A Super Cake & Electricity Bolt!!


Welcome to the Big Porridge & Play Online blog where we share our stories and adventures! Friday 27th May This week was all about… chefs! Football chefs, Zuper chefs and Superhero chefs all joined forces to make a fantastic CAKE!!! And what a cake it was. I will share the recipe with you now. OUR SUPER CAKE RECIPE: INGREDIENTS: For the cake:  Runny milk chocolate Strawberries Salt and vinegar noodles Electricity bolt Love Berries Pepperoni and corn pizza Sweets For the topping: Spicy powder Tangerine slices Icing Sprinkles To catch the electricity bolt the Zuper Hero Chef guided us through. We had to run outside and think of something sad, and if we all threw the sadness into the air at the same time it would evaporate and transform into an electricity bolt! We had to quickly catch and hold it with all of our strength before throwing it into the cake bowl! Why don’t you give it a go? The cake was rather spicy but very delicious and we washed it down with a glass of milk! We each took a bite of the electricity bolt and our bodies started bouncing uncontrollably, filled to the brim with energy and excitement. We bounced and bounced until we could bounce no more, and after that we all felt great! Next time you’re playing why don’t you [...]

A Super Cake & Electricity Bolt!!2022-06-10T11:43:12+00:00

Welcome back to Big Porridge and Play Glasgow online!


Welcome to the Big Porridge & Play Online blog where we share our stories and adventures! Friday 13th May Hello and welcome to Big Porridge and Play Glasgow online 2022! We had so much fun coming together again to play from all over Glasgow! We played Miss Mary Mac, Big as a Bear, Funky Chicken, Dressing Up, and Magic Ball! It was so much fun using our imaginations, remembering in our imaginations we can go anywhere, be anyone and do anything! It was great to see so many of our friends again after so long. We also welcomed a new family! We’d like to say a big Licketyspit welcome to Sarah, Stella and Joy! We all love a good song and rhyme at Licketyspit! So, we started off with Miss Mary Mac! Seeing everyone saying the words and doing the actions in our boxes together helped me feel really connected. Saif & Fateh even said "I love this. It is so much fun, " which is what we love to hear! Having 35 of you all joining in with the fun and games at our first session was amazing and really shows how our Licketyspit family champion play! Playing games online is a little different to playing in person, but we have just as much fun. It also means we get to play with others who wouldn’t always [...]

Welcome back to Big Porridge and Play Glasgow online!2022-05-25T11:11:20+00:00

Licketyspit’s Xmas Dress-Up!


All you need is your imagination for a Magical Christmas! Some of our fantastic families won’t be getting a present this Christmas so we would like to be able to give them a some presents from US ALL! We invite YOU to join our Dressing-Up Challenge to make a fantastic & hilarious costume out of anything you can find around the house or office! Then if you can, donate to our Christmas fundraiser.  Donate Here How to take part: 1)  Dress yourself up in a fantastic & hilarious costume made out of anything you can find around the house or office!  2) Take a picture and share it with us tagging @LicketyTweet or Licketyspit on Facebook with the  #xmasdressup 3) if you can, donate to our Christmas fundraiser here. Lickety Dressing Up tips with Effie The Lickety Gallery

Licketyspit’s Xmas Dress-Up!2021-12-14T11:16:39+00:00

National Lottery Birthday Film


26th November 2021 This month we had a fantastic Porridge & Play session at our home in Community Central Halls - CCH, with families who've been playing with us online since last year! We were also joined by Sanjeev Kholi and our funder the National Lottery who wanted to make a short film about Porridge & Play. The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland has funded Big Porridge & Play Glasgow since 2017 and last year helped us run sessions online all year, keeping our Children & Families Network connected & playing together throughout the challenges of the pandemic. Even though we were at home, in our imaginations we went everywhere! It was great to meet up in person together with the Funky Chicken, the Swimming Mermaid, the Flying Dinosaur and the Wobbly Penguin. We flew to space in our balloons, introduced the crew to Grandma and even saw some rainbow unicorns! The National Lottery collaborated with Joe Media for their 27th birthday to make a series of films about projects they support. Click on the image to the right to see the film they made about Porridge & Play! Click on the image below to watch the film The Lickety Gallery BUILD Installation We were also included in an installation [...]

National Lottery Birthday Film2021-11-26T11:46:55+00:00

Stories of Resilience


25th October 2021 This autumn, we were delighted to make a film about Porridge & Play Online as one of 13 Stories of Resilience commissioned by Refugee Action. Working on Zoom has produced a wealth of wonderful video clips of Porridge & Play Online throughout the Pandemic. Lead Actor-pedagogue, Iona Zajac, was able to cherry-pick from these in order to edit together a 5-minute film to provide a window into the essence of this amazing project. The narration, recorded by Storyplay Champion children, draws on child consultation sessions to capture what the project has meant for them. We were delighted to be able to share our families' experiences of Storyplay during the pandemic, alongside such an important group of projects. People who succeed in getting to the UK to claim asylum against the odds have already shown great resilience and courage, but faced with our brutal Asylum system, their sense of relief and hope can often be short-lived. Watch the film here The Home Office needs to do much more to meet the material needs of people seeking asylum. The basic human rights to food, shelter, clothes, school, digital access and transport are not sufficiently met and many charities do vital work to fill the gaps. The pressure of these needs also has a huge impact on mental health and wellbeing - in limbo, isolated and disempowered, [...]

Stories of Resilience2021-11-24T12:48:37+00:00

Wild Adventures of the Wednesday Crew


Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! Get in touch to find out how to join. We have spoken the language of seagulls, And eaten our way out of jelly, We’ve rocked our way out of the teacup house, And soared on the back of our Lily! We’ve sipped the juice of the Ugly Bug Fountain, That tasted a lot like pizza and pie, We met Bella Spears, And John Mackay, Who go to bed with strange things, On their noses and eyes!! We are the Wednesday crew, WOHOO! We go on the wildest adventures! So sit tight and we’ll tell you the tale, of 3 weeks of extraordinary fantasticosical ventures!! Big Wednesday June Blog In the MAGIC BALL we fly, And fall, Into places you might never find….. In Week 1 we landed on the longest beach we’d seen in our whole life! A flock of seagulls appeared out of nowhere and pecked at our feet! Shoo! Felicia spoke in Seagull language to get them to fly away! ‘Caw caw!’ She cried as we ran and ran until we jumped in the sea - it was lovely and calm, yippee! But [...]

Wild Adventures of the Wednesday Crew2021-07-13T10:21:11+00:00

Porridge & Play in Kelvingrove Park!


Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! Get in touch to find out how to join. Saturday 26th June Do you know what to do if you ever find yourself stuck inside a dinosaur’s belly? Tickling it until it burps you out usually works a treat! And if you are at this side of the Seine river in Paris and fancy a snack after a refreshing swim, we very much recommend you visit the great wee cafe run by this brilliant lady who does French bread sandwiches, milkshakes and the best ever cake! The sky's the limit with a magic ball Have you ever been caught up floating in the galaxy but needed to move faster instead of slowly?Then you should have a shot at Adesiree’s fast flying shoes to move fast in space! And you may be interested in visiting Magic Land were unicorns can make you big and fast dancing, or turn you and your friends into unicorns or where, as Tobi discovered, there’s a science fair run by fairies who talk and bake tiny cake and brew tiny tea that makes so tiny you could take a lift on the back of a butterfly! All [...]

Porridge & Play in Kelvingrove Park!2021-07-02T08:23:53+00:00

Porridge & Play in Elder Park!


Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! Get in touch to find out how to join. Saturday 19th June Larks in the park! Outing number 3 was at Elder Park! Elder Park is a park in Govan, just a short walk away from the River Clyde which is the river that crosses our city. ⛴️ The park has Elder Park Library, a boating pond, the original Fairfield farmhouse, the remains of Linthouse Mansion portico or ‘porch’ and a two small but lovely children’s play parks! 🏦 Elder park was gifted to the people of Govan for "healthful recreation by music and amusement" in 1885 by Isabella Elder, in memory of her husband, the shipbuilder John Elder. Ruby, Effie, Shona & Taz found a lovely flat bit surrounded by gorgeous trees where we could set up our picnic blankets and made a nice big circle with our cones and get everyone together safely for some imaginary play. Many locals from Govan came over to say hello and find out about what we were doing and they were very happy that we were visiting and enjoying their local park - with some families coming from as far as Drumchapel and Tollcross! And we [...]

Porridge & Play in Elder Park!2021-07-02T08:24:21+00:00

Porridge & Play in Linn Park!


Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! Get in touch to find out how to join. What a day for outdoor play! Our second Saturday outing this year was to the 3rd largest park in Glasgow: Linn Park. 🌳 With beautiful woodland and river walks, it also has an equestrian centre, an orienteering course and a public golf course so it offers a lot of opportunities for fun, exercise and learning too. You can also admire and walk the "Halfpenny Bridge"over the White Cart Water or look out for Cathcart Castle or Linn House Mansion! 🌊 Linn Park is surrounded by the neighbourhoods of Cathcart, Muirend, Simshill, and Castlemilk so if you live in one of those you are not far away from this exciting Glasgow park! 🗺️ Saturday 12th June Virginia, Andre, Iona and Taz were not only very happy about meeting more of our families in person on Saturday, but also very excited about welcoming back our friend & fantastic actor-pedagogue Effie to the Licketyspit Team and to tell her everything about our Zoom adventures with our friends. 👩‍🦰 We set up our playing & picnic areas and told Effie so many things about you all and your wonderful [...]

Porridge & Play in Linn Park!2021-07-02T08:24:43+00:00

Playing together outside is back!


Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! Get in touch to find out how to join. Park Life! Do you know how sometimes when we play we tele transport ourselves places on the Magic Ball? Or sometimes we jump into paintings or video games? Or we slide down chutes into other worlds?  Well, after months and months playing together on Zoom it felt like we all had jumped out of our screens to gather in person at Tollcross Park for an outdoors Big Porridge & Play session! Saturday 5th June Glasgow is home to Licketyspit and many of our families and it is also known as ‘The Dear Green Place’.🌿🌻 The name Glasgow means 'place of the green hollow' or 'dear green place' derived from the ancient Brythonic language words glas meaning 'green' and cau meaning ‘hollow’ and it is a very fetching name because our city is full of great parks huge and small and green areas for everyone to enjoy! So we had the brilliant idea to choose some fabulous Glasgow parks to meet up with our friends for a play and ‘hang out’. 👋🏼 For our first outdoor Saturday session we chose the gorgeous Tollcross Park which is internationally [...]

Playing together outside is back!2021-07-02T08:24:35+00:00

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