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Celebrate Feed the Birds Day on February 3rd
Our residents are spending a great deal of time in their rooms due to COVID restrictions and loneliness is likely. Bird watching out one's window is a natural result from this heightened alone time. Residents have long loved the interaction between animals of all sorts around the care home. Studies have proven the effectiveness of creating an environment in care homes that is inclusive of all kinds of animal interactions. A way that we can help connect our residents with the nature that surrounds them is by hanging bird feeders outside of each window. Of course, it is not feasible to buy a bird feeder for every window, so the solution is to enlist your residents to help with this fun activity. You may want to create a feeding schedule to make sure you have a dependable rotation to keep the birds interested and around. You should also plan to make extras for the residents that aren't able to participate but would benefit from the bird interaction outside their windows.
Here’s what you need to make your own teacup bird feeder:
  • an old teacup and saucer
  • ceramic glue (I recommend either E6000 craft adhesive or DAP clear silicone adhesive)
  • twine
  • birdseed
  • a bird feeder hanger
Start by gluing the teacup to the saucer. Place a line of glue on the teacup from the rim to the bottom, exactly opposite the handle. Then, holding the teacup by the handle, press the cup down into the saucer. Make sure the cup is at the back half of the saucer so there is room for the birdseed to “spill out”... Read Full Tutorial By Clicking Below
Practically Functional Tutorial
Celebrate National Inventor's Day on February 11th
with this FREE Printable from Worksheets-to-Print.com
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Celebrate National Margarita Day on February 22nd
Many of our residents may not drink, but perhaps they still love and miss the unique flavor of a margarita! Just because alcohol has lost its appeal for some doesn't mean this drink needs to be retired. Make this fun non-alcoholic mocktail to celebrate National Margarita Day! Make a cart up around it and fill it with chips, salsa and guacamole! 
Margarita Mocktail Recipe
Source: LizonCall.Com
Yields: 4 Servings

2 cups limeade
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup simple syrup
1/2 – 1 cup club soda
Sugar and coarse salt for rim
Limes for garnish

In a small pitcher, mix together limeade, orange juice and simple syrup... Get Full Recipe Below
LizonCall Mocktail
Damon Jones and Sheryl Bacon Jones, 2/14/09
February is National Weddings Month! Celebrate by having residents and co-workers bring in their wedding photos to display in the facility. Have participants share a story or important detail from their wedding with you and include some of the photos and information in your newsletter so that everyone can be involved.

I have shared mine here to kick things off. An interesting detail about my wedding day is that I wore white knee-high Converse tennis shoes under my dress and it ended up raining cats and dogs. By the end of the outdoor ceremony, my shoes and dress were stained red from all of the clay in the dirt. I ended up celebrating my wedding day in blue jeans, a tank top, and a hoodie that said BRIDE in crystals!
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