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Stamped Clay Bowls
Source: Gathering Beauty

Air Dry Clay
Selection of Stamps or anything else you could use to make an impression
Ink Pad
Set of Small Bowls
Rolling Pin
Craft Knife

1. Take your air dry clay and knead until soft. Roll your clay out to about 3mm thick.
2. Ink up your stamp and press firmly onto the clay. Repeat until you have covered the clay with your stamped design....
Full Directions HERE
Our imaginations are colored with our own experiences, visions and thoughts. When something is verbally descried, there could be a myriad of different pictures that pop into each individual's mindscape. Wouldn't' it be interesting to see how we all mentally interpret the same thing, but in different ways? This activity allows you to do just that! Complete this activity with your residents and then create a display to help symbolize the importance of individuality and perception.

The Eye of the Beholder
Paint/Colored Pencils
Miscellaneous Art Supplies (see below)

  • Type up a description of something.
    For example: Their is an older man sitting and waiting for his grandchildren to come visit him.
  • Hand this written description to participants and ask them to interpret it through art in some way.
  • They could do a collage, an abstract, a painting, sketch, a musical piece, a sculpture, etc. Whatever they are inspired to create based on this description.
  • Create a display with the written description in the center and post the artwork around it. Title the display "The Eye of the Beholder".
  • You could have others vote on them if you like and include the winners in your newsletter.
Under the Sea Graham Crackers
Source: The First Year Blog
Total Time: 20 minutes


Graham crackers
Graham cracker crumbs, in bowl
Gold fish crackers
White ball sprinkles
Green and red long sprinkles, or jimmies
Round red sprinkles

Blue buttercream
1 stick of butter, room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (can use butter instead)
2 cups powdered sugar
teal or blue food coloring
Get Full Recipe HERE
Circa 1950's

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