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Six fun ideas for children and older adults to do together

Friday, May 23 2014 3:38 AM

 Great things happen when the young and the young-at-heart come together.

Children are an important part of the Good Samaritan Society as we value the abundant joy and life they bring to our campuses. Special reading days, pen pal programs, infant rocking programs, craft projects, holiday parties and even puppet shows help create a fun space for residents and children to play together. Not only do they find they love their time together, they have a lot to gain from each other.

Are you looking for ways to help your children interact with older adults, or to have a better relationship with your grandchildren? It’ll be worth your time and a little effort to help foster the bond.

Six fun ideas for children and older adults to do together:

  1. Become email pen pals.

  2. Play pick-up sticks with pretzel sticks, build towers from sandwich cookies or play marble games with round candy.

  3. Find a project to do together – gingerbread houses, jewelry making, cooking, and puzzles are loved by all generations.

  4. Have a Wii showdown.

  5. Let the child be the teacher, showing the adult how to use an iPad, smartphone or other latest device.

  6. Plant a raised-bed garden and nurture it together.

Get more tips for intergenerational activities on our Pinterest page. 

And, if you live far from your loved one in the Good Samaritan Society, don’t forget that several of our locations use Skype. Many fun activities can be done across the digital screen!

How children benefit from interacting with adults:

Studies show that when children interact with adults, it builds their communication and decision-making skills and their self-esteem. Children who are mentored by adults show improved test scores and academic achievement. For some children, seniors fill the shoes of grandparents they may not have.

How seniors benefit from interacting with children:

Activities with children can help boost adults’ self-confidence and purpose as it allows them to continue playing an active role in the community. Helping others also can contribute to better health and decreased loneliness.

Source: www.good-sam.com

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