With the beautiful fall weather upon us, grab a scarf and a blanket and invite your activity partner to find a nice quiet place to connect with nature. This could be a nearby park, your backyard, walking trail, lake or even the beach. As you are surrounded by nature, be mindful of what you hear, smell, see, and feel. Take a few minutes to enjoy the beauty. After you have spent several minutes outdoors, discuss with your activity partner how you feel. Do you feel relaxed? Does being in this particular setting bring back any memories from your past? You can also explore the sounds of birds in the trees or textures of leaves, rocks, sand or pine cones. Relax and enjoy the many gifts of nature and each other’s company.
Invite your activity partner to creatively celebrate this Harvest Halloween holiday! Gather a collection of harvest inspired decorations from your yard or your local craft store. Garlands of leaves, pumpkins, pine cones and autumn baskets are just a few ideas. Together, design a beautiful table centerpiece or front porch decor. While you work, reminiscing about favorite fall traditions and Halloween costumes is sure to usher in the joy of the season!
This time of year offers so many inspiring ways to stimulate our senses! An outing to a pumpkin patch is a great way to connect to the cool, crisp air, community and the various colors and shapes of pumpkins. The textures of gourds offer another fun way to explore the sense of touch. Gather a variety of gourds and small pumpkins and place them on the table. Explore the bumps and unusual designs that make them imaginative and curious. Ask you activity partner to choose their favorite and share why. And don’t forget the apple cider to engage that incredible sense of flavor and taste!
Here we are, at the beginning of the beautiful fall season! Gather some items at your local grocery store or around the house that remind you of fall. This interactive activity allows you to explore your senses and reminisce. Some ideas to include: pumpkins, pumpkin cookies, butternut squash, apple and pumpkin pie, baked apples, Halloween, hot chocolate, leaves and candy! Display all the items on the kitchen table and have your activity partner pick one up at a time. What comes to mind? What is your favorite fall food? What colors remind you of fall? Is there a particular spice that reminds you of fall? Bake or cook a popular fall dish, the possibilities are endless!
With children now well into the school year, hand tracing is a fun way to remember those youthful days. It’s also a special way to help loved ones hold on to special memories (pun intended).
Start by inviting your activity partner to place their hands on a large piece of paper. Once placed, begin to trace their hands. If you want to get fancy, ask what color fingernails they’d like to have! Then encourage your activity partner to name ten things they treasure most in their life. , Write one treasure on each finger of their hand tracing. Display the finished design in visible area where those valuable memories can been seen and revisited frequently!
This can also be a fun intergenerational activity for parties and family gatherings, done with any activity partner, young and old alike!
Here is a unique way to combine environmental, physical, sensory and intellectual stimulation by creating a medicinal herb research project. Start by choosing three herbs, such as fresh rosemary, mint and thyme. Invite your activity partner to research the herbs and create their own special reference cards. Start by smelling the herbs and compare their scents. Then offer pre-printed information about each herb. Encourage your activity partner to read and highlight what they find most interesting. You can then paste images and write facts on the cards. You can even include a snip of the actual herb!
Creating a medicinal herb card collection creates a sense of purpose and offers an on-going meaningful activity!
A special painting experience is happening at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, on Wednesday, October 9th from 1 PM to 3 PM. Created for people living with Alzheimer’s and other memory care afflictions, this hands-on art experience is designed to engage participants in a creative and instinctual process while forming a sense of community. Previous art experience is not necessary. If you have questions or require accommodations, please contact Emma Moore, Assistants, caregivers and companions do not pay a fee and are welcomed as participants or observers. Instructed by Tiffany Paige Ramirez with The Hummingbird Project in Sacramento.
Hummingbird Lead Activity Specialist, Tiffany Paige Ramirez, recently celebrated her creativity with a reception for her first solo art exhibit, entitled Story of Stories. Using a combination of collage and paper mache, Tiffany shares her fascination for colors, texture and images, and how they work together to tell stories. Many of those stories teach, inspire and challenge the artist, all of which keeps pulling her back to her studio to learn more about herself.
Story of Stories can be viewed now, through October 27th, at Art and Soul Gallery at Oak Hills Church, 1100 Blue Ravine Road in Folsom, CA.
Seniors came out to celebrate seniors at the Cameron Park Community Center on September 12th, and The Hummingbird Project was a proud supporter of the event! A stage packed full of local ukulele players entertained the audience with classic numbers, and smiles and chair dancing was abound!
Music, community and delicious snacks offered an afternoon full of Joyful Moments!
Grab your activity partner and make a kindness rock for your garden or home. Go on a nature walk and find a rock for your creative expression activity. If possible, bring the paint materials with you and setup to do your painting outdoors. Paint your rock and choose a favorite inspirational word or phrase. Some ideas can be: Kindness, Joy, Be Happy, Positivity, Love and Smile. Once you have completed the activity, put your rock on display in your yard, garden or home. Creative expression can improve your mood and overall quality of life.