A backpack of memories from the past

Difficulty Medium

Duration 30 minutes

Type of activity Main activities

Season Any

Occasion Any

Suitability Without limits

Locations Indoor

Tools

backpack

photos

books

handcrafts from the past

Goal

The idea of this activity is to summon memories of seniors’ lives and compare them with today’s experiences of children.

Intergenerational benefits

Understanding and relationship building

Understanding and relationship building

The activity promotes the understanding and appreciation of the attitudes, opinions, and experiences which different generations bring to the relationships, understanding and avoiding generational stereotypes and fostering tolerance of different lifestyles and an appreciation for cultural heritages, traditions and histories.

Intergenerational learning and skill sharing

Intergenerational learning and skill sharing

The activity promotes learning and skill sharing among younger and older generations. It involves the sharing of positive resources that the young and old have to offer each other, especially the experience with novelties of modern times and valuable life lessons as well as cultural and familiar traditions.

Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing

The activity promotes physical and mental well-being. It has a positive impact on the quality of life (feeling of self-worth and a reduction in loneliness and isolation, promotion of physical and cognitive activity).

Personal impact

Personal impact

Developing soft skills (like empathy, confidence, communication abilities, learning skills) and developing their own strengths and talents.

Cognitive skills

Cognitive skills

Supporting mental / brain-based skills we need to do anything from the simplest to the most complex tasks:perception, attention, memory, motor skills, language, visual and spatial processing, executive functions.

Community involvement

Community involvement

The activity increases confidence and involvement within the community. It offers a starting point that could have a positive impact within the community.

Step by Step

  1. Seniors and kids meet and forms a circle from the chairs.
  2. Place the full backpack in the centre.
  3. One after the other, each kid will take one item and say what it may be and ask seniors for further explanation.
  4. This approach encourages a conversation between seniors and kids.
  5. If relevant, seniors can also take items and explain or ask about the item.
  6. At the end it is appropriate to summarize what we have learned.
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