Ideas to celebrate seniors, support connections between generations, and recognise International Day of Older Persons and Grandparents Day
Below are a range of fun generation-bridging activities to get started.
Write a letter, message or a card
Sending letters is a great way to keep connected and show your care, especially when you can’t visit. We have some great letter templates and message prompts to encourage children to write to their Grandparents or an older Canberrans. Why not write a message and take a photo of you holding it then send to your grandparent?
Letter template [PDF 275KB] [Word 17KB]
Give your child something to look back on by having them interview Grandma or Grandpa! Spark lively conversation or create a new memory with these suggested questions to help to start a discussion and encourage a dialogue. Children and young people could video or write down the answers and send to ConnectInCanberra@act.gov.au so we can share on social media.
Interview questions to ask your Grandparents [PDF 85KB] [Word 72KB]
Silly questions to ask your Grandparents [PDF 161KB] [Word 72KB]Grandparents Day Acrostic poem
Simply use the first letter of each line to spell out a word or message about your grandparent/grand friend. Have fun making this fun unique acrostic poem about your grandparent(s) or older person in your life and send it to them.
Visit or call your grandparent/Grand-friend
Make time to visit or call or write to your grandparents/grand-friends. If you are unable to visit in person contact via FaceTime or Skype, or send a card or even an old-fashioned letter.
Who doesn’t like a good game of cards? Card games like UNO, or Go Fish are great for any age!
Solve crosswords, puzzles or riddles
Puzzles are great because they challenge the mind and involve teamwork from both parties. Not only are they a fun activity but they also a great task to boost memory and stimulate minds, have fun and feel a sense of accomplishment.
Draw a family tree and discuss it's branches
Most families are a lot bigger than we tend to perceive. Have your child sit with their grandparents/grand-friends and go over a little family history.
Share old photos and talk about the stories behind them
Each photo is worth a thousand words, but often times we don’t know the real story behind the photos we see. Go through photos and talk about the memories behind them.
Go on a walk
Depending on the location you may be able to send your child on a quick walk with your grandparents/grand-friends to do a little sightseeing. Go on an outing to a park, museum or somewhere else special.
Have a tea party
Putting on a big fancy hat and doing a little acting is a great way to escape reality and have a little fun. You can make little mini finger sandwiches and mini cupcakes and use old fashioned looking tea pots and tea cups. Tea parties are a great outlet for laughter and cheer.
Take turns reading a book
Whether it’s a bedtime story or a chapter of a favourite book reading is a great way to instil the importance of reading. Reading books aloud to children stimulates imagination and expands our understanding of the world. It is also a way to escape and your own life and take you to faraway lands, other times and put you in other people’s shoes. A fun way to keep your brain healthy and reduces stress.
Keep your eye on this page for more information about what’s going on to recognise, celebrate and connect with older Canberrans in the coming weeks. We’ll be posting lots of activities for everyone to enjoy for International Day of Older Persons and Grandparents Day.