How to Create Winter Sensory Boxes from Our Memory Care Communities

Engaging Activities to Stimulate the Senses and Bring Comfort


Winter is a season of coziness and reflection, and at our Memory Care Communities, we’re dedicated to creating meaningful experiences for our residents. One way we do this is by incorporating sensory boxes into our activities. These boxes are filled with items that stimulate the senses, evoke memories, and provide comfort.
At Sunshine Retirement Communities, we also offer sensory spas, where residents can indulge in sensory experiences that promote relaxation and well-being. In this blog, we’ll explore the benefits of sensory boxes and share ideas for creating your own winter-themed sensory box at home.

The Benefits of Sensory Boxes

Sensory boxes are a valuable tool for individuals living with memory loss. They engage the senses, which can help improve mood, reduce agitation, and stimulate memories. Sensory activities also provide a sense of comfort and familiarity, which can be especially beneficial during the winter months when the days are shorter and the weather is colder.

Creating a Winter Sensory Box

To create a winter-themed sensory box, start by selecting a container that is easy to open and close, such as a small basket or box with a lid. Then, gather a variety of items that appeal to all five of the senses:

1. Touch: Include items with different textures, such as soft fabric, faux fur, or textured balls.
2. Sight: Add visually stimulating items, such as snow globes, winter-themed picture books, or photos of winter scenes.
3. Sound: Include items that make soothing sounds, such as a small bell, wind chimes, or a music box with a winter melody. You can even include things like small bags filled with rice or dried beans.
4. Smell: Add items with winter scents, such as cinnamon sticks, vanilla-scented candles, or potpourri. Use essential oils on the fabrics and in the small bags of rice and beans.
5. Taste: Include a few treats that evoke the flavors of winter, such as peppermint candies, hot cocoa mix, or gingerbread cookies.

Engaging with the Sensory Box

Once you’ve assembled your winter sensory box, encourage your loved one to explore it at their own pace. Allow them to touch, smell, and interact with the items in the box. Use this time to engage them in conversation about their memories and experiences related to winter. Encourage them to share stories or thoughts that the items evoke.

Additional Ideas for Winter Sensory Boxes

  • Include items that reflect your loved one’s interests and hobbies, such as knitting supplies, gardening tools, or sports memorabilia.
  • Rotate the items in the sensory box regularly to keep it fresh, engaging, and current with the season.
  • Consider creating a sensory box with a specific theme, such as holidays, seasons, or favorite memories.

Engaging the senses through activities like exploring a sensory box can have numerous benefits for individuals living with memory loss. It can help improve their mood, reduce feelings of agitation or anxiety, and increase their sense of well-being. Sensory activities can also stimulate memories and encourage social interaction, enhancing overall quality of life.

Creating a winter sensory box is a wonderful way to engage your loved one’s senses and create meaningful connections. By incorporating items that stimulate the senses and evoke memories, you can provide comfort and enjoyment during the winter months. We hope these ideas inspire you to create your own winter sensory box and enjoy the benefits of sensory engagement with your loved one.

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