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5 Easy Crafts for Seniors This Winter

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When the weather cools down and outside activities become less viable, crafting can be a great form of socialization, help enhance motor skills, and even improve mental health and cognitive function.

Even if an older adult has mobility or dexterity issues, there are still potential arts and crafts options that would be suitable for their enjoyment. 5 easy craft ideas for seniors to try this winter include:

  • DIY snow globe
  • Winter wreath
  • Fleece blanket
  • Hand warmers
  • Snowflake ornaments

5 Easy Crafts for Seniors This Winter

Crafting can be a fun way to not only pass the time but also offers socialization with other residents in a senior community and a way to keep one’s mind sharp.

DIY Snow Globe

For this DIY snow globe craft, all you need is a mason jar, fake snow or glitter, small figurines or decorations, and glue. First, glue your decorations onto the bottom of the mason jar. Then, add a few spoonfuls of fake snow and fill the rest of the jar with water. Screw on the lid tightly and shake to create your very own snow globe. This fun and easy craft can be personalized to your taste.

Winter Wreath

Making a winter wreath is a classic craft to get you in the holiday spirit. Using a wreath form or a simple wire hanger shaped into a circle, attach winter plants such as holly, pinecones, or berries. Live plants may add a festive air or plastic alternatives look great year-round. You can also add decorations such as bows or ribbons to complete the look. This craft can be hung on your door or inside as a festive decoration.

Fleece Blanket

Staying warm during the winter months is important, and what better way to do that than by making your very own fleece tie blanket? This cozy craft is very simple–no sewing is required. All you need is two pieces of fleece fabric, scissors, and a ruler. Cut the fabric along the edge into strips, and then tie the strips together to create the blanket. This is a great functional gift idea for loved ones.

Hand Warmers

Another practical craft for the winter months is hand warmers. This craft requires only felt, thread, and rice. Cut the felt into a small square, sew around the edges, and fill with rice. Heat in the microwave for a few seconds, and your hand warmers are ready to use. These are great for keeping your hands warm while outside or watching TV.

Snowflake Ornaments

Lastly, snowflake ornaments are a quintessential winter craft that is easy and fun to make. All you need is white paper, scissors, and string. Fold the paper in half and then in half again, and cut out a design that resembles a snowflake. Unfold the paper, and your snowflake is ready. You can attach a string to hang on your tree or around the house. Make different cuts every time and no pair of snowflakes you make will be the same.

Three senior women knitting blankets together

Benefits of Crafting for Seniors

Crafting isn’t a magic formula for healthy aging. But there could be some serious mental and physical benefits to a senior keeping busy with arts and crafts.

Improves Mental Health

Crafting has been found to reduce stress and anxiety levels in people and have a positive overall effect on an individual’s mental health. It is a great way to unwind for seniors who may have spare time on their hands but also feel frazzled.

The creative output has a calming effect on the mind, and it can trigger a release of dopamine, the feel-good hormone. Seniors can channel their energy into creating something beautiful, which can have a positive effect on their sense of self-worth and accomplishment.

Enhances Motor Skills

As we age, our motor skills tend to decline. The physical actions in crafting, however, help seniors keep their hands nimble and improve coordination. The precision required to create a piece of art or craft can help slow down the process of decline and even reverse it. Seniors who engage in crafting activities that require them to use their hands for extended periods can enhance their motor skills.

Social Benefits

Crafting is an inherently social activity. It can provide seniors with a chance to connect with people of their age group and share common interests. Crafting classes, workshops, and groups are an excellent way to meet new people and forge long-lasting friendships. In addition, the act of creating something together can foster a sense of camaraderie and boost morale.

Enhances Cognitive Function

Crafting requires attention to detail, problem-solving, and memory skills. These skills are vital for seniors who want to maintain a sharp mind. The mental stimulation provided by crafting can improve cognitive function and, in some cases, prevent or delay the onset of age-related illnesses like dementia.

Provides a Sense of Purpose

For seniors who may feel lonely or isolated, crafting can be a way to fill their time and give them a sense of purpose. When they create something, they feel a sense of pride and accomplishment that can keep them motivated and engaged. Creating something beautiful can also give seniors a sense of fulfillment and joy, which can benefit their mental health.

Connect with Crafts This Winter

Crafting is a great way for seniors to express themselves creatively, socialize, and keep their minds and bodies active. Senior living communities are ideal places for seniors to participate in crafting activities and discover the numerous benefits of connecting with themselves and others.

Contact us at Bethany Village if you or a loved one is considering senior living in Dayton. Our compassionate team can give you a tour and show you how life in our retirement community can provide fulfillment throughout the golden years.

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