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Designed specifically for people with dementia - age appropriate, not childish. No mention of "dementia" or "Alzheimer's" on the product or packaging
Classic Montessori activity that provides cognitive challenges
Exercises visual perception and fine motor control
Tested with people at various stages of dementia to ensure that it is well-suited, and enjoyed
Full instructions detail how to present the activity to ensure that the person feels a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment
People love the feel of these smooth wooden shapes. That natural interest leads to a variety of activities that challenge the senses. The Mystery Bag is one of the classic Montessori activities.
The Mystery Bag consists of ten pairs of wooden shapes including cubes, rectangular cubes, prisms, spheres and egg shapes in a cloth bag. The experience of looking at a piece, interpreting it and then finding its match is very different than simply seeing the object. This activity provides a connection between the two. It stimulates the sense of touch by eliminating distractions and helps with cognitive function through the matching process.
The person starts exploring the different shapes by placing them on templates and observe that the shapes take different forms depending which face is placed on the template. Once the person is familiar with the shapes they move to activities that involve touch alone. By placing the pieces in the bag and feeling them without seeing the shape, different areas of the brain are stimulated. The instructions detail how to guide the person to explore the pieces.
Mystery Bag Engaging Activity for Dementia and Alzheimer's - B013KA8VV6