MindforYou's 1950's Activity Pack

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Caroline hashad lotsof fun finding a var iety of music from the 1950's for you to enjoy on line. From the influence of Amer ican swing, jazz and pop music, to the birth of rock n roll in themid 1950'sand the int roduct ion of the Eurovison SongContest in 1958. Our good fr iend YouTube

has loadsof links to lyr ics from popular 50's songs, clipsof hand jives for you to t ry,music from those popular 50'smusicalsand a range of musical quizzes. Find the links on our sheet alongwith the new M4D dement ia radio stat ion and maybe t ry a dement ia fr iendly 1950's style radio. You won't be able to stop your feet from dancing.


We thought it wasabout t ime we designed a crossword for you. Helen has picked the songsand singers that she remembers listening to on her parents record player

when she was young. If you get stuck you might want to t ry some of the links in our music sect ion. Answerson the last handout .Good Luck


Well, we thought we would int roduce you to some of the wonderful vintage clipswe found about the 1950's. Caroline and Helen thought it would be great to let you have a look at what your home was like. Did your Mumwant to own an oven she didn't have to stoop over?Did your home have the very modern drop leaf table?What about the glamorous fashion of the era?Men were smart ly dressed with the "slack suit " to look like Frank Sinat ra or Dean Mart in. Women were glamorouswith nipped in waistsmade famousby their Hollywood Icons. Have a look at the clipsand then maybe put on some of those 50's classicswe all have in our wardrobes.

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Do you recognise these 50’s Icon’s?











Conversations with our 50’s Icon Picture Cards?

Conversation is so important and our picture cards can be cut out and used in many different ways to reminisce about the glamourous 1950’s. You might like to use our ideas or think of some your own, either way we hope that you have lots of fun!

What have these actresses got in common?

Which country was this actor born in?

What was your favourite song he sung?

What was your favourite film she starred in ?

How many times did this actress get married?


Try these delicious recipes sent to us by our guests

Cheesy Tatties


Baked Potatoes, Cheddar Cheese

Method • Bake for 60-80 minutes • Cut the tatties in half lengthways • Scoop out the centres into a bowl keeping the empty skins • Mash up with cheese, pepper and salt • Replace mixture into empty skins • Top with grated cheese and then put in freezer • When required, cook from frozen at 180 o for approximately 30-40 minutes

Lentil Soup

Ingredients • One big mug of lentils (orange) • 2 good sized onions • 4-5 carrots • 2 vegetable stock cubes • salt and pepper


1. Fry the chopped onions until golden. 2. Add the sliced carrots, lentils, stock cubes and salt and pepper. 3. Cover with water and simmer.


Lime & Lemon Drizzle Cake

Ingredients • 175 gm (6 oz) self raising flour • 150 gm (5 oz) caster sugar • 150 gm (5 oz) butter or margarine • 3 eggs • 1 tsp baking powder • grated zest of 1 lemon and 1 lime

For the drizzle • 2 oz icing sugar – (in the recipe book it uses caster sugar but I use icing sugar as there is a lot of caster sugar in the mix). • ½ of lemon and ½ lime juice * Lined and greased 2½ lb bread tin Method 1. Put the grated lime and lemon zest into a separate bowl saving half the zest, the other half to be used for the drizzle. 2. Cut the lemon and lime in half using one half of each. Squeeze the juice into other ingredients plus half of the lime and lemon zest. 3. Put all the ingredients together (like Mary Berry does) and mix altogether. 4. Transfer to bread tin when well mixed. Bake at 160 o fan oven, Gas mark 3 for 30-40 minutes. Check with metal skewer. 5. When cooked, prick the top of the cake. Mix together the drizzle ingredients and spoon on top of cake. 7. Leave in tin until cold.


Cold Tea Loaf

• 8 oz sultanas • 4 oz currants

4 oz raisins

1 tsp baking powder

• 1 cup light brown sugar 1 cup of hot tea • 2 cups self raising flour 2 eggs • milk to glaze

2 lb loaf tin lined and greased

Method 1. Put all fruit, brown sugar and tea in a bowl and leave overnight. 2 . Next morning, add egg and self raising flour to fruit. Sieve the flour and mix well. 3. Transfer to the tin and glaze with milk.

4. Bake at 160 o fan for 35-40 minutes. Check with metal skewer. 5. Don’t eat for at least 3 days, nice with butter and cheese. 6. Prick top of cake and add 2 teaspoons brandy (optional).



SING ALONG - Have fun bringing out the singer in you by singing along with the lyrics to the tune Lollipop by The Rochettes in 1958. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rYoRaxgOE0

HAND JIVE - Watch the popular catchy hand jive and even have a go yourself! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOrQTh_Cq7U

50’s DANCING - How are your dance moves? Here is Elvis in action performing one of his hits, Jailhouse Rock in 1957. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=elvis+presley+jailhou se+rock

50’s MUSIC QUIZZES Ten hits of the 50’s can be found on https://youtu.be/TFHIBsCbZBM where you can listen to the music and guess the songs, a fun way of testing your knowledge.

If you fancy your chances at a longer quiz, visit http://www.thomas- hessell.co.uk/trivia/fifties-music-quiz.html . Here youl’ll find 30 fabulous questions of the music and songs of the 50’s, just click your answer and see how you scored at the end.

The MindforYou gang did these music quizzes for the 70's to the naughties and had great fun. Sure you will enjoy this 50's one https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=kJM5q6xSfAM&ap p=desktop

M4D radio is a free internet radio station created for people living with dementia and their carers. It has five radio stations playing music by decade including the 1950’s https://m4dradio.com/the- 1950s/



MUISCAL TUNES - Glance back to these delightful films and have fun singing along to the catchy tunes South Pacific - 1958 I’m gonna wash that man right outa my hair - Mitzi Gaynor https://youtu.be/odcCzb-h3Fo

Calamity Jane - 1953 The Windy City - Doris Day https://youtu.be/5MnUrhptPSo

Singin in the rain – 1952 – Gene Kelly https://youtu.be/D1ZYhVpdXbQ

ON THE WIRELESS – We found this super website that tell you all about what was on on the wireless in the 50’s. Have a look and see if you can remember sitting round the radio with the family listening to some of these!


1950’s radio – Dementia friendly radios have been recommended by several of our guests. You can set them up to play specific radio stations or download your loved ones favourite musice. There are several different types which range in price. This page on the Alzheimers Society Shop lets you see what’s available. Don't forget you should be entitled to VAT relief if you are a family carer and buying it for somebody living with dementia.



Take the 1950’s Challenge


Clues for the Take the 1950’s Challenge

Down 1. There was certainly a buzz around this 1950's hairstyle. (7)

3. Which famous actress married Prince Ranier of Monaco in 1956? 2 words (5,5)

4. How many Prime Ministers did Britain have in the 1950's? (4)

6. Which British Prime Minister retired in 1955? 2 words (7,9)

8. These tight fighting shoes were often worn by the Teddy Boys. (13)

10. Name this American classic car.


12. Attention!! Complete the title of the very first Carry on film made in 1958, Carry on -------- anagram,gensetar (8)

14. What type of power station did Britain switch on in 1956? (7)

15. Who was All Shook Up in 1957, 2 words (5,7)

18. Watson and Crick discovered this structure in 1953 anagram, NDA(3)

Across 2. Who did the Everly Brothers try to wake up in 1957? 2 words (6,5)

5. 1951 saw this invention

by Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver (7)

7. Who was the Rebel Without a Cause? 2 words (5,4)

9. Walt Disney's favourite character attended a Mad Hatters tea party in this 1951 Disney classic, (5)

11. Name Buddy Holly's favourite insect? (8)

13. Name the actor in this 1952 classic Hans Christian Anderson, 2 words (5,4)

16. This popular 1950's skirt was one to write home about, (6)

17. This American fast food restaurant

was opened by Ray Kroc in 1955 (9)

19. Complete this American TV series I Love _ _ _ _ (4)

20. Opened in 1959 the Preston Bypass was the first British _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (8)


Life in the 50’s

Get the 1950’s Look at home!

Post war interior design became vibrant and fun! Pastel colours, pink, mint green, turquoise, pale yellow and blue brightened up most kitchens and bathrooms. Furniture of the 1950s was varied with the introduction of vinyl dining chairs and chrome legged tables with formica tops. Laminated plywood furniture dominated most living rooms, whilst floors were now covered in bold patterned lino or wall to wall carpeting.

Did you have a space saving drop leaf table? Watch the clip below and relive the 1950’s homes! https://youtu.be/ZoiGJw0lVjg

Fabrics with flowers and fruit were everywhere in the 50’s as well as bold designs like stripes and checks.

Watch the clip below to see how people created their own! https://youtu.be/_p8DPB3VJaQ

The 1958 Dream Home

New innovative equipment began to be developed. Did you know that it was, every housewife’s dream to own an oven that you did not have to stoop over ?

Visit the Ideal Home Exhibition to see the Dream Home of 1958! https://youtu.be/dXKQXHz-_Kw


Step back in time to the glamorous 50’s

The 1950’s was such a glamorous time, full skirts, pencil skirts always to mid calf and the nipped in waistline, were made famous by the Hollywood Icons,Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly. While1950’s icons like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin sported the ‘slack’ suit with its natural shoulders and straight cut trousers.

Enjoy looking back at the elegance of 1951. An Evening of Fashion at the Savoy Hotel London.

"She Walks In Beauty (1951)“ https://youtu.be/6gKdLAerFMQ

The well dressed man often still wore a bowler hat in 1951. Did you know Hatters can tell the year the hat was made due to even the slightest difference in style? https://youtu.be/xwqwQIEBx8I Relive the fun of the 50’s and see the stylish fashion in action!

London Jazz Club (1950) https://youtu.be/usj0lN9cPCg

https://youtu.be/GHhuBZEZESU Take a trip through Old London in 1950’s


Answers to this month’s puzzles

50’s Icons

1.Bill Hayley

2. Elizabeth Taylor

3. Perry Como

4. Nat King Cole

5. John Wayne

6. Audrey Hepburn

7. Doris Day

8. Dean Martin

9. Hattie Jacques

Conversations with our 50’s Icons

1. Elizabeth Taylor and Hattie Jacques were both born in Britain.

2. .John Wayne was born in Winterset,Iowa, USA

3. Nat King Cole sang many beautiful songs, but my favourite is the 1952 classic Unforgettable.

4. Doris Day films are always fun, but my favourite is Calamity Jane

5. Elizabeth Taylor was married 8 times to 7 men!!


Take the 1950’s Challenge Answers


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