Fall is nature's last hurrah before winter sets in. The air is crisp and invigorating and the leaves explode with color. Halloween and Thanksgiving bring friends and family together. For senior citizens, it provides an opportunity to get outside for some healthy activities or engage in indoor pursuits when the weather's not cooperating.
Crafting with Leaves
Use real leaves or create your own for fall-inspired craft projects. Make an autumn wreath from real leaves. You'll need a wreath base, florist wire and some leaves. Tie the leaves in concentric circles to the wreath base. Create an autumn sun catcher with translucent paper and black construction paper by sandwiching the translucent paper between a black leaf border.
Seniors can create a myriad autumn-inspired snacks. Make some "acorn dough nuts" with donut holes, chocolate frosting and crumbled toffee. A pretzel stick on top serves as the stem. Bake autumn-themed cookies by cutting out cookies with a leaf-shaped cutter and stuffing the dough with chocolate chips. Bake for 12 minutes at 375 degrees.
Fun with Apples
Autumn means apple harvest time. For Halloween, create shrunken heads. Carve facial features into peeled apples and bake them for three hours at the lowest temperature on your oven. Use black beans for eyes and rice for teeth. To make fall-themed stationary with apples, cut one in half. Brush the cut side with white acrylic paint and add a line of darker paint around the edges. Stamp on paper or card stock.
Fall Foliage Tours
Autumn is a time for seniors to get out of the house and experience Mother Nature at her best. Design your own foliage tour through area parks and neighborhoods. Bring a camera and create a scrapbook. There are also companies that offer bus tours through areas like New England and upstate New York.
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