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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

Introducing Andre & Sanjay!

2021-03-11T12:26:27+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!2021-03-11T12:26:27+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!

2021-03-11T17:39:45+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!2021-03-11T17:39:45+00:00

Over To You #2: Poetry and performance!

2021-03-11T17:40:12+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 fantastic POEMS and PERFORMANCES we've been sent! The great thing about making up poems or plays is that you can make them about absolutely ANYTHING that pops in to your mind. Also, you don't need anything other than your imagination! Of course, you might want to grab a pencil and a notepad 🖍️  🗒️   if you want to write it down, or perhaps if you have access to a camera 📹  you could make your own little film?! What would you write about?  This week's highlights... Lickety Leader Erin (7) came up with TWO inventive poems during the lockdown period. This first one is inspired by her feelings about the lockdown. Children are so articulate [...]

Over To You #2: Poetry and performance!2021-03-11T17:40:12+00:00

Over to you #1

2021-03-11T17:39:59+00:00

Over 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 going to be sharing all of the imaginative, creative, funny, delicious-looking things on our channels - on our website, but also Facebook, Twitter and our e-flyer. Below are just some of the #cfncreations we've received so far. We'll share more over the coming weeks, but in the meantime, you can see ALL of the photos on Facebook. This week's highlights... Our featured video this week is something very special indeed - a trip to NIGERIA with Lickety Leader Zainab! Grab your Magic Map and join your wonderful guide as she takes us to Zuma rock, Lagos's Tarkwa Bay, the Yankari Nature Reserve... and watch out for that African elephant! We're truly thrilled that Zainab has been inspired to make her own exploring video - and, as you'll discover, she has more adventures in mind... Watch this space! Below, we have: 🅰️  An acrostic poem about Licketyspit by Emmanuel (9) and Boatemma 🖍️  A drawing by Aliya, inspired by [...]

Over to you #12021-03-11T17:39:59+00:00

Saturday Sessions Starting!

2020-07-16T09:00:33+00:00

Big Porridge & Play Open Sessions start this week! 27th 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! Families across Scotland are invited to join Porridge & Play Online - imaginary play sessions, games, rhymes, songs and story making! Every Saturday @ 10am on Zoom! Join the Children & Families Network here or on Facebook and contact us to take part. Invite your friends, or family - wherever they are! You may be eligible to receive a FREE set of Lickety Playcards, a fantastic repertoire of 16 colourfully illustrated cards so you can keep on playing these games at home. 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. Visit Come & Play and our Facebook page to find out more. There are videos, audio-shows and lots of ideas for things to do, play and create at home in between sessions! HOW TO LICKETY ZOOM JOIN  To take part in these free sessions, join the Children & Families Network (CFN) - an inclusive community of families who embrace children’s rights and imaginary play, and contact Ruby with your names & postcode to get the link [...]

Saturday Sessions Starting!2020-07-16T09:00:33+00:00

Week 1: Meeting & Flying Balloons across the Sky!

2020-05-25T16:15:46+00:00

Big Porridge & Play Blog 22nd May 2020 Govan - Tuesday 19th May 2020 Hiya everyone! What fun we had yesterday, right? Jack, Iona, Ruby & myself were so excited to welcome all our new families from Govan. And it was so great to have so many of yous joining our play session! It was a fun to work out everyone's names and trying to organise that on the funny Zoom boxes! But we managed and we got ready to have a good warm up to wake up our bodies and our minds! We played Funky Chicken and some fabulous animals made an appearance: the Big Fluffy Tiger, the Flying Butterfly, the Funny Kangaroo... And because when we play with your imagination you can be anyone, go anywhere and do ANYTHING, we had a game of MUCKY BREW and we threw all sorts of things all over us: honey, feathers, runny chocolate, a giant egg, water, slime...even bits of a broken TV! But it was fine cause we had a wash while we sang our Washing Song. We flew over Glasgow on our Flying Balloons and we saw a silvery snake that turn out to be the River Clyde! And we saw a purple whale and an angry bird that became a happy bird cause we blew it a kiss. We saw the schools empty of [...]

Week 1: Meeting & Flying Balloons across the Sky!2020-05-25T16:15:46+00:00

Govan, Milton, Easterhouse Online Sessions

2020-05-21T14:11:23+00:00

Community sessions have started online! 21st 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! Families in Govan, Milton and Easterhouse are invited to community specific sessions of Porridge & Play Online! Families also receive sets of Lickety Playcards, a fantastic repertoire of 16 colourfully illustrated cards to support ongoing play at home. Join the dedicated Facebook group for your community too :) And invite your friends, or family - wherever they are! GOVAN MILTON EASTERHOUSE 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. Families across Scotland can join open sessions every Saturday morning at 10am from 30th May. There is a dedicated Children & Families Network Facebook Group and lots of ideas for things to do at home in between sessions. HOW TO LICKETY ZOOM Govan *NEW* Tuesdays @ 3.30pm Milton *NEW* Wednesdays @ 3.30pm Easterhouse *NEW* Thursdays @ 3.30pm Ruchill Join the Open Sessions! Community Sessions to be announced... Whiteinch Join the Open Sessions! Community Sessions to be announced... The Gorbals Join the Open Sessions! [...]

Govan, Milton, Easterhouse Online Sessions2020-05-21T14:11:23+00:00

Hare & Tortoise Audio-Show

2020-11-30T11:00:37+00:00

Hare & Tortoise Audio-Show Online Sunday 10th May 2020 “Hare will be there! Yeah, yeah, yeah!”  “Go Tortoise go! Don’t be slow!" We're very excited to be sharing the audio-show version of Hare & Tortoise in 9 Episodes on our website! 🕖 EVERY NIGHT @ 7pm from 10th-18th May on our Facebook Page. Tortoise challenges boastful Hare to a race, but who will win this famous contest? Adapted from Aesop’s classic fable, Licketyspit’s  Hare & Tortoise is a hilarious, highly energetic and imaginative piece of interactive theatre. Bake the race cake with the Bun Brothers, try and survive a night in the spooky wood with a ukulele and cheer on the contestants! “…wit, resourcefulness, nimble imagination, and a heartwarming attention to the kind of teensy wee details that add magic and surprises to the narrative… nuances of cartoon capers, nursery rhymes, slapstick silliness, and opportunities for vociferous audience participation… with audiences the clear winners all the way.”  “All you need is a washing basket shell and a pair of red tights! Our children were mesmerised.”  LISTEN NOW! Trailer The Audio-Show version is performed by Virginia Radcliffe and Deborah Arnott with music by Tim Brinkhurst. To find videos, games and other activities to do at home during the Coronavirus Lockdown click [...]

Hare & Tortoise Audio-Show2020-11-30T11:00:37+00:00
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