BIG PORRIDGE & PLAY GLASGOW is a unique project that originally ran for three years (2017-19), for families with children under 12 in Ruchill, Whiteinch, and the Gorbals. BIG Porridge & Play 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. Families met in large groups for Porridge & Play sessions of imaginary play and food.
What is 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.
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.
We had such a fantastic time delivering BIG Porridge & Play Glasgow 2017-2019 with
wonderful families in Ruchill, the Gorbals and Whiteinch. A BIG thanks to all of our
Actor-Pedagogues, staff, our main funder, the National Lottery Community Fund, and
support from Esmee Fairbairn and the Robertson Trust, our partners, The Tall Ship and
The Dream Machine where we had BPPG Trips, photographer Eoin Carey and
filmmaker Jonathan Ley & Jacek Hubner, our volunteers & translators, and of course,
to all our participants!