Naughts & crosses in the office! And we drew so everyone's happy. Rematch tomorrow? Naughts & crosses in the office! And we drew so everyone's happy. Rematch tomorrow? Day 2 Warri a game from my African heritage surviving in the Caribbean played by me as a child in Antigua #TheGenerationGames @wftassociation It was brilliant. Jean was initially not sure but really got into it at the end. She was so pleased with the final picture of her. Excited to try more challenges. One of my favourite games when I was younger was the floor is LAVA! I remember clambering over toys, furniture... people! It was sometimes an obstacle course - sometimes a completely imagined scene from a movie... running away from an erupting volcano whilst flying dragons tried to chase me avoiding the poisonous moss and searching for the life saving edible flowers! I am hoping to actually play the game today - maybe even in the office (if I don't create too much of a scene). I'll have a proper go at this later but I was thinking this morning about what my favourite game was when I was young and it made me smile because actually one of the things I loved most was the little woodworking kit I had and I relished being hidden away on our garage away from the hecticness of the house with my little work bench and saw! Decades later and those long hidden skills are now being put to good use laying a floor in my new flat! Today is National Playday in the UK, a celebration of children’s right to play. We'd like to invite everyone to play for Day 2 challenge. Let today be your Playday with this challenge... Play together your favourite game from your childhood whether that childhood is happening now, or a long time ago! Is it a clapping game? Or cats cradle? Or Minecraft? Maybe it's just sharing your favourite toys.. Play the game together, or if you're playing alone or far away from your partner share the game online and let's all learn together! If you have a bit more time... Why not try the childhood favourite - a treasure hunt. Design a treasure hunt for each other - both take turns making up the clues and hiding some treasure. What will you find?! Think Did you find it easy or hard to think of games? Were your favourite games similar or really different? Did any interesting stories come out of the challenge? Share Why not try making a little video of you playing the game - or some pictures - or even share the stories that you told. You can share on here and/or on your social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Or just with each other in real life! You can tag #TheGenerationGames and share with us on: T: @64M_Artists F: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ I: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ In July 2017 I did a 24 hour painting marathon up a ladder at the Arden Cancer Centre University hospital Coventry. Raising funds for the Cancer unit and donating two corridors of mural enhancements in Memory of my amazing dad who died of cancer in 2010. It was hard work but nothing compared to what many patients deal with on a daily basis. I love you dad x My grandmother. Good to look through photos of the family especially those that include children, parents and grandparents. We all agree that we still like to do things across the generations. This is a day working in the woods, making butterfly habitats. The photo of my grandparents was taken very recently before a family holiday and it is one of my favourite ones of them - always cheerful (and still trying to over-feed us). It was nice to reflect on the photo and make a sketch of it, as it gives me time to really contemplate the picture and what it means in a way which we don't always get too when we rely on fast technology like cameras, when moments are almost disposable because of the convenience. I look forward to sharing the image with my grandparents, where there is often a language barrier between us, and so hopefully they will appreciate it without needing too many words!! The Magic Me team enjoyed drawing portraits who have taken part in our projects recently and in the past. We wrote what we remembered about each person and their name. A wonderful quick exercise for us to do together on a Tuesday afternoon. #TheGenerationsGame is a bit of an abstract view of my Mum. She's 89 likes to sparkle, always wears earrings, enjoys texting and is Coventry born & bred. I completed the challenge on the train (with limited resources) and had to really think about what I could use to represent her traits & quirks! Day 1 of #TheGenerationGames and a colleague and I decided to have some fun I was hoping to make something WITH my girls, but they just want to play out on the street with their new friends. Pah! Here's a drawing of my lovely Mum, Cathy. She is actually a lot more smiley and happy than this, and usually has a glass of something fizzy in her hand! I hope I'm as active in my 60s as she is now - she's amazing :) Here's a drawing of my lovely Mum, Cathy. She is actually a lot more smiley and happy than this, and usually has a glass of something fizzy in her hand! I hope I'm as active in my 60s as she is now - she's amazing :) This is a bowler hat that belonged to my Great Great Uncle Tom. He owned a farm in Liverpool and wore it when he had to go and see the bank manager. I wonder what he's make of contactless payments! I instantly thought of my Grandma for this challenge as she is such a fab lady. I love that she loves leopard print (hence the top!) & then I have drawn below the first 4 things that came to mind... when she baby sat us she used to fill a plastic cup with sweets and hand one to my brother and I ALSO with a crisp sandwich!! Such a treat. The other two are a clock - as my Gran used to always tell stories about time and a high heel as she loves dressing up! I really like that this challenge has provoked such nice childhood memories! I struggled with this as I'm planning to play with a few different people and in my family we are quite big on everything being equal and fair so I couldn't choose a favourite! So I drew this because it could be of my niece Jasmine (7) or my mum Bron (a bit older than that). I love their big curly hair and I've always wished I had curly hair like them. I love that family similarity that spans a couple of generations but none of the rest of us have it, apart from my mum's mum who is sadly no longer with us. Drawing also scares me so was much happier spending a few minutes doodling and the rest writing! Welcome to Day 1 of The Generation Games! Today we embark on a 31 day journey. We hope in this time you’ll discover, create, share and have some fun together. So with this in mind we thought there’s no better way to start our adventure than with an introduction. Let’s get to know our fellow challengers with today’s challenge.... Create a portrait of your Generation Games buddy or, if you’re playing on your own, your favourite younger/ older person. You can make the portrait by drawing, or using photography, or even just writing a paragraph or two about them. Use whatever materials you like - it could be abstract or realistic, silly or serious. And remember... it doesn’t have to be perfect! Try and capture them and what you like about them. Have a go and try not spend more than 10-15 minutes on it. If you have a bit more time... Why not try creating portraits together of other people you know? You could draw them or make collages? Or go through old photos. Think How did it feel to do the first challenge? Was it fun? Did you feel nervous? How did you feel introducing the other person and not yourself? It may be interesting to include these answers in what you’re sharing. Share Share your portrait or short story with us. You can share on here and/or on your social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Of course you can also just share with each other in real life too! You can tag #TheGenerationGames and share with us on: T: @64M_Artists F: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ I: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Meet Storm. Storm is one of my rescue greyhounds (the other one is Mabel). She’s such a cuddle monster and an exceptional garden digger … sigh. Storm features in A Book of Me as a way to find pages available to print out and use again and again. She’s also in there because I love my dogs to bits and they’re a big part of my life. They make me smile and they give their love unconditionally (well…sometimes for biscuits). Even if the outside world has been tough, I open the front door and there they are, spinning around, tails wagging, pleased to see me. Meet Storm. Storm is one of my rescue greyhounds (the other one is Mabel). She’s such a cuddle monster and an exceptional garden digger … sigh. Storm features in A Book of Me as a way to find pages available to print out and use again and again. She’s also in there because I love my dogs to bits and they’re a big part of my life. They make me smile and they give their love unconditionally (well…sometimes for biscuits). Even if the outside world has been tough, I open the front door and there they are, spinning around, tails wagging, pleased to see me. Tuesday My perfect day Tuesday My perfect day Remember Me Tell about a memory with meaning. My doctor's opinion of my baby boy Remember Me Tell about a memory with meaning. My doctor's opinion of my baby boy Rainbow Walk. Want to know the story behind the project? Check out my blog https://rosannesart365.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/vol-2-no-141-may-21-2017.html Rainbow Walk. Want to know the story behind the project? Check out my blog https://rosannesart365.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/vol-2-no-141-may-21-2017.html Style Queens- make a list of the clothes you love to wear (the most) Thank You. Want to know the story behind the project? Check out my blog. https://rosannesart365.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/vol-2-no-146-may-26-2017.html I've had a busy week and although when getting home I felt exhausted I made myself go for a 15 min walk. It was exactly what I needed! I feel refreshed. A card made from things in my home A plea An action Some advice An admission Tommy's post it from Andy’s (@Dementia Boy) #DementiaDo post it work A message of love Some advice I think this is a great message for everyone- my Grandma with Dementia but also myself and others. I think we can be hard on ourselves, get frustrated and not sit back and think of how well we are coping. I think this process has brought me closer to what my Grandma may be feeling, her experience and identity. My understanding of dementia has grown also. Thank you to everyone involved! I have enjoyed participating in these activities and seeing what everyone else has produced. marvellous, inspirational #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Saturday 27th May - Living Well Hooray! You’ve made it through to the final day. Well done! Don’t worry if you didn’t do all of the challenges, or even any of them. Sometimes just reading something or having a go at something different is enough. As a celebration of your final day we’ve teamed up with @DementiaBoy, Andy Tysoe to set you a challenge. This is based on his fantastic #DementiaDO post-it notes which you can see images of here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE36gXXTAXw&feature=youtu.be Do Either sum up what living well with dementia means to you, or write a message of advice, love or support to someone living with dementia. Write it on a yellow post-it note, or if you don’t have one, just a bit of paper will do. OR if you want to you can sing, dance, draw, paint, write or mime your thoughts! It’s up to you. What have you learned about yourself that you’d like to share? Imagine your post will be seen by someone who has just had a diagnosis. What message would you like to share with them? Think Reflect on what doing the challenges has been like. How easy did you find it to make time for them? Did it encourage you to think differently? Would you try any of them again? How could you reach out to others to share your message. Share Share your task with us and with others by sharing on here, or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe onTwitter & Facebook too. #DoThinkShareDAW Daily Challenge, Saturday 27th May - Living Well Hooray! You’ve made it through to the final day. Well done! Don’t worry if you didn’t do all of the challenges, or even any of them. Sometimes just reading something or having a go at something different is enough. As a celebration of your final day we’ve teamed up with @DementiaBoy, Andy Tysoe to set you a challenge. This is based on his fantastic #DementiaDO post-it notes which you can see images of here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE36gXXTAXw&feature=youtu.be Do Either sum up what living well with dementia means to you, or write a message of advice, love or support to someone living with dementia. Write it on a yellow post-it note, or if you don’t have one, just a bit of paper will do. OR if you want to you can sing, dance, draw, paint, write or mime your thoughts! It’s up to you. What have you learned about yourself that you’d like to share? Imagine your post will be seen by someone who has just had a diagnosis. What message would you like to share with them? Think Reflect on what doing the challenges has been like. How easy did you find it to make time for them? Did it encourage you to think differently? Would you try any of them again? How could you reach out to others to share your message. Share Share your task with us and with others by sharing on here, or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DoThinkShareDAW t: https://twitter.com/64M_Artists f: https://www.facebook.com/64millionartists/ i: https://www.instagram.com/64millionartists/ Don't forget to hashtag #ABookofMe onTwitter & Facebook too. Day 12 - Just For You I didn't get home until late evning yesterday, but I have started my Bank Holiday weekend early today. Sitting out in the garden reading and enjoying the sunshine has been lovely.