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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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Clay n’ Play

Therapeutic Recreation Week Day #2

Clay n' Play
Clay n’ Play

You will need:

  • Play Doh or air-dry clay
  • Rolling Pins
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Parchment Paper

There’s something about squishing Play Doh and clay that’s so satisfying! To start your own molding stations, first lay down parchment paper at every seat, as well as a tub of clay or Play Doh. Provide rolling pins, cookie cutters and let your residents have fun! If you use air-dry clay your residents can paint and keep whatever they make. Play Doh, on the other hand, is great if you want to reuse it for another time.

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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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Ice Cream in a Bag

Ice Cream in a Bag Ingredients
Ice Cream in a Bag Ingredients

July is National Ice Cream Month, but you’re not going to want to miss out on National Ice Cream Day coming up this July 21st! What’s that? You have no ice cream? No need to worry – we’ll show you how to make your own homemade serving using ingredients in your kitchen. It’s super easy, and the best part, it only takes 10 minutes! You’re going to want to make ice cream every day after this!

You Will Need:

  • ½ Cup of Half & Half/Milk
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons of Sugar or Substitute
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Ice
  • 6 Tablespoons of Ice Cream Salt/Coarse Salt/Table Salt
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Gallon Sized Ziploc Bags
  • Pint or Quart Sized (Sandwich) Ziploc Bags

To Begin:

  1. In your sandwich bag, combine Half & Half or Milk with Vanilla Extract and Sugar. Make sure the bag is sealed well.
  2. Fill a gallon size freezer bag with ice and add salt.
  3. Place the small bag filled with ingredients in the bag of ice. Make sure this bag is sealed well.
  4. Shake the bag for 10 to 15 minutes or until the ice cream thickens.
  5. If the bag gets too cold, you may want to hold the bag with oven mitts or a towel.
  6. Remove the small bag from the bag of ice, rinse the salt from the bag. Open your bag of ice cream and add toppings of your choice!
  7. Enjoy your ice cream!
Ice Cream in Action
Ice Cream in Action
Ice Cream in a Bag
Ice Cream in a Bag
Ice Cream in a Bag
Ice Cream in a Bag

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Make Slime!

Therapeutic Recreation Week Day #5

Make Slime!
Make Slime!
Elmer’s Slime Kit

Playing with slime is a sensory play activity allowing adults and children to utilize and understand all five senses. When several senses are stimulated at once, creativity and learning are built through exploration. Sensory play also encourages development of coordination and fine motor skills making it a great recreational activity for everyone to enjoy! Making your own is easy – we recommend making some with all of your residents!

You Will Need:

  • Elmer’s Slime Kit (available at Walmart)
    • Includes Glitter Glue
    • Includes “Magic Solution”
  • Extra Glitter
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Stirring Stick

To Begin:

  1. Begin By dumping the entire bottle of glitter glue into your mixing bowl.
  2. Next, add extra glitter if you wish.
  3. Stir thoroughly.
  4. Next, add the “Magic Solution.” If you can’t find the slime kit with the included “magic solution” Contact Cleaning Solution works just the same!
  5. Mix well.
  6. Allow 5-10 minutes to set – it’ll be extremely sticky and hard to manipulate if you try to play with it right away.
  7. Store in a small Ziploc container or bag to enjoy at any moment!

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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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Sassy Sunglasses – National Sunglasses Day

National Sunglasses Day is coming up this June 27th, 2019! Get your community involved by designing your own funky sunglasses! Just pick up a party pack of sunglasses, some craft supplies, and provide a few creative minds. What kind of sunglasses will you create?

National Sunglasses Day
National Sunglasses Day

You will need:

  • Party Pack of Sunglasses
  • Self-Adhesive Gem Stones
  • Pom-Pom Balls
  • Washi Tape
  • Assorted Fabric Roses
  • Ribbon
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
National Sunglasses Day
National Sunglasses Day
National Sunglasses Day
National Sunglasses Day

To Begin:

  1. There’s no wrong way to decorate your sunglasses, just go with the flow and create whatever YOU think looks good! Here are a few examples:
  2. Adhere gemstones along the top or sides to add a bit of bling.
  3. Pom-pom balls are great accessories as well. With a little bit of hot glue, stick as many pom-poms as you can to your glasses!
  4. Use washi tape to add some color to the sides of your sunglasses.
  5. Add a dab of hot glue and a fabric rose to your shades to create a floral masterpiece.
  6. Ribbon is great for wrapping and winding around your sunglasses – secure with a dab of glue. You could even add a bow to sass it up a bit!
  7. Whatever you choose to use, your sunglasses are sure to look super sassy! Have a happy National Sunglasses Day!

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