I work in a 32 bed memory support unit. The residents all have cognitive impairment but most love this game.  This is a great game for people of all abilities.
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I work in a 32 bed memory support unit. The residents all have cognitive impairment but most love this game.

I bought a game of twister from Kmart and use only the floor mat. It is placed on the floor and using a white board I give points for each colour circles. So the green dots could be 40, yellow dots 30, blue dots 20 and red 10 points.

I write the names of participating players on the whiteboard also.

The game is played by residents taking it in turns to throw a bean bag onto the mat and then depending on what colour they land on that is the score they get.

This is a great game for people of all abilities. For people with poor sight, I place the mat very close to them. 

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Lexie 25th Mar 2021 Activity Director
I play this game a lot! They absolutely love it!
Talita 29th Mar 2021
Thanks for your feedback Lexie! Lots of fun!
Susan 2nd Feb 2021 Activity Director
Hi Jim
Thank you for sharing this I am sure others can use this or modify it to fit the needs of the crowd they are with
Jim 1st Feb 2021 Wellness Manager
Another version of Twister with a Twist:

Supplies needed: A twister sheet with the dots from the Twister game and pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.

Give each residents 5 pennies, 5 nickels, 4 dimes & 4 quarters (or whatever budget allows).

Line the residents all up a row. Place the twister sheeet on the floor in front of the first player with the row of red dots closest to resident and centered about a foot away.

He/she then proceeds to toss one penny at a time trying to get it in the red dot. If first coin misses, they then toss their second penny. Whenever a coin lands in it's target dot, the person wins all the coins on the game board.

After first person tosses all their pennies, the game board is then placed in front of the second player who then tosses their pennies.

After everyone has tossed their pennies, the game continues with the first person tossing their nickels into the blue dots, Another round is played then dimes into yellow dots and finally quarters into green dots.

At the end of the game, any money still on the board can be collected and used for future games.
Talita 1st Feb 2021
Hi Jim, thanks for this activity idea, I love it!
I added it to another version of the game played submitted a couple of years ago!
So many great ideas in this thread!

Thanks again!
Lydia 30th Jan 2021 Program Director
I used what I had... CD Twister...
Residents throw 10 old cd's and try to get them in colored circle. We play several bean bag games and wanted to try something that felt different in their hands.
Susan 29th May 2020 Activity Director
This sounds great Susan
You do have to adapt most games to the needs and wants of your residents
It sounds like you did just that
That is when you get a successful outcome like you did
Thanks for sharing
Susan 28th May 2020 Activities Director
thanks so much for this idea. I work in a facility with some very gentle souls. Our beanbags were so big that we decided two corners on a circle were enough to count for points. They had so much fun!
Susan 25th Oct 2019 Activity Director
Another great idea Linette
There are so many great ideas here
Linette 24th Oct 2019 Program Manager
We do this also. I had my dementia group paint washers the colours of the dots. This way I can have a large group. I have two mats. They Get 5 points for getting it theirs but minus 2 points if they get it on any part of someone else's color. Boy do we have some serious competition.
Susan 22nd Oct 2019 Activity Director
Thanks for your input Katja

Katja 21st Oct 2019 Recreation Activiites Officer
I played it for the first time today. In the first round they could throw on any circle with the points as per game with 8 bean bags.

In the second game they could double their points by throwing the red bean bag on the red circle. The green bag on the green circle, the red bag on the red circle and the yellow on the yellow circle.

In the third game I taped down a chocolate in the green circle and a chocolate in the yellow circle and then gave them 3 20 cent coins to try and aim for one of the chocolates. If they got the coin on that circle with the chocolate they won it. If the coin got on any other circles I scored that as well and person with highest amount got the prize.

Residents loved the variety of the three games and were very competitive. Thank you also for the music and quiz suggestions will try that next...yeah!!!
Susan 17th Oct 2019 Activity Director
It’s wonderful that there are so many ideas that you can use with this twister mat thank you all for your suggestions
Michelle L 16th Oct 2019 Director Of Recreation
I use the Twister mat for penny toss. I place a prize in each circle. They get three pennies. The penny has to land completely in the circle to win. If they win more than1 prize, they choose which one they want. They are allow to win two prizes in the game. They have fun playing on Fridays. We use snacks , bottled water with a pk of drink powder, soda
Susan 16th Oct 2019 Activity Director
Thanks for this idea Angie
Angie 15th Oct 2019 Activity Director
We do this but with each color is a different music category such as green. Is country music, blue is gospel yellow popular music and red rock n roll. We would have 10 music titles for each group. They then throw the bean bag to hit a color then we would play a part of that song they would have to guess it. We call it a twist on twister. They love it.
Angie 15th Oct 2019 Activity Director
We do this but with each color is a different music category such as green. Is country music, blue is gospel yellow popular music and red rock n roll. We would have 10 music titles for each group. They then throw the bean bag to hit a color then we would play a part of that song they would have to guess it. We call it a twist on twister. They love it.
Lesley 9th Oct 2019 Activities Coordinator
I have done a similar activity to this;

The resident spun the dial and when it stopped at that colour they threw a bean bag and tried to land on the stated colour. Once this was completed they then had to answer a general knowledge question and we carried on until the people taking part had had a turn and then everyone wished another turn. Once finished the residents all had two jelly baby sweets each.
They then watched as three of our carers had a game of twister with much laughter coming from everyone.

Susan 2nd Oct 2019 Activity Director
Great idea
Lynette 1st Oct 2019
Love the topic on the floor mat idea Liz.
Could also mix it up with 1:1 activity of their choice to be actioned by end of week.
Vicki 1st Oct 2019 Care Facilitator With Aged Care
I have also bought the game Twister & use the bean bag throwing on the mat activity. Giving each colour different points. It's a fun game for the client's at the Day Centre. I like the other idea Liz had for each colour having a topic. Must try this idea.
Regina 1st Oct 2019 Life Enrichment Coordinator
I have done something similiar I would lay the mat out, place candy on the different color dots. The resident would spin the spinner whatever color it the spinner landed on what the type of candy they would get.
Liz 29th Sep 2019 Administrator/Actiordinatorvities Co-
I have done a similar game with a twister mat. I have also done a twister quiz - each colour has a topic eg green nature, red history etc and whatever colour the beanbag lands on, the resident is asked a question from that category.
Christine 24th Sep 2019 Carer/ Studying Lifestyle
A new activity has been posted by a Golden Carers member: Twister with a twist
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