Childhood Days Reminiscence

Childhood Days Reminiscence

  • 60


  • Bring Joy
  • Embrace Identity
  • Time Together

What you need

  1. A small brightly decorated box, around 15cm x 15cm x 10cm (deep)
  2. 20 pieces of card, with pre-prepared questions on to evoke memories, such as:
  • What was your desk like at school?
  • Who was your best friend at school or throughout childhood?
  • What games did you play at break times?
  • Did you go on a summer holiday?
  • Did you have a family car?
  • Where would you go to on days’ out
  • Were you a member of the Scouts or Brownies
  • Did you ever go on camping trip?
  • Did you ever climb a tree?
  • Do you have a favourite childhood memory?

  3.  A few props, such as:

  • A school satchel
  • Marbles
  • Skipping rope
  • Plimsolls
  • Scouts or Brownies badges


Childhood memories of learning to write, playing in the garden or helping mum in the kitchen can often be more powerful than any others. They can sometimes be brought to mind much easier than ones from the present day. So, with a little questioning over a nice cuppa, you can while away a morning helping someone to share their earliest memories with friends and family.

Reminiscence is a great individual or group activity to help people engage in conversations, especially if they feel detached from the present moment.

The Activity

  1. Put all the pieces of card into the box
  2. Encourage the first person to have their turn, picking a piece of card from the box
  3. Allow the person to read the question aloud and take their time to answer, sharing their memory with the group
  4. Once they’ve finished sharing, invite the next person to take a question and have their turn
  5. One person’s memories may trigger memories for another, so allow everyone the time and space to talk ­– even if it's not their turn
  6. It’s OK if just a few questions are pulled out the bag, you don’t have to use all of them. What’s more important is letting the conversation flow and allowing the group set the pace
  7. Use the props to trigger more memories and spark conversation