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Reminiscing in the 50’s and 60’s Kitchen

Activities for Seniors | By Debbie Davison
I am lucky enough to have collected and inherited many old kitchen utensils which I display at home in my outdoor kitchen complete with an old 'Everhot' wood stove.

I'm always on the lookout at op shops and car boot sales for old and unusual items that I can add to my collection. 

Old vintage items like these are great to bring into activity time to help engage with our senior residents in a game of reminiscing and to encourage more social conversation. 

Some guidelines on how to play

✿ Sit everyone around a large table or in a circle.
✿ Bring all items in a covered bag so they can be revealed one at a time.
✿ Bring out an item show it to the group even if you go to everyone giving them a closer look. Ask the question of "what is this particular item used for?" and "what is it called?"

✿ Ask the question of "what is this particular item used for?" and "what is it called?"
✿ Let everyone yell out an answer and tell them if they are correct.


✿ Let people reminisce and tell stories about the object and how they or their parents used the particular utensil in their home and what recipes they made using them.
✿ I wore an apron when I did this activity, we talked about aprons recited the apron poem and it bought back many memories of their own aprons or their mothers or grandmothers aprons remembering the designs, patterns and colours.

I also use the Treasures of the Past Cards at the end of the activity which has many pictures of household items from years gone by.

You could use any old items you may have at home to make great reminiscing activity,

Here are a few ideas: old sewing box with thimbles, old sewing bits, old dress patterns, old men's tools out of the tool shed, old fishing items.

Happy reminiscing everyone!

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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.

1 Comment

  • Carol Johnson
    Thanku I do an abc story every day they love it I ask for an item they have brought from the shop beginning with A then carry on with b c d up to z we have some laughs with some of the items

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