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Popsicle Stick Spider Webs

Happy Friday! For this week’s craft you’ll want to stock up on Popsicle Sticks! This hands-on, interactive activity is fun to make while also fine-tuning motor skills! Let’s decorate!

Popsicle Stick Spider Webs
Popsicle Stick Spider Webs

You Will Need:

  • 4 Popsicle Sticks
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • String/Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Plastic Spiders

To Begin:

  1. Start with 4 popsicle sticks – using your hot glue gun, glue two sticks together perpendicular to one another. Repeat with two more, then glue the 4 sticks together.
  2. Repeat step 1 as many times as needed. Hand these out to your residents.
  3. Provide your residents with paint colors of their choice and paintbrushes. Allow them time to paint the front and back sides of their popsicle stick figure.
Popsicle Stick Spider Webs
Popsicle Stick Spider Webs

4. Once your residents have painted their popsicle sticks, help them tie on a 2ft long string or piece of twine to the center of their popsicle sticks as demonstrated below:

Popsicle Stick Spider Webs
Popsicle Stick Spider Webs

5. Weave your piece of string through the popsicle sticks. Start by wrapping the string around the closest popsicle stick near the center. Continue wrapping the string around the popsicle sticks moving either clockwise or counterclockwise. Each time you pass your original starting place, move a little further away from the center.

6. Add plastic spiders and hang your spider webs to decorate for Halloween!

Popsicle Stick Spider Webs
Popsicle Stick Spider Webs

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Toilet Paper Roll Bats

Toilet Paper Roll Bats
Toilet Paper Roll Bats

You Will Need:

  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Black Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Self-Adhesive Google Eyes
  • Black Tule
  • Small Red Bows
  • Hot Glue Gun

To Begin:

  1. Begin by pinching together the ends of the toilet paper roll as shown:

2. Next, using your black paint and paintbrush, paint the toilet paper roll black all over.

3. Peel off the film from the back of the self-adhesive google eyes – attach them to your toilet paper roll. Using your hot glue gun, attach the bow right above the eyes. Cut a piece of black tule to roughly 8 inches in length, pinch in the middle, then hot glue to the back of your toilet paper roll to create wings.

4. Finally, enjoy your upcycled bat! Stash your treats inside!

Toilet Paper Roll Bat
Toilet Paper Roll Bat

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Resident Mummies

Resident Mummies
Resident Mummies!

October is only a few weeks away! Get ready for this hilarious, interactive craft to include all of your residents in – Resident Mummies! Every-mummy will want to participate!

You Will Need:

  • Black Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Headshots of Residents
  • Glue Stick
  • White Packing Tape
  • Mummy Stencil
  • Pencil
  1. Begin by snapping photos of all of your residents, you’ll want a nice, clear headshot of everyone participating.
  2. Next, you’ll want to upload these to the computer and print them out to a reasonable size. You may have to play around with the “scale” option to scale your image down to an appropriate size. Use your best judgment.
  3. Next, you’ll want to download and print the “Mummy Stencil” Printable below.
Mummy Stencil

4. After you’ve printed your printable, you’ll want to cut it out. Lay it on top of a stack of black construction paper (as many pieces of paper as residents participating), and trace the stencil with your pencil.

5. With your stack in hand and your traced piece of paper on top, begin cutting them out with your scissors.

6. Give each of your residents a black mummy cutout and their corresponding photo of themselves. Have them cut their head out and glue it to the mummy with a glue stick.

Mummies!
Mummies!

7. With your packing tape, cut off 3, 6-inch strips, then cut those down the middle to give you 6 thin 6-inch strips. Do this for each resident.

8. Allow your residents to tape their mummy as they please. Trim or fold back any excess tape.

9. Hang your Mummy to scare away the monsters!

Resident Mummies!
Resident Mummies!

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Resident Chia Pets

Chia Pets
Chia Pets

It’s DIY Friday!

Most of us have seen or heard of the infamous “Chia Pet.” For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, “Chia” is a type of edible sprout. Chia Pets are American styled terracotta figurines used to sprout chia, where the chia sprouts grow within a couple of weeks to resemble the animal’s fur or hair. In this case, we’ll be growing our OWN chia-hair!

You Will Need:

  • Paper Cups
  • Soil
  • Chia Seeds
  • Water
  • Printed photos of your residents
  • Scissors
  • Glue

To Begin:

  1. First, start by taking pictures of your residents and printing them out – you may have to scale the image accordingly so that it will fit on the side of the paper cup.
  2. Have your residents cut out their face from the photo you printed of them, then glue it to the side of their cup.
Chia Pets
Chia Pets

3. Next, have your residents fill their cup up with soil.

4. Using your finger, poke a hole in the center of your cup of soil. Fill the hole with chia seeds and cover.

5. Water your chia pet and watch it grow wild and crazy chia-hair! You should see sprouts within 3 days. Water when the soil is dry and rotate your chia pet daily!

Chia Pet
Chia Pet

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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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