Forest picture

Difficulty Difficult

Duration 30 minutes

Type of activity Ice-breaker

Season Spring,Summer,Fall

Occasion Any

Suitability Physically fit

Locations Outdoor




natural materials


tree branches





This activity develops creativity in the natural environment and introduces children to natural materials. The goal is to create the picture only from natural materials in a pair of senior x 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. Group of kids and seniors - choose with respect to the intensity of this activity.
  2. Greetings and activity introduction.
  3. Walking to/in the forest.
  4. In a pair (senior x kid), collecting natural materials.
  5. Return back to the meeting point.
  6. Naming of materials - what we found?
  7. Thinking of a motive or idea, what to create.
  8. Choose a proper place for the picture.
  9. Working together to create pictures.
  10. Chatting about pictures - what it is, what it looks like, can be imrpved?.
  11. Take a photo of all - make a land art image.
  12. Take a group photo.
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