23rd – 29th March 2020 is Intergenerational week.
Intergenerational Week is a week dedicated to promoting, celebrating and embracing the connections and communication between all ages of friends & family.
Here at BHPT we have run a successful Intergenerational project for many years, where pupils of St Peters primary school come together with older residents of Perry House and work through a series of topics, such as Christmas, Chinese New Year, Easter, St Georges Day and much more, to share memories of what life was like and how things have changed now.
The elderly love to interact with the children & share their memories and the children love to hear tales of how life was, where traditions came from, whilst teaching the adults how the world has changed and what children do now around these occasions.
When we talk about inter generational relationships, the most common one is grandparents to grandchildren, but it doesn’t have to be just that. Aunties, uncles, god-parents, close family friends or even just your next door neighbour, will have lived very different experiences to you. We can learn so much from other people and often its just a case of finding the right words to say and questions to ask to get a good conversation going. Which brings us nicely to a little plug for our friends at Burnham Grammar School – The students in the Young Enterprise group have made a pack of cards to help with just that. Perfect for a day in or a rainy day with someone (I’m buying a pack to take to my Grandad’s!). If you would like more information on these please do get in touch.
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Below are our top ideas of things to do together that are good for all ages! Get involved and make some memories this Intergenerational week!
- Play Cards
- Interview each other!
- Draw a family tree
- Share old photos
- Go on a walk
- Have a tea party
- Take turns reading to each other
- Draw pictures of one another
- Watch a movie together
- Bake cupcakes
- Sing karaoke and dance around
- Build and paint a birdhouse
- Visit your local library
- Work in the garden
- Teach each other something new
- Design your own tshirts
- Make up stories
- Make your own ice cream sundaes
- Make bead bracelets
- Have a picnic (even just in the garden)
- Visit a zoo
- Play a board game
- Make a den or play in a tent
- Go to a museum
- Go fruit picking. Bake with the goodies!
- Make paper aeroplanes then race
- Wash the car together
- Blow bubbles
- Play mini golf