Senior Friendly Crafts in Taunton

Completing crafts can be a wonderful and enriching experience. We've put together our top 5 favourite craft ideas that have created long lasting memories.

Paper Crafts

Making paper crafts like origami, paper planes, paper boats, paper masks, and paper flowers is a fun and inexpensive activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Scrapbooking is also a wonderful way for parents and grandparents to preserve and showcase their memories. Encourage them to gather their old photographs, mementos, and art supplies to create personalized scrapbooks. There may be local groups or workshops focused on scrapbooking where you can exchange ideas and gain inspiration.

Located on East Reach, ‘Inspired’ has an early evening workshop on how to make paper flowers. They are fun to make and can really brighten up your home! The workshop is every other Monday from 6:30pm and cost only £12.00 per person. The workshop includes light refreshments, guidance and materials. You can find out more about the workshop here.

Painting

Painting is a great way to express creativity and relieve stress. You can use various mediums like watercolours, acrylics, or oil paints to create beautiful artwork. You can paint on canvas, paper, or any other surface that you like.

Look out for painting or drawing classes offered by local art studios or community centres. As these can be spontaneous, social media and the local paper can point you in the right direction.

Anyone can learn various techniques, such as charcoal, and explore their creativity through visual arts. Classes can provide a structured environment for ageing adults to develop their skills and engage in artistic expression.

Taunton Art Group have some brilliant upcoming courses and events, ranging from life drawing to watercolour. You can also find your nearest art group to you if you find yourself unable to put down the brush!

DIY Jewellery

Making jewellery can be a fun and creative activity that people of all ages can enjoy. You can use beads, wire, string, and other materials to create beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.

Look for local workshops or community centres that offer jewellery making classes. You can learn how to design and create their own unique pieces of jewellery using beads, wires, and other materials. It’s a great way to stimulate creativity and produce beautiful accessories.

You can even pick up DIY kits to suit every skill, level and style at home in places such as Hobbycraft.

Modelling and Pottery

Clay modelling is a fun activity that allows you to create three-dimensional objects using clay. You can use air-dry clay or oven-bake clay to create sculptures, figurines, and other objects.

You could also visit a pottery studio that offers pottery painting activities. You can choose from a variety of pre-made pottery items and decorate them using paints and brushes. It’s a relaxing and creative activity that allows seniors to express their artistic side.

We mentioned them earlier, but ‘Inspired’ even have pottery painting parties! Their Wednesday ‘Dabble Nights’ are a fun and no pressure evening where you can experiment with things you may not have at home.

Sewing

Sewing is a great way to develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. You can start with simple projects like making a pillow or a stuffed animal, and then move on to more complex projects like making your own clothes or accessories.

You could try branching out and trying out yarn projects such as pom poms, knitting or crochet.

It can also develop and improve fine motor skills and creativity. Crafts involve using hands, fingers, and small tools, like sewing, knitting or crochet can contribute to the development of fine motor skills in children. It is equally important for ageing adults as it helps improve hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and precision. All of which are essential for performing daily activities independently, such as dressing, grooming, eating, and writing. By practicing and improving fine motor skills, they can enhance their ability to carry out these tasks on their own, promoting a sense of independence and self-reliance.

Engaging in crafts can be highly beneficial for several reasons. It can help help stimulate the brain and improve cognitive function, improve their dexterity and hand-eye coordination, provide a sense of accomplishment, purpose, and fulfilment, and allows people to connect with others who share similar interests.

Many of our Care Professionals are often creating, designing and laughing together! They have found that by crafting together, it can serve as a form of therapy and relaxation and can contribute to better overall health and well-being.