Easter is a great time for seniors and their families to create seasonal crafts, enjoy each other’s company, and let their creative juices flow. If your loved one lives independently, Easter is an opportunity to create crafts and decorate his or her home.
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This Easter, try these 7 craft activities with your loved one.
1. Embroidered Wall Décor
Seniors might enjoy working on simple Easter-themed kits to decorate their homes. One option is to create patterns on white fabric and fill in with colorful thread. Consider getting together with your loved one and having a craft day in preparation for the holiday.
2. Egg Planters
Carefully remove the contents from the eggs and split the remaining shells in half. You and your loved one can add a little soil or other suitable medium in the shells and plant seeds or seedlings inside. On Easter give out the miniature gardens as gifts. The shells can be decorated using colored markers to create holiday-themed designs.
3. Paper Daffodils
Combine yellow food coloring and water in a bowl, put inverted coffee filters into the bowl to tint the edges, then allow the filters to dry. Trim the edges of the filters by cutting out triangular shapes to create petals. Put one filter inside another and alternate the petals. Add a dab of glue to keep the filters in place. In the center, glue a yellow paper cupcake liner, then glue a white paper candy cup inside. When dry, fill the flowers with a nut and candy mint mixture or jelly beans. Create a flower for each Easter guest or place them around your loved one’s home.
4. Papier Mâché Nests
Shred brown grocery sacks, lunch bags, or colorful paper, then cover bowls with plastic wrap and invert them. Make a solution using craft glue and water, then drag the paper strips through the glue and apply to the bowl. Make sure the edges extend beyond the bowl rim to create a scraggly appearance. Allow the bowls to dry for about 12 hours before removing the plastic wrap from the bowls and the paper nests. Use the nests as delicate candy dishes.
5. Easter Cookies
Use your loved one’s favorite sugar cookie recipe and make egg, chick, and rabbit-shaped cookies with your loved one and young family members. Decorate the cookies with frosting and colorful, edible embellishments.
6. Sock Bunnies
Gather unpaired socks of all sizes in advance for this project. Use cotton balls or regular quilt batting for stuffing. You will also need ribbon, wiggly eyes, and miniature pom-poms. Stuff the socks on the toe end. Using thread or ribbon, gather a small amount of the toe and tie off to create the powder-puff tail. Fill the remaining foot area of the sock for the body and tie this area off. From the ankle area upward, create the head, then tie this region off and tie a ribbon around the neck area. For the ears, cut a triangle shape from the top of the sock. Glue on the eyes and pom-poms for the nose or puffy cheeks.
7. Artistic Colored Eggs
Using a set of colorful water-based markers, let everyone, both young and old, decorate dyed or plain boiled eggs with designs of their choosing.
Working on craft projects can help boost a senior’s mental and emotional wellbeing. However, sometimes seniors need to be motivated to attempt craft projects and to socialize, especially if they have a medical condition such as Parkinson’s. Aging in place can be challenging when living with Parkinson’s disease. Luckily, seniors can rely on dedicated caregivers who are trained in specialized Parkinson’s care. Columbus, OH, families can benefit from Parkinson’s care as well. If you need a break from caring for your elderly loved one, the caregivers at Home Care Assistance can provide respite for you while helping your loved one manage important everyday tasks.
Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality elder home care. Columbus families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably. Call (614) 481-8888 to speak to an experienced Care Manager who can schedule a free consultation and customize a care plan for your loved one.