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Children from a Montessori nursery having been bringing joy to residents at a dementia care home.

Residents at Camelot Care’s Avalon Nursing Home in Bridgwater, Somerset are participating in monthly activities with children from the nearby Little Montessori nursery.

Siobhan Orr, co-proprietor of Little Montessori House, said: “Both age groups certainly derive a huge amount of pleasure from the visits, right from the very first morning when they connected over an enthusiastic game of balloon swat.

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“The children really look forward to their Avalon trips and sometimes ask if they can take something to give to their special friends – last time a couple of our four-year-olds picked flowers from the nursery’s own garden and presented them to the residents.”

During the most recent visit the children helped the residents with their gardening: planting runner beans and sweetpeas, and watering them afterwards. They also loved meeting Avalon’s pet guinea pigs, Dotty and Ethel.

Other favourite activities include sharing a singalong, playing percussion instruments, seasonal craft activities and sometimes a plate of biscuits or fruit.

Emma Hill, Avalon’s activities co-ordinator, added: “Spending time with the children clearly evokes positive emotions and memories for our ladies and gents, and they also relish being ‘in the moment’ – chatting and playing with the little ones and sharing a laugh.

“And, without even trying, the children bring certain residents out of their shells, with the result that they’ll happily join in with activities which wouldn’t normally interest them.”

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