N magazine, NASCO, and teacher Stores. Bulletine Boards are fun. Remember to think outside the box with them. They can be very challenging.

 

Stacy

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Guest Curt Persilver

I am having trouble finding bulletin board art for my bulletin boards. I am a activity director for an independent senior apartment complex. Any help would be appreciated.

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Does anyone have any ideas of were I can get some bulletin board supplies for a independent senoir apartment complex? I recently put up some summer pictures of little bugs of all kinds, they were wearing tennis shoes and hats and stuff but some of the residents thought it was offensive becaus it wasn't their age group.

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I found several software programs that can be used to decorate the bulletin boards. The one that I use for my calendar is Print Shop and I have several "scrapbooking" CD's. All have great "age appropriate" images that we enlarge on the computer using the printer properties. I have a couple ladies that spend their time pasting them together and then we put them on the bulletin boards for decoration. The scrapbook 12x12 papers also make a great background as well as some have various designs on them. My residents enjoyed the "Thomas Kincade" paper that I used for our bulletin board. There are many patterns and images that are available for scrapbooking that can also be used for bulletin boards. There are some great patriotic paper for the summer available as well.

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I'm not sure if you have a party city where you are. If so you could try there and also some of the educational stores may have something.

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Guest Tinki

I have seen alot of AD's use regular objects they can find around the house and facility. It gives the bulletin board a 3D look. For example- One AD I taught stapled up ties, hats, gardening gloves, and more for here Fathers Day Bulletin board. She would use wrapping paper, or butcher paper for the background and put her calendar in the middle. They looked so awesome!

 

Look for a teacher supply store for other bulletin board supplies, or look online for a teachers supply store!

 

Hope that helps!

Karen

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Curt,

 

Is there a Party America or a Great Party store near you? If not, is there a teacher supply store in the area? I normally go to the teacher supply store in the neighboring city to buy my supplies for my birthday bulletin board. Also, depending on your budget, if there's a scrapbook store nearby, they have great things to use as well as a Michael's Arts and Craft store.

 

Hope this information helps.

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Hi,

I am new to this site and can't tell if you got a response from anyone, so I thought I'd put my two cents in!

You didn't say what you've been doing so far. For a start, you could try going to some craft shops to look for your borders and you could look on your computer for clip art to print out. I have used flowers (fake). I've seen one in a dinning room that was done with two prints of fabric (one as a background & the other as a border)- it matched the homemade tablecloths & table runners.

I feel like as far as bulletin boards go, experiment. But remember, there is a fine line between a nicely done board & a cluttered one!

I hope this helps you & is not coming too late.

Linda ;-)

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I try to stay away from "Teacher " type classroom boards. After all we are talking about Adults.

 

I try to include the residents in designing the board. Once we tore out large food pictures in Gourment magazines and cut them into strips about 3inches wide and used them as a border, and yes!, placing real objects and memorabilia can be more interractive, interesting and adult like.

 

I put a map of the world in the center and had residents pick out large photo portraits of people in National Geographic. Great dicussions ensued! The theme of the board was "Around the World with 80 Faces"

 

Another idea that i read about on one of these message boards Is without using names "DID YOU KNOW THAT SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS ARE RETIRED____________! " Fill in the blank and attach clip art that describes that profession (eg, Doctors, Teachers, Cooks, Secretary's.) This makes for guessing, chatter and increased respect from staff towards residents

 

Use Fabric for backing with some of your themes instead of traditional paper backing, This makes it a bit more "homelike"

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Fabric remnants and ribbons make excellent backgrounds and borders. We have a problem with finding enough space to store all of these items, so we recycle our ribbons and fabrics by using them in craft projects when we are finished using them on the boards. You can find wonderful fabrics at your local Wal-Mart for a dollar a yard if you take a few minutes and look. Most of the stuff on our boards is made by the residents. Remember, bulletin boards don't have to be complicated...simple is better. I do use some stuff from the teacher's store; it just takes a little time to find things that are appropriate. Another helpful hint is to change the backgrounds and borders seasonally instead of monthly. It takes less time to change the stuff on the board each month if you don't have to mess with the background and borders.

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8-) I read the reply about the borders from teacher supply stores being to childish. One thing you need to ask is it the right thing for my residents. Her/his residents may be at the stage in their life were that works for them. It may also being about some memories for the residents. I have made my borders with the help of my residents. For September, I'm have my residents tell me things that remind them of their grandkids and using that for my borders. Grandparents day is September 10,2006. Keep up the good work and remember that we do this for the residents not our selfs. A great lady told me to remember this at all times.

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My 3 bulletin boards are the width of a role of wrapping paper, so I typically go to the $ store to purchase my supplies. You can find interesting theme wrapping paper or choose plain, single color wrapping paper. My local $Store is now selling a limited variety of school store items, so I purchased plain corragated border in every color. I typically design my board in the foyer to be an eye cathcing 3-D display. For a picnic theme, I used a paper plate and hot glued fake food items purchased at the craft store. A red and white checkered napkin matched the plate design, and a few fake bugs and flies glued around the board drew attention. I even hung a fly swatter on the board to carry out the outdoor picnic theme. The bulletin board received raved reviews from the residents and visitors. For a recent camping theme party, I made a 3-D tent out of construction paper with cute animal stickers peering out in the tent. I often use my clipart program for cutouts, and design my announcements on coordinating computer paper or by incorporating themed clipart in the announcements. Since I'm the only person in the activities department, I tend to do my boards seasonally.

 

My fall board will be done this week using brown shipping paper as the background, organge corrogated border and silk fall leaves.

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Teacher supply stores have great items for your bulletin boards. They have plain colored borders and die cut lettters that are age appropriate for your residents. They also have paper and other supplies that regular craft stores don't carry. It is a great resource for activities departments and shouldn't be dismissed. Some of the resources are used in college's and high schools. Give it a try and at least see what they have.

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  1. hi all i hope this is what i had to do for mepa-1 because this is all that i found but dont see any new posts here. My name is jamie and im currently an activity assistant at a long term care facility in ohio. We do our activity boards by a screen that is updated weekly and prn that shows u tube vidoes and show cases the daily menue and show the weather along with the daily activities.

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Hi Jamie!

Guess what? I am NOT very knoweledgeable on the computer....BUT....I have learned to cut and paste and google! God sends really! (I must be learning). We cut, paste and print large pictures and we also use donated wrapping papers with pretty colors. Sometimes simple is better! Another source we often use is the Dollar Store. There are always lots of seasonal and inexpensive decorations to tie into themes.

 

Thanks for chatting the other evening. It was very stress relieving to have someone say "I know"! Hope all is well. Dawn Kimble

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Hi...I am a brand new member but I am not an activity director although I would have been good at it because I just plain like "older" people.

 

Here's my situation...

 

I am a senior cititzen entertaining seniors here in Portland, Oregon. I am on a terrific website just for Activity Directors called "Elderaudience". I am listed under comedy, storytelling and variety show with my picture.

 

We have hundreds of retirement and assisted living facilities here in Portland. How do I get started contacting AD's to do my show. At the present time my show is free but I do ask for donations, a ham and cheese sandwich and ice tea.

 

My show runs around 40 minutes. It is audience dictated. I have a table of props...enough for 20 people. I ask for ten people to come up and pick any prop they are interested in. When everyone is done I tell a story, do a skit or a game with the audience with that particular prop.

 

If the AD can pay $10.00, I will use that money to go to the Dollar Store and pick out ten (or twenty for $20.00) brand new little gifts for winners of games/door prizes.

 

So ADs how to I get my show out there? Should I send an unsolicited email, a regular letter or a call?

 

Thanks for any help,

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Lots of suggestions offered. The only thing I can add is try to decorate the boards with a theme that could be use for 2 months in a row. The facility I worked at had 4 boards to decorate monthly. When you have to remove the calendars & all of the decorations, then re-decorate them & put the new monthly calendar up takes alot of time. Don't forget you still have to remove & put new calendars up in every residents room. Well this can take up almost your whole day & you haven't done any activities yet! So when decorating your boards try to keep this in mind.

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I love getting bulletin board decorations from here: http://www.trendenterprises.com/home.cfm you can also find them at Teacher Supply stores in your area. There are borders for all seasons and ideas!

 

Do a search for all sorts of themes

 

 

http://www.trendenterprises.com/product_searchresults_New.cfm?Keywords=&ThisLevel1=Product+Category&Level1=ThisLevel1&ThisLevel2=Trimmers+and+Borders&Order=i.rank

 

Kathy

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Activityconnection.com is a great resource for bulletin board material. It is a subscription based site (around $12/month). But well worth it! You can find a bunch of ideas for your bulletin boards under the "Planning and Publication" sections for each month. Pinterest has some great creative ideas http://pinterest.com/suehills/bulletin-board-ideas/ Resourceful ideas: http://www.kimskorner4teachertalk.com/classmanagement/bb/borders.htm

 

Hope this helps! 

 

Stephanie 

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I have found a lot of items for my board at the Dollar Tree. Plus the price is right!  Also staples has many item in their "teacher" section.

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