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Coloring fun for senior citizens

Updated on December 6, 2014

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's the wine we sip as we sit and color and chat...

For additional Senior Citizen Crafts, click the blue link.

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

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Senior citizen caregiving 101: Things I wish I'd known
Senior citizen caregiving 101: Things I wish I'd known
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).

You will see the above great gifts and a whole lot more by clicking:

Click the link to the left to see this beautiful butterfly coloring book.
Click the link to the left to see this beautiful butterfly coloring book.

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!

So, when I found this beautiful Butterfly Coloring Book, I knew that I had a nice little Chanukkah present that would bring her much joy.

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.

Click Link To The Left To See This Great Coloring Book.
Click Link To The Left To See This Great Coloring Book.

Garden Flowers Coloring Book

The Garden Flowers Coloring Book 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:

  • Snapdragons
  • Petunia
  • Daffodils
  • 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.

Flower Designs Coloring Book: An Adult Coloring Book for Stress-Relief, Relaxation, Meditation and Creativity (Jenean Morrison Adult Coloring Books)
Flower Designs Coloring Book: An Adult Coloring Book for Stress-Relief, Relaxation, Meditation and Creativity (Jenean Morrison Adult Coloring Books)
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.
In Full Bloom: A Close-Up Coloring Book (Dover Coloring Books)
In Full Bloom: A Close-Up Coloring Book (Dover Coloring Books)
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.

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    • Madamee Butterfly profile image

      Madamee Butterfly 

      6 years ago

      Coloring books are great! Not only for kids but also for adults. You can be yourself in any way you want by coloring in different colors and different kinds of coloring pages you want. At the same time it can unleash the best in you too.. Coloring can also help to release stress. This site also has great coloring pages that you can enjoy coloring.

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      6 years ago

      Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! Learning about how we fit into the bigger world is such an imonptart concept for kids. Keep reinforcing it and their budding geography skills will continue to grow:).

    • mariacarbonara profile image


      8 years ago

      Great idea for keeping the mind active

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      Everybody is so enthusiastic about coloring! I haven't done it for years, think it is about time I start.

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      8 years ago

      My mom has always loved to color. This is a lovely lens. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)

    • Joan Haines profile image

      Joan Haines 

      9 years ago

      Great idea. My 83 year old mom loves to color.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Coloring pages are like a good jigsaw puzzle, they are just so very relaxing, and are a great form of adult entertainment. Coloring is an excellent activity suggestion that I wish more adults would participate in.

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      Vicki Green 

      10 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      You are such a wealth of great ideas to help keep senior citizens healthy and busy. ~ blessed

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      10 years ago

      great activity ideas, I think sometimes people don't spend time with their grandparents or parents because of things to do together. Great ideas. If you like to browse lens like I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to do too!

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      Ellen Gregory 

      10 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      My aunt, who had Alzheimers also enjoyed coloring. Nice lens to let everyone know.

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      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Great ideas! You can find helpful grips and such in sensory catalogs, usually also marketed toward kids, but helpful for anyone with trouble gripping. Also there are some new "crayons" that are egg-shaped, made for toddlers, but very easy to hold. I've seen them in Walmart. I like particularly what you mentioned about coloring books starting conversations about old times that you might not otherwise have.

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      Virginia Allain 

      10 years ago from Central Florida

      Ooh, I think the Old-Fashioned Farm Life coloring book sounds perfect. With my mom, it would have to be hot chocolate instead of wine.

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      10 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      This is a nice way to stay occupied, create something beautiful and stimulate conversation. Inexpensive too!

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      10 years ago

      Great idea - and a nice lens!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      10 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great idea for some bonding time with a senior! I think coloring is so relaxing!

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      Showpup LM 

      10 years ago

      I love to color and I'm a grandmother of three. I doubt I'll ever outgrow it and I would love to spend quality time with my kids in my golden years coloring and sipping wine. Love the variety of coloring books for adults you showcase here.


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