The holidays are a great opportunity to get seniors involved in fun and games with family and friends.
The Easter holiday is traditionally focused on renewal, regeneration, and new life. It can be celebrated for religious purposes, or possibly just as a tribute to the start of spring and the new life it brings.
A lot of Easter activities are geared towards kids, but there are many fun things that seniors can get involved in as well.
Most seniors probably have a lot of fond memories surrounding Easter and other holidays from when they were growing up. Seniors that don’t have anything fun to do during the holidays may start to feel isolated and depressed.
It is not that difficult to find crafts and other activities for seniors to participate in this holiday weekend.
Easter Crafts for Seniors
Crafts can be a lot of fun to create, especially when done together with your loved one.
Some good craft ideas for the Easter holiday, may include:
- Egg decoration
- Bunnies and baskets
- Homemade Easter cards
- Paper mache eggs
- Easter carrots
You can probably recall this Easter tradition dating way back to grade school, when the art class activity for the holidays was to paint colorful Easter eggs.
This is still a great holiday activity for people of all ages.
Egg painting can be as simple or intricate as you want it to get. It can be as simple as the old classic food coloring and vinegar solution to dunk eggs into to dye the shell any color you like.
Or you may want to step up your game a bit and get a little more creative.
Easter eggs can be painted using:
- Acrylic paint and brushes
- Nail polish
- Paint and sponges
- Acrylic paint and water – splatter eggs with paint Jackson Pollock style
- Pastel paints
- Paint pen for intricate detailing
- Spray paint
There are many options available for you to get as creative as you want with your egg decorations.
Bunnies and Baskets
Easter bunnies and baskets can be made with all sorts of materials to decorate your home for the holidays.
Seniors can get involved in the decorating process by making Easter baskets to hold presents and treats, and making decorative bunnies from socks, cardboard, pom poms, or even eggs.
Easter bunny party hats can also be constructed with some carboard and glue.
You could even make Easter baskets that look like bunnies if you want to go all out.
Everyone likes to receive a homemade card. It demonstrates thoughtfulness, caring, and creativity.
Seniors can make Easter cards for family and friends. This is a great holiday gift for those who are close by, or they can be sent to loved ones that live far away.
Paper Mache Eggs
Another egg-related Easter activity is to make paper mache eggs.
A variation on decorating real eggs, paper mache eggs can open the door to new creative options for egg decoration.
Paper mache eggs can be constructed to be filled with candy, chocolate, and toys, unlike a real egg.
If you don’t have the time or materials, plastic eggs are also a good option for decorating and filling with goodies.
Wreaths are a good home decoration for many holidays, including Easter.
This is another craft that can be made using a range of materials. Simple wreaths can be made with construction paper and glue to attach little decorations and designs.
A more complicated wreath could be made from plastic eggs, different colored yarn to cover each egg, and glue to connect them.
A homemade Easter carrot can be a perfect decoration for the front door.
Never heard of an Easter carrot? How else do you lure the Easter bunny to your home?
Other Easter Activities for Seniors
After all the crafts are made and decorations are up, next you will need some fun activities that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Some good activities to consider, are:
- Church service
There are many games that can be customized to support the Easter theme, as well as the capabilities of the seniors that will be playing.
Best advice is to keep it simple to avoid embarrassment and confusion for seniors that may have memory or mobility issues.
All it takes is a little effort to put smiles on seniors’ faces and warm their hearts this holiday season.