Porridge & Play
Porridge & Play is an inter-generational imaginary play session for children under 12 and their families, based on the Licketyspit repertoire of 38 games, rhymes, songs, traditional street-play and imaginary play.
BIG Porridge & Play Glasgow is a 3 year project where groups of families in 3
communities meet for 7 weeks of Porridge & Play. The sessions end with a celebration
event where the groups share the games, rhymes, songs and any performances they
have created through the Licketyspit imaginary play activities, with their extended
family and friends. Follow the link to visit the BIG Porridge & Play page and read the
weekly blog updates from Ruchill, the Gorbals and Whiteinch!
What happens in Porridge & Play?
Porridge & Play sessions begins with a delicious group meal of fruit, crusty bread, porridge for
breakfast or homemade soup for lunch. Licketyspit’s actor-pedagogues then lead a fun and relaxed
play session full of fantastic games, songs and imaginary play. The session ends with reflective drawing
and the Licketyspit Gallery, where everyone presents their drawing and talks about what they thought about the session.
The games are illustrated in the Lickety Playcards, a set of 32 cards with song words, game instructions and colourful illustrations for each Porridge & Play activity.
Why do we do Porridge & Play?
Porridge & Play was developed in response to parents and carers in north Glasgow whose children participated in LicketyLeap. They were astonished and delighted at their children’s confidence and creativity. They asked us, ‘how can we do more of this?!’
Porridge & Play was our response. The sessions are carefully crafted to develop children’s creativity, social skills, confidence and relationships, and we regularly consult children and their adults about how we can improve and develop the sessions.
Adults need and enjoy play as much as children do. It is wonderful for families to play together and to have a story-rich, fun family culture. The imaginary play within Porridge & Play is powerful. People can welcome each other to their homes in imaginary playworlds! We have been to Nigeria, Poland and Pakistan in our Magic Ball! This project exemplifies Licketyspit’s ambitions to empower children, to raise their status in society, to strengthen relationships in families and communities.