Grandma Edna taught Grade one for many years. She loved to play cards, take care of her cat, and she could knit, crochet, sew. She loved her family and cherished her photos. She was a doodler and a collector of spoons. With a little effort on our part, and with some adaptation, these interests do not have to be past tense.
What goes in the box?
Why do this?
Promote long-term memory, establish connections, have a communication
Offer a few items at a time, always with supervision
Family members, friends, volunteers, staff
Tea cup and saucer from Edna’s set
Quilting squares to sew together
Yarn to touch – wind and unwind
Buttons to sew or to count
Thread and needle
Recipe book or cards with favourite recipes
Crayons and paper
Spoons and polishing cloth