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Cara 7th Feb 2019 Seabrooke
We had so much fun playing this with both residents and staff and families. We kept it secret to have an element of surprise. we just promoted the game as Irish Carpet Bowls, didn't mention Potatoes or turnips, with everyone asking what's Irish Carpet Bowls, how do you play it. We kept up the suspense by telling them you'll have to come along and find out. We also added a little twist, we play carpet bowls in teams of two, so we coloured our potatoes red & blue and we added lots of lucky 4 leaf clovers to our carpet mat to give the residents more opportunity to win as the potatoes have a mind of their own, but here's my evaluation of using food dye as suggested by our Irish chef (bad idea) as the dye also stains your hands, so we sealed the potatoes with clear gloss to stop the food colour leaching onto your hands which made the potatoes lovely and glossy, but not such a good idea to do this on a weekend before your games on the day, cause by the time you play, the potatoes are getting soft spots resulting in roars of laughter when the residents heard the potatoes go splat and split in places, so we had to apply a quick remedy of wrapping the potatoes in glad wrap resulting in more laughter. So if you want to colour your potatoes don't use food colour. We are yet to solve this issue of colouring or adding something to distinguish teams for this years game, but I'm sure whatever we do it will be lots of fun, like others, the roars of laughter from discovering they are rolling potatoes brought everyone to the activity room to find out what the heck are they all laughing at., which in turn resulted in staff joining in and having fun. You can use Red potatoes and White potatoes but they are more uniform in shape, its much more fun with the larger odd size shape potatoes.
Solange 8th Feb 2019 Diversional Therapist
Hi Cara, well done! It sounds so much fun!
Jenny 16th Mar 2018 Lifestyle Coordinator
We played this at my work yesterday was great to see all that were playing having a great time laughing at themselves and other residents ,will not be waiting to St Patrick's day next year to play this sure it will be a regular activity thanks for the great ideas.
Robyn 27th Mar 2017 Diversional Therapist
talk about laugh, people kept coming into see what all the noise was about. we had potatoes that had a mind of their own, they would skip over other potatoes, go off the mat and role back on. so much fun
Talita 3rd Apr 2017
Lovely to hear! Thanks so much for your feedback Robyn.
Diane 4th Mar 2017 Recreation Team Leader
Thank you, can imagine lots of laughs with this game...
Robyn 21st Feb 2017 Diversional Therapist
so cool, will be doing this for our indoor bowls for St Patrick's day
Robyn 21st Feb 2017 Diversional Therapist
so cool, will be doing this for our indoor bowls for St Patrick's day
Karen 14th Feb 2017 Lifestyle Coordinator
Great idea. Going to use it on St. Patricks day
Brenda 10th Feb 2017
looks like fun I will combine it with other outdoor game/s and have a picnic lunch and icecream. Thanks for the tip.
Jean 9th Feb 2017 Lifestyle Coordinator
A new activity has been posted by a Golden Carers member: Irish Carpet Bowls
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