Many older people enjoy tactile activities such as making patterns with mosaics as they offer an endless variety of possibilities and there is no 'right or wrong' way to do it. There are sets from 16 pieces to others that are more challenging.
Those who are living with dementia also like to keep their hands busy, one way to do this and have fun too is to thread and lace, evoking 'learnt' skills they will have used throughout their life eg: lacing shoes, sewing etc. Our animal shapes are easy to hold and have nice, large holes and robust laces that fit easily and provide satisfaction.
Our magnetic sets avoid lost pieces and come in various types, you can make your own farm or seaside arrangement with over 35 different pieces on an A3 magnetic board. Or use a Magnetic Alphabet and Numbers set for fun number or spelling games to keep mental agility skills sharp.
Why not try a Polydron set and build up houses, castles or anything you like by just touching the edges, they will stay wherever you place them. Ideal for people of all ages who find it difficult to grip - can help improve hand/eye coordination too!
Colour coordinated stacking fun - our Large Foam Wonky Tower game is made from easy to grip lightweight foam but can still present a challenge when trying to balance the sloping edges on top of each other. Fun for elderly care home residents to play and can help with hand/eye coordination, fine motor skills and concentration skills. 20 building blocks with varying slopes with 1 playing dice all in a storage bag. Cubes 10cm size.
For anyone who likes a challenge, our Ring Stacking With A Twist Activity is just the thing! The task is to distribute the rings on the three bars according to the illustration. The trick is that the rings may only be pushed and not lifted off the bars. A very nice brain teaser, because several steps have to be thought out and implemented in advance. Makes a great activity for older people in care homes as it incorporates logical thinking, hand/eye coordination, fine motor skills and concentration. An unusual boredom-buster gift for anyone who has an older relative.
Create your own designs with these easy to thread wooden beads. Our Caterpillars and Towers Threading Activity makes a fun activity for groups or individuals in care homes. Can be used for colour matching, sequencing, improving fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination while helping to relax and concentrate the mind. Dementia-friendly and fully washable. All wooden construction.
The perfect activity for keeping restless hands busy, these Geometric Lacing Forms are a great addition to a care home. Can be done whilst sitting and also as a distraction aid for dementia patients when travelling or waiting. The 3 acrylic shapes have large punched holes with colourful laces. Good colour contrast makes these good for anyone with impaired sight. Set includes 1 x circle, 1 x square and 1 x triangle.
Set of durable plastic animal shapes with large holes for easy threading and lacing. Hippo, monkey, rhino, giraffe, elephant and lion shapes with 18 laces.
This Threading Card and Laces set provides challenging fun that is good to keep hands busy and uses fine motor skills. Makes a perfect easy activity for older people with the minimum of preparation for activity coordinators. Laminated wooden plate with large holes for easy threading and 4 thick coloured cords to make endless patterns. Good for anyone with a dementia and can help to relax and elleviate stress and boredom.
Now in larger packs of 10 for group activity sessions in care homes, our Threading Cards and Laces sets provide challenging fun that is good to keep hands busy and uses fine motor skills. Makes a perfect easy activity for older people with the minimum of preparation for activity coordinators. 10 laminated wooden plates with large holes for easy threading and 40 thick coloured cords to make endless patterns. Good for anyone with a dementia and can help to relax and elleviate stress and boredom.
Chunky wooden shapes with large threading holes make this a great tactile activity that helps practise fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination.8 shapes with 8 laces.
These Colour Placement Tiles will brighten up everyone's day. Can be used for colour matching, contrast, similar tone e.g pastel or vibrant, games such as using a colour and asking what items are that colour and then extending it to talk about one of the items in more detail, personal memories, likes/dislikes. Makes a versatile activity for care home residents for individual or groups.
This vibrant wooden puzzle is ideal for keeping hands occupied. Try to change the 24 shaped pieces from a cube to a flat square puzzle! 2 games in 1.
Test your matching skills with this Cuby Colour Game - it's not as simple as it looks! Match the cube colours with the template sheets, making sure all sides match. Game is graded to varying levels of difficulty so this can be enjoyed by older people of all abilities including anyone with a dementia. Tactile wooden lacquered cubes with wipe-clean laminated board templates. Can help practise colour coordination and recognition and helps keep minds active. 9 cubes and 20 templates plus 2 blanks for your own pattern combination.
Pretty Jewel Stone Game with tactile coloured stones that are great to touch. Lovely, large 6cm diameter discs stored in a velvet bag that are easy to grip for older hands. Share out the discs randomly and take it in turns to throw the dice, the first to run out of discs wins. Or can be played similarly to dominoes, matching colours or numbers. Lots of possibilities and great for anyone with sight impairment or dementia. Makes a perfect activity for care home residents.
Magnetic Cube Set that will give hours of fun. Each 'cube' is made up of 24 movable magnetic parts that can be manipulated in endless ways. Set comes with 21 template cards patterns to copy if you can. High quality parts that will make a long-lasting activity for care home residents of all abilities - especially good for anyone with dementia due to the tactile nature of the game. Helps with hand/eye coordination, colour matching and concentration.
Lovely tactile game for all abilities. All-wooden construction, simply arrange the magnetic shapes into one of the designs supplied, or create your own unique design. 120 magnetic shapes, 12 designs to follow and a large magnetic board. Includes storage case.
Polished hardwood Magnetic Placement Game provides hours of tactile fun for all abilities. Chunky pieces are easy to grip for older hands and will not slip out of place or slide off the board. Can be played on a lap or table or even played whilst in bed for hospital or nursing home patients and the coated steel backing board and playing pieces are easily washed for good hygiene. A great fun and versatile activity for older people in care homes to help keep boredom at bay and encourage individual creativity.
For anyone who likes a cognitive game, this Memory Colour Combinations set is fun to use. Match the picture card with its corresponding colour strip card, but be careful as you also need to select the one that shows the amount of each colour is represented in the size of the colour strips. 32 of both picture cards and colour strip cards. Ideal care home activity that utilises colour recognition, hand/eye coordination and spacial thinking skills.
One for puzzle-lovers everywhere. This vibrant shaped puzzle is a joy to work out and complete. Large 24cm diameter wooden circle, the pieces are easy to hold and will engage players for a good amount of time.
A quality, traditional puzzle. 24 all wood colourful, varnished pieces that create a wonderful challenge to fit back into the tray - or create your own design.
Can you complete this challenging puzzle? Try to assemble the 37 wooden pieces to fit back as a triangle in a frame? Makes a great gift for any puzzle lover and made from eco-friendly wood too. Puzzles are proven to help keep minds stimulated especially for older people.
Shadow Figures game is suitable for all abilities. Just use the building blocks to replicate the shadow shape on the template - on both sides. A game that utilises spacial thinking, planning and hand/eye coordination skills. Makes an ideal activity for care home residents - keeps minds engaged to stave off boredom. Also good for anyone with a dementia. Pieces made from eco-friendly beech wood.
Another in our Shadow Figures fun games - Set 2 offers a higher level of difficulty for players. Just use the building blocks to replicate the shadow shape on the template - on both sides. A game that utilises spacial thinking, planning and hand/eye coordination skills. Makes an ideal activity for care home residents - keeps minds engaged to stave off boredom. Also good for anyone with a dementia. Pieces made from eco friendly beech wood.
Get both Shadow Figures Sets 1 & 2 combined in this Shadow Figures Set. Money saving and enables play from easiest level right through to more advanced. Use the building blocks to replicate the shadow shape on the template - on both sides (not as easy as it looks). Game utilises spacial thinking, planning and hand/eye coordination skills. Eco friendly tactile wooden shapes that fit neatly in the hand. Ideal care home resident activity to stop boredom.
Our Shadow Forms Extension Set allows you to extend the shadow shapes from your existing Shadow Games set to make a wealth of imaginative shapes to copy. Set includes different eco friendly wooden block styles to add. A perfect tactile activity for older people in care homes to engage with and help with spacial thinking and hand/eye contact skills.
Additional fun for your Shadow Skyline set, these Diagonal Extension templates add more of a challenge as they are set in a diagonal angle! Set includes 20 laminated template cards with corner rails to support and instructions. Use the blocks from your existing game to form the shapes. Great for practising hand/eye coordination and spacial thinking skills for older care home residents. The ultimate way to beat the boredom!
Engage your care home residents with this Shadow Skylines Game. Try to match the shadow shapes by assembling the wooden shapes to replicate them - from both angles! Can be enjoyed individually or as a team game. Utilises spacial thinking, planning and hand/eye coordination. Great tactile dementia-friendly activity. Eco friendly beech wood pieces.
Mini version of the popular Shadow Skylines Game. Try to match the shadow shapes by assembling the wooden shapes to replicate them - from both angles! Can be enjoyed individually or as a team game. Utilises spacial thinking, planning and hand/eye coordination. Great tactile dementia-friendly activity. Eco friendly beech wood pieces.
Endless combinations can be created with this colourful wooden mosaic puzzle. All sides are coloured to enable multiple patterns. The small size is ideal to fit on the lap for entertainment during journeys etc. NB: Delivery time may take longer for this product.
Cogs and Gears is a stimulating and tactile activity which has proven to be a real success with people with dementia due to the stunning visual effect. Alter and change the cogs and gears to make your own system, then set the wheels in motion. A fun game which can help activate thinking and logical thinking skills in older people. Highly contrasting brightly coloured pieces make this good for anyone with a sight impairment too. 49 cogs and gears with interlocking base plates.
Keep fingers busy with this table top cogs activity. Perfectly sized to fit on a lap or table top and made from smooth wood. Makes a lovely tactile game for anyone confined to a bed or chair and the cogs are interchangeable.
Have fun building all sorts of 3D structures and colourful mazes. Simply interlock the 4 types of tubes for endless configurations. Great tactile and visual game for all abilities. See video below:
Our fun set gives endless opportunities for geometric shapes and spiral designs. Makes a great addition to schools or for any creative craft group. Why not create a picture and frame it in one of our frame kits (see below).
So versatile - what can you build with your Building Bricks set? Assorted sized bricks now in pretty pastel shades. Perfect for all ages and abilities to construct and invent models. Makes a good, relaxing tactile hobby activity for anyone. Why not use as a reminiscence therapy aid to encourage chatting about childhood memories? Great for older people to practise fine motor skills and keep fingers supple.
100 assorted brick shapes for pressing together and creating unique models. Can also be used for shape sorting, colour matching, counting etc. Great for helping practise hand/eye coordination and keeping minds busy. Makes a good activity for anyone living with dementia too. Fully washable.
Chunky, colourful shapes that snap together to make an endless variety of 2 and 3 dimensional creations. Tactile game that can be used by all ages and abilities, either in groups or individually.
Innovative product that allows endless combinations and shapes by just pressing edges together. Ideal for anyone with difficulty in gripping. Great tactile game for all ages and abilities. 32 shaped pieces in various colours.
35 assorted magnetic farm pieces that are great to use with our Magnetic Board (code: MAGB1). Lovely tactile pieces that can be arranged on the board any way you wish. Ideal for anyone confined to a bed or chair as the pieces stay put even at an angle. Can be used on a wall too. Please note: Board not included.
Can you spell everyone's names correctly? What about their age too? Colourful letters, numbers and symbols that are easy to grip for older hands. Makes a great activity for dementia patients too. Fully washable. 99 pieces.
Plain magnetic board approximately A3 size to use with magnetic accessories in order to create unique scenes, words and number quizzes. Makes an ideal activity for dementia patients or anyone confined to bed as the pieces will stay put and not slide off. Note: board only.
35 assorted magnetic seaside - themed pieces that can be used with our Magnetic Board (code: MAGB1). Create your own beach scene from a chair or bed - great for anyone older to use and chat about past holiday memories.