This is a wonderful game that can be adapted to any occasion. Residents will enjoy reminiscing and sharing stories.
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  • Improve dexterity
  • Foster social skills


  • A4 paper for printing
  • Construction paper, any colour. You should have 24 cards for a group of 8 people, more if you have groups of 10 or more people.
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black marker


  • Download the supplied 'School Day' questions or type and print your own questions. To make your own, use Times New Roman font size 20 or larger. For each question, also type the game topic (j.e. School Days) in a slightly larger font size (24 or larger).
  • Ask participants to cut out all questions and game headings into strips as per photos.
  • Divide cardstock with a black marker and give to participants to cut. The ones in the photo are 6 inches x 2 inches (15 cm X 5 cm). You may have them slightly smaller or larger, it doesn't matter.
  • Ask participants to glue questions to one side of each card and game headings to the other side, sa per photos.
  • Laminating the cards is optional.

Play the game:

  • Deal one card to each participant which is to be placed in front of them with the question facing down.
  • Ask the first participant to read his card and answer the question. If they don't know or it does not apply to them, other participants may answer the question.
  • Allow a few minutes for the rest of the group to comment and tell slightly different stories.
  • Go on to the second person until all have had a turn, then collect the cards and deal new ones.
  • After the game ask participants if they know any songs or poems about the topic.

    For example, for World Teachers' Day read them a poem about teachers. Check if participants remember the 1970s song 'Another Brick in the Wall', give them a copy of the lyrics and sing together. Get a couple of nurses to join the group for a few minutes and sing together.

Questions for 'School Days' reminiscing cards (available for download):

  • Was the cane used in your school?
  • Did you wear a uniform to school?
  • What did you call your teacher?
  • Did you have class photos taken?
  • Did you use pencil or pen to write?
  • Did you have to sit for exams?
  • Were you ever in the Principal's office?
  • How did you learn your Time Tables?
  • Were there 'bullies' in your school?
  • Did you have a lot of homework?
  • Did you like your teachers?
  • What sort of lunch did you take to school?
  • Did you wear shoes and socks to school?
  • How did you get to school?
  • Did you have to pray before class started?
  • Did you lift your hand up to speak?
  • Was your teacher strict?
  • What was your favourite subject?
  • Did you go on field trips (excursions)?
  • Did you have a lot of friends?
  • Did your teacher visit your parents?
  • Did you have to learn poems?
  • Did you have a sandpit in the school yard?
  • Did you get free milk in school?

We'd love to hear your feedback!

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School Days Reminiscing Cards

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Lesley Jane 19th Jan 2017
I did this activity with my residents on Monday. Three ladies helped me cut the card and questions and happily stuck down with the glue whilst having humerous chat. We then went into the lounge and everyone took part in answering the questions about their school days and I let my residents know about my stories too. The activity was popular with us all.
Gaylene 27th Jun 2016
We had a wonderful time with this activity.
It turned into a times table quiz and I was amazed how good they were.
Talita 27th Jun 2016
Thanks for the feedback Gaylene!
Satomi 14th May 2015
Thanks for making easier to prepare and conduct for "School Days" reminiscing activity. As I wasn't educated in Australia, I was a bit uncertain what kind of questions were appropriate. Now, I can use the cards. At reminiscing time, I usually listen 95% and talk 5%. With this 5% talking, I may be able to explain the difference between Australia and Japan (as I came from Japan). Satomi
Talita 27th Jun 2016
Thank you so much for your feedback Satomi - I'm so glad you found the cards helpful.
Kymberly 22nd Aug 2014
This is something i do every week and residents love it. Putting it on the cards is a great idea. Thanks
Linda 6th Aug 2014
Me again we made and played the school days, everyone loved it even the staff joined in, we then made "Jobs for Us" and also have now made "Our Lives", it is a great reminiscing tool and creates lots of interaction.
Linda 29th Jul 2014
You could do similar with "going to work"
Patricia 1st Jul 2014
Our clients enjoyed this today, it was so funny & truly a morning we will not forget for a long time! Certainly was making memories!
anne 12th Mar 2014
What a lovely morning we had reminiscing about the old school days - it took us on such a wonderful journey.
Lynne 29th Sep 2013
Would this be suitable for dementia residents, as I find too many questions confuse them. If someone has tried this out with success, please reply.
Bob 8th Sep 2013
I tried this with my Men Group and usually they just sit there. This idea got them chatting immensely.
Thanks For This :)
Solange 9th Oct 2012
Hi Shirley, I hope your clients have as much fun as mine.
Shirley 8th Oct 2012
Our residents enjoyed helping me make these cards today and we look forward to using them next week, many thanks - Shirley NSW
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