Picnic & Play at The Tall Ship!


It wasnae a dark n stormy night for our motley jelly headed crew!  Excited our friends gathered below deck on the Tall Ship... We played games & sang some of our favourites songs including Grandma Grandma and then.... WE DRESSED UP AS PIRATES in true licketyspit style fashioning eyepatches from pairs of tights & hooks from an old skirt We got to meet Nabillah's 'Captain Spider' and then took it in turns to make sure the crew was in ship shape, scrubbing the deck, cooking food, walking the plank!   3, 2, 1, AAAAAHHHH After all that work we were ready to tuck into our delicious picnic before a big explore on the top deck! Bread, cheese, tomatoes, chocolate muffins washed down with tea & squash!  Mohammed rang the bell & Annabel spotted a frog on the Clyde! Yo ho yo ho It's a pirates life for all of us here at Licketyspit,  Till next time me hartys! Emma, Andre, Colette & Virginia xxx What you said: Thanks for playing with us, see you soon! Come & Play! There's lots of ideas and activities to get you playing at home. Try our interactive videos! Including... [...]

Picnic & Play at The Tall Ship!2023-08-03T11:25:19+00:00

Funky Lions! Unicorns & Dancing Dragons


37 play in The Green Green Wood! There were 37 of us to play in The green green North Kelvin Meadow & Children’s Wood last Friday for the Maryhill/Ruchill Licketyspit Families’ Picnic & Play! We started in our lovely circle on the grass and met all the families – one from Troon by the sea and another family had caught 4 buses to get here! Everyone took turns to introduce themselves & lead everyone in a move from the middle of the circle ‘My name is Boatemaa and I like to jump!” There was dancing, dancing and more dancing! Fares showed us his ‘cool dance moves’ and Juliette shared her Irish Dancing! Then we were amazed by Funky Lions, Beautiful Unicorns and Dancing Dragons. After Cackling our way through Witches Fingers we feasted under the trees (some of us climbed into them!) on baguettes and cheese & fruit! Then we ran to explore the CHILDREN”S WOOD. Some of us played Truth or Dare from the Rubber Web springing between the tree trunks! Some of us climbed up into the treehouse. Some of us found squirrels and a tiny Fairy House hidden in a post! We dressed up as Witches & Grandmas – Ameera used sticks & a scarf to become the Knitting Grandma and Regina was the Reindeer Witch! The Kelvin Meadow & Children’s Wood [...]

Funky Lions! Unicorns & Dancing Dragons2023-08-01T15:20:56+00:00

From Bridgeton to Troon – dancing, sea, sand & a big bye to Ruby!


Salsa, Sand, Sea & Send offs TROON We had a WONDERFUL trip to TROON with the Bridgeton Families! Some of us – led by Taz & Andre - had to dance on the sea wall to keep the Naughty Seagulls away from our Picnic – which was especially delicious because Tarika had made us DEELICIOUS chickpea stew & rice that we all LOVED & enjoyed along with our crusty French baguettes with,cheese,tomatoes, apples, bananas, tangerines and strawberries! We played Big as a Bear and Hello! My Name is Joe, Funky Chicken and CoCo. We danced and then we ran across the huge sandy beach and paddled in the waves! Most of us went to the playpark too before we came back for The Magic Clap and Muffins. The sun had come out! And we couldn’t choose what we’d enjoyed most about the day because it was ALL JUST LOVELY! It was also a bit sad and wonderful – sad because it was Ruby’s last day with the Licketyspit families as CFN Producer. Lots of people had send her Good Luck messages, and some of the Bridgeton Mums/Grans gave her a beautiful Hamper of Pamper! (box of relaxing treats!) and some gorgeous flowers – wonderful because it has been SO GREAT having Ruby at Licketyspit and we all LOVE her! AND we know she will never [...]

From Bridgeton to Troon – dancing, sea, sand & a big bye to Ruby!2023-08-01T15:22:58+00:00

Treasure Hunts, Witchy fingers & lots of SEA


Curious shells, Sunny spells, Mermaid Grandma, Ice lolly Treasure! Castlemilk group’s latest adventures Week 3 of Porridge & Play Castlemilk 2023 Wednesday 12th June We had a truly wonderful time exploring Troon with our Castlemilk friends. Anita got us in the mood to wriggle like fools by leading ‘Grandma, Grandma’ Then everybody was so keen to explore the beach and dip toes in the water… well not just our toes.. for Kevin it was his witchy fingers and Freya, Fiire & Rhoda turned into real life mermaids right before our very eyes there was even lying Down in the sea! Lewis found an amazing, shelled creature. A Furry? A Furry Wet? A Furry Wet Sea Shell? And we were all so super curious! Which was exactly what we needed to be because Taz, Ruby & Sarah then took us on a treasure hunt. We splashed in the water. We drew lines in the sand. We found ICE LOLLIES!!!!! Anita jumped higher than the highest waves Cristabel showed us all what true beach fashion looks like And then Freya got us singing ‘This way’ Valerie all the way home What a great day! What you said: Grandma, Grandma sick in bed! Thanks for playing with us Castlemilk pals, see you soon! [...]

Treasure Hunts, Witchy fingers & lots of SEA2023-08-14T09:54:23+00:00

Picnic & Play Balloch!


Picnic & Play Balloch, 2023 Friday 7th July It was a beautiful Sunny day for our Online group's Picnic & Play Balloch! We announced ourselves to Balloch Castle as BIG as BEARS and FAST as HARES working hard to keep up with our pals during PE shapes!  cartwheels, flying legs... arms... feet... ! football, gymnastics, push ups???? It was so great to have so much space to run around in and it was great to be able to sing together.  Taz wrote a wonderful love letter for us to play letter to my love "To my love I love love love love love love love love love you" she dropped it  a pal pocketed it we kept our hands behind our backs and we did our very best to not look suspicious! time for a quick game of shark & sea weed tag before we our delicious picnic made extra special by Dami’s jollof rice!  We flew on the wild fox zip line and we paddled in the water, searching for stones and shells to gift to Pirate Taz. Muhamad & Arman set up a magic ball and they took us on an adventure through the ocean where we found a shipwreck and a path leading to some treasure! What you said: [...]

Picnic & Play Balloch!2023-08-01T14:48:46+00:00

Licketyspit at the Refugee Festival Scotland!


We went to the Scottish Refugee Festival!! Saturday 18th June We had a wonderful Licketyspit Picnic & Play to celebrate the Scottish Refugee Festival in Elder Park on Saturday 18th June with 14 families from all over the city – and all over the world! It was a blustery sunny day. The early birds had a hilarious time with Effie singing Old Roger is Dead & inventing millions of new verses and new characters for Jelly on his Head! Adeelah gave us Violet with Chewing gum in her mouth! Mohammad gave us Freddie with eggs on her ears! We had far too many to remember! Azalea with butter on her nose!  Melody with carrots on her nose! Flower with rolls in her nose! Jeff with sausages in his ears! Wendy with apple pit in her mouth! Nachos in someone’s eyes! Max with birthday cake in his mouth!....so many!  When everyone else arrived, we did BIG as a BEAR – which was BIG as there were 41 of us! We also played Funky Chicken and a raucous Grandma Grandma. Raucous means making or aiding in creating a really loud noise! Then we Dressed Up for our Magic Ball Adventure. Jainaba set up the Magic Ball for everyone. When we finally arrived and unzipped the magic ball to see where we'd arrived we stepped out into ‘0h gravity …wooooooo! ….we were in space! [...]

Licketyspit at the Refugee Festival Scotland!2022-07-12T11:26:20+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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