Tales From the Toolbox

Individual activity







Ive got 10 min

10 min

Ive got 20 min

20 min

Ive got 60 min

60 min

About the activity & how to play it

Whether they used to mend old bike parts, build sheds, or simply work with tools –this relaxing and methodical task will inspire memories from those who loved to tinker.

The idea is such a simple one. Just spend some time going through a box of DIY items, sorting the bits and pieces and reminiscing about afternoons in the shed or garage.

It’s an ideal activity for an individual that can be enjoyed at any time of the day, either on their own or with someone else to help trigger memories.


You’ll need

  1. A large shallow-edged box and a collection of tools such as a…
  • Paintbrush
  • Small spanner
  • Pipe and attachments
  • Sandpaper
  • Sealed pots with assorted nuts and bolts
  • An old padlock
  • Sink plug
  • Tape measure/small spirit level/folding ruler
  • Torch
  • Small blocks of wood
  • Old door knobs
  • Other bits and pieces, but nothing too small

The Activity

  1. Place the box in front of the person where they are sitting
  2. Encourage them to rummage through the box and pick items up
  3. If needed, pick something out and place it in their hands
  4. Ask questions about the memories a tool might bring back
  5. Let the person rummage at their leisure, providing support when needed

Top tip

Avoid small items, like individual screws and bolts, as they’re more difficult to handle.

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