This Mother’s Day, why not plan some activities that bring the mothers (and everyone else) in your community the gift of better brain health? Here are some ideas for a few things to do that may be a bit different and will help everyone both celebrate the day and have a chance to exercise their brain in a fun way:
Flower Power Match: Play your own memory matching game using seed packets purchased at the garden store. Purchase in pairs (two identical packets) at least 10 sets of flower, herb, or vegetable seeds. Remove the seeds (you can save them for another project) and cut out the front of the packets. If needed you can tape or glue the packet fronts to stiffer paper, such as card stock cut to size. Use your seed packet “cards” for a game of memory: Place the cards face down and having clients turn two up at a time. Is it a match? They keep the cards. Non-matching cards are turned back over and the next person then takes their turn. Keep playing until all the “cards” have been picked up. Need to up the ante? Time people’s turn, allowing 30 seconds to make their move, which will make it more challenging. Want to make it more accessible? Leave the packets picture side up, and have folks talk about the item (color, scent, special meaning, etc.) as they identify and pick up a pair.
Mom Songs: Have a sing-a-long that’s all about mom. Ask folks to think of a song that has a particular key word in the title or in the song lyrics. Then have everyone sing the song in whole or in part. Key words for Mother’s Day include: mom, mother, momma, son, daughter, love, family, as well as others you might think of yourself. Make this activity more accessible by bringing in “mom songs” for the group to sing together.
7 Words of Mommy Wisdom: Wise advice from those in the know can be a valuable gift. What words of wisdom can your folks pass down to new moms (or parents) in just 7 words? Provide them with a few examples (“sleep and shower when baby is napping”, “raise them well, then let them go”) to get started. Your clients can write their “7 Words of Mommy Wisdom” on index cards. Or have them use them in making Mother’s Day cards that they can also then decorate, which you can then distribute through a local maternity ward or prenatal clinic.
Mom Movie Night. Hold a movie night – or even a film series – that celebrates mothers of all kinds. Suggested films include Gypsy, Mommie Dearest, Stepmom, Mrs. Doubtfire, Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood or Terms of Endearment. Up the brainpower for this activity by holding a discussion after the film about the mother’s character and her impact in the film. Don’t forget the popcorn and other treats.
Happy Mother’s Day from all of us here at Total Brain Health!