Watch these seniors play a life-size version of Hungry Hungry Hippos

  • Watch these seniors play a life-size version of Hungry Hungry Hippos

Watch these seniors play a life-size version of Hungry Hungry Hippos

In this video, uploaded to Facebook on March 19, staff at Bryn Celyn Care Home in Maesteg can be seen pushing the wheelchair-bound residents towards a pool of coloured balls.

Once the game starts, nurses gently push the players into the middle of the circle, where there is a pile of plastic balls, and residents try to "gobble" as many balls as they can with their basket.

A nursing home in Wales has created a life-size version of the board game "Hungry Hungry Hippos" to help entertain residents while the facility is on lockdown amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

"Everyone in the home team and residents are anxious about the virus". The staff is making sure that "stringent infection control measures" are in place so it stays that way. With makeshift hippo mouths made out of plastic baskets and broomstick handles, the game began.

Residents in lockdown played a life-sized version of the popular children's board game Hungry Hungry Hippos on Thursday at the Bryn Celyn Care Home in Wales. Instead of marbles, which would elude even the most agile of seniors, they used colorful playpen balls, similar to what you'd find in a playground ball pit.

The efforts of staff at Bryn Celyn care home have caught the imagination on social media.

"Residents really enjoyed playing a new game today Hungry Hippos", they wrote in a viral Facebook post with over 1.7 million views and 22,000 shares.

"Everyone in the home team and residents are anxious about the virus", Michelle Williams, the general manager, told CNN.