Elder Care Projects: Footprint Butterflies

Elder Care in Spring TX

Making crafts a regular part of your elder care plan stimulates your elderly parents’ minds, keeps them entertained, Elder Care in Spring TXand lets you create lasting, tangible memories. When you share this crafting time with your children you are making this time even more meaningful. With these projects you can look back on the crafts you made with your loved ones and remember them at that age.

Celebrate the return of spring with this fun elder care project, helping your aging parents and children create a colorful flock of butterflies with the unique and meaningful touch of their own feet and hands.

 

What You’ll Need

• A variety of colors of washable poster paint

• Paint sponges or brushes

• Paper plates

• Newspaper or plastic tablecloth to protect the floor

• Large pieces of paper or poster board

• Embellishments such as glitter

 

What to Do

• Find an open workspace that allows you to spread out the paper or poster board completely. If you want to do the project inside, make sure you put something down to protect the floor such as newspaper or a plastic tablecloth. Tape the sides down to prevent the floor covering from shifting around while you do your craft.

• If you are making one large craft, place the piece of paper or poster board in the center of the workspace where it is easily accessible from all sides. If each person is making his own project, make sure each person has his own workspace and put a smaller piece of paper or poster board in front of him so he is able to work comfortably.

• Have each person take off their shoes and socks. Make sure they do not have any dust, dirt, lint, or anything else on their bottoms of their feet that may change the look of their footprints or get stuck in the paint.

• For ease of creating the footprints, you may want to provide each person with a chair positioned in front of his piece of paper or in a position where he can easily access a portion of the main piece of paper. Have everyone sit in their chairs and rest their feet on the paper to make sure they can reach it comfortably and that they can access several areas of the paper.

• Distribute a small amount of each color of paint on the paper plates and put them around the workspace with the small paint sponges or paintbrushes.

• To make the butterfly wings, pick one person to start with and use a sponge or paintbrush to lightly coat the bottoms of his feet with paint. Make sure there is not so much paint that it is bubbling or dripping off. You want to be able to see the unique pattern of the footprints, which requires only a small amount of paint.

• Once his feet are coated, have the person cross his ankles and position his feet so that the outer edges touch with the toes lined up. Help him guide his feet to the paper and press them down firmly but quickly, contacting the paper with both feet at the same time and not wiggling or sliding them when they are down or as he lifts them.

• The resulting print will resemble butterfly wings with the ball print forming the larger upper portion of the wings and the heel print creating the smaller lower portion.

• Have the person use his thumb dipped in another color paint to add a print in between the prints created by his pinkie toes. This forms the head of the butterfly with the toe prints creating the antennae.

• Have the person curl his fingers under so his fingertips touch with top of his palm. Lightly coat the side of his hand with his pinkie finger with paint and have him press it under the thumb print, in the gap between the footprint wings. This forms the body of the butterfly.

• If desired, very lightly dust the wet paint with glitter to create sparkling butterfly designs.

• For more elaborate designs, use more than one color when applying paint to the feet for wings.

• Be sure to write the name of the person and the date under one of the butterflies so you can tell who made which ones years down the road.

If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care services in Spring, TX, please call the staff at New Frontier Home Care. We are available to answer your senior care questions! Call Today at (832) 664-7394. Providing care in Houston, River Oaks, The Heights, Memorial, Katy, Kingwood, Spring, Pearland, The Woodlands, Sugar Land & League City.

Gary Williams

Director of Marketing at New Frontier Home Care
Gary’s father suffered from transverse myelitis, which is a rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord & caused him to be wheelchair bound until he passed in 2011. After spending years helping care for his father, Gary became determined to get involved in the healthcare industry with the goal of providing care to those in need, in the comfort of their own homes.
Gary completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management on a full-ride scholarship at North Dakota State University. He returned back to his hometown of Houston & joined the Houston Police Department, putting his life on the line to keep others safe. Currently Gary stays involved with the police force through monthly volunteer work, but his main priority is New Frontier Home Care, where he serves as Marketing Director.
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Gary’s father suffered from transverse myelitis, which is a rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord & caused him to be wheelchair bound until he passed in 2011. After spending years helping care for his father, Gary became determined to get involved in the healthcare industry with the goal of providing care to those in need, in the comfort of their own homes.
Gary completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management on a full-ride scholarship at North Dakota State University. He returned back to his hometown of Houston & joined the Houston Police Department, putting his life on the line to keep others safe. Currently Gary stays involved with the police force through monthly volunteer work, but his main priority is New Frontier Home Care, where he serves as Marketing Director.
Gary is a Verified Google Author