Activities you can do at home
Social distancing at Rocky Mtn Assisted Living – hallway bingo using wheeled trays!
Sensory Outings Company has a booklet “Keep Them Smiling” that outlines the Sensory Outings Approach for engaging those living with early to late stage dementia in fun, life-enriching activities. Our approach, inspired by the Montessori Method, can be offered in group settings by activity professionals or at home by family caregivers. The booklet offers instructions and illustrations for using easily obtained items to create activities that meet individual interests and skill levels. Cost $35 includes shipping. Email us at email@example.com. Thank you.
Here are websites that you can take your residents to – virtually!
- Take an interactive tour of 4 of America’s National Parks
- Stroll the Great Wall of China
- Check out pandas via the “panda cam” at the Atlanta Zoo
- Check out the baby rhino at Denver Zoo athttps://www.denverzoo.org/zootoyou/
- Choose any of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s live cams, including the sea otter cam (so cute!)
- Go to the Galapagos via this YouTube video
- Visit the world’s largest cave, Son Doong Cave in Vietnam with this interactive tour (don’t forget to turn up the sound)
- Tour the Vatican
- Listen to oral histories at the National Women’s History Museum
- Ride It’s a Small World at Disney
- Visit Sea World and ride the Mako roller coaster
Here are activities that you can do at home with items that you have around the house. We will provided you more activities every Monday:
Watercoloring painting or markers or colored pencils – Provide the coloring utensils and pages with black-and-white outlines of flowers, seasonal events (Easter) found online at https:// www.coloring.ws or https://www.justcolor.net (early stage dementia). Select 2-3 pictures for each participant to choose from. Next, have them select a color for whichever picture they choose. For late stage dementia, pick their favorite color and begin coloring the picture for them and then you say “its your turn to coloring or paint”.
Decorate Easter cards with colored paper, glue, and color pencils or markers:
Words & Letters: Printable word searchs (https://thewordsearch.com/printable/); missing letters – object of the game is to find the letter missing for the words using letter tiles (from scrabble tiles or bananagrams ) click here for Missing Letter pagessportsand Beach. Letter tiles spelling a list of words -search on Google for a list of words (Presidents or Easter words or Springtime words) – click here to download the PDFEaster words. Middle-Late stage dementia – have them find letters A, B, C, …
Geography game: The continents are colored and the residents has to guess the name of the continent. The caregiver will have a cut out a names of the continents. Click here to download the PDF: Montessori-world-map-and-continents:colors
Land, Air, and Water Animals Sorting Cards – Six animals that live on land, air and water. Click here to download the PDF:Air-Land-and-Water-Animals-Sorting-Cards
Matching dominos or playing cards or NFL teams or go fish cards or Uno cards – if you have dominos or cards then place them on the scanner – 9 or so randomly and copy them. Now, they can match dominos or cards!
Stacking or sorting cubes or blocks or legos. Think of something stackable in your house or community – plastic/paper cups, books, etc.
Lacing cards and holes & thread – Get your hole puncher, thread or yarn and paper plate or birthday card or holiday card out. Have your participant punch holes and begin lacing the card. If you yarn, put tape around the end of the yarn to make a needle.
Play golf with your participant: you need a putter, 1-2 golf balls and box or cup (something to roll the ball into). Bowling – bowling set or get a softball/tennis ball and 6 plastic bottle.
Bead or button work – Find a string or shoe lace or pipe cleaner and have them put beads or buttons on it.
Match the Letter to the object (S = sea horse) or photos of animals and marine life and sort them by water or on land. Other subject are Sports or Baking or Spring Flower.
Have the participant put the plastic eggs together – two halves of the same colored egg.