Recreating the School Lunch Experience
In the heart of memory care, a delightful activity awaits — making school lunches reminiscent of the good old days. This interactive session not only sparks memories of school days but also brings the joy of crafting a simple lunch, just like they used to or when they prepared lunches for their own children.
1. A roll of greaseproof or baking paper.
2. Brown paper bags and a black marker for personalization.
3. Sliced white and whole meal bread.
4. Butter or margarine.
5. Assorted fillings – cold meat, cheese, mustard pickles, tomato, lettuce, curried egg, and spreads.
6. Cups of tea and coffee for a complete experience.
Let’s make Sandwiches
Gather residents around a table and distribute tasks. Whether it’s buttering bread, grating eggs for curried egg filling, slicing tomatoes, or shredding lettuce, every participant can play a role.
Each person receives two slices of buttered bread, allowing them to unleash their creativity in choosing their fillings. The process of building their sandwiches becomes a shared experience, fostering social interaction.
Wrap the completed sandwiches in pre-cut squares of greaseproof or baking paper, then slip them into individual brown paper lunch bags, personalized with their names. The personal touch adds a delightful touch of nostalgia.
Finally, serve cups of tea and coffee, and distribute the sandwiches. As everyone unwraps their creations, the room fills with the comforting aroma of freshly made sandwiches.
Adding a Dash of Memory with School Days Quiz
Enhance the experience by incorporating a school days quiz. This delightful combination of crafting and storytelling not only nourishes the body but also the soul, creating a memorable journey back to the school days of yesteryears.
School Days Reminiscing Cards
Reminisce the fun and unforgettable memories of your school days with us! Using our Nostalgia Colorful Cards, you will surely recall specific parts of your school days, let alone the spirit of your youth!
Crafting Nostalgia on Colorful Cards
Engage residents in a delightful game designed not just to entertain but to enhance dexterity, foster social connections, and weave a tapestry of shared memories. The “School Days Reminiscing Cards” activity is versatile and adaptable to various occasions, promising an enjoyable experience for participants.
- A4 paper for printing
- Colored paper – example 24 cards for a group of 8. More for larger groups
- Black marker
Crafting the Cards
1. Download or Create Questions: Begin by downloading the provided “School Day” questions or unleash creativity by crafting your own to suit the preferences of the group.
You can download the Free PDF File below to access the provided “School Day” questions for your activity!
2. Cut and Assemble: Participants cut out the questions and headings provided.
3. Prepare Cardstock: Divide the colorful construction paper into appropriately sized cards (e.g., 6 x 2 inches or 15 x 5 cm).
4.Glue Questions and Headings: Invite participants to glue the questions to one side and the headings to the other side of the cards. Optionally, laminate the cards for durability.
Playing the Game
1. Distribution: Hand out a card, face down, to each participant.
2. Reading Aloud: Ask the first participant to flip their card and read the question aloud. If the question doesn’t resonate with them, encourage others to share their experiences.
3. Engaging Discussions: Allow a few minutes for lively group discussions, stories, and shared reminiscences related to their school days.
4. Rotation: Move to the next participant, repeating the process until everyone has contributed. Collect the cards and distribute new ones to keep the conversations flowing.
After the game, dive deeper into the theme:
Musical Connections: Explore songs or poems related to school days. For example, reminisce about songs like “Another Brick in the Wall” from the 1970s.
Inclusive Singing: Incorporate a brief singing session. Consider involving nurses to join the group for a harmonious few minutes of shared tunes.
Sample Questions for ‘School Days’ Reminiscing Cards:
- Did your school use the cane as a form of discipline?
- Did you wear a uniform to school?
- What did you call your teacher?
- Did your school have class photos taken?
- Did you prefer using a pencil or a pen for writing?
- Did you have to sit for exams?
- Were you ever called to the Principal’s office?
- How did you learn your Times Tables?
- Did your school have any bullies?
- How much homework did you have?
- Did you have fond memories of your teachers?
- What was your favorite subject?
- Did you go on field trips or excursions?
- Did you have a lot of friends in school?
- Did your teacher ever visit your parents?
- Did you have to memorize and recite poems?
- Did your school have a sandpit in the yard?
- Did you receive free milk at school?
Feel free to customize the questions to suit your group’s preferences and cultural background, ensuring an enjoyable and nostalgic experience for all participants.
Download your printable PDF copy of School Days Lunch Activity for Seniors in Aged Care