Do you know the plant?

Difficulty Difficult

Duration 60 minutes

Type of activity Long term activities

Season Spring,summer

Occasion Any

Suitability Physically fit

Locations Outdoor

Tools

natural materials

canvas

paste

Goal

The aim of this activity is to create a joint work in a peaceful forest environment. An integral part of this is the description of plants and follow-up small talks with children about the plants they find nearby.

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. This activity is suitable for children aged 3 years and more and physically fit seniors.
  2. Greeting and activity introduction.
  3. Walk to in/to the forest.
  4. Seniors and children talk about nature, what they know about the plants, herbs that grow nearby, etc.
  5. Group create pairs (senior x kid)
  6. Each pair will draw one plant on canvas. Also you can you one big canvas for the whole group and work togeather.
  7. The picture can be made form natural materials (fixed with glue) and paint in color.
  8. Finished painting can be displayed in senior home or kindergarten.
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