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

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

Big Porridge & Play Week 5


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 are the experts!  Are you really very good at tying your laces? Or, maybe it's making sandwiches? Or, maybe you're great at jumping to the moon and back?! This week we discovered that we were all experts at something - a whole team of experts! One thing that all children are experts at is playing, of course, so for our final Porridge & Play Online of this block we used our skills to dress up as characters that were experts at something, and to use our imaginations - and the Magic Ball - to dream up an amazing adventure... Thursday 20th May 2021 We had a great time with the Thursday gang of experts letting our imaginations run wild by dressing up as characters who were all an expert at something… 🍞 💇 🗺️  Taz became Bill who lives on a hill and is an expert at hopping on one leg and Andre was Phil who lives in a mill and is an expert at making bread. Agyei became Phil who lives down the hill and is an expert at cutting hair! Azzan became [...]

Big Porridge & Play Week 52021-07-02T09:41:28+00:00

Big Porridge & Play Week 4


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. Do you know Margaret & Margaret?  Bold Margaret and Worried Margaret are the two main characters of our play – Licketyleap!  Licketyleap is a Licketyspit show where the children leap into the story and go on a fantastic adventure with Margaret and Margaret, all the way through the Bog, over the Sea, into the Cave and up the Mountain to find their Heart’s Desire! As you can imagine all sorts of thing happen during their adventure and Margaret & Margaret and the children realise that we are all a bit like both Margarets: sometimes we are bold and ready for anything and sometimes we get worried about things and that’s OK! Wednesday 12th May 2021 A CAVE! ‘What if it’s dark?’ ‘What if I get cold? A BOG! ‘What if I get stuck in it?’ (Magnus) ‘What if I get lost?’ ‘What if I don’t have any shoes and my socks get all dirty?’ (Fiire) The ZOO! ‘What if the lions eat me!?’ (Osato) 'What if the giraffes lick me!?’ (Lily) This week was all about characteristics! What would a BOLD character look like? What [...]

Big Porridge & Play Week 42021-07-02T09:41:17+00:00

Big Porridge & Play Week 3


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. Welcome to the Olympic Games...of Games!! We will WIGGLE, RACE and MIME! Place an egg on your spoon and see if you can reach the finish LINE! Team Licketyspit warmed up their bodies, to compete in the Games of Games; star jumps, press ups, break dancing, all to help us play! The best thing about the Olympic Games of Games is that it's all about playing, so there are no winners or losers. Because when we play we can relax and all the amazing ideas we all have inside can burst out!  We can be anyone, go anywhere, do anything! Saturday 8th May 2021 The Olympic Games…Of GAMES! In space, in a location only reachable by Magic Ball, the most mysterious, wonderful and celebrated floating field awaits the arrival of teams of players from all over the whole wide world… These teams are formed by the most serious, dedicated and committed players who spend many hours of their days throwing themselves into the most hilarious and imaginative games… And today the cheering crowds can hardly contain their excitement at the prospect of witnessing fabulous playing from Team Mary [...]

Big Porridge & Play Week 32021-07-02T09:41:07+00:00

Big Porridge & Play Week 2


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. Selkie Broth, Selkie Broth, Steam and Bubble and Froth! 🧜‍♀️ Shirley the Selkie needed a rhyming recipe for her Selkie Broth and all of the wonderful Sea Creatures came to the rescue! Aroush the Silly Whale 🐋 swam around, Junior the Funky Shark 🦈  plucked some lollies from the ground, Keith the Silly Puffer fish made it bubble, and Emma the Silly Seahorse helped us stay out of trouble!   Thursday 22 April 2021 A rather aquatic Thursday gang! Funky Octopus, Snappy Shark, Smart Shark & Funky Dolphin Silly Queen , Sick Penguin & Dancing Dolphin Pinchy Crab, Wobbly Fish & a wee Lost Sardine, Silly Octopus, Laughing Mermaid & Silly Mermaid  All ready to swim and dance and having a big underwater laugh when suddenly… ‘I’m Shirley The Selkie - Half Human Have Seal Is anyone there who will cook with me?’ Selkies are famous for their massive feasts and their Selkie Broth that’s a magic treat! ‘But to make it right you must rhyme all the time!' Shirley The Selkie thought she couldn’t rhyme but with some of our help she was just sublime! [...]

Big Porridge & Play Week 22021-07-02T09:40:58+00:00

Big Porridge & Play 2021


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. Wednesday 21 April 2021 We are back back back we saw Lily, Brown and Osak and met Adesayo’s Jealous Cat! Wohoo! We met new friends, Mighty Magnus and his Crunchy Crocodile, Fareedah the Unicorn who flew up high and Firefunmi who introduced us to the Lazy Dog… woof! 🐶🦄🐊 Do you know the Cow Chicken? Have you ever been to Orkney and flown on the back of an Eagle? 🦅Have you even imagined how beautiful ancient cave paintings are? 🖌️ Well, this all happened in the Wednesday group of Porridge and Play, and what can we say, it’s so wonderful to PLAY! The Magic Ball this week was all about Art Voyages! What’s your favourite art form? Singing, dancing, rapping, painting? We dressed up as EXPLORERS  🥾and jumped inside the Magic Ball! It first took us to a very dark and ancient cave - where we met a bear! 🐻 The bear led us around and when we held our torches up to the walls we saw the most incredible ART! Cows and horses and people, all painted in fantastic colours! Suddenly we all fell down a hole and [...]

Big Porridge & Play 20212021-07-02T09:32:43+00:00

Play In A Time Of Crisis Webinar


At the start of February 2021, we were thrilled to be invited to present our work at the International Play Association’s Play in a Time of Crisis Award webinar series, which showcased projects all over the world that have supported children’s right to play during the pandemic. What we shared During the webinar, we spoke about the generosity, joy and limitless creativity we witnessed during Big Porridge & Play Online 2020. As our actor-pedagogues guided families through our Lickety Playcard games, amazing group story improvisation, dressing up and reflective drawing, we saw children break out of lockdown monotony and grow in confidence, becoming a tight-knit group, ready for anything. This was also reflected in the wonderful feedback from children and parents.   We regularly remind our Children & Families Network that “in our imaginations we can be anyone, go anywhere and do anything” - and this was the basis for the huge, and increasingly amazing, group improvisation activities, using Flying Balloons and the clear favourite, Magic Ball. As well as the sheer, thrilling enjoyment of playing together, we saw our participants gain vital life skills such as the pleasure of reciprocity in play, how to respect and listen to others, how to interact confidently with their peers and grown-ups, and the realisation that all we need to [...]

Play In A Time Of Crisis Webinar2021-07-02T09:40:50+00:00

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