Youngsters at Montessori capture spirit of Games

Viewpark Montessori Nursery youngsters who have been involved in 'Commonhealth' games
Viewpark Montessori Nursery youngsters who have been involved in 'Commonhealth' games
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Pupils of Montessori Nursery in Viewpark have been embracing the spirit of the Commonwealth Games through their Commonhealth Games project.

There were healthy activities at the heart of their Games and the children were a involved in coming up with ideas for the week-long programme.

On Monday it was ‘Move your Muscles’ with obstacle courses on the balance beam, jumping through hoops and rolling across a mat. They also played football, dribbling the ball through cones and a form of basketball with bouncing and catching the ball.

The children had obviously been inspired by watching gymnastics and were even teaching the staff some moves.

Target Tuesday saw basketball and paintballing which involved throwing paint-covered balls at targets.

It was Wet and Wild on Wednesday with water-soaking activities including water balloons to throw, water pistols for target practice and a competition to scoop up water by hand and throw it in a bucket.

It was back at the obstacle course on Thursday for a time trial along with running on the spot endurance.

A healthy eating day on Friday completed the events with porridge to start, followed by fruit kebabs for lunch, made by the children themselves.

The staff talked to the children about an athlete’s’ diet and size of food portions.

The younger children in the nursery were included with face painting and creating a large picture of Commonwealth Games mascot Clyde.

There was a mascot competition with winning entry Healthy Heart. A medal table showed the success of the project for the children who also made Scottish flags and bunting to decorate the nursery.

Jeanann Thompson, head of centre, said: “The Commonwealth Games was great for Scotland and our nursery embraced the whole event.”