Our February 2020 Competition

Favourite Childhood Books

Whether its a fairy tale, a fantasy, or an adventure story, many of us love getting lost in a good book. Most of us never forget our favourite characters and stories from our childhood, some of whom felt like close friends when we were little.

To tie in with World Book Day on 5th March, our February competition will involve you and your residents in recalling childhood memories about books and reading. We are interested in your residents favourite childhood books, favourite characters, and their memories of reading as a child.

Collecting this material should be enjoyable, as it provides an opportunity for a good conversation and the sharing of memories. By listening and recording peoples memories you will also increase your knowledge and understanding of their lives and experiences.

There are many ways to gather these stories. You might sit down for a one-to-one chat with a resident. Alternatively, you might run a reminiscence session focused on childhood books that your residents might recognise. Its often easy to pick these up second hand for example, Enid Blytons Famous Five series, Just William, Winnie-The-Pooh, Treasure Island or the Beatrix Potter books. Make it a relaxed and informal affair with props and objects relating to reading and childrens books to stimulate the conversation. Use open questions to encourage the sharing of personal memories. With the residents permission, record these memories and enter our competition. Dont forget to also add any of this new information to their life histories which you keep in the care home.

The Prizes

We will choose four winners, and each winning Activity Coordinator will receive a cheque for 75.
In addition, the winning entries will be reproduced as columns in the Daily Sparkle, attributed to the resident.
Four runners up will receive some prizes to help in your activity sessions.

How To Enter

The competition will be open 10th February – 10th March.
To enter, write your residents story in no more than 100 words on the special entry form which will appear below from 10th February 2020.

All entries must be received in this way to be included in the competition. You will also need your care home reference number a four or five digit number found in the subject line of the email which has your Daily or Weekly Sparkles attached.
All entries must be received by 10th March 2020 and the winners will be notified by 30th April 2020.