BIG PORRIDGE & PLAY GLASGOW is a unique Storyplay project for families with children under 12. BPPG 2017-19 was funded by the BIG Lottery (now called The National Lottery Community Fund) and took place for 7/8-week blocks in April-June in the Glasgow communities of Ruchill, Whiteinch and the Gorbals. Families met in large groups for Porridge & Play sessions – imaginary Storyplay games and activities, healthy delicious meals and reflective drawings.
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.
Porridge & Play is based on the Licketyspit repertoire of 38 games, rhymes, songs, traditional streetplay and imaginary play. It is designed for children and adults, to encourage continuing intergenerational play.
Each Porridge & Play session begins with a group meal including lots of delicious fruit, porridge for breakfast or homemade soup for lunch. Licketyspit actor-pedagogues then lead a fun and relaxed play session full of fantastic games, songs and imaginary play. The sessions are carefully crafted to develop children’s creativity, social skills, confidence and relationships. We regularly consult children and their adults about how we can improve and develop the sessions.
The games are illustrated in the Lickety Playcards, a set of 32 cards with song words, game instructions and colourful illustrations.
BIG Porridge & Play Glasgow brings families together in their local community centre for an 7-week block of Porridge & Play culminating in a Celebration Sharing Event.
Where do we play?
Click on the links to visit each Porridge & Play Hub’s page.