Everyday creativity

November 30, 2022

52 weekly activities

Chocolate Tasting

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.

September 7, 2022

52 weekly activities

Colour and mood

A sensory activity exploring colour and emotion. It is dementia friendly and can help support speech and communication. It can create a space to discuss feelings and emotions, and to stimulate mindfulness.


Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. Developed in partnership with Age UK North Tyneside – Time Travellers Dementia Group.

August 10, 2022

52 weekly activities

Sensory colours

A simple activity that works really well in pairs. Depending on the level of need and/or confidence, the activity could be undertaken by the participant and a family member or friend with minimal support.


Hoot Creative Arts / Andrea Freeman. Developed in partnership with Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees companionship groups.

May 17, 2022

52 weekly activities

Magic Basket

A basket of sensory items can easily become an instant way of connecting with the people. People are naturally curious about what’s in the basket and it can become a source of curiosity opening up delight, memory and stories.

Credit: Maria Harvey-Lavin / Roaming Aromas. Developed in partnership with C&C Care Homes.

February 2, 2022

52 weekly activities

Sashiko stitching

Sashiko is a mindful and peaceful activity that enables participants to share and chat. This 500-year-old technique from Japan can create both simple and more complex designs depending on the participants’ knowledge of stitching.

Credit: Derby Quad, GoldsQUAD / Phillipa Larkin.

January 31, 2022

Art by Post: Explore and Inspire

The Southbank Centre in partnership with NAPA, Nightingale Hammerson and Nenagh Watson

This booklet has been developed for anyone working in care settings, and was inspired by The Southbank Centre’s Art by Post project, which brings free creative activities direct to the door of the individuals, care-givers, practitioners and professionals most isolated by social distancing methods.

It includes a range of activities designed to take creativity into every corner of your care setting, including making nature clay prints, shadow puppets and slow looking.