Children visitors are an essential part of any retirement community, bringing
new life, memories, and laughter to residents. However, it can sometimes be
difficult for parents to keep children engaged and on their best behavior during
visits, which is why we put together these 5 fun activities to help enliven your
visits! These activities are both enjoyable for children, and accessible to seniors.
Puzzles and Board Games
Puzzles are a classic activity that’s accessible for all ages. The best part is
that puzzles naturally encourage cooperation between participants as they work
together to see a full picture come to life! It’s a great way to make memories with
together. Most retirement homes already have a good collection of puzzles,
though for younger children, you may want to bring a children’s puzzle with bigger
pieces and brighter colors.
If your group wants a break from their puzzles, try playing some board
games! Checkers, Connect4, Sorry, Splendor, and Go Fish are all exciting games accessible for
all ages. These games bring out the competitive side of participants, and help keep minds sharp and active.
Decorating Cookies Together
Combine art and snacking together with some cookie decorating! Though
baking may not be possible due to your children's age or the lack of a kitchen, all
you need for cookie decorating is some pre-baked cookies, frosting, and sprinkles!
This activity is great for artists and sweet-tooths alike. Just be sure to set a table
cloth to catch all those crumbs!
Crocheting and Other Crafts
After you finish eating your cookies, why not have a crochet session with your
senior host? This is a great teaching moment for children who haven’t learned how
to crochet yet, and gives your seniors a skill to pass onto them. Participants are able
to practice their creativity and leave with a keepsake from their visit. Another
sweet idea would be to have each participant create a gift for someone else!
Younger children in the group may appreciate simpler crafts. Coloring books,
sculpting Play-Doh, or decorating paper bag puppets are all great options.
After all those activities, why not have your children sit down and listen for a
bit? Invite your senior host to share some stories with their visitors. Ask them about
how things were like when they were a kid, or ask them to share about the pictures
in their room! Seniors have such a wealth of life experience to draw from, so create
space for them to share!
Going on a Walk Together
After all that sitting around, why not try leaving the room and going on a
walk? Take a loop around your retirement community and admire the surrounding
greenery. For the more adventurous, take your senior on a walk outside their
community. Children and adults alike love being active in nature.
The Cedars Retirement Community is a beautiful lakeside retirement residence located just outside of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Cedars Retirement Community offers a full calendar of gathering times, hands-on activities, and fun events. Located in Leo, Indiana, The Cedars believes in providing the highest quality of life and opportunity for seniors. We want to ensure that the latter years are lived with joy, enthusiasm, and relational connections. Please contact us with any questions or to schedule a tour of our beautiful lakeside retirement community.