The Forest Grannies and the Monster Trees!


Week 3 Wednesday 17th May In the deep deep forest of Govan one can enjoy many interesting places and spot fantastic creatures. Have you ever seen a Silly Cat and Scary Cat hang out together? Or a Slithering Snake roaming in the undergrowth? What about a Crazy Dolphin bathing in a pond or a Dying Fly chilling on the ground? There’s a Small Ant over there and Big Elephant over here! A Sleepy Giraffe taking a nap, a Quacking Duck dancing about and a Barking Dog saying hello from afar! Then there’s the part of the woods where the Forest Grannies live… Granny Chibu likes cereal for breakfast. Granny Ala has a forest room inside her house! She has trees with apples, oranges and watermelon and she makes chips for breakfast! Granny Zakiyah has a medium sized tree house. She lives with her family and likes omelettes in the morning! Granny Anas lives in a candy house & Granny Tibyan lives in a treehouse. They both grow pumpkins and make pumpkin soup for breakfast.  Granny Firas and Granny Shams grow oranges, apples, mangos and pineapples and they have bread and milk & cookies for breakfast. And all these Grannies know that although it may sound like a rumour, the truth is that the trees at the far far end of their garden turn into Monster Trees when the [...]

The Forest Grannies and the Monster Trees!2023-05-22T09:37:42+00:00

A Day out with the Pirate Crew after a very Mucky Brew!


Week 2 Wednesday 10th May ‘The sun and that is another sun. The fish. Fish fish fish fish!’  The Govan Pirate Crew lined up ready for inspection. What a collection of misfits! Captain Smelly Beard got everyone working on the ship scrubbing the deck, climbing the rigging and even walking the plank! This week we created fantastic pirates with our dressing up bag of old clothes and we met such brilliant looking characters: Captain Fiddle and Captain Silly, Captain Smelly Pirate Silly Potato and a beautifully dressed pirate who claimed ‘I’m from Paris!’ We went on a Sea Adventure and we swam, surfed and discovered that the sea can be calm and relaxing and stormy and terrible too! And it’s full of fish, fish, fish! We had a fire at the shore to cook some fish we caught, they had incredible flavours like  Chocolate, fish, marshmallow and pineapple. And to top it all up we had some sticky marshmallows too! But before all that we got stuck into a very Mucky Brew. We wore, amongst other things, an ostrich egg, mango, strawberries more strawberries and sliced banana, peanut butter & jelly, water, hot chocolate and avocado…all over our bodies! What a Mucky Mucky Brew! Another great afternoon with our families in Govan enjoying the possibilities of our imaginations, eating together and having a right good laugh. ‘I drew [...]

A Day out with the Pirate Crew after a very Mucky Brew!2023-05-15T10:24:02+00:00

Can you Dance like a Witch in Pants?


Wednesday 3rd May Ha ha haa, the witchy fingers of Govan! When they dance they whirl and twirl They might trick you with their witchy words! We had a fabulous time back at the Pearce Institute this week with our Porridge & Play pals! The music played and we had a good old boogie around. We dressed up in marvellous clothes, self-expression was the way. And of course, some of our four legged friends joined us for Storyplay… The Bear and Hare and Ox and Fox got us started then others came to join the party! The Naughty Rabbit which gallops around, The Jumping Giraffe which goes bounce bounce bouce! The Good Crocodile which doesn’t go snap, And don’t forget the Really Nice Cat! There was the Rawr Tiger and the Dancing Monkey, And last but not least the Mother Ducky! Then we flew off in our Flying Balloons and saw fire and sun, perhaps the moon.  The cold Antarctic lay below… Next week, I wonder where we’ll go? Hope to see you there! Sarah, Taz, Steven, Ruby and Virginia The Licketyspit Art Gallery! Some of your reflective drawings and what you said about them. What you said Artist Bayan That’s me, that’s Taz, that’s Virginia, that’s Ruby. [...]

Can you Dance like a Witch in Pants?2023-05-05T11:48:59+00:00



Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog where we share our stories and adventures! Saturday 25h March 2023 The Saturday pals gathered for the last Storyplay Online of the Winter wearing fabulous outfits and beautiful smiles! Andre, Sarah and Taz announced that they had all been invited to a party by three rather eccentric people called RuRu, Fibi and Gigi! ‘Please dress to impress! By which we mean get your cool on and your creativity shining!’ And to the music beat off they went to rummage around the house to find all sorts of fantastic bits and bobs to create the most incredible outfits. ‘Oh my! You all look absolutely dapper!’ ‘Ever so smart’ ‘And oh so inspiring!’ The tunes were banging and the guests were admired!  ‘Now to the Catwalk! We all must share our fantastic selves with the world. Please my dear guests…strut your stuff!’ What a catwalk that was! The style, the poise, the brilliant dance moves and the POSES!  Everyone was feeling great even though some were a little shy to begin with but soon they relaxed and felt fine! And it felt really nice to take a moment to shine and a moment to appreciate others shining too!  ‘Cheers everyone! And now…the Ever Changing Present’ The Ever Changing Present Fibi gave a blue and pink dragon to Junior & [...]

LET’S PARTY!2023-04-03T09:56:53+00:00

Tomato Pie in a Californian Garden


Porridge & Play Maryhill is a Licketyspit Storyplay project for families with 3-8 year olds in the area. Find all of Porridge & Play Maryhill & Ruchill's adventures here! Blog post written by Sarah! Fabulous Grannies! Wednesday 29th March A truly fabulous time was had by all on our wonderful forest adventure and we met some great new friends! Forest creatures First we saw some huge bears who were actually quite gentle, some very sneaky foxes and a lot of beautiful swooping and gliding birds. Funnily enough, that Funky Chicken also had some amazing pals to introduce us to and I don’t think we’ll ever forget Rita’s Just a Dog who was so bouncy and Ameerah’s Fat Lion, who was very strong, Jdile’s T Rex Dino, who was very tall and Mohammed’s Crazy Owl, who flew super fast.  The Catwalk After all this animal excitement, we decided to get dressed up and show everyone our fine costumes on the Catwalk - there were so many colourful characters and styles, it was just spectacular! Tomato Pie We decided with glee that we all looked like incredibly glamorous grannies and in that second, we were mysteriously transported to the wild forests of California where we found ourselves smack, bang in the middle of Granny Ameerah’s garden which was covered in tomato plants. She was the most friendly [...]

Tomato Pie in a Californian Garden2023-04-03T09:18:35+00:00

New film demonstrates the power of Porridge & Play


Monday 27th March Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund, Licketyspit’s Porridge & Play sessions will be back in 6 Glasgow communities and online for 2023/24. Now in its 7th year, Big Porridge & Play Glasgow will take place in Govan, Ruchill, Whiteinch and online, as well as in Bridgeton, Castlemilk & Cranhill. The east end and Castlemilk groups were started last year as part of the Scottish Government’s New Scots Integration Strategy, and the Lottery have stepped up to fund their continuation. Children and parents highlight the positive impact the sessions have on their confidence, mental health and wellbeing, relationships and sense of belonging, as well as children’s learning and development. “When I come here I feel like you can be you and feel free and you can laugh.” 6 year old, Porridge & Play Castlemilk Scroll down to watch the new film! “First week we came they were very shy but now very good. We all really enjoy this. I have met new friends, our language is better because of this” “Like nothing else we do. Great early drama/improvisation. Lots of imagination. Inclusive and child led!” “You won’t be alone here. I’ll be your friend” “Don’t know where we’d be without this. No-ones judging, there’s lots of acceptance, feel like we’re being brought into the community.” We [...]

New film demonstrates the power of Porridge & Play2023-05-17T08:22:27+00:00

The Crooked Crew Of Pirate Poets


Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog where we share our stories and adventures! Saturday 18th March 2023 Captain One Eye wanted to put together a crew of captains with great skills. Many Pirate Captains got wind of this and decided to form the most crooked crew the Seven Seas had ever seen: Captain Smelly Boots is a phenomenal a cook Captain Shade carries with him an umbrella for shade at all times! Captain Miss Perfect is perfect at everything and very understanding and no one messes with her. She bosses people around. Captain Fighter fights everyone and Captain Clockerverse is the captain of silliness. Captain Everything doesn’t do anything! ‘I have everything so if someone is looking for something and can’t find it I give it to them.’ Pirate Captain One Hand helps people to locate islands Captain Rainbow shoots other pirates that don’t behave with water balloons and they go to pirate jail. Pirate Captain Lammy helps to keep everyone away from predators and Captain Penguin is the captain of all captains. The crew was complete with Captain Bossy who is a great look out! On their first adventure as the newly formed Crooked Crew they landed in a very cold place that Captain One Hand reckoned was some sort of Winter Wonderland. [...]

The Crooked Crew Of Pirate Poets2023-03-24T08:55:51+00:00

An Out of This World Variety Show


Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog where we share our stories and adventures! Saturday 11th March 2023 Fabulous Producer and her partner in show Top Hat Producer were in need of some fresh, innovative, entertaining and inspiring acts for their Variety Show. Everyone knows that what makes a Variety Show really, really good is to have various different acts that can entertain and make audiences happy and that can show to the world the hilarity and ingenuity of the different artists!. ‘But Our Variety Show is getting tired and old. We haven’t had new acts for quite some time now, partner.' 'We need new talent!’ ‘Well, have you heard of the Licketyspit Saturday Pals? I hear very good things! They seem to be a very creative and playful bunch…. Let’s put a call out for Variety Acts to them!’ The Licketyspit Saturday pals did not disappoint and attended the Call Out in droves! The most exquisite costumes were created for the occasion and some brilliant acts were waiting to burst out and amaze the Theatre Producers… ‘Welcome y’all! It is fabulous to be here and hopefully it will also be fabulous to see and like your acts because…we really need some fresh material!’ ‘Thanks for coming. Now…let’s begin. First up is…Muizza Madame Singer, please!’ ‘Hello, I’m Madame Singer and I sing and dance. [...]

An Out of This World Variety Show2023-03-15T12:12:04+00:00

The Incredible Shrinking Forest Animals!


Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog where we share our stories and adventures! Saturday 4th March 2023 Herbert The Hedgehog happily strolled through the forest. It was a cold but sunny Saturday morning and on his way he met the world famous Three Craws! - who love nothing better than to perch on a tree branch under the moonshine. The Three Craws introduced Herbert to a whole new bunch of animal pals; he met Barry The Sheep, Mr. Other Wolf and Crocodile Desire. Also Mrs.Octopus Queen of Octopus, the Queen Of Sharks & Unicorn Mermaid were there visiting!. Mr. Silly Cheetah and Mittens The Pink Cat, Banana The Lion and his Human Friend showed up too. Brian The Tiger, Snowy The Panda, Meely The Dalmatian with the big belly and Oceana The Mermaid Unicorn didn’t want to miss out on the fun! And Rich Dragon and his Bodyguard turned up even though Rich Dragon was sad cause he had lost a scale…such a gathering of fantastic creatures! ‘What’s the time Mr.Wolf? - it’s 2 o’clock - time for a bath!’ 3 o’clock- time to go to the garden to pick flowers! 4 o’clock- time to dance! 5 o’clock- time to go for a walk 7 o’clock- time for DINNER!' Mr. Wolf loves a watch! He has different ones he has collected through the [...]

The Incredible Shrinking Forest Animals!2023-03-08T16:58:47+00:00

A Mucky Monsters’ Brew!!!


Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog where we share our stories and adventures! Messy play makes for hilarious play! Saturday 25th February We concocted a glorious Mucky Brew covering ourselves with eggshells and soil, crumbled unicorn cookies, honey, flour, a bucket of chocolate pudding, raw eggs, honey on our legs & uncooked porridge in our mouths… Beautifully sticky! Fabulously stinky! Incredibly revolting! HILARIOUSLY MESSY! And out of that fabulously stinky mess, a very messy bunch of Monsters appeared! We met One Leg Unicorn Monster & Bat Monster, Smart Monster & Scary Monster, Smelly Fly Monster, The Hattery Monster with her bag of hats, Spider Monster, Magic Monster & even Hero Monster came along. Worried Monster found a wee ball but all the other Monsters knew that was no ordinary ball but a Magic Ball and so our messy journey began! All the monsters landed in a cave that had a rather weird echo… we tried roaring and Magic Monster played with the echo by making a groovy sound that came back even groovier. A few spiders appeared and as Nest Monster was telling everyone how unsure about them she was, a much bigger spider showed up! The Monsters wanted to chase it away but they discovered the spider was upset- ‘I got many legs but I don’t know what to do with them’. [...]

A Mucky Monsters’ Brew!!!2023-03-02T10:26:24+00:00

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