Here are some more ideas to help younger people enjoy the wisdom and influence of the older generations:
- Take a nature walk together and collect items for a fairy pot. If the older person has difficulty outside, the younger person could bring all of the supplies to their room, open up a sunny window, and work on the project with them there.
- Cards, board games, and puzzles are always fun and challenging. Pick games that aren't super complicated but will require all players to strategize. These sort of mind builders are beneficial to every age level.
- Prepare a picnic to enjoy together in or out of doors.
- Bake cookies or make and decorate a cake together. One of my favorite early memories was when our neighbor, Alice, invited me over to make oatmeal cookies. I was only about six years old and I remember she's the one who taught me to sift flour!
- Spend time looking at cloud or rock formations and use your imaginations to decide what they look like.
- Do a simple sport like badminton, ping pong, or bounce a ball back and forth while visiting.
- Visit a lake or river to go fishing or skip rocks in the water.
- Work on a project like repairing a small engine or building a birdhouse.
- Have a conversation about something special like their father's tackle box or their mother's sewing box.
- Look through photographs together.
- Do a service project together like preparing gifts or writing cards or making hats and blankets.
- Find some old newspapers or magazines and have the older person talk about events or ads from their point of view.
- Play with Legos or make a model car.
- Cut paper dolls from magazines or make scrapbooks from pretty pictures. My great-grandma loved to do this with me when I was little and I have several of our scrapbooks made from seed catalogs.
I'd love to hear your ideas for bridging generational gaps. Let me know in the comments below!