One of the fun ways of celebrating the winter season is through arts and crafts. As we age, we tend to do less and less of these activities. This may be due to reduced fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination concerns, or lack of accessibility to materials or tools for the craft. For those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s or individuals living in Retirement homes or long-term care, these art and craft activities can greatly improve their socialization and functional skill development.
Today’s activity uses a number of skills, such as functional hand movements using scissors, eye-hand coordination when placing objects on paper using glue, and motor functioning with the use of markers/pencils for drawing and design.
Of course, depending on the needs of your elderly loved one, or those in your care, you may pre-cut the shapes for them to assemble. This provides support while in turn giving them a level of independence and pride in their final creative piece of art.
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Snowman Outline (provided below, or draw your own)
Craft paper for the background
Markers, pencil crayons or paint for drawing
Embellishments, such as cotton balls, glitter, small buttons, etc.
Print the Snowman outline template on plain white paper. begin to colour, draw or paint each piece.
Carefully cut out each piece and set it aside
Using craft glue, adhere the snowman body onto the colourful craft paper.
Carefully arrange and glue each piece of the snowman (arms, nose, and scarf).
Use markers, chalk, or pencil crayons to design snowflakes or another wintery scene in the background. You may also want to cut out a hat for your snowman and add cotton balls as snow or part of the snowman!
Let dry and display your creation for all to see!
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