Autumn is a favorite season for many people and is perfect for fall senior activities, games, parties. It’s an excellent time for arts and crafts too, and art supplies are straightforward to get because of the inspiring andexciting items from nature, the pumpkins, gourds, apples, beautiful fall trees, and bright colors.
Also, there are many types of opportunities for all kinds of outings, and maybe new retirement ideas. Plus, we have loads of delicious recipes. Many days in the fall are special commemorative days just for celebrating foods. Like apples, chocolate, hot dogs, popcorn, cookies, even ice cream!
General Fall Senior Activities
Here is a list of ideas that can be used throughout the fall. Make sure to add a craft or two to each month. To get started here is an easy one that can be used throughout the season:
Fall Centerpiece Craft
Fall is a great time to go outside and bond with nature, gather some natural items, and create something unique. Like an easy and simple centerpiece, which are all fun and great fall senior activities.
For example, you can fill a vase with pebbles from outside, top it up with a little potpourri and then insert several stems of the dried plants you gathered into it. Lastly, you can tie a couple of strands of raffia around the vase for the final touches.
General Fall Themes
Some of the most common and favorite themes used in crafts and other fall senior activities include squirrels, pumpkins, gourds, grapes, apples, and leaves (See our leaf template page).Let’s not forget corn, the full moon, bats, wheat, hay bales, cornucopias, ducks and geese, sunset, scarecrows, fall trees, crows, and ravens.
A fabulous time to add excursions to your senior fall activities. You may be familiar with many like taking strolls through parks and gardens, visiting arboretums, going on drives to see fall colors, etc.
Also, collect items from nature to use later in centerpieces and crafts. Visiting pumpkin and gourd patches are favorites of most people and the nostalgic smell of apple orchard. Some offer hayrides, apple picking, treats to buy, and have cafes too.
It’s also football season, so you may have many people in your group who must be interested in taking in a game, pro or not. Plus, outdoor picnics and barbeques are just not complete without a hay bale or two.
And if you do some straw bale gardening this year (whether vegetables, herbs, or flowers), it’s time to go out and harvest! Your harvested crops will be fantastic to use in autumn recipes. If you don’t know how to make a straw bale garden, then you can search it up on the internet and learn from an expert and see how easy it is for next year.
You can take a pet for a walk (either yours or someone else’s) or play with them outdoors in the crispy, colorful leaves. Animals can be a real mood picker-up! So maybe you can even have a fall pet day.
Pressing Flowers and Leaves
Suppose you have a plan for outings to gather foliage and flowers. In that case, you can also mash them between the pages of stacks of heavy books (using paper towels under and over them to prevent stains) or iron them between wax paper and newspaper, in an old-fashioned way.
You can then arrange in picture frames or decoupage in a variety of crafts. Leaves can be decoupagedonto vases or canvas boards that have been painted with a colorful base coat of acrylic paints.
Themed parties are perfect for senior fall activities. There is always football, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. What if you tried something new this time? We have lots of suggestions on our site!
The abundance of autumn offers a unique opportunity for giving things in your fall senior activities. And they are not only for Thanksgiving. It is easy to create personal gift baskets for giveaways, fundraisers, silent auctions, sick or needy. Or for a friend, family member, for occasions like a birthday.
You can make many different gift baskets and in the way you want. If you know about the recipient’s preferences, hobbies, favorites, etc., we have many theme suggestions. Perhaps implement homemade items and treats – more fun fall senior activities to do. You can also consider hobbies that are safer for seniors as well.
It would be best to learn how to use willow, reeds, grasses, raffia, etc. It is an ideal activity to learn either individually or as a group. There are easy directions online or have a knowledgeable person teach a class; perhaps have a guest teacher come in.
There may also be local classes to attend. Use them at home, as gifts, or for centerpieces. It also gives more meaning to creating a gift basket if you’ve ever made the basket too. You can take advantage of a basket weaving kit.
Fall is an excellent pinecone season, and in most areas, you can find them in sizes ranging from small to very large (like some forests in California). And most of the craft stores often carry them. With other items from nature and necessary supplies, you can turn pinecones into all sorts of things.
Relaxation Coloring Group
Some people like to go to a bi-monthly coloring group, working on gorgeous designs like florals, mandalas, and stained glass. You can buy coloring booklets for your elderly loved ones so they can enjoy their time. For some people, it starts as a way to spend time indoors when fall comes, and it goes on like this.
Burlap is a fall-ish flexible fabric. You can use it to decoupage on the tops of wooden boxes, birdhouses, make flowers from them, sew, or glue to projects. Try it as backings for collages, in picture frames, or book covers. You can also decorate jars (including filled with jams and treats you have made) or vases tied with a little raffia.
There is nothing like the color of autumn leaves for senior fall activities. You may remember pressing them between heavy books or ironing them between pieces of wax and newspaper. They become perfect to use in collages, including on canvas boards.
Paint a base coat over the board first as background, then decoupage on a swirl of leaves. When dry, you can add lines of stems and vines with a marker or 3D squirt paint, if you’d like. Try decoupaging leaves onto a vase or large glass pillar candle holder.
Fall senior activities often involve pumpkin themes, but not everyone can carve them. So pull out the paints instead! From floral motifs to leaves to comical characters, there are lots of projects to try. Make them as easy as you’d like. They are perfect to use in centerpieces for parties, add gift baskets, and giveaways.
Pumpkinscan be used as planters too. Just slice off the top, hollow them out, as usual, insert a pot with plants, a vase of fresh flowers, or artificial flowers and foliage. If you’re using real plants, make sure your container has a draining tray underneath it; otherwise, you can get exposed to bacteria, and it can cause a lot of health problems.
Painting on Apples or Oranges
We have many ideas for you on our apple craft page about how to “paint” or draw designs on them with a simple opaque white marker. Also, try the same idea using a black marker on oranges.
This is a favorite for senior fall activities, and our memory care patients also used it, with a little extra help. Gourds come in all kinds of colors and odd shapes, inspiring whimsical characters like gourd goose, gourd ghouls, ghosts, and grannies. Pumpkins are a type of gourd and can come in fun little sizes.
Autumn – Season of Beauty
Autumn comes with the joy of giving us the good news of approaching winter. The leaves start falling out of trees, orange leaves are seen everywhere, cold winds start blowing – it is almost time for Thanksgiving and Halloween.
In other places, you have Halloween preparations going on where people are making scary pumpkins, getting their dresses ready, and knitting all kinds of things for an exciting fall. Long walks and outings become more common. Kids play football and soccer in the streets with the fallen dried leaves, enjoying themselves.
On the coming of this season, the elderly feel more excited and have a lot to do, instead of just being cooped up inside. The atmosphere suddenly becomes prettier and exciting to look at and experience. Hence we can say that fall is fascinating for everyone, especially the elderly.