Snow. Fun for those who can get outside and make memories with their creations.
But having fun and making memories in winter aren’t limited to going outside in below freezing weather. During this season, Lady-Links found plenty of ways to engage in cold weather activities while staying warm and inside. We created cards and door hangers with a winter message while we looked outside and admired the snow from a warm, cozy advantage.
We also made two winter blessing door hangers. One was a craft we ordered from Oriental Trading and the second was one we made from card stock and previously received Christmas cards.
If you would like the verse we used, you can download it here. We used it on the front of our original door hanger and on the back of the other one.
Of course, we prepared our crafts so that they would be easy to manipulate when we visited our friend with dementia. All the pieces to make one completed door hanger were placed in a baggie. Organizing it that way is less confusing than dumping out all the pieces and having to look for which part is needed. The foam adhesive-backed snowflakes were hard to punch out from their backing in the craft that we ordered, so we did that part before the visit and had them in place.
From our cozy environment, we enjoyed the craft and the “feeling” of being a part of the winter season. The window blinds were closed for the picture, but when opened and during the time it snowed, the view was that of a winter wonderland. It was the best of both worlds!
The conversation was rich as we shared memories from our childhoods of snowy days while completing the door hangers.
When we finished, we had plenty of Winter Blessings to give away to others, helping them to celebrate the season too!
Friends with dementia can enjoy each season regardless of the outside temperature or weather-related problems with an appropriate seasonal craft and related discussion topics. How did you help your friend or loved one with dementia connect with winter?