Baseball Season is Finally Here!

Yesterday was a great day for Cincinnati Reds fans- Opening Day! We have quite a good Reds fan base here at the Knolls! The residents were invited to come watch the game and enjoy some snacks while they cheered  the Reds to victory over the Pirates with a score of 5-2!

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Happy Easter!

We hope you all had a great Easter! We sure did here at the Knolls! Saturday was our annual Easter party.

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Resident and staff family members were invited to participate in the Easter egg hunt and to win prizes at the Easter party. We had a really great turn out and the kids all had so much fun!

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Kids were separated into four age groups (1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12) to hunt eggs in different areas.

Ages 1-3:

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Ages 4-6:

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Ages 7-9:

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Ages 10-12:

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There were five big prize eggs for ages 1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Every child’s name was called so they could come up and pick out a prize.

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Rainbow Splash Coasters

Check out these coasters the residents made today. It’s wonderful to see each person’s personality come out through their art.

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To make these you will need:

-4” ceramic white tile
-colorful assortment of sharpie markers
-91% rubbing alcohol
-drinking straw or dropper
-mod podge
-newspaper or cardboard
-soft paintbrush
-felt (any color)
-Aleene’s Tacky Glue
-scissors

Directions:
1. Wash the tile with soap and let it dry completely.
2. Create an abstract design on top of the tile by applying blocks of color with sharpie markers. For the best result, put light and dark colors next to each other, leaving very few spots white.
3. Place newspaper or cardboard under the tile. Drip small drops of alcohol on top using a straw or dropper as shown in the photo below. The alcohol causes the colors to liquefy and spread. Begin with a few drops and proceed with more until you achieve the effect you like. Try blowing gently through the straw to create a different effect.
4. Allow the tile to dry for about 20 minutes.
5. When the tile is dry, color the edges with a marker.
6. Apply a generous coat of mod podge to seal the colors in place. Set aside to dry.
7. Cut a square of felt the same size as the tile. Glue the felt to the bottom of the tile.

Mason Jar Piggy Banks for Kids

The residents made piggy banks for an employee’s grandson’s class. They will be delivered to the class next week!

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The supplies that were used to make these adorable piggy banks were:

-pint-sized mason jars
-pink scrapbook paper of different prints
-pink foam sheets
-pipe cleaners
-googley eyes
-black sharpie
-hot glue gun and glue sticks
-scissors

Piggy banks help children learn the importance of saving their money. The residents feel that this is a very valuable lesson to teach kids. When it comes to saving, every penny counts!

Cheesy Tomatoes

Today the residents made cheesy tomatoes. They were a big hit!

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Cheesy Tomatoes
Makes 8 servings

Ingredients:
4 medium tomatoes
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Dash of pepper

Directions:
1. Slice tomatoes in half. Place in a microwave- safe dish and set aside
2. Combine bread crumbs and butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Add cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
3. Sprinkle cheese mixture evenly over tomato halves. Microwave for an additional 3 minutes until warmed through. Serve warm.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! Today the residents had a St. Patrick’s Day party in the auditorium. Laura Hazelbaker sang Irish tunes and played the violin beautifully. The residents enjoyed singing along with Laura.

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After the St. Patrick’s Day party we gathered into the activity room to have a surprise going away party for our activity assistant Cassidy. Tomorrow is her last day and we wanted to show her how much we have appreciated what she has done for everyone at the Knolls. Cassidy was the one who started out writing this blog. Everyone at the Knolls will miss her greatly; however, she has promised to come back and visit! Congratulations and good luck on your new activity director position Cassidy!!!
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