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.

What happens in Porridge & Play?

In Porridge & Play sessions, Licketyspit’s actor-pedagogues lead a fun and relaxed play session full of fantastic games, songs and imaginary play. Participants are regularly invited to contribute ideas and lead the rest of the group in aspects of the play. Even families who don’t know each other quickly become a group, creating stories and characters and going on imaginary adventures together!

Sessions also include a delicious meal of fruit, crusty bread, porridge for breakfast or homemade soup for lunch. 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 A5 cards with song words, game instructions and colourful illustrations for each Porridge & Play activity.

Watch videos of some of the Playcard activities here.

Porridge & Play is delivered in schools, nurseries and in communities – BIG Porridge & Play Glasgow is a community project where groups of families
meet for 6-8 week blocks of Porridge & Play. Play Champion volunteers are trained to support the sessions, which 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.

Find out more about how we are taking this project ONLINE in 2020, here.

Why do we play like this?

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.

Visit the Big Porridge & Play Glasgow Blog!

Porridge & Play Govan is starting!!

September 1st, 2022|

Friday 26th August Drumroll please!! We are excited to announce that Porridge & Play is arriving in Govan for autumn 2022! Sessions will run on Tuesday afternoons at the Pearce Institute (4-6.15pm). [...]

Porridge & Play Whiteinch is back!

August 17th, 2022|

Wednesday 17th August Drumroll please!! We are excited to announce that Porridge & Play will be BACK in Whiteinch for autumn 2022! Sessions will run on Wednesday afternoons at Whiteinch Library. We will [...]

It was the week of the Upside Down Trouser Dance!

August 16th, 2022|

Welcome to the Big Porridge & Play Online blog where we share our stories and adventures! Friday 22nd July It was the week of the Upside Down Trouser Dance!  ‘I’m [...]