Cooking course “dishes from the past”

Difficulty Difficult

Duration 60 minutes

Type of activity Long term activities

Season Any

Occasion Any

Suitability Physically fit

Locations Indoor


collection of recipes agreed upon with seniors






dining room


With this activity, seniors and children will prepare home-made snacks as they once prepared for seniors their parents.

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. Prior to the activity, seniors in the cooperation with facilitator choose dishes which will be prepared.
  2. Seniors and children will meet in the kitchen.
  3. An adult (facilitator or senior) introduces the topic to the group.
  4. Group is divided in teams and children helps seniors to cook.
  5. Children set the table.
  6. Children and seniors eat together and discuss about the dishes (did they know them before?, did they know the ingredients?, do they help to cook at home?, etc.)
  7. Recipes can be given to the children.
  8. A group photo is taken.
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