Things that go Together Quiz

Things that go Together Quiz

Categories: Activities Quiz Dementia

There are two ways to play this game. 
Great for dementia patients!
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There are two ways to play this game.


Call out one word and ask participants to guess the matching word.


Make cards with words printed in a large font; laminate and then separate by cutting out the words. Place words on the table and ask a small group of participants to find the matches by laying them side by side. Depending on the ability of participants you may give them only 6 to 10 matching words.

Salt and Pepper Up and Down
Gin and Tonic Back and forth
Shoes and Socks Spaghetti and meatballs
Coffee and Cream Yin and Yang
Peaches and Cream Mashed potatoes and gravy
Bread and Butter Bacon and eggs
Knife and fork Cheese and wine
Fish and Chips Pros and cons
Buttons and Bows Macaroni and Cheese
Peanut butter and Jelly Shoes and socks
Pencil and Paper Trick and treat
Wine and Cheese Soap and water
Hammer and nail Crimson and clover
Needle and Thread Horse and carriage
Ketchup and mustard Spring and summer
Hat and coat Song and dance
Hugs and Kisses Nuts and bolts
Knife and fork Hide and seek
Sugar and spice Lock and key
Sweet and sour Horse and cart
Tweedle dee and tweedle dum                   Pins and needles


Marianne 15th Jul 2016
this is a VERY successful activity with my LDC seniors...i have another section to this and it is famous couples...example: Lucy and Ricky, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Anthony and Cleopatra etc etc...they LOVE this one also.
i am ALWAYS looking for more ideas such as this, because no matter the severity of the dementia, this is a very INCLUSIVE activity
thanks Solange
Solange 14th Sep 2015
Quizzes are one of the most loved and popular activities in elder care. It is also a resource for seniors to reminisce, socialize, build friendships, improve cognition, and serve the purpose to motivate, educate, and entertain.
Mardi 12th Sep 2015
Hello I'm a new student and am working on some unit work to do with this game. I haven't had any experience in the field yet and was wondering if anyone could tell me how this helps a person with dementia. (other than the fun they obviously enjoy!)
Wendy 2nd Sep 2015
This is a great idea as you can also use pictures instead of words for those who can no longer read, but can match images - download a picture from the internet, resize as needed (bigger for those with eyesight problems), print and laminate. It works for all sorts of things - food types and clothing are good ones for dementia residents. "Horse and Carriage" is a fun one as it can lead into a song as well (many residents remember the lines " and marriage, go together like a horse and carriage"). Wendy
Lorraine dolbel 23rd Jul 2015
I have tried this with animals I have cut out and put on cardboard and laminated it is a winner
Lorraine dolbel 23rd Jul 2015
I have tried this with animals I have cut out and put on cardboard and laminated it is a winner
Alison 28th May 2015
I made this into a 'worksheet' where you draw lines between the matches, it was challenging, but not too hard for any participant. Thanks!
Cathy 27th Feb 2015
My residents and I played this game last Monday and we all loved it. I used different coloured paper so the matching was made a little easier for some. I printed about 6 matching pairs on the one colour page, cut them up and handed out one colour set to each resident. Everyone worked on their set and when complete we passed them onto the resident to their left. After all having a turn on each colour set, we brainstormed and came up with so many new things that go together, no doubt I will be expanding our matching cards.
cindy 13th Jan 2015
what a great idea thanks will try this with my dementia group
Amanda 9th Jul 2014
I tried this activity today and it went really well, residents from our 'Memory Lane' (dementia unit) came downstairs to play the game and they thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Will certainly play it again.
Mark 21st Mar 2014
This is a great idea......
Ron 5th Aug 2012
I did this activity today & it got the thumbs up, we all had a fun time, thank you.
I say we all, because I enjoy it too, just love my job.
talita 9th Aug 2012
Thanks Ron for all your feedback and support, it is very much appreciated. It is wonderful to hear your positive comments and ideas.
Judy 15th Jul 2012
I forgot to add. The first team to match all the cards and hand them in to me wins.
Judy 15th Jul 2012
I have created a variation of this game. I have the 'A' cards for example fish and chips. Fish is A and I have marked the card A and B is Fish but I have made a few other B cards for this group such as Mayonnaise, Potato cakes and sauce and so on for a number of other ones such custard to go with peaches, cream,icecream.
I divide the 'B'cards amongst 5 or 6 players or teams and I read out the A cards. I start to run the game like this...Custard 1...2...3..(I give them 3 seconds or so to come up with a match I accept). If they don't ,I move on to the next card. I can be very soft at times!! Sometimes I get 2 or 3 shouting all sorts of matches and whoever I hear first and agree it is acceptable they are OK. Depending if I have a very mixed group or high or low care I adapt what I am doing. The result is always a lot of fun
Pauline 31st Oct 2011
Tried this activity in the Dementia Unit recently residents loved it and have asked for more. Pauline NSW
Valerie 23rd Oct 2011
Excellent this would be a great game to play at "Happy Hour". Thank you very much.


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