Coloring fun for senior citizens
Coloring fun for senior citizens - a great craft for the elderly
As the caregiver for my 94 year old Mom, Gertie, I'm always looking for fun crafts to keep us busy and coloring fun for senior citizens was just up our alley. Although her arthritic hands made holding the crayons difficult, I found some thick pencils and crayons to help her with her coloring fun.
We've tried all kinds of senior citizen crafts but coloring is really one of our favorites - maybe we're not so good at it but that's not what matters...it's the wine we sip as we sit and color and chat...
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This article is dedicated to all of the caregivers and their loved ones - it's a difficult yet rewarding path to trod. I'm lucky to be trekking it alongside one of the most wonderful women in the world - my Mama.
Photo credit: All photos on this article are my own unless they're items for sale on Amazon.com.
Senior Citizen Caregiving 101: Things I wish I had known - My new eBook!
During the 5 years of caring for Mom, I spent a lot of time figuring out things on my own but, now, you don't have to as I've written them down. This book is a fairly entertaining read and contains some really important information.
Thick crayons help a senior citizen with coloring fun.
I bought a set of the Crayola Jumbo Size Crayons for my Mom, and I took them out of their box and put them in a very pretty tin for her.
These Crayola Jumbo crayons seemed to be the largest I could find and the easiest for Mom's arthritic hand to hold. They also sharpen very well and seem to dull a bit slower than the regular size coloring crayons.
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I found so many great gifts for senior citizens during the years I cared for my mom that I started up my own website to showcase things that other caregivers might not know about like bedside commodes, tapestry eyeglass holders, and day clocks (clocks that show the day AND time).
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Butterflies Coloring Book
My Mom loved butterflies - so much so that she wore a butterfly hair clip in her hair every day since I gave it to her. That was 8 years worth of loving butterflies!
This book gives just a bit more than a regular coloring book as it shows the butterflies in their natural habitat. There's also a coloring key on the front page so the suggested colors are known, but, of course, your senior citizen friend can select any crayon they'd like to complete these beautiful pictures. Note: rather than having to flip back to the front page to check the reference colors, I took a picture with my phone and printed it out for Mom. This was a great way to help her with the colors.
Coloring book for those who love flowers
I used to bring my Mom a bouquet of flowers every few weeks (or more often if I thought about it....). I sort of wish I'd found these very nice floral coloring books though as I know she and I would have enjoyed bonding over some crayons and coloring. Senior citizen coloring is a great exercise for the brain, and the soul.
You will find many more coloring books and crayons on my own website page: GoodGiftsForSeniorCitizens - Coloring Book Fun.
Garden Flowers Coloring Book
The beautiful coloring book has 40 pages of flowers, including a lot of old time flowers that your favorite senior citizen is probably familiar with. You'll find pages with flowers like: Garden Flowers Coloring Book
- Morning Glory
As a nice bonus, this book also gives the names of the flowers (common and scientific names), their blooming season, typical colors, and even what time of year they bloom.
Garden Flowers Coloring Book was the favorite coloring book for my Mom. We colored in it many many times - we usually took 2 or 3 days to finish one flower which was fine by me. Anything that kept her entertained was great in my book.
This coloring book has pretty intricate flower designs so it might be better for those senior citizens who have good control over their hands - otherwise, it might be a little frustrating.
For this beautiful coloring book for adults, I gave Mom a set of coloring pencils instead of the crayons. It was much easier for her to color the very intricate up-close designs of these flowers.
A nice side benefit of this coloring book is that, after coloring, the pictures look beautiful in a frame. What wonderful keepsakes for the grandchildren.
Mandala coloring books for adults
I had no idea what a mandala was until I started this Squidoo lens. So, off to the internet I went to do research (remember when we had to schlep to the library?...). A "Mandala" is a sanscript word that means "circle" so Mandala coloring books are full of...well, circles to color! Loads of fun and a chance to get very creative when coloring with a senior citizen.
Use different media such as coloring pencils, pen and ink, and crayons to get the coolest effect when coloring Mandalas with a senior citizen.
Old time coloring fun for senior citizens
If you have a senior citizen you love who is as old as mine (94...almost no one has me beaten in this category...), they might remember old time farms and animals. This great coloring book for senior citizens is a wonderful way to start some conversations you might not have had.