There is a chill in the air, the leaves are beginning to change, and you may have noticed that the days are starting to feel shorter. Suddenly, you are seeing Halloween decorations everywhere, and even Thanksgiving and Christmas ones too (don’t they seem to come out earlier every year?). This can only mean one thing: fall has arrived.
This year’s fall activities will look a bit different due to social distancing and mask requirements. But don’t worry, social distancing does not mean you cannot have fun-filled autumn this year. The experts at Belleview Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Aurora, Colorado have curated the perfect list of fun fall activities you can do in the comfort of your home.
Create an Autumn Wreath
You could just buy a wreath already made, but where is the fun in that? We believe in flexing those creative muscles to keep your brain strong and active. Also, what is more, satisfying than making something custom for your home? Head over to the internet or your favorite home and garden magazine, and spend some time finding inspiration. Then, choose your favorite craft store to order all the necessary supplies. You could even make this a competition amongst friends and family to see who can design the best-looking wreath, or create a theme that everyone must follow, like “no greenery” or “must include acorns.” Have everyone submit photos of their creations and judge who won the competition. The options are limitless and you are sure to have an afternoon full of laughter and socially distanced fun.
Learn How to Knit
With the holiday season coming up, also known as the season of gifting, now is the best time to pick up a new skill like knitting. For a relatively inexpensive amount, you could create some beautiful and handmade gifts for the whole family that they will cherish for generations to come. You could easily learn how to do the basic knit stitch in an afternoon. Then you are well on your way to designing cozy scarves, hats, and blankets for you and your loved ones. Not to mention, this activity is a great way to keep your hands and fingers nimble as you watch television, visit with friends and family, or even gaze out the window at the autumn leaves.
Host a Fall Movie Marathon
Holiday classics like Hocus Pocus and Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin are sure to get you in the fall spirit. But this year, we recommend that you skip the movie theater for an at-home movie marathon instead. There are several channels on television that host movie marathons all season long. Grab your comfiest blanket and fuzziest pair of socks, and snuggle up to your loved ones to watch all of your favorite fall classics. You could even make it feel like a movie theater with a ticket counter, popcorn buckets and movie theater sized candy boxes. Once you are all settled in, lean back that recliner, dim the lights, and watch the show!
Plant Fall Flowers
Many people associate fall with all the leaves falling off the trees and many of their garden plants dying until the following year, but we think this season should be celebrated by bringing new life into the earth. Try planting some autumnal flowers that are sure to thrive in the cooler temperatures to bring some color into your home or garden. The ones we think work best are chrysanthemums, asters, goldenrods, and pansies. These are all full of color and are sure to bring some joy into your life as you watch your new plant babies grow!
Just because we have to be conscious of social distancing does not mean we can’t still enjoy this fun season full of pumpkins, warm and cozy vibes, and all the fun desserts. We encourage you to try some of these activities and more the next time you need a pick-me-up!
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