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Together Old and Young – TOY: young children and older adults learning together

The purpose of the TOY Programme is to promote intergenerational learning and create new possibilities for senior citizens and young children to learn together and benefit from each others’ company.  We believe that this is more important than ever before across the world.

People are living longer but older adults and young children are having less and less contact with each other. Parents and grandchildren are migrating to cities and countries far away from grandparents.  >> read more



TOY Research


Tells the story of the 13 TOY pilot actions which took place during 2014 in five European countries

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TOY in Action


Tells the story of the 13 TOY pilot actions which took place during 2014 in five European countries

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TOY Toolkit


A Training Manual for Intergenerational Learning Initiatives

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More time outdoors: necessary for young and old

by Margaret Kernan, ICDI 

This month’s edition of Scientific American highlights the dramatic increase in near-sightedness or myopia. By 2050 almost half the world will be near-sighted and will require some sort of corrective lens. >> Read more

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TOY continues in Catalunya

by Alba Mònica Royes Corbalán, Municipality of Lleida

The Educational Department of the City of Lleida have been implementing the European project “TOY-Together Old and Young” since 2012. TOY promotes the interaction between children and elderly people in fun and motivating activities.
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More time outdoors: necessary for young and old – ToyProject.net

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ICDI's book on culturization of early childhood education published in Russia

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