This is a wonderful game that can be adapted to any occasion. Residents will enjoy reminiscing and sharing stories.
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This is a wonderful game that can be adapted to any occasion. Residents will enjoy reminiscing and sharing stories.


  • 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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Fiona 12th Jan 2021 Lead Care/ Activity Co Ord
Great! used this for a whole day's themed session. As always we decorate the whole centre on these days and the staff dress up. We provided school ties and school hats to our clients for the day and had typical School diner lunch, reminiscing in the morning and physical school games in the afternoon; marbles, hula hoop, french skipping, floor noughts and crosses the list goes on. A FUN day had by all.
Susan 13th Jan 2021 Activity Director
Thanks for sharing your kind words Fiona
Mallory 20th Jun 2019 Director of Elements
I have recently made these for care staff/nurses to do with the residents over the night shifts so they have a chance to bond and I made them on large postcards with big pictures on one side and the question on the other side. I love this list of questions!
Talita 24th Jun 2019
What a great idea Mallory. Thank you for your feedback!
Nancy Brown 7th Jan 2019
The played School Days at my mom's assisted living center and the residents just loved it. They didn't need much help, they just set around the big table and talked for hours. It was so much fun to hear their stories.
Talita 12th Jan 2019
Thank you so much for your feedback Nancy!
Angela 12th May 2018 Recreational Therapist
Tried this with our residents and they really enjoyed it.
Talita 13th May 2018
That's lovely to hear, thanks for letting us know Angela!
Latrica Hudson 2nd May 2018
Just tries this as a last minute things. Was asked to do reminiscing for the activity director and don't wanna just look through the newspaper or magazine trying to come up with something. So I googled up and this was my first stop. Used what I had on hand to so the cards. Just cut the manilla folders and used a color marker for the letters. In 25mins. I was done and I have to say that the residents loved it. One resident who doesn't normally come to activities heard all the fun and questions that were going on and had to come see and joined us. The stories that came with those questions where hilarious. They really enjoyed it. Can't wait til next week. Were trying another theme. Thanks again.
Talita 6th May 2018
Thanks so much for your feedback Latricia, this is so lovely to hear!
Luiza 7th Mar 2018 Activitie Coordinator
we did this activity couple month back.I was a bit busy so I only printed those questions on a paper,cut them and put it into a box.Then each resident just closed eyes and pull their question and had to answer.Then other residents would join and answer the same question,some nurses joined too.The day was full of laughter.Brilliant activity
Talita 10th Mar 2018
Thanks so much for your feedback Luiza, that's lovely to hear!
Lesley Jane 19th Jan 2017 Activities Coordinator
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 Activities Co-ordinator
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 Carer / Activity Coordinator
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 Activities Coordinator
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 Diversional Therapist
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 Diversional Therapist
You could do similar with "going to work"
Mallory 3rd Sep 2019
I’ve made multiple sets now. I did the school, professional life, growing up, being a kid, being an adult, etc. once you start thinking about it, it gets fun and easier!! One group included the question, what’s the worst gift you have ever received? That one was a blast!!!
Patricia 1st Jul 2014 Co Ordinator
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 Recreational Activities Officer
What a lovely morning we had reminiscing about the old school days - it took us on such a wonderful journey.
Lynne 29th Sep 2013 Lifestyle Assistant
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 RAO
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 Diversional Therapist
Hi Shirley, I hope your clients have as much fun as mine.
Shirley 8th Oct 2012 Recreation Officer
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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