22nd March 2018Category: Working Carers
This week we are looking at different ways to make this year’s Easter memorable with a range of creative activities. You may care for your disabled child or an elderly relative who has dementia; no matter what their age, we hope you find a couple of activities that you can enjoy together.
A tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs during spring pre-dates Christianity. In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility, and rebirth. This tradition has not changed over the years apart from the style in which the eggs are decorated. From tie-dye, fingerprints to detailed hand-drawn patterns. Let your imagination run wild but if you need inspiration click here and here.
Do you remember the games you played as a child? Remember how much skill and concentration was needed to try and run with a spoon and an egg in a straight line. The egg and spoon race dates back to the 1800s so it is ingrained into British culture.
Another traditional game you could try is the sack race. If outside games are not an option, why not try Easter-themed games like pin the tail on the rabbit?
Receiving a card or a letter in the post is still a special surprise. A handmade card is a very personal gift because of the time you have taken over it. If you or the person you care for has an artistic side, making cards is a great activity. If you need inspiration click here.
If art and crafts are not your style why not try a printable card, all you need to do is colour them in.
Easter and flowers go hand in hand especially the colourful daffodils. If the weather is nice (fingers crossed) spend some time outside in the garden.
Do some gardening, planting new flowers and preparing the garden for the warmer months ahead. If this is too strenuous you could just pick some spring flowers and make an arrangement for the house.
Making bonnets and getting a new outfit are comments often made when people talk about their childhood memories of Easter. If you care for someone who has dementia, an activity like making an Easter bonnet will unlock memories and keep them entertained for hours.
For the younger members of the group making a cute pair of bunny ears or a bunny mask might be more suitable. Instructions can be found here.
Easter egg hunts can be a fun and enjoyable activity no matter what your age. There is the fun of the hunt and there is always a bit of healthy competition. Try an egg hunt at home. The person you care for, if they are physically able to, could hide the eggs and others have to find them. The hunt could have clues or each person has to collect only a certain colour of egg.
If you fancy a chocolate egg hunt and a trip to a National Trust site, why not take part in a Cadbury’s Easter egg hunt over the Easter weekend. There are events at Cockermouth, Derwent Water, Buttermere and Allan Bank. Details can be found at https://easter.cadbury.co.uk/
It may get a little messy but nothing beats eating warm treats from the cooling rack (or licking the spoon from the mixing bowl). If you care for an older person, the smells and tastes may take them back to their childhood. Making simnel cake, hot cross buns, Easter biscuits or the simpler egg nest provide recognizable treats mixed with the satisfaction of being involved in the baking. If you want to find ideas for Easter recipes click here.
Christmas isn’t the only time of year for decorating trees. Easter trees can vary in style but they are a beautiful piece of decoration. The tree is decorated with eggs and ornaments and ribbon. The tree can be made from; branches placed in a vase with pebbles, pre-bought from a shop or a tree from your garden. If you want style ideas for your Easter tree click here.