Big Porridge & Play Gorbals Week 1

2nd May 2019

Our first Big Porridge & Play session in the Gorbals was a lovely coming-together of new and familiar faces in the St Francis Community Centre.

35 participants joined us, with several families from St Francis Nursery where we did a taster session the day before, and lots of local families from our Children & Families Network.

We played lots of Lickety Playcard games and met the Fancy Peacock, the White Hampster and the Funky Horse in the Funky Chicken! In Balloons we saw the pacific ocean, a green pirate ship and a Brachiosaurus, the river Clyde and a door that went to a special place…

Dressing up was a highlight, followed by Pirates – with a couple of hearty captains and Monsters Footsteps was very popular, appearing in lots of drawings. We had a Grandma who lived in a Yellow Cave and another who lived in a Golden Castle and grew tomatoes and carrots in her garden!

We had a delicious lentil, carrot and leek soup, fruit and crusty bread, and ended the session with Reflective Drawing and the Licketyspit Gallery, where children and parent artists presented their work and shared what they liked most about the session! Even the youngest participants came up to share their detailed drawings and there was a lovely focus during the Gallery. You can find out more about our food in the Lickety Kitchen.

You can find your artwork below…

What you said…

I liked eating with my friend (Child, 6)

Increase social skills and enjoyment (Mum)

I really like when we are all in the circle and when all the balloons pop they go
everywhere. (Reflective Drawing) The egg from the egg game, small house, I made the egg a bit different as it’s a special egg. And a plum tree beside a house, and this is the fence and this is the grass. (Child, 8)

My kids would get mixed with other kids & enjoy with others (Mum)

Make more friends and physical activity. Happy to be part of a program like this. (Mum)

Kids can learn many English words. (Mum)

BIG Porridge & Play Glasgow is a 7-week block of Licketyspit Playcard Play & food sessions for local families with children under 12. This year for the very first time we will be going out for sessions 4 and 5 to have Picnic & Play sessions in cultural centres around Glasgow. Find out more by clicking here!