The Price is Right Game

The Price is Right Game

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Reminiscing, engaging in conversation, cognitive exercise
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Reminiscing, engaging in conversation, cognitive exercise.

Preparation & Materials:

  • Prepare the room with a large cardboard sign: "The Price Is Right".
    (This could be made by your clients the day before in a craft session).
  • Borrow some grocery items from the kitchen such as: a can of beans, a packet of matches, a small packet of coffee, vegemite, eggs, and any other items.
  • Have suitable small prizes ready including items such as combs, lotions, talcum powders etc to give to those who are unable to eat chocolate and other sweets.


  • Place borrowed items on a table in the middle of the room with participants in a large circle around it.
  • Ask participants to guess the price of the groceries, one by one. Take the opportunity to engage them in reminiscing about the prices of groceries in the past.
  • Give prizes to those that guess closest to the correct price.


Robyn 25th Jun 2016
This sounds like a great idea. I will definately try this one.
Talita 27th Jun 2016
Thanks Robyn, would love to hear how it goes!
Robyn 22nd Jul 2016
We tried The Price is Right game this week and found it to be very successful. The residents were amazed at the prices of groceries now. They are still talking about it. Thanks for this great idea.
Glenis 24th Jun 2016
This was well received by our residents. They all enjoyed looking through and reminiscing about the supermarket, price changes and food items . The especially enjoyed thinking about what they could cook with the items from the pantry. They have requested to have this again on a regular basis. Great Idea!
Talita 27th Jun 2016
Thanks for the feedback Glenis, this is lovely to hear!
Lumanai 20th May 2016
I have been trying this activities but from another angle. I set up Park & Save Supermarket and residents was given some amount of money (Fake) like $30.00 0r $20.00 to go shopping, the challenge is you will spend not more than what you have. It was a lot of laugh as residents made their way to the cash register to pay for their shopping and find out that they went over or stayed below. whoever managed it shopping money well will received a price. there was a lot of discussions as well. when I ask residents the names of the supermarkets on their days Three Guys was mentioned, Four square, some mentioned Woolworht and Foodtown. as their local supermarket. I will do it again cos it was successful and enjoyable and fun too. Thank you for your help GC
9th May 2015
I've been playing The Price is Right at our facility for a couple of years. I grab boxes and cans from my kitchen. I make signs with three prices and the residents guess the correct one. I also place incorrect prices in front of similarly priced items and the residents have to place them correctly. To qualify for larger prizes, the "guest" toss balled up T-shirts into a plastic tub. Whoever gets the most gets to swap their smaller prize for a larger one. Our facility has a pre-school attached and I borrowed their Plinko game, which the residents loved!
The "guests" get to choose a prize from the small box, the basket or the large box. I have residents of varying cognitive levels and they all enjoy the game! Prizes range from $1 store to higher value donated items.
Jot Pearson 12th Feb 2015
Planning on playing The Price is Right next Month with my Residents! I cant wait (excited) I also plan to give my residents that guess the correct price the price! Thats a Great Idea!
Ann Farry 11th Sep 2014
Some great ideas will try some out with service users
Julianne Staff 1st Sep 2014
Had a great day at work so much fun, we played Who Am I residents ,staff, family members played in as well, all in stitches of laughter.
Julianne 30th Aug 2014
I also would like more information. Julianne
Di 26th May 2014
Wow this sounds amazing I wish I could do this with my residents. I only have four alltogether and only one that could participate. I will keep it in mind for the future. Cant wait to play
Di 13th Mar 2014
I have played this in the past. My Dementia residents were quite into wanting to fill their shopping bags and they walked around with their groceries that they had just bought from the shop.

I have for my Low Care residents a game on DVD.
Who wants to be a Millionaire. Yes the game on TV.

Mary Scott 24th Oct 2013
I have done this game, but I buy items such as shampoos and toothpastes, and some food items. But whoever guesses the closest wins the item I bought!
zewariah 14th Aug 2013
can u please let me know about the game board
Margaret 26th Jul 2012
i managed to get a hold of the price is right board game. Im planning on doing prices from the 50's and now. Any tips?
Solange 19th Apr 2012
Hi Karen, I am glad it worked for you. I am also very successful with this game; the residents are often amazed at how dear groceries have become.
karen 19th Apr 2012
What a great game. I am currently studying Lifestyle and Health and used this activity as my presentation to the class. My daughter and I had fun creating the signs and props and it was really well received by the class and teachers. To make it a little more fun, I downloaded the start of one of the episodes and played it to start things off. I will definitely recommend to my work place as i think the residents would have fun with this! Thank-you for your great ideas! Karen
Debbie 16th Oct 2011
When we played this game at our facility we added a twist. I collected eg 6 empty food packets that required cooking, pizza, pasta, frozen salmon, soup beans, porridge and frozen vegetables. Residents had to put them in order of shorts to longest cooking time. Another game we played was with empty bottles of things you might drink, coke,milk,juice,cordial and soft drink. We played by saying you only had $2 so what could you buy from the supermarket if you were thirsty. We also played pick the odd item out, eg soap, toothpaste, shampoo, toothpicks ,deodorant, shower gel. Another version was a selection of foods for a particular meal and residents had to decide which meal eg of an easy one, carton eggs, bread, cereal, juice, bacon and jam ie Breakfast. The price is right was lots of fun and those were also the comments from residents.
Solange 25th Mar 2011
Yes Barbara, that game has always been extremely successful for me too. You may vary it sometimes by presenting items that had popular commercials such as coke "the real thing", airplane jelly, beer "I feel like a Tooheys",etc. Just ask participants if they remember the commercials,it is a good memory game.
Barbara 23rd Mar 2011
I played this game today. Chose grocery items from my pantry. Which gave the resident's, an insight on my life style, this activity went for 90 MINS. Not only staff participated also family members, lots of laughs. Finished with how would you use this article, explaining how I use the article. Went overtime 30 mins. GREAT activity thank you all Barb
Heather 6th Oct 2010
This game turned out interesting for our facility, we have three units high care dementia, low care dementia and hostel and all residents loved the price is right game. lots of discussion about products,packaging and price developed. The interesting things was that they competed against each other (there choice) and high care won, followed by low care dementia and then hostel... resident may have dementia but games like this prove they still have it.. (old saying use it or lose certainly proves true for my residents
jeannette 23rd Sep 2009
Prizes are a great idea ,love the large cheque ,car prize & trip for one,terrific i will be using this thanks. In our facility our residents are not allowed to use talcum powder as it is deemed unsafe.Just thought i would pass that on.
Rachel 23rd May 2009
I played this game with my residents and they absolutely loved it! They all wanted to play again.I made a huge oversized cheque as the first prize had a small toy car as the second prize and third prize was a 'Trip for one to Hawaii"!
Diana Teijaro 10th Mar 2009
I love Price is right! Another fun game that came from it, purely by accident one day we had played the game and a gentleman in our dementia unit picked up the duct tape off of the table and said asked what it was, I started to explain to him in my theatrical way, what it was and what amazing things you can do with it, another resident who rarely spoke, picked up a can of Coffee and began to do the same with it. We were all laughing and taking turns, doing comercials for the items on the table. Then the next week we played " You Can Sell Anything!" i like to find odd objects and bring them in. I keep my eyes open all of the time around the community. I even had nurses and maintenance men bring me things and everyone stops in while we play our game.
Jen Freeman 4th Oct 2008
This is a great idea! I love activities that encourage thinking in a group and in a fun way as they are non-threatening to participants Great.
Yoona 2nd Jul 2008
This is a good way to reminisce, making a game and so encouraging people to remember. Great.


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