Category Archives: Tool Shed

Nature’s Placemats

Use elements from nature to create a colorful placemat. This idea was submitted by Lydia King, garden program coordinator at the Westport Council on Aging in Westport, MA. She said it was an ideal project for the folks in the …

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Foliage Flash Cards

Collect tree leaves and other familiar foliage to create a great activity for reminiscing. This is a great fall activity for professionals or caregivers in a home setting. Yes, I have gotten spoiled since I’ve lived in New England. The …

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Colorful Plant Cups

Here’s an easy-to-make container for planting seeds or cuttings from materials you have on hand. Need an easy-to-make container to start seeds? Christie Powell, an Adult Day program manager in KY, offers this idea. Create a colorful flowerpot from Styrofoam …

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Hyssop Paint Brushes

Here’s a paint brush that’s all natural! And it smells good, too! Create a Paint Brush from a Hyssop Flower or any other flower that resembles a paint brush. 1. Cut hyssop flowers with enough stem to hold onto. 2. …

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Windowsill Garden

Simplicity works. Here’s a small indoor garden that gives Miss Dot a lot of “daily joy!” Miss Dot keeps geraniums on her windowsill until they quit blooming. She claims it’s great to see them while she does the dishes. A …

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Fundraising Ideas: Wishes Come True

Dollars are important, but so are in-kind donations. Create a wish list to ensure you have the items you need. Ruth Frederick, director of the Jeffersontown (KY) Senior Center is never without her wish list. She knows that wishes can …

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Lavender Wands

There’s nothing like the aroma of fresh cut lavender! Create a lavender wand for a sensory experience. This is a great activity for sensory stimulation and to help participants with fine motor movements. Caregivers can also enjoy this activity with …

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