DIY with CRi: Make Beanbags and Cornhole Boards for CRi’s Residents

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If you are interested in the following DIY volunteer opportunity, please reach out to RSVP Volunteer Specialist, Shannon White, at swhite@volunteerfairfax.org.

CRi, Choice. Respect. independence. (formerly known as Community Residences, Inc.), is a community-based organization with a focused effort on providing people with developmental disabilities and/or mental health needs the resources, supports and services they need to live their lives with purpose, actively engaged in communities of their choosing.  CRi’s mission fully supports a person’s ability to exercise control of their life’s choices, and to live in and contribute to communities of their choosing, as young adults through aging in place. We believe in serving individuals within the communities in which they live & supporting the individual’s choices and independence.

With COVID changing the way we all interact with the world, we’ve had to adjust our routines, implement coping mechanisms, and find new strategies to connect with our loved ones. CRi residents have had to do the same, but many don’t understand why. They can no longer go to their day-programs, see friends from other homes, or venture into the community for a fun outing. Staff have been working with residents to find ways to keep them learning and growing through games and projects that can be done at home – recreation therapy. The goal of recreation therapy is to motivate individuals to practice their fine motor skills and hone their cognitive function through tactile, visual, and auditory stimulation.

Corn Hole Boards

 Corn hole, a fun summer game, is a great activity that is not only fun but helps engage many physical and mental faculties for individuals with mental health needs and developmental disabilities. Indoor mini-corn hole boards can be used inside during the cold months or outdoors during the Summer. Additionally, they are easy to move and store. Check out this website for more details on this project – https://www.blackanddecker.com/en-US/ideas-and-inspiration/projects/cornhole-boards.

Bean Bags

Bean bags are a versatile sensory tool that can be used by staff to help entertain residents who have been homebound during COVID. Bean bags can be a tool to help individuals work on their coping skills, communication, and understanding, all the while getting active. 

A great reference website – http://mamaot.com/diy-no-sew-bean-bags-plus-lots-of-fun-bean-bag-activities/ 

Bean Bags

Bean bags for the game

Help provide developmental tools to residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities during COVID. Bean bags can be sewn or glued depending on your skill level. The goal is to make sure the insides don’t spill out when thrown. For each game, you will make two square bean bags, two triangle bean bags, and two circle bean bags.  

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