Activity Ideas

Senior Activity Ideas During COVID-19: Easter Edition!

April 9, 2020

As Easter approaches, it will likely be an emotional time for everyone impacted by current events. Some communities can still interact and some have more strict protocols. Here is a list of activities that are Easter-themed and offer a variety of ways to connect with seniors. We also have some additional activities for anyone not celebrating Easter.

Please remember to follow proper hygiene, safety protocols, and social distancing while you’re trying these activities.

  1. Stock Your Carts With Easter Candy for a Hallway Hunt

While this activity is straightforward and obvious, it’s bound to give people joy. Easter candy is very colourful, so it gives teams a chance to make their carts fun and interactive.

  1. Make Baskets or Crafts

Get out the markers and coloured paper and make some Easter decorations in your seniors’ rooms. It’s a great way to get creative around a specific theme.

Image by Kaitlyn Askey - Arbor Oaks at Lakeland Hills via Facebook

  1. Decorate Baked Goods or Eggs

Many people paint and decorate eggs at all age levels. Boiling a few dozen eggs and passing them out to residents is a fun way to try some painting activities. If you want an activity that works with snack time, try baking some egg-shaped cookies. Your seniors can customize them with sprinkles, icing, and other goodies.

  1. Stream a Religious Service

Easter is foremost a religious holiday for many Christians. There are now hundreds, if not thousands of churches across the world live streaming their masses and celebrations. The website Christian World Media has a searchable database, and Woman’s Magazine also has some ideas & resources. Alternatively, you can open Google and type this in the search bar: “churches near me easter sermon live stream.” You should see a list of local churches live streaming their Easter celebrations.

And don’t forget about your Jewish residents recognizing Passover. Here is a list of activities you can do with residents. 

  1. Sing Hymns

If you would rather have something more interactive and personal, try singing or playing hymns for residents. Here are 40 popular hymns for Easter with both lyrics and music.

  1. Easter Egg Miniature Golf

Some residences have created miniature golf courses in their hallways. You can use coloured ping pong balls or actual golf balls and set up obstacle courses.

  1. The Easter Bunny Can Still Visit

Each year, many communities have the Easter Bunny pop by for fun and festivities. With the current challenges of isolation, some local businesses are dressing up and visiting windows to spread some holiday cheer. You can also dress up and visit residents like Amanda Denny Woods from Flint Hills Care Center.

Image by Amanda Denny Woods - Flint Hills Care Center via Facebook

Some Non-Easter Activities

  1. Spring Cleanup

Now that the seasons have changed, helping residents clean and organize their living space is a great way to feel reinvigorated. It helps them stay active with purpose and pushes back against cabin fever.

  1. Put Up a Birdhouse

Most residents have access to a window and this is a fantastic way to leverage the view. You can even make them with very basic materials. Here is an easy DIY birdhouse crafted with popsicle sticks.

  1. Start Their Autobiography

You can record a conversation, video them, or just take notes. Ask them questions about their life and then share the answers with friends and family. Here are some questions to get you started.

  1. Virtual Bingo

It’s a staple but a popular one, and residences are finding all sorts of new and innovative ways to have bingo. Recently the Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living had a celebrity call out bingo numbers for them: award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey.

Image by The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living via Facebook

Now, you may struggle to get an international movie star to call out bingo for your seniors. However, you can always get their family involved or ask one of your entertainers. It’s a great way to have everyone interact and get much-needed facetime.

  1. In-Room Karaoke

With over 7 million subscribers on YouTube, SingKing has thousands of songs your residents can choose from. They are just one of many channels online, and the best part: no microphone needed!

We hope you found some inspiring Easter activity ideas to try out with residents in your senior living communities this season! Everyone in senior living deserves to be celebrated for meeting the challenges of this year. We know how tirelessly recreation professionals are working to keep our seniors not only safe and healthy, but active and engaged. If this list helped you find some fun-filled activities for your communities, sign up for our newsletter to get more activity ideas delivered right to your inbox. Every resident’s well-being is at the heart of what we do.

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Katie Stewart

Katie is a member of Welbi’s Customer Experience team! She has a background in communications and recreation and is passionate about older adults, exercise, coffee and people.

Holly Mathias

Holly is a member of Welbi’s Marketing team! She has a background in communications and marketing, and is a compassionate individual who loves team work, story telling, and wellness.

Wendy Riopelle

Wendy is a student in the Honours BA in English program at the University of Ottawa, where she has won numerous awards for her writing.

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