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Saint Marys Patients' Library: Keeping Busy Kits

Hospital Patients' Libraries serve hospitalized patients and their families.

Keeping Busy Kits

These kits can be used by patients with dementia, delayed development, etc.


   Keeping Busy Kit #500 or #501 -- Match the Shapes

  •   designed for seniors with dementia 
  •   brightly colored tiles 
  •   cognitive challenge
  •   helps with dexterity
  •   can be used individually or as a game

   Keeping Busy Kit #502 or #503 -- Tangram

  • wooden pieces are thick, smooth, easy to hold
  • cognitive challenge
  • helps with dexterity and fine motor skills
  • templates help guide the person to success

   Keeping Busy Kit #504  or  #505 -- Mystery Bag

  • designed for seniors with dementia -- not childish, age appropriate puzzles, games and toys for elderly with dementia. 
  • full instructions detail how to present the activity to ensure that the person with dementia feels a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment
  • cognitive challenge
  • helps with dexterity and fine motor skills
  • sensory stimulation using touch to identify pieces
  • templates for guidance

   Keeping Busy Kit #506 -- Shape and Color Sorter

  •    Thick, easy-grasp rubber pieces encourage sorting by color and shape
  •    Visual discrimination and agility tool

   Keeping Busy Kit #507 -- Pirate's Wheel Manipulative

  •    squishy wheel contains PVC balls and silicone
  •    great for tactile manipulation and color discrimination

   Keeping Busy Kit #508 -- Mental Blox Critical Thinking Game

  •   stack, pattern and match the multicolor shapes
  •   activity cards provide users with examples of what to build

   Keeping Busy Kit #509 -- Geometric Sorting Board

  •    can be sorted and stacked together 

   Keeping Busy Kit #511 or #512 or #513 -- Squishy Disc

  •    incredibly durable manipulation di​scs make great fidgets
  •    especially useful for those who need a distraction to calm or focus
  •    great for exercising fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination

   Keeping Busy Kit #514 or #515 -- Interlocking Stars

  • large, brightly colored stars that can be easily put together from all directions

   Keeping Busy Kit #520 or  #521 -- Bead Sequencing

  • chunky wooden beads pattern and sequencing set
  • stack beads on the wooden dowels according to color and shape

   Keeping Busy Kit #522 -- Variety Set

   Keeping Busy Kit #523 or #524 -- Magnetic Dress-Up

  • includes a magnetic wood doll and lots of colorful magnetic outfits and accessories

   Keeping Busy Kit #525 -- Screw Block

  • simple and effective manipulative
  • refines hand-eye coordination, fine motor and color matching skills

   Keeping Busy Kit # 526 -- Colored Geo Forms

  • helps with dexterity and fine motor skills

   Keeping Busy Kit #527 or #528 or #529 or #530 -- Sensory Blocks

  • 4 shapes filled with colored beads, transparent acrylic, colored sand or glitter pockets


   Keeping Busy Kit # 516 -- Mosaic Puzzle

  •   great manipulative and creative learning tool with 40 colored pieces
  •   colorful pieces can be arranged into any number of configurations

   Keeping Busy Kit #517 -- Tangrams

  • cognitive challenge
  • helps with dexterity and fine motor skills
  • templates for guidance

   Keeping Busy Kit #518 or  #519 -- 3-D Feel & Find

  • match shapes with tiles
  • cognitive challenge
  • helps with dexterity and fine motor skills