Flower arranging can be a great alternative to craft groups, particularly if the population you are working with enjoys being creative, and trying new ways to express themselves.
Besides the fact that the vibrant colours are visually stimulating, this activity is also great for hand-eye coordination, and reminiscing.
The program can be done in a group setting, presented as a task that you need help with, or simply used as a way to engage, one on one, with a resident.
To make beautiful floral arrangements that will hold their shape for long periods of time, or that can be taken apart and rearranged over and over again, you will want to follow the simple steps listed below….
- Flower pots
- Small strainers/colanders
- Variety of artificial flowers *Make sure that you are not choosing flowers with thick stems, as they will need to fit through the holes of the strainer
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
I recommend checking your local dollar stores for supplies before shopping elsewhere. These small strainers can sometimes be challenging to find, so if you are able to track them down for a reasonable price, stock up!
PREPARING FOR ACTIVITY:
Once you have purchased your supplies, you can secure your strainers to the flower pots using a hot glue gun. This will make the activity a little more manageable for any residents who struggle with hand-eye coordination, as it will prevent the strainer from shifting while they are trying to push the stems of the artificial flowers through the holes.
Your flowers will likely come in a bundle when purchased. You will need to use a pair of scissors to separate, and trim them down to your preferred length. Make sure that you do not over trim the stems when you first start cutting them.
It’s best to trial the first one you cut before doing a big batch. You can always cut more off if you decide they are too long. Try to be somewhat consistent with the lengths that you cut the stems so that the arrangement looks nice when complete.
Give each resident a flower pot/strainer combo, and a variety of artificial flowers to use in their arrangement. Alternately, you could set up a table with the available flower choices displayed, and the residents could choose their flowers independently.
Be ready to assist anyone who may be struggling to guide the stems through the strainer holes, causing them frustration.
The goal of this program is to provide a pleasant and relaxing opportunity to create something beautiful, while working on hand-eye coordination.
If you want to inspire more reminiscing opportunities , you could trial using aroma therapy (floral scents), and have soft music playing in the background during this program.