This is a resource produced by Sketchbook Circle teachers and artists for The National Day of Arts in Care Homes 2023.
Namaste seated movement
These simple seated stretches take inspiration from Indian dance. They are a gentle way for people to stretch their bodies and a lovely activity to do together in a group.
Bisakha Sarker MBE, developed in partnership with Knowsley Borough Council.
This painting activity explores the beauty and colours in snowy, wintry landscapes, focusing on the shades in the sky and the shapes of the leafless trees. It is a lovely activity to do in a group or in a pair.
Macclesfield Museums / Julie Longbottom. Developed in partnership with East Cheshire Housing Consortium.
Creating abstract cards
This creative pattern-making activity is a tactile way of making unique cards to share with all. It is a relaxing
activity, almost doodling, either for a group supporting each other or to do one-to-one.
Tara Dean / cARTrefu Age Cymru.
Glitter glue art
Glitter glue art is a fun activity to do with bigger groups. It is easy but produces very pleasing results and can be meditative once people get into it.
Falkland Grange Care Home, Porthaven Care Homes.
This informative, sensory activity gives participants space to chat and to share their reactions and experiences whilst tasting chocolate. It is also a fun way to learn more about the history of chocolate.
“Food in Georgian times”, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. Developed in partnership with Age UK North Tyneside, ‘Time Travellers’ Dementia Group.
Your story, your way
In this one-to-one activity participants create a story or poem that they can keep and share with family and friends. It is designed to be relaxed, supportive and flexible to meet the needs and feelings of everybody who takes part.
Nicola Abraham and Victoria Ruddock / Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Developed in partnership with Imperial College Healthcare Trust, Dementia Care Team.
Visuals and music
This activity has been successfully used at the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Elders Coffee Mornings on Zoom. It is a fun and engaging way to start conversations and get people involved.
Royal Exchange Theatre Elders Company / Graham and Tony.