Engaging Wordsearches

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About the activity & how to play it

A word search is a wonderful and wordy way to wile away an afternoon. Our Wordsearch books have been designed and tested alongside people with dementia to make sure they’re engaging and meaningful for all abilities.

Each word search contains a lively variety of themes, memories and interests that are perfect for encouraging discussion and sparking memories.  


You'll need

  1. Active Minds Word Search book
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  2. A pen or pencil
  3. A tray, if needed
  4. A magnifying glass, if needed

The Activity

  1. All you need is a quiet and clear space, preferably at a table with a plain tablecloth or background, so the words can be crossed off easily once they’re found. If someone can’t sit at the table, you can rest a tray and book on their lap
  2. Give them the book and a pen or pencil that’s easy to hold
  3. Explain that they’re going to search for hidden words in the grid from the ones on the list
  4. Encourage them to do the word search independently by choosing one word at a time. Guide them to find the first letter of the word they are looking for to see if that leads to the right word
  5. You could use a magnifying glass to make the letters bigger
  6. If they’re struggling, offer some support to keep the word search fun and light
  7. Give words of support throughout and praise every time they find a word
  8. When the word search is finished, spark a conversation around its theme

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