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6 Resources for Spring-themed Activities in Care and Nursing Homes

Spring has sprung! To bring an instant burst of Springtime into your care or nursing home home, we are suggesting six activity ideas for you to try that have worked very well for us in our activities.

If you’d like further help with these activities, please feel free to send us an email to info@bonnie-day.co.uk

Activity Sheets – Spring (PDF)
  • 6 Spring-themed pictures with conversation starters for care home activities
  • Two poems ideal for Springtime activities, our own own poem ‘Spring’ and ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ by William Wordsworth
  • Spring Quiz – tried and tested quiz questions and answers to help you engage residents (PDF)
  • Music – playlist of Springtime tunes that will always be a hit with your residents at this time of year
  • Conversation prompts – to discuss Spring celebrations
Download using the form below:

Picture of a central display in a care home activity showing images of Spring.
To set the mood, we like to decorate the room with flowers, picture cards and pretty table cloths.

Preparation

To help set the Springtime theme, place flowers, bulbs and budding twigs around the home in clearly visible locations.

Decorate the walls with pictures of Springtime. This could include pictures of young animals, maypole dancing, calendar pictures for the months of March, April and May.

You may also like to download and print the Spring picture cards we have prepared below and use these as part of a central display or pass the pictures around to the audience during the activity.

Pots containing Spring flowers such as these daisies can help set the mood

Music while you prepare

We like to play some music at the start of the activity session while we are preparing the room and people are coming in. Our recommended piece of background music is ‘Spring’ by Vivaldi (from The Four Seasons).

See the Bonnie Day Spring Playlist below for this and other songs.

1. Springtime Poetry

We highly recommend starting your activity by reading a Springtime poem. In general, we love reading poetry in our care home activities and it is well received.

Either read the poem in full or verse by verse and discuss as your group wishes. Allow the themes and topics included in the poems to serve as conversation starters.

For our Spring themed activities, we usually read ‘Spring‘ from our poetry book entitled ‘Now tell me more about you… Here is the poem:


Spring
by Bonnie Day

Softly, sweetly spring is here,
What colours may we see this year?

White snowdrops braving winter’s freeze,
Golden daffodils sway in the breeze,
Blue grape hyacinths, what a sight,
Crocuses purple, yellow and white.
Emerald and lime green buds so new,
Frothy pink blossom, pastel hue.

Softly, sweetly spring is here,
What sights may we see this year?

Long legged lambs wobbly in fields,
Calves promise healthy milk yields.
Birds building nests, chirrup in flight.
Eggs in the shop, full of chocolate delight.
Children play out – a longer day,
Maypole dancing, Queen of the May.
Softly, sweetly spring is here,
What weather may we see this year?

March winds roaring all around,
April rain patters the fertile ground,
May warmth, flowers peeping through,
Clear June mornings, sparkling dew.
Sunshine and rainbows, bluer skies,
Softer nights – hints of summer sighs.

Softly, sweetly spring is here,
What delights may we see this year?

This is just one of the poems from our poetry book, Now Tell Me More About You…, which is available on Amazon.


People also enjoy hearing ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ by William Wordsworth (the full poem is set out below). We have found that many older people can recite this poem and love to do so. We suggest reading the first verse several times to allow the residents sufficient time to recall the words and join in.

I wandered lonely as a cloud
by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.D

Audio recording of ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’


2. Arts and crafts

A bowl of springtime flowers

There are many arts and crafts activities suitable for the theme of Spring.

Our favourite is to allow the residents within the group to all contribute to a collage of Spring flowers which, when finished, can be on display in the lounge or reception area of the home.

What you will need

  • scissors
  • glue stick/double sided tape
  • coloured card, tissue paper and felt
  • green coloured card or paper
  • sturdy piece of light coloured backing card
  • stickers, buttons, fasteners etc. suitable to use as ‘the disc’ of the flower heads
  • tray

STEPS

  1. Cut out a large vase or flower pot shape from a coloured piece of paper or card and affix it to the bottom of the light coloured backing card;
  2. Cut the green coloured card or paper into thin strips and leave shapes to form the stems and leaves of the flowers that will be in the display;
  3. Cut flower shapes out of the coloured card or paper and felt – remember a variety of colours, shapes and sizes will add variety to the picture;
  4. Collect the green stems and leaves together with the flower shapes and put them all on a tray;
  5. Work your way round the room and offer the tray to each resident asking them what their preferences are;
  6. Use double sided tape or a glue stick to stick the shapes onto the backing card;
  7. More able residents may be able to cut the shapes themselves with scissors or make their own flowers;

If you want to save some time, an alternative would be to use a product such as this one which comes with pre-prepared flower stalks and heads and can easily be re-used in your next care home activity.


3. Cue Cards

Free Spring picture pack

We have prepared a pack of six pictures on the theme of Spring together with conversation starters that you might like to use in your next care home activity.

These are contained in the PDF which can be downloaded using the form below:


4. Springtime Quick Quiz

Pose the following questions to your group. We usually allow people to join in with the answers. All comments are valued and included in the discussion. You should not necessarily stick rigidly to the script! Answers are in brackets.

  • Name a yellow spring flower (Daffodil, Crocus, Tulip)
  • Name a blue spring flower (Bluebell, Grape, Hyacinth)
  • Finish the famous song title: ‘Tulips from…’ (Amsterdam)
  • Name a famous horse race run in Spring (The Grand National)
  • Name a famous boat race in Spring (The University Boat Race)
  • Which universities are in the boat race? (Oxford and Cambridge)
  • Pancake Day is also called? (Shrove Tuesday)
  • What day follows Shrove Tuesday? (Ash Wednesday)
  • In Spring people dance around a tall pole with ribbons – what is this called? (A maypole)
  • Judy Garland wore an Easter bonnet in the musical? (Easter Parade)

It is a lovely idea to play ‘Easter Bonnet’ from Easter Parade after this question (see playlist in the next section below).


5. Springtime Music

We have created a playlist of our favourite Springtime music to use in care home activity sessions which is below. We recommend playing these songs through a bluetooth speaker and the Spotify app (or simply play the sample clips below).

If you feel it is appropriate for your group, you could also play background ambient sound of spring via a Bluetooth speaker. Here is a good sample but many others are available for free on Youtube:


6. Quick Conversation Starters

Talk about the different celebrations in Springtime. Below are a few suggestions:

  • Saints’ Days (St David – 1st March, Patron Saint of Wales; St Patrick – 17th March, Patron Saint of Ireland)
  • Lent – a time of fasting 6 weeks before Easter
  • Easter – a Christian festival at the end of Holy week celebrating the resurrection of Christ
  • Mardi Gras – famously celebrated in New Orleans and Brazil with dancing and carnivals is on Shrove Tuesday marking the last day of eating rich foods before Lent.
  • Holi – is a Hindu festival that marks the arrival of spring. Known widely as the Festival of Colour, people throw coloured powder and water at each other

Most of all – have fun! A good activity will leave your group feeling ‘Younger than Springtime‘.

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