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I like that idea, marionq.When I was a child my favourite toy was my grandmothers button box. It was the old style black and gold cash box with sections and I used to sort endlessly by colour, size, shape etc. If you get her a cash box and either fill it with assorted buttons or coins I bet it would keep her busy.
Same here, but last year I did find poster paints, lining paper cut in large sizes and easel worked for a while. At moment I am collecting small unvarnished wooden boxes, like the old cigar ones. Going to see if mum would like to paint or collage them and then varnish.I bought mater book and crayons/pencils, my sister got felt pens, the books were po hoo'd and left in a heap.
Can you give me a name for the things you bought? If I go to a craft shop or search the internet, what am I looking for? I try a range of activities to create interest. Some work and some don't. You could give me another possibilityMy MIL used to make the most beautiful cards pre-dementia. She still shows an interest and shuffles through her vast collection of card making stuff from time to time. She clearly still wants to make some Christmas cards, but really has lost her skills now, and seems at a loss where to start. So I thought I'd try something to do with card making with her.
A couple of days ago, I went to a well-known craft making shop and bought some more 'kit' for her, but a lot less sophisticated compared to what she used to buy. For example, I bought some ready-made die-cut shapes that are easy to stick straight on to the card. Anyway, we spent a pleasant afternoon together opening packets, examining the contents, and trying out different combinations of shapes, stick-on buttons, sentiments, backing paper and what have you. At the end of the day, we made about a dozen cards between us. Well, I say 'we' but really it was MIL 'advising' about colour and shapes etc. and me actually making the cards! It doesn't really matter who did what, the main thing is she really seemed to enjoy the process. She has even offered to help me make my own cards when I'm ready!
There are craft suppliers for schools to I think called yellow moon who have good craft ideas and of course Early learning shops if you have one nearby. The Works are very reasonable too. You could also make a scrap book of family photos to look at once it's finished of course.Can you give me a name for the things you bought? If I go to a craft shop or search the internet, what am I looking for? I try a range of activities to create interest. Some work and some don't. You could give me another possibility