Verbal prompts may be necessary to get participants started. This is a good leisure-education activity for leisure awareness or reminiscing. Older participants, even those with lower cognitive functioning, usually enjoy sharing childhood play memories
5. Remind participants that only the person seated in the Time Machine shares, while the observing participants around the Time Machine listen.The observing participants may ask questions of the person in the Time Machine.
6. The therapist or activity professional may go first to model how to work through the Time Machine.
7. Each participant will then take a turn in the Time Machine to share their past, present and future recreational interests.
8. The therapist or activity professional may need to prompt the participants:
9. The therapist can record each participant’s response on the chart paper to compose a group list of fun recreational memories and activities.
10. If your group is struggling, or if you feel your group would benefit from an additional challenge, present a variation provided below.
11. After the activity, move to the “Activity Discussion and Processing” section.
Here are the available Teambuilding Training Options.
1. Share other topics.
Other topics could be explored such as past accomplishments, achieved goals or favorite family memories.
2. Create one box.
If you have participants with limited mobility, one box can be built. The participant can recall their past, present and future while remaining safely seated
in this box.
3. Play charades with the Toobeez.
Rather than talking, have the participants act out their favorite activities using the Toobeez. The observing participants outside of the Time Machine can guess the participant’s favorite past, present and future activities. The observing participants can also make objects out of the Toobeez to prompt more responses.
The effectiveness of the group process will often determine the outcome for the participant. These are only suggested questions to begin the discussion. Select the ones you feel will best benefit your group. Make sure to let everyone share their ideas, and remind participants that everyone’s feelings are important!
Base questions for Processing: