This is a fun and simple game that helps the elderly maintain their physical abilities.
Make your own bags with rice, lentils, beans or couscous with scraps of colourful material. The size of the beans bags required depends on your the dexterity of your clients. I use 2 different sized bags:
Match the speed of the game to the capacity of residents; increasing the speed as they gain confidence.
The game should be played for around half an hour.
Hand out prizes such as marshmallows or chocolates to add to the excitement!
Make sure there is exciting music in the background. One song that works well for fast games is 'Zorba the Greek' because despite starting gently, it builds momentum.