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How YOU can help shape a revolution in children’s rights!

2020-09-14T12:58:15+00:00

Why are we so excited? Last week, something happened which made us very happy here at Licketyspit! In a big document outlining their plans for the next year the Scottish Government promised to deliver “a revolution in children’s rights” - how exciting does that sound?! They plan to do this by incorporating a major international law protecting the rights of children into Scottish law. It’s called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which is a bit of a mouthful, but that’s because it’s the most complete statement of children’s rights ever to be written. This means that it covers all parts of a child’s life. No-one, or nothing, is left out: the needs of each child is as important as the next. So, as well as extremely important things such as a right to education, healthcare and protection from violence, neglect and exploitation, did you know that children also have… ⭐ The right to be LISTENED TO Article 12 - respect for the views of the child ⭐ The right to EXPRESS THEIR THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS Article 13 - freedom of expression ⭐ The right to PLAY WITH THEIR FRIENDS Article 15 - freedom of association ⭐ The right to RELAX and PLAY! Article 31 - leisure, play and culture What does this actually mean for [...]

How YOU can help shape a revolution in children’s rights!2020-09-14T12:58:15+00:00

A whole WEEK of BPPG adventures! Phew!

2020-09-09T13:27:22+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. This week, we started two new sessions after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays, alongside our usual Saturday morning adventures. These smaller sessions are for invited families, whereas our big Saturday adventures are for anyone to join! See below for details of our next open sessions. Or, read on as Iona shares the fun-filled highlights of what we got upto this week! Wednesday! 2 September 2020 Our first Wednesday session was fantastic! Creepy crabs, orange potato houses and seriously cool grannies! A small session full of energy, ideas and warmth. In BALLOONS, we flew up high and saw all kinds of things from the sky... 🐍 Emmanuel spotted a big blue river that looked like a slippery snake, and it turned out to be the River Clyde! 🏴‍☠️ Boatemma saw a pirate ship on the river ✈️ When we flew above the whole world, we saw planes that were flying to London and the Eiffel Tower! 🦁 In the rainforest, Djames spotted a monkey doing a poo - it was being chased by a lion who was being chased by a snake - what a chase! Luckily, [...]

A whole WEEK of BPPG adventures! Phew!2020-09-09T13:27:22+00:00

Introducing Andre & Sanjay!

2020-09-07T10:21:39+00:00

Meet our new team members and hear about their training experience in Andre's blog! Friday 4th September 2020 Working for Licketyspit is never easy but fun, never simple but relaxed, and never formulaic but planned. Hello, my name is Andre and I am one of your new Actor Pedagogue (AP) Trainees for Licketyspit; a children’s early years theatre and play company based in Glasgow. In this blog I will be talking about my process and experiences so far with my new colleges, giving an insight into multiple elements of the job like training sessions, line learning, glitches, inductions, 2nd AP and DJ roles so that others can learn from my experiences. Starting in a new position in any job can be daunting and much like the Scared Koala, Crying Giraffe and Shy Fox, the lead up to the first few days filled me with anxiety. However, soon after starting the first training day, my feelings of dread and doubt eroded as I started to learn what I would be doing as one of two new APs. Going through and learning new exercises, songs, and games that we would do with our participants, I particularly loved taking part in the reflective drawing at the end of each session which was charming. And Jelly on His Head was a funny kind of silly [...]

Introducing Andre & Sanjay!2020-09-07T10:21:39+00:00

Happy birthdays, baking cakes, and dancing on the moon!

2020-09-01T14:52:08+00:00

Welcome to the Big Porridge & Play blog, where we share the stories of the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom. If you'd like to join our online weekend sessions (every Saturday, from 10.30am), all you need to do is email us at cfn@licketyspit.com or text us on 07413 800 342. We'll let you know all the details, and which dates we're welcoming new families at (we do this one Saturday per month - see below for dates). Our sessions are open to all children and families, so please do get in touch! Saturday 29 August Birthdays, candles, cakes... what a fun celebration! Iona Licketyspit shares what happened in last week's Big Porridge & Play Online - you'll see for yourself how much fun we had in the picture gallery! What an energetic, exciting session! We started things off with ICKERICKEROO, a fantastic song where we discovered our lug listeners (ears), our eye peepers (eyes), our bread baskets (tummies) and our chin wagglers (chins)! 🐻🐔🐴🐈  After a fantastic BIG AS A BEAR warm up, we dived into some magical games, and what adventures we had! Whistles were played as we soared to the moon in MAGIC BALL! We met the happy horse, the funky cat, sneaky cheetah, and the exhausted whale in FUNKY CHICKEN… yawn yawn [...]

Happy birthdays, baking cakes, and dancing on the moon!2020-09-01T14:52:08+00:00

Another (very big) Big Porridge & Play adventure!

2020-08-25T16:10:34+00:00

Welcome to the Big Porridge & Play blog, where we share the stories of the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom. If you'd like to join our online weekend sessions (every Saturday, from 10.30am), all you need to do is email us at cfn@licketyspit.com or text us on 07413 800 342. We'll let you know all the details, and which dates we're welcoming new families at (we do this one Saturday per month - see below for dates). Our sessions are open to all children and families, so please do get in touch! Saturday 22 August Another busy and fun-packed session! Iona shares her thoughts after last week's Big Porridge and Play online session, which our busiest ever with an incredible 76 participants! Take a look opposite at some of the wonderful drawings we were sent this week and last. What a great session! It was very busy on Saturday, with 27 families and 76 participants - including some new faces from the Govanhill Children’s Festival! Some of my favourite highlights were... 🐘 🐠 🐇 🐔 Meeting all sorts of fantastic animals when we played FUNKY CHICKEN: Imre and Bence’s Fortunate Fish, Ellie’s Sneaky Bunny, a Crying Elephant who needed a hug and Tobi’s Cute Kitten who softly purred!  🎂 🍳 🍩 🍌 Then, in JELLY ON [...]

Another (very big) Big Porridge & Play adventure!2020-08-25T16:10:34+00:00

Big Porridge and Play Saturday Sessions are back!

2020-08-18T11:36:53+00:00

Welcome to the Big Porridge & Play blog, where we share the stories of the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom. If you'd like to join our online weekend sessions (every Saturday, from 10.30am), all you need to do is email us at cfn@licketyspit.com or text us on 07413 800 342. We'll let you know all the details, and which dates we're welcoming new families at (we do this one Saturday per month - see below for dates). Our sessions are open to all children and families, so please do get in touch! Saturday 8 August It's so good to be back! Iona shares her thoughts after last week's Big Porridge and Play online session, for which 22 FAMILIES joined us! The fantastic pictures opposite show just a glimpse at the sort of things we did and saw... How fantastic it was to be back with our Saturday families for Big Porridge and Play Glasgow! It was very exciting to see everyone and hear what they had all been up to over the past few weeks - and what a great first session back it was! Full of energy and hilarity and excitement! We kicked things off with 👵  GRANDMA GRANDMA, with very enthusiastic actions and great big wriggles! By the time we'd finished, everyone had [...]

Big Porridge and Play Saturday Sessions are back!2020-08-18T11:36:53+00:00

Ruchill & Milton Online Sessions

2020-08-26T13:46:26+00:00

JOIN 17th August 2020 Big Porridge & Play Online community sessions are starting next month for families in Ruchill & Milton! These sessions are delivered via Zoom for families with 3-12 year olds. Participants will receive Lickety Drawing Pads and Crayons and new families will receive sets of Lickety Playcards so you can keep playing the Porridge & Play games at home! BPPG has been running in Ruchill since 2017 and in Milton since May 2020. We may all be at home, but in our imaginations we can go anywhere, be anyone, do anything. All we need to play is each other! Big Porridge & Play has been created with and for children and supports families to tap into their imaginations for hours of joy, excitement, creative learning and connection. Join the dedicated Facebook Group for your community and the Children & Families Network Facebook Group for lots of other activities and  ideas for things to do at home in between sessions like the Cooking, Exploring and Making videos!  To take part in these free sessions, 1) Join the Children & Families Network (CFN) - an inclusive community of families who embrace children’s rights and imaginary play, at www.licketyspit.com/families/network. 2) Email/text Ruby on cfn@licketyspit.com / 07413 800 342 and she will send you the Zoom code! Please get in touch if you would like to access our sessions but have limited online access and we [...]

Ruchill & Milton Online Sessions2020-08-26T13:46:26+00:00

Over To You #4: Exploring and Making!

2020-08-12T13:11:57+00:00

We've loved seeing all the imaginative things you've been up to over the summer holidays. We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has sent us their drawings, poems, stories, videos and photos so far. What amazing things you've created from your own imaginations! We've had families making their own cookery videos, so they can teach others delicious recipes from their culture. We've gone on exciting adventures to some far-away places thanks to our fantastic tour guide (see below!). We've listened to poems about lockdown and what it has meant for you. We've marvelled at your new recipes for refreshing drinks, sock puppets, paper unicorns, people made from fruit, butterflies made from buttons... For our final Over To You blog, we're sharing some more responses to our Exploring with Jack and Making with Iona videos. You can see all of the pictures in our Family Lockdown Album on Facebook, or take a look at our past blog posts. Please, keep them coming in! Email your photos and videos to cfn@licketyspit.com and we'll share them with the world. This week's highlights... Exploring with Zainab! She's taken us to Nigeria - now our tour guide Zainab is back, and we're going to Tanzania! Enjoy traditional dance and music in the state of Zanzibar 💃 , watch out for that leopard 🐆  [...]

Over To You #4: Exploring and Making!2020-08-12T13:11:57+00:00

Video: Grandma, Grandma

2020-08-03T12:41:17+00:00

Virginia and Iona teach you the Grandma, Grandma song, from the Lickety Playcard Repertoire! Watch the video and join in with us from home - it's easy to learn and lots of fun to do! The video is part of a series of Playcard Videos which Licketyspit are producing for children and families to join in with at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more and watch the other coronavirus videos here. More like this! Licketyspit Family Lockdown Resources

Video: Grandma, Grandma2020-08-03T12:41:17+00:00

Over To You #3: Cooking!

2020-08-12T13:10:00+00:00

For the next few weeks, we're handing things over to you! As many of you will know, after our Zoom play sessions, and at the end of our Activity Films, we always ask people to share drawings, poems, stories, videos and photos of their creations. Well - the response so far has been incredible! We've been overjoyed by the photos and videos we've received from children and families in our network over the past few weeks, so we're sharing all of the imaginative, creative, funny, delicious-looking things on our channels - on our website, but also Facebook, Twitter and our e-flyer. This week, we're celebrating all of the wonderful responses we've been sent to our Cooking with Taz videos (part of our Activity Films series). From making up new, super colourful fruity concoctions - inspired by Taz's lemonade - to sharing favourite recipes to cook at home, we've been so impressed with what members of the Children and Families Network have been up to in their kitchens. Please, keep them coming in! Email your photos and videos to cfn@licketyspit.com and we'll share them with the world. This week's highlights... We were thrilled to receive this video from Bimbo and her daughter Toby, sharing one of their favourite recipes to make at home: Coconut Rice. The Licketyspit team couldn't wait to try it - and [...]

Over To You #3: Cooking!2020-08-12T13:10:00+00:00
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