The 4th of July is almost here, so do take a look at all the red, white and blue themed crafts we have. Some foody items too! Of course, these are also suitable for ANY kind of PATRIOTIC occasion throughout the year. And if you have special events involving other colors, just swap them out! (Such as schools or clubs, and our readers from other countries).
Birds are a really popular theme for arts and crafts no matter what the season, so we made a special page. Ideas suitable for both men and women. Try collages, using burlap, making a money gift, easy watercolors, painting clay pots, a golf ball owl, things for fall, and of course I had to include chocolate covered strawberry birds. Plus much more. And Free templates too. We've got a variety, so be sure to check them out!
Summer is on its way, and so is National Iced Tea Month. June is also National Candy Month, National Accordion Awareness Month (!), and Women's Golf Month, for starters. One of my favorites, June 1 is Say Something Nice Day; plus June 15 is Smile Day. Then we have Baseball Day on June 19. If you're curious to see what else there is (and our activities to go with it), visit this page!
Spring is in full swing! What do you have planned for May? Of course there's Mother's Day and Memorial Day. But so much more for the rest of the month! It's National Barbecue Month and Family Month (including family as community). Let's not forget it's Hamburger Month too. If you want healthy, it's also Salad Month. May 11 is Eat What You Want Day, and May 20 is Neighbor Day. See what activity ideas we have for you, and LOTS more...
We had so many gardening activity ideas all over our web site that we consolidated them into one page. And it includes things to do indoors as well as out. Some quite simple yet uplifting. And many for any kind of weather. You can even enjoy plants and little planting projects in winter. Gardening activities are great for the mood. Plus we've added in a few related arts and crafts ideas.
Aside from our general Spring page, we have separate pages for each month. Did you know April is formally National Garden Month? And we have lots of activities for that. Plus, April is Humor Month. Not to mention there's National Library Week. Let's not forget special calendar days, like Crossword Puzzle Day, Home Run Day, and National Pretzel Day. Be sure to see our fun suggestions for these and loads more...
It's almost time for Spring, and aren't we ready! You may have favorite Spring senior activities, but perhaps want some extra possibilities? Our main Spring page will give ideas to use throughout the whole season. Plus direct you to special dedicated pages for each of the months of March, April, and May. And lead into June too. So get activities for outings, projects, gardening, parties, food, crafts! Many can be done either indoors or out...
March is on its way and it could bring anything, weather-wise. Are you able to get outdoors where you live? No matter. We have tons of fun for March. Of course, St. Patrick's Day. But also Natl. Craft Month, Women's History Month, Natl. Reading Month. Plus special calendar dates: like Natl. Chocolate Cheesecake Day, Farmer's Day, and lots of unusual birthday commemorations, all to plan fun activities around. And naturally, we've got ideas!
We've had several inquiries about crafts to do with men. Some folks may be living at home, with family, or at senior living and care campuses. Some may need more assistance and some may be independent. And abilities and dexterity may differ too. So we've created a page with lots of ideas that we hope can appeal to many, and that could also be modified according to needs of participants. They may give you more ideas of your own too. And as always, do let us know if you've had a successful project!
Get lots more to do during the winter now that the holidays are over - by the month! You'll see ideas for any time during winter, and also for each of the months of December, January and February. And there are lots of cross-over possibilities too. So never a dull moment needed when serious winter hits and the holiday busyness is done.
Ready for a new idea with your holiday treats? For seniors, that means fun, simple or fancy flexibility, with possibilities for parties and visiting, or as gifts. So be sure to check out our page. Keeping in mind your participants and purpose, you can take the general activity and modify it accordingly, having a little help as needed.
We've learned about a fabulous new way to exercise while "seeing the world" - at a great web site called Passport For Wellness. This clever web site streams amazing scenery and sounds of exciting destinations from all over the world, so you feel like you’re “touring” while you exercise! This is an especially entertaining way to get fit, and perfect for seniors. They’re even offering a Free Trial! To visit them at Passport For Wellness, go to our Home Page, get the link, and see the photo. Don't miss it!
Have you seen our new page all about field trips yet? We timed launching it for the onset of spring. But since there are outings for both indoors and outdoors, this is a page to visit any time of year. We have dozens and dozens and dozens of things to do - we've found some really unique ideas out there! No matter what your interests, capability or mobility, there is sure to be something for you or your group.
We've added and updated our Fresh Strawberry Desserts page, since it's the season! Lots of new photos too. Plus desserty type "crafts" you can do to add to the fun. Use these as activities, and make for special dinners and lunches, for parties, etc. Many are easy to modify and change out for holidays.
We have so many seasonal and monthly activities, that we've re-organized! Now there's this Master Page to link you to each of the 12 individual months. Each month has its specific monthly commemorations AND actual calendar dates, unique ones besides the traditionals. And we give activity ideas to do for all of it! (In case you don't want to have to think of something). PLUS special pages for each of the 4 seasons, with General activities to do throughout that season. See what we mean, and check it out! (And we're still working on it further).
I've been on a real roll, almost a frenzy, making lots of new chocolate covered strawberries and decorating them. In all kinds of colors (not just brown chocolate or white). Like a frog, bunny, chick, bluebird, flowers, and mice of all colors. With new and easy instructions. They make great senior activities. Use them for desserts, party favors, gifts, give-aways and prizes, and on salads too.
You may already be planning Valentines Day activities, but how about adding in some fun and simple crafts. Many of these can be made from inexpensive and/or recycled items (like pieces of wrapping paper). And be sure to follow the link to a few delicious desserts too. Take a look! And also keep in mind that many of our other craft ideas can easily be modified for other holidays (like Valentine's Day) just by changing out the colors and some detailing.
Now that winter is in full swing, at least in the northern climates, it's time to distract ourselves with a few fun parties. You may have some favorites. But why not try new ideas! Take a peek at our party page - you can modify many of them for just about any purpose, with a few changes to color, decorations, treats and other food. Such as for Valentine's Day, even St. Patrick's Day or Mardi Gras.
Did you see our page all about pinecones yet? They're perfect for fall and winter activities alike, and certainly in abundance. And they come in all shapes and sizes, so we've got lots of possibilities. And if you don't live in a pinecone area, try visiting a craft store. They're usually inexpensive and tons of fun to use.
We've got a really fun and funky apple frog on our apple craft page now, and have gotten great feedback! And we include an easy template you can print out for the legs and face if you'd like one. Don't miss him - his funny smile (inspired by one of my son's cartoon drawings) is sure to put a smile on your face!
Marshmallows are always "in season" any time of year. And now we have a really cute collection of marshmallow crafts that will be lots of fun for seniors (and kids), submitted by one of our readers in our Share Crafts forum. And these go way beyond the basic marshmallow snowman (which you probably have seen before). So if you want some new ideas, be sure to see these!
Have you heard of straw bale gardening? It's almost like magic. We contacted the now-famous (and local) professional who developed this amazing method. He personally gave us tips on what to do for seniors. The straw bale is both the container, and makes its own soil! So it can be done even if your area has lousy soil. Or an extreme climate (whether arctic or desert). Plus, no bending, digging, weeding, bugs, chemicals. It's easy gardening with an old-fashioned country flair!
As you probably know, vision loss, including from macular degeneration like with my Dad, is very common in our elderly. Along with it comes challenges to find activities for fun and also that are useful. In the years of caring for my Dad and working with others, I've developed a lot of ideas that may work for you too. The severity and type of vision loss differs with everyone, but many of these activities can be modified to suit your needs. So have a look!
Many of the activities and craft ideas on our web site can be done with kids. But we've had several questions about specific things to do, whether at home with a loved one, or when visiting older family members or friends. Sometimes children might not know the person all that well. Maybe concerns about what to do or say. And they especially may have trepidation about visiting a nursing home. So we've assembled a page with some easy ideas to do with kids, and will point you to other specific pages around our site.
We've had some great feedback for our page on work after retirement, so we've started a new SHARE Forum. Be sure to see the ideas our readers are sharing so far. And we'd all LOVE to hear from you too! So if you have an idea for earning extra income, either that you've done or know someone else who has, be sure to post. People are also interested in ways of getting started and getting the word out. So be sure to share what you know...
There are various reasons people are interested in work after retirement. And many folks are interested in working from home but hardly know where to start or how to get ideas. This page gives all kinds of (real life) creative options based on skills and knowledge that you already have. We also refer to a resource with specific steps to take to bring in extra cash in 30 days. Plus considerations about online work from home.
There are so many times throughout the year that call for a festive setting, whether it be a party, fund raiser, silent auction, or holiday occasion. Making easy yet attractive centerpieces (many which can become give-away items, and many which are edible) provides a great project for seniors -- and all the various activities the centerpiece(s) can be used for. On this page we organize the many projects that we have all over our web site, into a sort of "centerpiece central," if you will. So check it out!
Check out our new page with some fun animal templates that you can use for your projects. And if you couple these with our flower or leaf templates too (those links provided on the animal page), you can come up with some very creative ideas! You will see how they can be used for various seasons or holidays.
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Although Dad had incredible patience with his issues of being almost blind and deaf and hardly able to socialize, he did have his times of stress and worry. So I had to make it a top priority to find him activities to relax. Here are some of our favorites, plus those of my associates, friends, family, and community resources. Since most seniors and elderly (baby-boomers too) have all kinds of concerns and stresses, these may be of interest to you too.
You may be one of the thousands of women who are considering traveling alone. Or maybe you already have. Or perhaps you know someone who plans to. This mode of travel has become increasingly popular. But as you are probably aware, there are some special considerations involved. Read what our guest travel expert from London advises.
We probably all know how to make basic Smores (s'mores). A little marshamallow, chocolate square, and graham cracker. But there are now spectacular flavors for marshmallows and chocolates, plus why just use crackers? This is an excellent activity for all abilities, even indoors without a bonfire or grill. We have lots of ideas and a few microwaving hints...
Looking for some great Kindle books for senior activities and more fun? We have an excellent selection for you! Perfect to read on your Kindle reader, mobile device. Even your PC, if you don't have a reader or device. (You can download a free Kindle "reader" onto your computer. And see everything in color). So take a look at our fun books and read the summaries here!
Finding meaningful dementia activities may be a new venture for you if you're caring for a loved one. Or it may be an ongoing challenge if you're a professional caregiver or activities director. We are all probably familiar with the basics such as taking a walk, folding laundry, sorting, baking cookies, looking at photos, stringing things, a little gardening, singing songs, etc. So we don't go into those -- we have more. This page not only consolidates and links to many suitable activities from around our web site for your convenience, but also offers new ideas as well.
If you're looking for a thorough resource to get projects for crafts and gifts you can make, (not just for holidays but all year round), then read more about our special book. Many crafts and projects are so versatile you can use the ideas for just about any season or holiday - learn how to simply switch out certain key details. Lots of fun and loads of ideas.