Easter is a very special time in the Christian religion. It is very important that the spiritual needs of your residents are met with church services conducted in your care home for those who would like to attend.
It’s also a great time to have activities based around Easter to add some fun leading up to the Easter celebrations like making chocolates, hot cross buns, cards, decorations and something special like an Easter Bonnet to decorate for an Easter Bonnet Parade.
Colorful Easter Bonnets in Aged Care
At a facility where I worked, we always had a collection of hats in our storeroom either bought or donated. We would bring them out to decorate for special days like famous horse racing days or Easter.
They could be decorated over and over again with silk flowers and decorations bought from the discount stores. Many Easter decorations can be bought at these stores cheaply now like small fluffy chickens, rabbits and Easter egg cutouts etc.
Easter Bonnet Making Activity
Running an Easter Bonnet making activity in an aged care facility provides a creative experience which allow seniors to express themselves artistically and engage in a fun, hands-on experience!
This activity fosters a sense of community and social interaction among residents, promoting a positive and inclusive atmosphere. Additionally, participating in Easter-themed crafts can take seniors to the memory lane and contribute to their overall well-being.
How to Run an Easter Bonnet Making Activity
Place all these items on the table and give the residents a suitable hat to decorate.
✿ Coloured paper
✿ Coloured pens and paints
✿ Festive Easter items like Fluffy Chickens and Rabbits
Suggest ideas through pictures of hats already decorated or use your imagination. Over the Easter celebrations arrange an Easter hat parade so everyone can show off their creations.
Give everyone a small chocolate egg for being a part of the parade.
The other residents can vote on who they think has the best-decorated hat.
If you don’t have hats and would like to make your own I have included two short videos on how to make a bonnet from plastic plates and cardboard.
Having Trouble? Follow Along!
Do you find the activity confusing or need artistic inspiration? Here are videos that you can follow along with to enjoy the activity to the max! Whether you’re a beginner or looking to enhance your skills, these tutorials cater to various levels of expertise, ensuring a delightful and accessible experience for seniors in aged care.
Feeling the Easter vibes? Let’s test your Easter knowledge with our Easter Quiz, specifically made for seniors in aged care. Are you ready? Answer the quiz now! Share the fun with your fellow residents and enjoy a delightful challenge together!