Puzzles are not only a good way to pass the time—they also exercise the brain. Puzzles that are related to a historical event, celebration, or special day are even more engaging and meaningful. New York Yankee great Lou Gehrig was born on June 19, 1903. Celebrate the “Iron Horse” by solving the word search puzzle and learning about Lou Gehrig’s baseball career.  

  1. Review the word list in advance of the activity and be prepared to explain them, such as why he was called the "Iron Horse." You can ask a community member who has an interest in baseball to provide information.
  2. Print the puzzle and hand out a copy to each participant. Give each person a pen or pencil.
  3. Announce the reason for doing the puzzle:  "New York Yankee great Lou Gehrig was born on this day (June 19) in 1903. Let's solve a word search about him and learn about his baseball career."  Note: You can celebrate Lou Gehrig on other significant dates included on this timeline. Be sure to state reason why you are talking about Lou Gehrig.
  4. As you read the word list, explain the meaning of the words.
  5. Encourage everyone to share what they know about Lou Gehrig.

  For more special days and activity ideas, check out the Special Days section of Activity Connection.  

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1 on 1
Small (2 - 4)
Medium (5 - 8)
Large (8+)
Any 30 minutes Assisted Living
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Long-term Care
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Any Coed
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