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Dancing and singing with Adie Baako!

2020-11-23T18:35:14+00:00

Welcome to the Big Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! See below for details of how to join. What an exciting week! 🎵 ‘Everybody! Bring your calabash! Bring your calabash!’ 🎶 At this week’s Big Porridge & Play Online sessions, we had the privilege of being joined by Adie Baako, a professional dancer from Ghana now living in Scotland, and enjoyed a week of dancing and singing and moving and grooving! We sang about the calabash, danced the Kpanlogo, a social dance from Greater Accra in Ghana, and found out all about Adie’s life! Learning about Adie’s life 🇬🇭 🎣 Adie is a dancer from Ghana, now living in Midlothian, near Edinburgh. He's been dancing professionally for 26 years and he told us how he started dancing when he was a wee boy growing up in a village. Adie grew up by the sea with his Dad, a fisherman, and his Mum, who worked selling in the markets. Before going to school Adie, like other children, would do chores in the house to help the family, fetch water for the pots, and then wash to get ready to go to school to learn. An early start in the morning for wee [...]

Dancing and singing with Adie Baako!2020-11-23T18:35:14+00:00

Andre and Taz share this week’s BPPG highlights!

2020-11-18T12:29:14+00:00

Welcome to the Big Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! See below for details of how to join. For this week's blog, Licketyspit actor-pedagogues Taz and Andre share some of their highlights from the action-packed Big Porridge & Play sessions. Wednesday 👨 Our action-packed session kick-started with Busy Joe’s button-pushing story in the song HELLO, MY NAME IS JOE. This catchy tune had us all defying gravity while pushing buttons with our hands, legs, head and tongues! 💃 After welcoming everyone we had a fantastic Dance Warm-Up with toe-tapping Indian beats and let me tell you, some of the moves were outstanding and full of joy! Smiles all round! 🐔 A sharp round of FUNKY CHICKEN followed where we met a Speedy Crab, a Scary Dinosaur AND a Silly Dinosaur, a Beautiful Rabbit, a Scary Lion and even a Dancing Parrot! 🏴‍☠️ This week’s Dressing Up got us all grooving and transforming into a mean and not so mean Pirate Crew of Misfits with Zofia Pink Mustachio Pirate, Terrible Frankie, Nuo Xuan Pirate Queen, Lily Rose of the Ocean, Felicia Fluffy Pirate and Fierce Sayeh to name a few! 🚢 Naturally, Captain Taz got her bossy bandana on and shouted orders at everyone. "Scrub [...]

Andre and Taz share this week’s BPPG highlights!2020-11-18T12:29:14+00:00

Aye aye, Captain! All aboard our Pirate Ship!

2020-11-10T10:27:21+00:00

Welcome to the Big Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! See below for details of how to join. Saturday 7 November This week's Saturday session We enjoyed another ENORMOUS play session on Saturday - with 28 families joining us! 🐶 🐅🦋 After an energetic dancing warm up and a lovely stretch, we met all kinds of animals in the FUNKY CHICKEN! Queen & Faly’s Dying Fly, Miracle & Michelle's Silly Monkey, Junior's Funky Tiger, Arshiyan's Flying Fish, Affan's Fat Tiger, Fateh Kamila & Saif's Funky Dog, Anaya & Ayesha's Funny Parrot, Adesire's Funny Butterfly, Aroush's Cat and Iona’s Sneaky Sparrow... Woweee! What amazing animals you came up with! 🚢 🏴‍☠️ We then boarded a mighty PIRATE ship - and met lots of captains! Captain Brown, Junior, Princess, Michris, Muhammed and Sulyman ordered us to do lots of things like... scrub the deck, climb the rigging, walk the plank, and... SHARK ATTACK!  🌊🔮 Suddenly, the ship began to sink and we found ourselves under the sea! Iona spotted a MAGIC BALL so we swam and swam, got inside it and said the magic words. We undid our zips, and found ourselves... inside the stomach of a whale! 🐋 🐟 It smelt like rotten fish, and [...]

Aye aye, Captain! All aboard our Pirate Ship!2020-11-10T10:27:21+00:00

Another chance to join our spooky party – from home!

2020-11-03T13:54:21+00:00

Welcome to the Big Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! See below for details of how to join. What a fantastic Halloween party we had! Did you join us on Saturday for our 🎃  Halloween Family Party 🎃  with Parent Club? The great news is that you can watch the video again any time you like - joining in with an HOUR of imagination-fuelled fun, from your own house! Halloween may be over for this year but when it's dark and spooky outside you'll still enjoy all our ghostly games and frightening fun... For anyone who didn't join us, we don't want to ruin all the spooky surprises... let's just say you'll meet some funny characters, do some fantastic, silly dressing up, play Lickety Playcard games like MUCKY BREW and SPOOKY CHICKEN, dance along with us to a surprise Halloween song, and so much more! Watch the video to find out for yourself! 👹👻🎉✨ You can also watch it on the Parent Club Facebook page here, if you'd like to leave a comment and see what other parents have said. See below for some of the fantastic drawings and feedback sent in so far! Remember to send your drawings and any feedback to cfn@licketyspit.com [...]

Another chance to join our spooky party – from home!2020-11-03T13:54:21+00:00

Cakes, castles and Carrot & Cheese World!

2020-10-27T11:12:07+00:00

Welcome to the Big Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! See below for details of how to join. Saturday 24 October 2020 What a happy, energetic and exuberant session we had on Saturday! We learned new ways to say hello, stirred autumn leaves and honey together to make a great big cake - and we went inside a fairytale book in our game of MAGIC BALL! ⭐ In our new HELLO GAME, we learned how to say hello in four new languages - we can’t wait to learn even more next week! 👋🏾 Yoruba - Bawoni 👋🏿 Urdu - As-salaam 'alykum 👋🏻 Arabic - Marhaba 👋🏾 Wolof - As-salaam 'alykum 🎂Then, we dressed up marvellously as bakers for LET'S BAKE A CAKE! Chef Virginia & Andre needed everyone’s help to make an enormous cake, so we all put on our hats and aprons, grabbed a wooden spoon and a great big bowl... and off we went! 🎶 ‘Let’s make a cake, let’s make a cake, think of all the things that we like best!’ 🍓 We filled the cake with... autumn leaves, honey (Anaya & Ayesha), strawberries, jam, vanilla (Brown), caramel (Abdullah) and [...]

Cakes, castles and Carrot & Cheese World!2020-10-27T11:12:07+00:00

Celebrating our many languages in The Hello Game!

2020-10-20T14:27:22+00:00

Welcome to the Big Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! See below for details of how to join. Saturday 17 October 2020 It was great to get back to Big Porridge & Play this Saturday after a week’s break - and we have 8 more weeks of Saturday sessions to look forward to! Hooray! What a brilliant time we had! We played 👵 GRANDMA GRANDMA and 🐔 FUNKY CHICKEN, went on an epic 🔮 MAGIC BALL adventure - and also enjoyed a brand new game called the HELLO GAME!  Celebrating our multi-lingual network! Did you know that there are 158 different languages spoken in Glasgow?! Wow! We found this out last week, and so decided to invent the HELLO GAME to find out some of the languages that are spoken in the group - and it turned out there were SO many! Here are some of the ways we learnt to say HELLO to each other this week: 👋  In Kurdish - Salaam 👋🏿  In Yoruba - Bawo ni 👋🏾  In Shona - Mhoroi Mhoroi 👋🏿  In Hungarian - Szia 👋🏻  In Urdu - Assalamu alaikum But then, we found the Magic Ball! 🚀 After flying through the stars in a spaceship we [...]

Celebrating our many languages in The Hello Game!2020-10-20T14:27:22+00:00

Glasgow, one year on: a Storyplay explosion!

2020-10-09T11:58:50+00:00

It’s been a year since we moved the Licketyspit office to Glasgow - and what a year it’s been. None of us could have predicted the tumultuous events that would affect everything and everyone; for the past six months, like all other arts organisations, the activities and goals we set out have been forced to shift and morph to fit our new reality. So, we were delighted when one of the parents in our Children & Families Network happily remarked that she’d noticed “an explosion” in Licketyspit activity since we moved here. It looks like this is recognised elsewhere too, as we have just been granted funding from the Glasgow Communities Fund for our Storyplay City project! So, we thought it would be good to step back and reflect on that “explosion” ourselves. Our Storyplay Residencies and Big Porridge & Play intergenerational play sessions, focus on energetic, face-to-face imaginary play, often within large groups of families from different parts of the city, which with the arrival of the pandemic had to stop! But with difficulties come opportunities: we’ve learnt new ways of playing, new ways of conducting events remotely, new ways of connecting with children and families when we can’t be physically near each other, and new ways of finding new families to join our vibrant Families Network community.  A new home We had been [...]

Glasgow, one year on: a Storyplay explosion!2020-10-09T11:58:50+00:00

Our latest play session – with 37 FAMILIES!

2020-10-07T13:12:59+00:00

Welcome to the Big Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! See below for details of how to join. 3 October 2020 Saturday! We thought it was last week... but this Saturday really was our BIGGEST SESSION EVER! 37 families joined us for a brilliant and very exciting morning! In the FUNKY CHICKEN we all came up with brilliant animals! Michris’s Funky Dog 🐕 , Leslie’s Dying Fly, Ala and Ruta’s Naughty Seagull, Bence and Imre’s Flopping Fish 🐠 , Simmi’s Angry Bear 🐻 , Amanda’s Crazy Horse 🐴 , Priscilla’s Scary Dog 🐶 , Amir and Ameen’s Angry Cat 🐱 , Arshyian and Injeela’s Jumpy Monkey 🐵 , Meerab’s Angry Elephant 🐘 , Marvellous’s Funny Wolf 🐺  and Iona’s Delicious Donkey! Phew! We had an especially brilliant moment when Erin and Ethan gave us a verse of the Funky Chicken in Shona language from Zimbabwe! 🇿🇼 After singing JELLY ON HIS HEAD, we all came up with our own characters! Anaya and Ayesha went to bed with pyjamas on their heads! Adesire told us about a Fairy who went to bed with oranges in her mouth! Abdulmateen went to bed with meatballs on his head! Sayeh introduced us to Rebecca who went to [...]

Our latest play session – with 37 FAMILIES!2020-10-07T13:12:59+00:00

Witchy brews, fruit fairies and ghost trains!

2020-09-30T13:38:15+00:00

Welcome to the Big Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! See below for details of how to join. Wednesday! 23 September 2020 Thank you to the 12 families in Ruchill and Milton who joined us for our final Wednesday session of the month! We kicked things off with our favourite warm ups, where we got covered in chocolate ice cream, mud, cornflakes and ice lollies in MUCKY BREW then washed it all off with the WASHING SONG. 🧙‍♀️🥤☠️ Then something very exciting happened - we dressed up as witches for WITCHES FINGERS! Amanda, Glory, Esther, Muiz, Muizameel, Muqseen and Murshidat were all witches drinking witchy bottles of… orange juice, apple juice, coke, water, paint and paper! But then, we all drank a bottle of poison! Oh no! 🍵🥕🕷️ Witches Iona and Sanjay then let everyone try their yummy witchy soup. Iona was cooking hers with peas, carrots and spiders, but when she had a try, she found something very unexpected - the MAGIC BALL! 🐳 👑 🐉  So we blew it up, and off we went - under the sea, where we met lots of fish, a big pink shark and a lovely friendly whale; to a magic kingdom ruled by King Michris [...]

Witchy brews, fruit fairies and ghost trains!2020-09-30T13:38:15+00:00

All the things we can still do while we’re at home!

2020-09-23T12:58:48+00:00

As the restrictions around coronavirus continue, we know that many families may be feeling frustrated, stressed, or worried. We know it's a difficult time, so we wanted to remind you of all the things we CAN still do at the moment, even when we might not be able to play with all of our friends or family. There are so many ways to keep using our imagination and creativity at home! Reading, writing, making, dancing, singing, drawing... and PLAYING! 🎈🎉✨ Get cooking, exploring and making! When the lockdown first started, we made some Lickety Activity Films which were specially designed to show you simple, fun, creative and cheap activities that you could do at home as a family - alongside your friendly Lickety hosts! Taz, Jack and Iona each guide you through a fun activity or on a special adventure - which you can follow along with at home! You can either watch and do the activities along with us, or use them to inspire your own ideas! Why not... 🥘  Think of another recipe you could cook with the same ingredients, after watching Cooking with Taz? 🍅  Research one of the ingredients online and find out more about it? 🍋  Plant a tree using the seeds from some fruit, after making a delicious fruit salad or zingy lemonade? 🗺️ Close your eyes, take out your [...]

All the things we can still do while we’re at home!2020-09-23T12:58:48+00:00
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