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Stories from Our Closets


In this 75-minute intergenerational program, families with children ages 10–13 explore the value of telling family stories inspired by a personally meaningful and treasured object found in their own closets — and brought to this program. Grandparents actively participate (in person or from a distance) by sharing their own important object, while their family records this storytelling experience.

The 9-page guide includes:

  • Materials, room setup, and timing
  • Full script for the program leader, including:
  • Video in which a grandmother demonstrates how to share stories about treasured objects
  • Techniques for families to share the personal objects they’ve brought with them
  • Prompts for grandchildren to ask grandparents about the objects
  • Wrap-up ideas
  • Advance and follow-up emails

Written by Diane Zimmerman

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