Plan Arts and Crafts for Seniors with this Pharr Retirement Community
Some Tips to Start Getting Crafty!
Arts and crafts are a great way for seniors to engage their brain in an activity, be creative, and also fine-tune their physical motor skills. As it turns out, arts and crafts aren’t just fun– they’re healthy! While arts and crafts aren’t generally super complex or daunting activities, there is still a level of preparation one needs for a successful endeavor. Here is a short game plan, brought to you by The Gardens at Brook Ridge, on how to plan an arts and crafts session for your loved one this fall!
Step One: Arts, or Crafts?
The first step to planning a day of getting creative is to decide what sorts of “arts” will be occurring. Decide which activity or activities are on the agenda; you can try painting, ceramics, collage making, or whatever else may appeal to your loved one. That way, you’ll know what supplies will be needed for your sessions! Once the activities have been decided, planning will be much easier.
Step Two: Pick A Place
This step is essential after you decide what kind of artistic activity you will be doing. Arts and crafts can get messy, so make sure you pick somewhere that can handle the risk of some mess! If you are painting, it may be easier to take your activity outdoors, rather than risk spilling paint on valuables. Once you have decided where the best place is to host the arts and craft adventure, it’s time to make a guest list.
Step Three: Who’s Getting Creative?
This step is important because knowing how many people will be joining in on the fun is essential to preparation. If it is just you and your loved one spending a relaxing afternoon painting, there will be much less required than a large group of collage-making friends! So, decide how many people will be attending, and how this will affect your supply needs.
Step Four: Get Your Craft Together
Finally, the arguably most important step: getting whatever supplies you need to do your arts and crafts activity. Things like paint brushes, canvases, craft paper, markers, etc. are crucial to being able to have a successful day, so make sure you not only get what you need, but how much of whatever it is to suit all participants. Make sure you get more of the types of supplies that everyone will need–for instance, if there is a group of five people painting, everyone will likely need their own canvas, paintbrushes, and work area. Plus, certain materials might be more popular; white, black and primary paint colors will likely go pretty fast among a group of painters.
Step Five: Have Fun!
At the end of the day, the whole point of the arts and crafts occasion is to engage in a healthy activity that you will enjoy partaking in. So have fun and create not just a craft or work of art, but an environment that is relaxing and fulfilling. Maybe bring some food and drinks, or a speaker to play music as you craft. The world is your oyster when you are being creative, so don’t get too caught up in making sure you get everything ready, and have fun in the moment.
At the Gardens at Brook Ridge, we make sure our residents have ample opportunities to get creative with arts and crafts, as well as many other fun physical and social activities. Check out our activities calendar to learn more about what our residents are enjoying together!
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