"Send me a postcard!" was a common phrase used in the past. Post cards are used to create activities for matching, memory, reading, travel and geography.

1.  Memory Game

2. Find the Match

3. Find it-read and find on a map

4. "I've been there" or "Let's go"


1. Memory Game:  Pairs of matching postcards are turned face down on a table. (you can ask travelers to buy 2.) The number of pairs will be determined by the ability of the participants. Players take turns as in a "concentration game."  Games can be based on themes, like NY City, Island adventures or random.

2. Find the Match:  Many random postcards are placed face up on a table. The number will be determined by the participants. Several matching postcards are placed throughout to locate.

3. Find it-Post cards are place on tables, face up. Participants choose one and if able, read the destination. The location is marked on a map and discussed.

4.  "Let's Go":  A virtual visit/tour can be shown for the selected places or a "dream vacation" can be planned.


Group Size Time of Day Duration Acuity Level
Medium (5 - 8) Morning
30 minutes Memory Care
Facilitator Gender
Programming Coed
Wellness Domains

Social, Intellectual


Post cards can be gathered from other facilities, friends, family and staff.  Ask each to "buy 2" of the same postcard.  Ask for funny post cards, college mascot postcards, food and recipe postcards, animal postcards as well as from destinations.

National Postcard Week is the first week of May.

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