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Games are not just for kids! Playing carefully-crafted, intellectually-stimulating games positively impacts quality of life and can improve higher brain functions in people of all ages. Research has also shown that games can be effective in improving cognitive symptoms related to many different conditions including memory loss.

Brain Training

Scientists have also shown that people who have complex occupations or stimulate their brains with activities such as crosswords, puzzles and learning new skills throughout life tend to have lower rates of dementia.The research team believe the new study could be important for preserving mental functions in older people and help reduce the risk of decline of cognitive functions in later life.
Researchers at King's College London discovered that mental exercises, or ``brain training``, can improve people's everyday lives, helping with tasks like using public transport, shopping, cooking and managing personal finances.

We have compiled a range of games, quizzes and general knowledge that can be used at home, in a residential or community service environment. We hope you enjoy the resources and find them fun and beneficial.

Father”s Day Quiz Whose daughter was “My Darling Clementine”? What Apollo space mission put the first men on the moon/ What is …

Father’s Day Pin the tie on Arthur Play as you would pin the tail on the donkey, only make a male head …

April Fools Quiz Make up cards for your residents to hold up that have `yes` on one side and `no` on the …

Who are Shakespeare’s ‘star crossed lovers’? Which Patron Saint is Valentines named after? What fruit is also known as the love …

What are pampooties? From where did the potato blight which led to the Potato famine originate? What musical work begins ‘Soldieers …

This activity is a perfect group activity which can be enjoyed by all Equipment Cards with either the name of a hobby …

He repairs pipes and sinks He manages a Museum collection He defends the country when called He designs electronic forms of …

1 Bulbous perennial flower from the lily family 2 Cured pig`s meat 3 Small edible berry 4 Food placed on a hook …

If you’re going too fast, then you’re told to…. Hold your horses A small town where very little happens is sometimes …

There are 20 girls names listed below. Ten of them were the most popular girl’s name of 1940. The other ten were …

Use this July birthday chart for fun quiz, or write a birthday a day up on your communal whiteboard this month. Former …

April Fools Quiz Make up cards for your residents to hold up that have `yes` on one side and `no` on the …

Put several small objects in different plastic eggs Tape them closed and rest them on a tray. Encourage your clients to shake …

What is the female of…? Or What is the male of…? Husband Man Lord Boy Nephew Widower Uncle Bachelor Him Duke King …

What are these companies and brand names famous for? Burton Vick Richard Shops Woolworth Etam Dolcis Habitat Homes Tesco Camay W.H. Smith …

Guess the Profession Questions He repairs pipes and sinks He manages a Museum collection He defends the country when called He designs …

  WORD CLUE ANSWERS Brush A woody plant smaller than a tree Shrub Austere A trunk full of jewels Treasure Wand A …

Questions Handwriting in ink The period spend together before marriage The skill of guiding people A competition at an elite level Sells …

The Wireless Begins The wireless or radio was patented in 1896. However, it was not used widely in Australia or New Zealand …

Telephone Reminiscence The telephone was patented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. It was a remarkable invention that took off in Australia …

What line of work were they in? Questions Walt Disney J.K. Rowling Richard Branson Debbie Reynolds Joe Frazier Sylvia Plath Max Plank …

This is a fun activity concerning baby names and the way they have changed in popularity over the years. Instructions: Bring in …

What is the currency of France? What is the tallest mountain in France? Can you name the capital of France Which …

What is the main ingredient in a `Bouillabaisse`? Name the famous sweet made with almonds in France. What are pancakes called …

Diwali is an extremely important and eagerly awaited 5 day Hindu festival that marks the beginning of the year according to some …

1. In which country is it traditional to wear new clothes on New Year`s Day? A. USA B. China C. Poland D. …

Activity Ideas: Pin the tail on the horse Draw up a horse; it doesn’t have to be a perfect replica- in fact, …

Horses Birthday August 1st is an auspicious day for all horses born in the Southern Hemisphere-it’s their birthday! Spend an afternoon celebrating …

Questions Pick-a-box: Ghosts, Ghouls and Monsters Who is the friendly ghost? In which famous Christmas book does Jacob Marley come back as …

Try this fun China quiz What implement to do with rain did the Chinese invent? What type of endangered bear is native …

Chinese Auction Party Game for Chinese New Year A Chinese Auction is a fun party game that is also variously known as …

Chinese Auction Party Game for Chinese New Year A Chinese Auction is a fun party game that is also variously known as …

Round 1 What is traditionally ‘stirred ‘ on ‘Stir-up Sunday’? Which country gave the world the custom of lighting and decoration small …

Select a song from the list below and fill in the blanks to complete the story. Songs Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas …

Fill the sentence with Christmas words That’s a good hunting dog, look how he ____________ pheasant. Hey he’s got wings, now he …

Unscramble these Christmas Carols Lets thin gin Jill lens beg Again wean army Flee this torn Oilcloth jolly sands Fatter hymns swoon …

Name the Christmas movies or shows that these lines are from “Bumbles Bounce!” “When a bell rings an angel gets its wings” …

Name the Christmas Carols (clues are the first letters of the words in the titles of the songs) SCICTT ISMKSC JB IDOAWC …

Supplies Chalkboard Eraser Papers with with easter objects written on them Timer Fabric scraps Easter basket How to play: Put papers with …

Supplies Craft foam (Colour of your choice) Jewellery craft pin Scissors 1.5 cm width ribbon Small silk flowers, buttos, lace etc Low …

In which war in China did Australians serve in 1900? On what day of the week was the Melbourne Cup run …

What is the Victoria Cross? Who was Albert Jacka? What is the Menin Gate? Where is Villers-Bretonneux? Who wrote the poem …

What is the origin of the acronym ANZAC? Where is the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier? Who was Kemal Ataturk? …

Materials Green and black coloured Op shop clothes, hats, shoes, odd socks, etc Strong garbage bags Music Instructions Stuff your garbage bag …

History The title for the world’s first crossword puzzle is disputed. The first puzzle that was called a “cross word puzzle” was …

Pictionary is a guessing word game invented by Robert Angel with graphic design by Gary Everson and first published in 1985 by …

The origins of the hot potato game are not clear. However, it may go back as far as 1888 when Sidney Addy’s …

Living memories is a game in which you live your previous memories once again. Each player needs to bring a picture of …

Snakes and Ladders originated in India as part of a family of dice board games, that included Gyan chauper andpachisi (present-day Ludo …

Pachisi originated in India by the 6th century. The earliest evidence of this game in India is the depiction of boards on …

Variation of Tic-Tac-Toe which is an old Indian game. This game is known by many names including “Padavedu”, “Nirapara” and “Kalakal” in …

Changa Po is the game of rural area of Rajasthan and Gujarat. This game has four players. In this game four different …

Fun game of maintaining balance with the hand. This is best played indoors but with a large amount of space for the …

This is a fun race involving running or walking. Best recommended to be played outdoors allowing players to have some fresh air. …

Equipment Bucket Ball Instructions Players are to form into two equal teams One team is to pick the bucket, the other is …

The game can be lots of fun and can bring humour with the group. It’s best to use creativity for this activity. …

Drawing Game 1 One person has to flip chart in front of them, while another holds an object and tells the person …

Another great excuse to get outside on sunny days. Quoits is a simple game that is best played outside but can be …

Fun and challenging game which is the most fun with few friends or people. Equipment: Pencil Sheet of paper(A4) Blindfolds Simple pictures …

The game is more fun with more people and can be played both indoors or outdoors. The game is best players with …

The game is simple and easy to follow. It doesn’t need a lot of effort and can is one of those that …

The game requires a least 10 people playing and best played outside where there is large area of space. Cooperation with the …

The game is a team game which can be played both indoor and outdoor (would recommend outdoor) Equipment A plastic cup for …

The game doesn’t need many people to play with. It’s recommended to be played indoors. Equipment Balloons Chair Instructions Each player has …

This game can be played at home, and all it requires are simple objects that would have in a house. It’s one …

It’s a simple and fun competition with friends requiring 2 equal teams to play. Players need to throw and aim working on …

This is great challenge for everyone and doesn’t require many people to play with. The game works on your hand control and …

The game is just for fun and has a laugh. It’s more fun with more people to play with. It is required …

This is a simple game allowing simple movement for the body. It doesn’t require group of people to pay as well and …

This game encourages the use of counting and numbers skills. This game doesn’t require any physical movement but instead exercises the mental …