A talking, reminiscence and drawing activity centred around “best” dinner sets from childhood memories.
You could plan this activity in one of the social areas when residents are having cups of tea. Use teacups as a way of setting the scene and begin a dialogue.
The aim of this activity is simply to start a conversation that will encourage residents to remember special or esteemed items which their families may have loved and cared for, and to share stories about a common theme. Encourage people to sketch as you talk. There is no pressure to create “perfect” drawings.
Top tip: If you go to boot sales or charity shops you can pick things up for a few pence. Maybe even ask the manager of a charity shop if they will set aside cracked or mismatched items that might have typically been thrown away.
Taking the conversations and tailoring activities for residents based on what they divulge and discuss could link into food/baking/metal work/still life
Ways to adapt for less able residents:
Take rubbings of spoons.
Use crockery to eat food or drink tea from, and simply chat about old cooking or eating rituals
Use the items as a focal point for discussion and a social gathering.
Ways to adapt from group to individual and vice versa:
This is a lovely activity to do as a group but it could also easily be done one on one or with visitors as there is no pressure to create. The conversation is the most important element.