Start this CST session by asking members to discuss their own family. Perhaps ask them ahead of time to bring an old, or recent, family photograph (with names on the back), so they can introduce their family to the group.
Take great care during this session to make sure you know a little about members' family lives, as they may not have been so happy. Through prior biographical assessment, be aware of loves and losses. Adjust content accordingly.
Some discussion points:
- How big are/were members families?
- What were mother's and father's names and jobs?
- Where did members grow up?
- Was their family a large or small one?
- Did they have brothers and sisters, or were they only children?
What about now? Ask members to say a little about their spouse and/or children and grandchildren. (Again, take care!)
Show members this photo of the Radford family, from Morecombe, Lancashire. They have, as of last count, had 22 children. They own their own bakery, so are not reliant upon state benefits. Sue, aged 46, and Noel, aged 50, had their first child when Sue was 14.
Discuss with the group the pros and cons of having a large family.
ACTIVITY 1. IDIOMS
Ask members to complete the following phrases together (shout out) ...
Adam And EVE
Flesh And BLOOD
Kith And KIN
Run in the FAMILY
Chip off the old BLOCK
The apple doesn’t fall far from the TREE
Like father like SON
Bob’s Your UNCLE
Throw the baby out with the BATH WATER
Black sheep of the FAMILY
The apple of your EYE
Blood is thicker than WATER
Follow in someone’s FOOTSTEPS
Born with a silver spoon in your MOUTH
Pride and JOY
Is anyone interested in Genealogy? Has anyone completed their family tree? Were there any surprises?
(Ref to 'What's In A Name' CST activities page for coat of arms finder - https://www.simondementia.co.uk/single-post/what-s-in-a-name )
ACTIVITY 2. PICTURE AND MUSIC QUIZ
Play TV theme/titles links to give an extra clue ...
ROUND 1. UK TV Families
1. Name the (now politically incorrect) TV comedy series?
What was the loudmouth bigot's name, and the actor who played him?
TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fVpgTPhLtc
2. Name the TV comedy?
Name the characters and actors?
What was the horse's name?
TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxEOjWWmbDs
3. Name the TV comedy series?
Name the characters and actors?
Who wrote the song which this series used in its title music?
TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUmqSUx8W8Y
4. Name the TV comedy series?
Name the two adult characters and actors?
And the baby?
TV titles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tduNoff-GHE
(Ask members to do their best "Oo Betty!")
Here's the 'Roller-skates' sketch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFLpwRMS00g
5. Name the TV comedy series?
Name the characters and actors?
TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnF5GgcDRsI
Do members have a favourite sketch? Here are a few ...
- 'Del Boy Falling Through The Bar' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr034NkCwKw
- 'Cleaning The Chandalier' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFuYIi5-igc
- 'Cleaning Up At The Auction' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiIIkQO95z4&t=8s
- 'Batman And Robin' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93bAdEf0pzc
(Does anyone remember the 'Reliant Robin' three wheeler car?)
6. Name the TV comedy show? And the family?
Which actress played Mum?
Name as many different types of (title of show) as you can?
TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_NN__9YY7g
7. Name the TV comedy series?
Name the characters in this photo?
The mother and father in this TV comedy series previously worked together in which TV soap?
TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHKy1SR8Uyo
8. Name the TV comedy series?
And the characters and actors?
TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPDV7EQt7J8
9. Name the TC comedy series?
Who plays the lead role?
TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFSXNsh6NKM
10. Name the TV comedy series?
Name the characters and actors?
TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqsTz6rcAPk
ROUND2. American TV Families
11. Name the TV comedy horror show?
Name the characters?
12. Name the TV series?
And the family?
TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MawR-tA61dM
13. Name the TV drama series?
What was said at the end of every episode?
Have a go at naming the children?
14. Name the family TV series?
Name either of the older boy's number 1 UK hits?
TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT2T49yP2ew
(Did anyone have his poster on their bedroom wall?)
15. Name the TV drama series & the family?
Who shot JR?
16. Name the TV comedy series?
Which actor went on to become a successful Hollywood movie director?
Who is the chap top left of the photo with the Brylcreem'd hair, and which actor played him?
TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hre2TtmAWBc
17. Name the TV comedy series?
And the characters and actors?
18. Name the TV comedy series?
Name the two families?
Which actor on the far left went on to star in the 1989 movie 'When Harry Met Sally'?
TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSaNWYHmUvI
19. Name the TV comedy horror series?
Name the characters? Which horror characters are they based on?
TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgmiBjJFOSA
20. Name the TV comedy series?
Name the characters in this picture?
And the town in which they live?
ROUND 3. Movies About Families
21. Name this 1950 movie?
Name the two actors?
22. Who played the father in the 1991 remake?
23. Name the 1964 children's movie?
Name the two lead actors pictured here?
24. Name the 1968 musical children's movie?
What was the name of the inventor?
Cong clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTTzcXSLjhI
25. Name the 1970 family movie?
Who played the part of the railway station master?
Here he is ...
26. Name the 1971 children's movie?
Which TV detective did Angela Lansbury go on to play?
27. Name the 1990 Christmas movie?
What was the little boy's name?
28. Name the 1993 romcom movie?
Name the two lead actors pictured here?
29. Name the 2004 comedy movie?
Name the three Oscar winning actors pictured here?
30. Name the 1956 movie?
What was the name of the lead character who started out as a novice nun?
Song clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nRU5RIDWXU
ROUND 4. Music By Family Groups
31. Complete these other song titles:
- 'Bye Bye ****'
- 'Wake Up Little *****'
- 'Cathy's *****'
- 'Crying In The ****'
32. Name the brother and sister?
What instruments did they play?
33. Complete these other song titles:
- 'I Get ******'
- 'Help Me *******'
- 'God Only *****'
- 'Wouldn't It Be ****'
34. The youngest two brothers had hit singles with what two records, one about a young dog and one about a UK city?
35. The youngest brother had a hit song with 'Ben' Who was this about?
36. Which sister appears regularly on ITV's 'Loose Women'?
37. Name the brothers?
38. Where do the Cords family come from?
39. What are the 'The Proclaimers' brother's names?
40. For bonus points, name as many other famous families as you can think of ...
As the lyrics say, now "Get Up Everybody And Dance!"
ACTIVITY 3. KARAOKE
Here are some family related songs for a group singalong, with YouTube link and full lyrics.
Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree - The Andrews Sisters
I wrote my mother I wrote my father And now I'm writing you too I'm sure of mother I'm sure of father Now I wanna be sure of you Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me Anyone else but me, anyone else but me No! No! No! Just remember that I've been true to nobody else but you So just be true to me Don't go walking down lovers' lane with anyone else but me Anyone else but me, anyone else but me No! No! No! Don't start showing off all your charms in somebody else's arms You must be true to me I'm so afraid that the plans we made underneath those moonlit skies Will fade away and you're bound to stray if the stars get in your eyes So, don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me You're my L-O-V-E. Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me Anyone else but me, anyone else but me No! No! No! Just remember that I've been true to nobody else but you So just be true to me Don't go walking down lovers' lane with anyone else but me Anyone else but me, anyone else but me No! No! No! Don't start showing off all your charms in somebody else's arms You must be true to me I'm so afraid that the plans we made underneath those moonlit skies Will fade away and you're bound to stray if the stars get in your eyes So, don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me
My Old Man's A Dustman - Lonnie Donegan
Now heres a little story, To tell it is a must About an unsung hero, That moves away a dust
Some people make a fortune Others earn a mint My old man dont earn much Infact, hes flippin skint!
My old mans a dustman He wears a dustmans hat He wears cor-blimey trousers And he lives in a council flat He looks a propa 'nana in his great big hobnail boots Hes got such a job to pull 'em up that he calls 'em daisy roots
Some folks give tips at Christmas And some of them forget So when he picks their bins up He spills some on the step Now one old man got nasty And too the council wrote Next time my old man went round there He punched him up the throat!
My old mans a dustman He wears a dustmans hat He wears cor-blimey trousers And he lives in a council flat I say i say i say Les Yeah? I, er, i found a police dog in my dustbin How'd you know he's a police dog? He had a policeman with him! Though my old mans a dustman Hes got a heart of gold He got married recently Though hes 86 years old We said 'here, hang on dad. youre getting past your prime!' He said 'when you get my age it helps to pass the time!' My old mans a dustman He wears a dustmans hat He wears cor-blimey trousers And he lives in a council flat I say I say I say Eh? My dusbins full of lilies! Well throw them away then! I cant, Lillie's wearing them! Now one day whilst in a hurry He missed a ladies bin He hadnt gone but a few yards when she chased after him "What game do you think your playing?!" She cried straight from the heart "Youve missed me! am i too late?" Nah jump up on the cart! My old mans a dustman He wears a dustmans hat He wears cor-blimey trousers And he lives in a council flat I say... I say... I say... Not you again! My dustbin's absoloutely full of toadstools How do you know its full? Cause theres not mushroom inside! He found a tigers head one day Nailed to a piece of wood The tiger looked quite miserable But I suppose he should! Just then from out the window A voice began to wail... it said 'Oy, wheres me tigers 'ead?' Four foot from its tail! My old mans a dustman He wears a dustmans hat He wears cor-blimey trousers And he lives in a council flat Next time you see a dustman Looking all pale and sad Dont kick him in the dustbin It might be my old dad...!
The Family Of Man - The Spinners
The family of Man keeps growing The family of Man keeps sowing The seeds of a new life every day
I belong to a family, the biggest on the earth Ten thousand every day are coming to birth Our name isn't Davis, Hall, Groves, or Jones It's a name every man should be proud he owns
I've got a sister in Melbourne, a brother in Paris The whole wide world is dad and mum to me Wherever you go you'll find my kin Whatever the creed or the colour of the skin
The miner in the Rhondda, the coolie in Peking The men across the ocean who plough, reap and spin They've got a life and others to share it So let's bridge the oceans and declare
From the North Pole ice to the snow at the other There is not a man I wouldn't call brother But there isn't much time, I've had my fill Of the men of war who intend to kill
Some people say the world's a horrible place But it's just as good or bad as the human race Dirt and misery or health and joy Man can build or can destroy.
Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
You who are on the road Must have a code that you can live by And so become yourself Because the past is just a good-bye. Teach your children well, Their father's hell did slowly go by, And feed them on your dreams The one they picks, the one you'll know by. Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry, So just look at them and sigh And know they love you.
And you, of tender years, Can't know the fears that your elders grew by, And so please help them with your youth, They seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well, Their children's hell will slowly go by, And feed them on your dreams The one they picks, the one you'll know by. Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry, So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.
Mama - Spice Girls
She used to be my only enemy and never let me be free Catching me in places that I knew I shouldn't be Every other day I crossed the line I didn't mean to be so bad I never thought you would become the friend I never had
Back then I didn't know why Why you were misunderstood mama So now I see through your eyes All that you did was love
Mama I love you Mama I care Mama I love you Mama my friend You're my friend
I didn't want to hear it then but I'm not ashamed to say it now Every little thing you said and did was right for me I had a lot of time to think about, about the way I used to be Never had a sense of my responsibility
Back then I didn't know why Why you were misunderstood So now I see through your eyes All that you did was love
Mama I love you Mama I care Mama I love you Mama my friend You're my friend You're my friend But now I'm sure I know why (I know why) Why you were misunderstood So now I see through your eyes All I can give you is love (all I can give you is love) Mama I love you Mama I care Mama I love you Mama my friend Mama I love you Mama I care Mama I love you Mama my friend My friend Mama my love (you're my friend) Mama my love Mama I love you Mama I care Mama I love you Mama my friend Me loving you (me loving you) You loving me (you loving me) A love that's true (a love that's true) And guaranteed (so true) Me loving you (me loving you) You loving me (mama I care) (you loving me) A love that's true (a love that's true) And guaranteed (so true) You loving me (mama I care) (you loving me) A love that's true (a love that's true) And guaranteed (so true) Mama I love you, me loving you (me loving you)
ACTIVITY 3. FAMILY PAPER CHAINS
Make a template.
Ask members to draw the outline and colour in the family.
Cut out their creations and link them up with tape to make a chain.
Decorate the room.
1. ''Til Death Us Do Part'
Alf Garnet, played by Warren Mitchell
2. 'Steptoe And Son'
Harold (Harry H Corbett) & Albert (William Brambell)
The horse was 'Hercules'
3. 'Butterflies' - Ria Parkinson (Wendy Craig), Ben Parkinson (Geoffrey Palmer), Russell (Andrew Hall) & Adam (Nicholas Lyndhurst)
4. 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em'
Frank Spencer (Michael Crawford), Betty (Michele Dotrice) & Jessica
5. 'Only Fools And Horses' - Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst), Del Boy Trotter (David Jason) & Uncle Albert (Buster Merryfield)
6. 'Bread' - Jean Boht & The Boswells
French stick, Bloomer, Tin, Granary, Ciabatta, Sourdough, Rye, Pitta, Foccacia, Brioche, Garlic
7. Nana, Anthony, Jim, Denise, Barbara & Dave
8. 'Birds Of A Feather'
Sharon (Pauline Quirke), Dorien (Lesley Joseph) & Tracey (Linda Robson)
9. 'Mrs Brown's Boys'
10. 'Absolutely Fabulous'
Bubbles (Jane Horrocks), Saffron (Julia Sawalha), Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders), Mother (June Whitfield) & Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley)
11. 'The Addams Family'
Gomez, Wednesday, Uncle Fester, Morticia, Lurch, Pugsley & Grandma ('Thing' is missing)
12. 'Little House On The Prairie'
The Ingles Family
13. 'The Waltons'
John Boy, Jason, Mary Ellen, Erin, Ben, Jim Bob & Elizabeth
14. 'The Partridge Family'
David Cassidy's UK number 1 hits - 'How Can I Be Sure' & 'Daydreamer'
15. 'Dallas' - The Ewing family
Kristin Shepard shot JR
16. 'Happy Days'
Richie Cunningham was played by Ron Howard, who has directed many movies including 'The Da Vinci Code', 'Apollo 13', 'Angels And Demons', 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' & 'A Beautiful Mind'
'The Fonz' was played by Henry Winkler
17. 'The Golden Girls'
Blanche Devereux (Rue McClannaghan), For
Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), Rose Nylund (Betty White), Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan) & Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty)
The Campbells & The Tates
19. 'The Munsters'
Herman - Frankenstein, Lily - Vampire, Grandpa - Count Dracula, Marilyn - Human & Eddie - Werewolf
20. 'The Simpsons'
Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa & Maggie
21. 'Father Of The Bride'
Elizabeth Taylor & Spencer Tracey
22. Steve Martin
23. 'Mary Poppins'
Dick VanDyke & Julie Andrews
24. 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
25. 'The Railway Children'
26. 'Bedknobs And Broomsticks'
27. 'Home Alone'
28. 'Sleepless In Seattle'
Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan
29. 'Meet The Fockers'
Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand & Robert De Niro
30. 'The Sound Of Music'
Maria Von Trapp
31. 'The Everly Brothers'
- 'Bye Bye LOVE'
- 'Wake Up Little SUZIE'
- 'Cathy's CLOWN'
- 'Crying In The RAIN'
32. Karen & Richard
Drums & Piano
33. - 'I Get AROUND'
- 'Help Me RHONDA'
- 'God Only KNOWS'
- 'Wouldn't It Be NICE'
34. 'Puppy Love' & 'Long Haired Lover From Liverpool'
35. A Rat
37. Robin, Barry & Maurice
38. Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
39. Craig & Charlie Reid
40. Royal Family, The Beckhams, The Osbournes, Elton John & David Furnish and their boys etc