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Deck of Fun – matching activity is a one to one cognitive activity using familiar playing cards designed by designed by Sandra Bowen, a registered nurse/ dementia care educator with post-graduate qualifications in dementia care and gerontology . Consisting of 13 cards cut into two pieces in different ways, the person living with dementia must join the two halves of each card. Ideal for 1 : 1 or in pairs. May be played without support or can be utilised with care staff or family and friends.
The activity aims to stimulate understanding of the task, visual-spatial skills, recognition and discrimination, eye-hand coordination and language. Discuss the images to stimulate conversation, vintage cards may aid with reminiscence.
There are 5 different styles of cards (including vintage cards) in each set and the player can be guided in a number of ways to achieve a match:
- colour of the card
- suit : Spades, diamonds, clubs, hearts
- picture on the back
- number/type of card
- shape of card piece
- size of card piece
Item Code: STDOF