Children and grandparents enjoy active play in relaxed, research-focused environment.

When was the last time you built a city out of Lego? Enjoyed a game of Snap? Had a pretend tea party with a family of dolls?

Play is beneficial for the young and old, helping to fire the mind and get the body moving.

For the first time, the University of Wollongong is hosting a series of intergenerational playdates, bringing together children and older people to connect in a fun, relaxed environment. This research is funded by UOW’s Global Challenges in partnership with Playgroup NSW and IRT.

This initiative includes members from Early Start’s Play, Pedagogy and Curriculum Research Group, supported by Playgroup NSW and IRT, with expert facilitators. The Intergenerational Playgroup will enable children aged from birth to six years old to join with grandparents/older friends in a range of activities, including music, stories, art, and movement.

The Intergenerational Playgroup was held on Wednesday (2 October), from 9.30am to 11.30am, at Early Start’s Playful Learning Space.

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