Christmas Paper Chains

Activities for Seniors | By Debbie Davison
A very easy Christmas craft to do with your residents is to make old fashioned paper chains.

I found that the seniors with dementia loved doing this activity very much. Every year before Christmas we bought out the paper chain and added more links making it longer every year.

When we would hang up our paper chains each Christmas It was nice to see messages and names of past and present residents decorated on the paper chain links it would bring back nice memories.

How to make a Christmas Paper Chain

Coloured card makes a good chain and the chain will last for many Christmases.

Cut the coloured card into strips and let everyone decorate the strips with patterns, stickers and glitter.
You can use little Christmas stickers for decoration, these can be easily purchased from a $2 shop as well as glitter and coloured felt pens for everyone to use.

Once the strips are decorated, make a loop and glue them together. Joining each new loop to the other as you go.

Hang them around your Christmas Tree and pin them across the wall or windows. 

We hope you enjoy this Christmas activity. 
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About the Author
Debbie Davison
Debbie is the owner of Memory Lane Therapy and an experienced Activity coordinator for Aged care. Her passion is Music, Arts, Crafts and making people Laugh and Smile.


  • Carla
    What a wonderful idea, especially writing names and messages and enjoying year on year. ?
  • margaret
    you have some great ideas thanks margaret

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