7 Easter Crafts the Elderly Can Make
The Easter holiday is celebrated in many households in the United States. Family members of all ages attend church services and come together for dinner celebrations. Many decorate their homes to commemorate the holiday and the beginning of spring. If your senior loved one lives independently, help him or her decorate the home with crafts this Easter. Many older adults are choosing to age in place, and some need a helping hand to continue living at home safely and comfortably. Luckily, there is professional elder home care Cincinnati seniors can trust and rely on.
This Easter, use the opportunity to get together with your senior loved one and spend a pleasant time creating crafts.
1. Easter Egg Centerpieces
For this craft, you’ll need balloons, a spool of pastel-colored crochet thread for each balloon, craft glue, flat lace, and miniature silk flowers, pearls, rhinestones, and other decorative touches. Cover a table with newspaper, then blow the balloons to the desired size. Pour the craft glue in the bowl and thin with a little water. Dredge the thread through the glue mixture and begin wrapping the balloon in a crisscross fashion over the balloon. When completed, allow the balloon to dry for at least a day while standing in a small container. Once dried, pop the balloon and cut a hole through the string on one side. Remove the balloon and trim the rim of the hole with lace and other decorations. Fill the egg with Easter grass and add candy or small stuffed animals.
Depending on their level of mobility some seniors may need help from a caregiver to work on a craft project like this. Every senior has different needs when aging in place. Some simply need occasional assistance with household chores, while others may be managing a serious illness and require more extensive live-in care. Cincinnati seniors can count on Home Care Assistance to provide the in-home care they need and deserve.
2. Sweet Kabobs
You need a selection of wooden skewers, marshmallow Easter candy, chocolate eggs, and other similar treats. Your loved one can alternate a marshmallow goodie with other confections along the skewer. The ends can be decorated with colorful pastel ribbon bows.
3. Glittered Eggs
Instead of using traditional dye mixtures, try colorful glitter to decorate eggs. Prepare boiled eggs and allow them to cool. Using a craft paintbrush, your loved one should cover the areas he or she wants to decorate with glue. Sprinkle on the glitter or dip each egg into a bowl of glitter.
4. Vintage Eggs
Your loved one can use plastic eggs, garden twine, lace, buttons, and other decorative items to make these old-style works of art. Put a dab of glue on one end of the egg and apply the twine in a spiral fashion. Continue adding glue and wrapping the twine around the egg, working downward. Once completely covered, your loved one can use lace, buttons, and other embellishments to finish.
5. Washcloth Bunnies
Your loved one should have pastel-colored washcloths, rubber bands, curled ribbon, pompoms, and wiggle eyes for this craft. Fold each washcloth in half diagonally and roll in jelly roll fashion. Bend the washcloth in half and apply a rubber band approximately one inch from the ends. Use another rubber band approximately one inch lower than the first one, then cover the rubber bands with the curly ribbon. Add eyes, a pom-pom nose, and a tail using glue or double-sided tape. The cavity created by folding the washcloth in half can hold a sweet treat.
6. Jelly Bean Carrots
For this craft, your loved one can fill disposable, clear-plastic pastry bags with orange jelly beans, then tie the top end closed with green ribbon or rickrack. Encourage your loved one to make one of these treats for every family member.
7. Fuzzy Bird Nests
Cover the exterior of plastic bowls with double-sided tape. You loved one can use mohair yarn in his or her choice of color to wrap around the bowl until it is completely hidden. Tuck the loose end into the wrapped yarn, and fill with colorful-foiled chocolate eggs.
Encourage your loved one to try these craft activities and get involved this Easter. If your loved one needs motivation to try these activities or to stay active socially, consider hiring a trained caregiver. Find out how a Cincinnati, OH, home caregiver can help your senior loved one enjoy a higher quality of life by reaching out to Home Care Assistance. All of our professional respite and live-in caregivers are trained in comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and stroke care, and they can also assist seniors with basic daily tasks like exercise, cooking, bathing, and light housekeeping. Contact us at 513.891.2273 to learn more about our services and set up a free consultation.