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Paper Flower Bouquet

As we age, finding activities that engage our minds, keep us active, and promote overall well-being becomes increasingly important. Paper crafts are a great option for seniors as they offer a wide range of benefits. From improving dexterity and cognitive function to providing a sense of accomplishment and social interaction, paper crafts can positively impact seniors' lives.


Before we share a fun and colourful paper flower bouquet craft, here are some benefits of crafting with seniors!


Cognitive Stimulation

Engaging in paper crafts stimulates the brain and helps to keep cognitive skills sharp. Paper crafts require mental focus and concentration, from following instructions and problem-solving to making creative decisions and experimenting with different techniques. This can help seniors improve their memory, attention span, and overall cognitive function.


Fine Motor Skills and Dexterity

Paper crafts often involve intricate cutting, folding, and gluing, which can help seniors improve their fine motor skills and dexterity. These activities require precise hand movements and coordination, which can be beneficial for seniors who may be experiencing a decline in their motor skills. Regularly practicing paper crafts can help maintain and even improve these abilities.


Stress Relief and Relaxation

Engaging in paper crafts can provide seniors with a sense of relaxation and stress relief. The repetitive nature of certain paper craft activities, such as origami or repetitive cutting and folding, can have a calming effect on the mind. Focusing on the task at hand can help seniors temporarily escape daily worries and anxieties, promoting peace and well-being.


Sense of Accomplishment

Completing a paper craft project offers a sense of accomplishment for seniors. Whether it's finishing a complex origami design or creating a handmade card, the feeling of creating something with their own hands can boost self-esteem and confidence. Displaying or sharing their creations with others can also bring a sense of pride and joy.


Social Interaction

Engaging in paper crafts can be a great way for seniors to socialize and connect with others. Joining a paper crafting group or attending workshops allows seniors to meet like-minded individuals who share their interests. This social interaction provides a sense of belonging and offers opportunities for learning, exchanging ideas, and forming new friendships.


Paper crafts can enhance seniors ' overall well-being from cognitive stimulation and improved fine motor skills to stress relief, a sense of accomplishment, social interaction, and therapeutic benefits. So why not encourage the seniors in your life to pick up a pair of scissors and some colourful paper and embark on a creative journey today with this paper flower bouquet?



Here's what you need:

  • Craft paper in Green, Orange, Yellow, and Blue...or any 4 colours of your choice!

  • Craft glue

  • Scissors

  • Pencil for tracing or drawing shapes


Directions

  1. Using blue craft paper (or the colour of your choice), draw and cut out a kite shape. This shape is being used as the background and should therefore be the largest shape. Then, using the same colour craft paper, cut out a triangle shape the same size as the bottom of your kite shape. This will be used as the front pocket area for the flowers.

  2. Next, use two corresponding colours (orange and yellow, for example) to draw and cut out 3 flower outlines with 3 circles to represent the middle of the flower. Assemble, by placing the center circles on top of each of the flower shapes, with glue.

  3. Using green craft paper, cut out three long, thin rectangles to act as the flower stems. Glue a stem to each of the flowers.

  4. Place the triangle-shape on top of the kite-shaped background and glue the bottom side edges ONLY in order to keep an opening at the top as a pocket for the flowers.

  5. Once dry, place the flowers inside the pocket and hang or display the beautiful bouquet on a door or wall area.





 

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