Soon there will be gourds galore in the grocery store. All different kinds, some rather fun and quirky. When I see them I immediately get ideas for creating unique characters and crafts. Great for all ages and abilities - we have even used this project with dementia patients. So check out this page, and doubtless you will get your own inspirations too!
I can hardly believe I'm talking about Fall. But it's on the way and always a good idea to have a few plans in advance. General autumn activities are presented here which you could mix and match in any month during the season. You'll also find the links to the specifics for each of the months of September, October, and November. On each month's page will be the special monthly commemorations and calendar dates. Lots of fun ahead, and we give loads of activities to try.
Summer is in full swing and floral themes are popular throughout the season. In case you've missed it, we have a page with free flower templates that you can use with your crafts and projects. Just save them to your computer and print them out. You can also modify them to make them simpler, or combine several together for a fancier look. This page also has links to other themed templates you can use.
Lots of patriotic themed ideas on this page! (And it's also great for any patriotic day throughout the year). We use the red, white and blue theme. But you can also think about other special colors for perhaps more local celebrations. See centerpieces, painting on pots, painting on glass, wreaths, wood projects, decorating candles, special picture frames and even ornaments. Plus plenty of treat ideas!
June is just around the corner, and I can hardly believe we're talking about summer again. This page will give you all kinds of general activities to do throughout any of the summer months. It will also link you to our specific pages for June, July, and August. And all that goes with them for special calendar dates and monthly commemorations. Along with all that, we offer, as usual, plenty of activity ideas to make your planning easy.
Depending on where you live and your climate, you may or may not have started planting already. April is a great time to start planning creative planters. You can make a planter from just about anything that will hold a container. Like an upside-down hat or a fancy purse. An old leather boot (which can also be hand painted), or a rain boot. How about an old bicycle, barrel or even a bathtub. All of these (and more) can be painted and enhanced, and you have charming planters for your home or campus. Indoors or out.
Well today is the first day of Spring, and we wanted to share our page all about general activities for the season. General things to do in any of the spring months. Besides March, this page also links you to the specific months of April and May, where you'll find all the particular monthly commemorations and special dates for each. See what we have to help you plan!
Most of us are familiar with St. Patrick's Day activities, but March has much more. It's Natl Craft Month, Natl Women's History Month, Natl Nutrition Month, Poetry Month, and Optimism Month (and who doesn't need that)! Looking for specific Days? How about Natl Chocolate Cheesecake Day on March 5. Or March 6 is Farmer's Day (we have a free art template); March 13 is Uncle Sam's Bday; March 20 is of course the first day of Spring; March 23 is Liberty Day. And let's not forget Natl Hot Dog Day on March 30. Check out all our suggestions too.
Besides Valentine's Day, there's the rest of February to think about. And as usual, it's full of special Days and commemorations. Like American Heart Month, International Friendship Month, Natl. Bird Feeding Month (another good time to do bird crafts), and Natl Snack Month. Special Days: Feb. 1 is Natl Freedom Day; Feb. 7 is Charles Dicken's Bday; Feb. 9 Hershey's Chocolate was founded; Feb. 17 is World Human Spirit Day; Feb. 27 is International Polar Bear Day (you could have a whole party theme around this one, and we have a free template too). Need activities to go with it all? We've got them!
If you're planning Valentine's Day crafts, activities, or treats, it's never too early to plan. Go to our crafts page that provides loads of creative ideas, plus links to other related pages (i.e. food)! Almost everything can be modified to fit your group. (And many of our projects can also be modified in color and details, to use for other holidays and events).
If you're specifically looking for something to do in January now that the holidays are over, see this fun page full of commemorative ideas and dates: National Hobby Month, Natl. Mentoring Month, Natl. Soup Month (yum!). January 5 is Natl. Bird Day (and we have free templates and ideas). Jan. 11 is Natl. Milk Day; Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Day, AND Wear A Hat Day; Jan. 27 is Mozart's Bday; Jan. 31 is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day. And of course we have activity ideas galore!
December is very much about holidays (but we have lots more too). And then what? See our page that is sure to snap you out of any winter doldrums. We provide loads of ideas both General for any time in the season; and also for each of the separate months of December, January, and February. You can mix and match them, even though December is almost over. See what fits for you!
Thinking ahead? Smart idea! So be sure to check in on our easy crafts for Christmas. See our burlap cardinal collage, cookie cutter ornament stuffed with nature items, Santa and snowman crafts (including with golf balls!), candy wreath, various ornaments, and festive treats too! Among many others. We also like to give FREE templates. And a link to our holiday treats!
Autumn is a perfect time for apples (but they are of course available all year). So don't forget the Fall fun for using them in crafts! See our aromatic dried apple wreaths, cute apple frog, "painted" apples (great in centerpieces), apple candle holders, and much more! (Plus links to delicious natural apple desserts).
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Are you aware of free elderly assistance and public benefits available? We can help. Check out these valuable tips.
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.