Intergenerational communication is a two-way street. A young person can listen to an older person's stories to find out about the past, and the older person can also find out more about the young person's world in the present. Understanding the world in which children, particularly teenagers, live is key to building and maintaining a meaningful relationship with them.
This activity works especially well with older children and teenagers. A young person and an older person EACH complete a Hot – and Not sheet.
The young person fills in their "Hot" column with the current "coolest" things. Under "Not" the young person identifies the absolute worst, most embarrassing, "wouldn't be caught dead with!" things.
The older adult can complete their own "Hot – and Not" sheet by thinking back to when they were the young person's age.
After each person has completed their sheet, explain, compare, and discuss them. What does each person learn from and about the other?