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Painting Tiles
submitted by AdamB of Private care group on January 7, 2010

Size of Group: 5-10 residents

Equipment:
flour
water
oven

Objective: to express feelings through painting

Description: mix flour and water into a paste then bake in the oven on a tray until solid, then let residents paint them - this is very stimulating for residents in the early and mid stages of dementia. And is poses little safety risk as the mixture isnt harmful.

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Clay Pens
Submitted by Abbie Wylie of Meridell Achievement Center on November 10, 2002

Size: 8-12

Equipment: Black Bic Pens, Toaster oven, Sculptey Clay

NOTE: Diane of http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pens.htm recommends round, opaque WHITE  Bics called "BIC STICS" and not clear BIC pens as they will shrink and distort in shaping making the pen unusable.

Objective: Allow pt. to positively interact with one another and be creative.

Description:
Step 1 Pt. take ink out of pens
Step 2 Pt. select one main color of clay small amount. Then roll clay flat for pt. to cover the pen.
Step 3 Once pen is covered have pt. use additional colors to add flare to the pens.
Step 4 Bake pens for 15 min. at 375.
Step 5 Once pens have cooled replace ink.

Notes: The clay covers the outside of the pen but not the opening where the ink will be replaced. The ink may be replaced 45 minutes after pen is taken out of the oven.
The plastic pen will not melt if you us Bic pens and and the ink is fine as long as the pen has cooled before replacing the ink.

My patients loved this project!

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Potpourri Pie
submitted by Kerri on July 28, 2003

Size: Any

Equipment:

1 cup flour
1 cup salt
Water
Pie tin (any size)
Cooking spray
Potpourri
Butter knife

Objective: An easy craft that builds great hand and eye coordination.

Description: How To Do It:

1. Mix together flour and salt, and stir in enough water to form a workable, but not sticky, dough.

2. Spray tin with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 250° degrees.

3. Roll out dough into large circle about 1/4 inch thick, just as you would for making a normal pie, and line tin with the rolled out dough. Wrap up remaining dough for later.

4. Cook pie crust for at least 30 minutes. Let cool.

5. Fill cooled crust with potpourri.

6. Take remaining dough scraps, roll into a large circle, and cut into strips for lattice top crust.

7. Arrange strips over potpourri, in the same way you would make an edible lattice crust pie. Dampen dough to "glue" it down to already cooked crust.

8. Let top crust dry for 1-2 days. Decorate top of crust anyway you wish. Some ideas are dried apples, and cinnamon sticks.

Good Luck!

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Homemade Playdough: Intergenerational Activity
submitted by Joanna Proffitt of SunBridge Assisted Living

Size: any number

Equipment:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons Cream Tarter (available at grocery stores)
1 package Kool Aid drink mix

Objective: Activity used to increase socialization, ability to follow directions. Also great for patients with arthritis or difficulties following stroke because of need to knead dough as it cools.

Description: Pair up children with a senior. Put all ingredients together in a pan. Make sure it is not a non-stick or Teflon pan --- the salt will scratch these types of pans. Cook, stirring constantly until dough ball on the spoon and nothing sticks to the side of the pan. Dump onto counter. Let cool then knead and place in plastic bag. Do not store in refrigerator. The more you use this the longer it lasts! Makes enough for approximately 3 children. Bring along cookie cutters and let kids play for a short time. Have fun

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