To commemorate the arrival of spring, you can create a "dream" tree using spring flowers, blossoms, and inspiring messages! The end result will allow you to see each of your residents’ artwork displayed in a large tree where they can see their creations come together.
- Colourful magazines, old calendars, or travel agency brochures
- Construction paper in bright colours and plain paper
- Glue and blue sticky tack
- Pencils, crayons, markers and/or paint
- Large drawing paper (to put a large tree on the wall)
- Create a few flower cut outs on a strong piece of cardboard to make some durable templates.
- Sit residents around a table and give each a pair of scissors.
- Using the cardboard templates, trace flowers onto magazines, calendars and brochures. Talk about spring with your residents while you do this. Have a little game going by asking what words they remember relating to spring. Use the opportunity to reminisce about what sort of flowers they used to plant and love.
- Ask residents to cut out traced flowers from magazines and encourage them to use images and colours that inspire them.
- Trace some flower templates onto some plain white paper in case residents feel like colouring or painting.
- You may also trace some onto colourful leftover construction paper on which the residents can then draw the stamen and the pistil.
- Tape up the large drawing paper to a wall you wish to display the dream tree on and draw the trunk of a tree, with branches extended
- Sit residents around to watch and ask a couple to hand you the flowers as you apply sticky tack to them, and then add them to the tree!
Enjoy the view!