The coronavirus lockdown has been a difficult and stressful time for everyone. Here at Licketyspit, we’re doing everything we can to support families in our Children & Families Network and beyond to use our rich imaginations, creativity and empathy to get through this time.
Although many schools and nurseries have re-opened, we’re all still experiencing restrictions to our normal lives, which can affect our mental wellbeing. The most important thing at the moment is to look after ourselves and each other. Playing is a brilliant way to relax and feel like ourselves again – and we’ve been encouraging and supporting this in all the ways you can see below! Remember, in our imaginations, we can be anyone, do anything, go anywhere!
This is the inspiration, then there’s loads we can still do together even if we can’t be in the same space. And on our own, offline, too. Reading, writing, making, dancing, singing, drawing, and especially, PLAYING!
What we’re doing during the lockdown…
⭐Big Porridge and Play – Online!
At the start of lockdown, we took our imaginative play sessions online. In specific locations across Glasgow we offer weekly community sessions, which are smaller and there is more of a chance to chat to us. Then every Saturday morning, we offer an open session which anyone is welcome to join! Email Ruby on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07413 800 342 to join.
⭐Lickety Playcard games and songs
The Lickety Playcards are a series of colourfully illustrated A5 cards giving families ideas for a range of games and songs to use during play, from the Funky Chicken to Grandma, Grandma. They’re great for acting as a springboard for children to make up performances, stories, songs, poems or characters. We’ve got some to offer for free to eligible families – find out more.
⭐Digital tablets for refugees, migrants or asylum seeker families to join Big Porridge & Play Online
We know not everyone can get online as easily as they would like to, and we have been campaigning and working with other organisations to try and change this. Everyone has the right to equal digital access, and it is more important than ever that we can all get online. And so, we were thrilled to receive funding to supply a number of tablets, SIM cards and data to families who wanted to join our Big Porridge & Play online sessions, but who had obstacles to internet access. If you’d like to join and think you may be eligible, please get in touch with Ruby at email@example.com or 07413 800 342. Read more about our tablets funding.
⭐Tell us what you want!
Most importantly, Licketyspit wants to support you, so please tell us what you would like. More stories, songs, live sessions, craft ideas, recipes? Our survey can also be found below.