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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.