Activities

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Sharpie Coasters

Sharpie Coasters
Sharpie Coasters

You will need:

To Begin:

  1. Start by prepping your area: Lay down napkins to lay your tile on and clean your tile of any debris.
Lay down paper towels and clean tile.
Lay down paper towels and clean tile.

2. Using an array of colors or a select few, freely and randomly color your tile with Sharpie.

Color your tile canvas
Color your tile canvas

3. By carefully using your straw, dip the end into the 91% Isopropyl Alcohol. Allow the alcohol drips to randomly drip onto your colorful tile canvas. But careful — too much and all of your color will run together and off the tile! I like to take my time with this process and allow the spots to dry before adding more. Get creative with it! Use your straw to even blow the color around before it dries!

Sharpie Coasters
Sharpie Coasters

4. If you’re like me and only have regular Sharpies to experiment with, a can of Krylon Clear Glaze (available at Wal-mart) will seal your tiles without a problem! Allow a few hours for the Sharpie to dry then spray your tile with the clear glaze finish. Your Sharpie Coasters will be ready to use in no time!

Krylon Clear Glaze
Krylon Clear Glaze

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Cupcake Liner Fish

Happy DIY-Day! It’s time to get crafty!

Using Cupcake Liners, we’ll make a lovely underwater sea-scape to create Cupcake Liner Fish!

Cupcake Liner Fish
Cupcake Liner Fish

You Will Need:

  • Assorted Cupcake Liners
  • White and Blue Construction Paper
  • String or Twine
  • Popsicle Stick
  • Glue
  • Google Eyes
  • Scissors
  • Marker

To Begin:

  1. Start by first trimming a few inches off of the top of your blue piece of construction paper. I cut my paper in the form of a wave to look like water. Your paper should look like the one below:

2. Next, using whatever glue that is readily available, glue down the blue piece of construction paper to the white piece of paper.

3. Grab your favorite color/pattern cupcake liner. Lay it face down, then press it down so that it lays flat. Using your glue, glue down the cupcake liner to the blue paper. This will be the body of our fish.

4. Grab another cupcake liner to complement the one you’ve just glued down. Flatten it out, fold it in half, then in half again. This will be our fishtail.

5. Apply a dab of glue to the corner of your folded cupcake liner, carefully lift up the liner that is already glued down and press the folded liner down to rest as the fishtail.

6. Time to make the fins: Start with another flattened cupcake liner, fold in half, then again, then AGAIN. Using your scissors, cut your cupcake liner in half, then in half again. Using one of these triangles, apply a little glue and attach the fins. While we’re adding the finishing touches to our fish, we’ll go ahead and add the self-adhesive google eyes and draw a mouth with a marker.

7. Last but not least, we’ll tie the string/twine we’ve been holding onto to our popsicle stick to make a fishing pole! Glue the popsicle stick down to your piece of artwork – I let the string hang.

Popsicle twine fishing pole
Popsicle twine fishing pole

8. The final product:

Cupcake Liner Fish
Cupcake Liner Fish

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Swimming

Therapeutic Recreation Week Day #4

Swimming
Swimming

Swimming is a great therapeutic recreational activity and has a lot of health benefits:

  • Keeps your heart rate up
  • Builds endurance
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart, and lungs.
  • Tones muscles and builds strength.
  • Full body workout
  • Great for general wellbeing
  • De-stresses and relaxes
  • Burns calories
  • Lowers the risk of diseases
  • Supports the body
  • Exercise without the sweat
  • Builds bone mass
  • Helps you stay flexible
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves exercise-induced asthma
  • Lowers stress and depression

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Splatter Painting

Therapeutic Recreation Week Day #3

Splatter Painting
Splatter Painting

You will need:

  • Various Paints
  • Canvas or Paper
  • Paint Brushes
  • Cup
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Plates

This activity can get pretty messy, so we recommend painting outside and wearing aprons! Set up tables for your residents to stand or sit at. You may even want to lay down a plastic table cloth. Give every resident a canvas, paper plate and cup of water. Provide paints and paintbrushes to share. Residents can squeeze whatever paint they want onto the plate and rinse their brush in their cup. Now for the messy part – dip your paintbrush in paint and fling it onto the canvas! Get creative and have fun! Some residents may even want to just paint, that’s fine too! A more hands-on activity would be finger painting! Whatever your residents decide to do, it’s sure to be a masterpiece!

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Therapeutic Recreation Week

Therapeutic Recreation Week
Therapeutic Recreation Week

July 7th – July 13th

Therapeutic Recreation Week highlights the importance of engaging in activities that help with the recovery of healing people with various disabilities or illnesses. It can help keep a busy mind off of unnecessary stress that comes with having a disability.

Every day we will be providing a Therapeutic Recreational Activity for you to try with your residents at your own facility!

Recreational Therapy is used to help patients with disabilities and can even be prescribed by medical professionals as treatment, usually facilitated by a trained and certified individual. Recreational Therapy involves sports, arts, muscle relaxation techniques and even hobbies. It is designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of motor functioning and independence in life activities. It promotes health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate activity limitations.

Many rehabilitation centers and hospitals have an in-house recreation therapist who gives personalized assessments and works with a physician to create a recreational therapy plan that best suits the patient. This makes recreational therapy different than most therapies. Some interventions are individual and some are group based. But every therapy is tailored to the patient’s interests. This makes the therapy process meaningful and relevant.

Recreational Therapy is provided by qualified professionals known as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS). Recreational Therapists do their best to reduce depression, stress, and anxiety in their patients. They try to help them build confidence and socialize in their community.

How is Recreational Therapy Beneficial?

  • Gives Patients active, outcome-focused care
  • Enables general skill-developed treatment to home or community environments
  • Reduces the effects of disabilities
  • Provides treatment through cost-effective means
  • Addresses the whole person with a focus on enhancing independent functioning
  • Builds physical, social, cognitive and emotional domains
  • Trains people to identify and utilize community resources
  • Focuses on skills that carry over to day-to-day life

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Straw Fireworks

Corwin 4th of July Straw Fireworks
Corwin 4th of July Straw Fireworks

4th of July is just a few weeks away! Have you made plans? Maybe you’re having a cookout, shooting off some fireworks, or heading to the beach. Whatever you do, you’re not going to want to miss out on this great motor skills activity! Set up your own Straw Fireworks Painting Station with just these few materials:

You Will Need:

  • Red, white and/or blue paper
  • Red, white and blue paint
  • Straws
  • Scissors
  • Paper Plates

To Begin:

  1. To set up your very own straw painting station you’ll want to start by prepping your straws for your residents or community
  2. To create your firework “stamp” start by cutting your straw down the middle. You should have two straw “flaps.” Continue cutting each “flap” in half until they’re too small to cut anymore. Fold your “flaps” down. You’ll want to make sure the “flaps” are all equal length. This will help the stamp lay down flat.
  3. Once you have plenty of straw stamps made to share, squeeze red, white and blue paint onto their own respective plates. Place a few straw stamps with each color.
  4. Allow residents to choose between a variety of paper color – we stuck with the festive red, white and blue.
  5. Dip the straw into the paint then press onto the paper. You may have to use your fingers to help the “flaps” touch the paper. Once they touch the paper, lift the straw – you should be left with a beautiful firework! Layer with different colors to create a more dimensional effect.
  6. Allow to dry, hang and enjoy!
Prepped Straw Stamps
Prepped Straw Stamps
Straw Stamp
Straw Stamp
Straw Stamping
Straw Stamping

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Father’s Day Photo Magnets

Father's Day Photo Magnets
Father’s Day Photo Magnets

Mother’s Day was just this past week, but aren’t you already thinking about Father’s Day?! If you remember, our craft for Mother’s Day entailed turning a mason jar into a photo vase. (You can view that tutorial at https://www.mycorwin.com/mothers-day-photo-vase/ ) We hope you held onto your mason jar lid – you’re going to need it for this craft!

You will need:

  • Mason Jar Lid (2 pieces)
  • Photo of you and Dad
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Super Glue
  • E6000
  • Magnet (available at Walmart)

To Begin:

  1. Print out an image of you and your Dad together – you may have to adjust the size so that it’s small enough to fit within the diameter of the mason jar lid.
  2. Once you have the right size photo, lay your mason jar lid on top of the part of the image you wish to cut out. Holding it down with one hand, use a pencil to trace around the lid with the other.
  3. You should be left with a circle surrounding you and your Dad. Using your scissors, cut out the circle you just drew.
  4. Place the photo aside. Next, use super glue to attach the two pieces of the mason jar together so that they don’t come apart. Squeeze together and allow time to dry.
  5. Next, add a few drops of super glue to the inside of your mason jar lid. Align and place your photo inside.
  6. Flip over your mason jar lid, using a small amount of E6000 (an industrial strength glue) attach a magnet to the center of your lid.
  7. Allow time to dry.
  8. Attach to your fridge or gift to that special father figure in your life!

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Flag Day Windcatchers

Flag day is coming up this June 14th! Don’t miss out on our craft of the week – start collecting your supplies now! To celebrate Flag Day we created our very own windcatcher! Hang these babies outside and watch ‘em dance!

DIY Flag Day Windcatcher

You will need:

  • Red, White or Blue Construction Paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive foam stars
  • Red, White and Blue Ribbon
  • Hole Punch

To Begin:

  1. First, take your sheet of colored construction paper long ways and trim a strip of paper about 2 inches from the top. Set this strip aside.
  2. As shown in the video, take the larger piece of construction paper and roll it to make a cylinder – both ends should be touching. Secure with a piece of tape.
  3. Whip out the 2-inch strip you cut earlier and add a piece of tape to either end. Attach one side to the top of your cylinder and the other end directly across from it – this should form a handle.
  4. Next, using your hole punch, punch holes along the bottom about 2 inches apart from each other.
  5. Using your scissors and a ruler, measure and cut your red, white and blue ribbon into 12-inch strips. You want to have roughly the same amount, but enough to fit into the holes you just punched.
  6. Thread the ribbon through a hole, tie a knot in the middle and let the tails hang.
  7. Repeat step 6 while alternating ribbon colors to fill all of the holes punched.
  8. Finally, add adhesive foam stars, glitter or even sequins to decorate your wind catcher.
  9. Hang and enjoy!

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