In a world of boring daytime television and uncertain weather patterns who will lift the spirits of these elderly residents ? ... the singing superheroes!
Toddlers burst through the doors of Thornlea Care Home, capes and masks firmly on, song sheets in hand and a clear mission in mind – to bring cheer to all they meet.
The members of Superhero Club at Bluebell Lodge Nursery, St Annes Road, South Shore, have set themselves missions to share and be kind to others and what better way to do so than by putting on a performance in the community.
The young heroes hotfooted it to the home on St Annes Road on Monday morning.
Nursery worker Rachel Newsham said: “As part of our topic on superheroes we wanted to take the children out into the community.
“It was lovely. The residents were joining in and were really happy the children had gone.”
Wearing handmade masks and superhero gear the children sang three of their favourite songs, Baa baa black sheep, Wind the bobbin up and Row row row your boat.
Toddler Max Fox, three, said: “I liked being Superman.”
Sarah McGough, senior carer at the rest home, said: “The children were brilliant and the residents loved it, they were all singing along.
“It was ever so sweet, the old and the new as it were.”
Two-year-old Chloe Anderson said: “I liked singing Baa baa black sheep.”
The elderly residents then gifted the children with motto boxes to encourage their learning about right and wrong.
Miss Newsham said: “They gave the children boxes with superhero rules in then we use them as golden rules at nursery. We talk about the rules and what they mean and to use them at home and in nursery.
“Superhero play often receives mixed views with some people worrying this type of play promotes fighting and aggression. We took a much more positive approach, using the children’s love of superheroes as an opportunity to teach them right from wrong in an interactive way.”
Now the children are busy rehearsing for more public performances, including one in Highfield Road next week.