BIG Porridge & Play

We had such a fantastic time delivering the third year of BIG Porridge & Play Glasgow with wonderful families. 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, photographer Eoin Carey and filmmaker Jonathan Ley & Jacek Hubner, our volunteers & translators, and of course to all our participants!

We’re very excited that Big Porridge & Play will be BACK from 2020-2022!

If you’d like to volunteer on BPPG please get in touch! You can find out more here. We’ll be coming to the following communities between April and June…Watch this space!

  • Ruchill

  • Whiteinch

  • The Gorbals

  • Milton (NEW!)

  • Easterhouse (NEW!)

  • Govan (NEW!)

Watch a short clip from BPPG 2019!

What is Big Porridge & Play?

BIG PORRIDGE & PLAY GLASGOW is a unique three year project (2017-19), for families in Ruchill, Whiteinch, and the Gorbals with children under 12. BIG Porridge & Play takes place for 7-week blocks in April-June.

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.

Big Porridge & Play Year 3 Blog!

Read about each week’s session, see photos and find your drawings from the Lickety Art Gallery – Don’t forget to show your family and friends!

Big Porridge & Play is BACK!

March 9th, 2020|

We are thrilled to announce that Big Porridge & Play Glasgow is BACK for another 3 years! We're very grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for continuing to support this innovate project and [...]

Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 7

June 26th, 2019|

15th June 2019 The final session in Ruchill was the last Big Porridge and Play 2019 and we were really moved and delighted to have so many people join us to send the project [...]

Big Porridge & Play Gorbals Week 7

June 26th, 2019|

13th June 2019 Our last session at the St Francis Centre was a wonderful celebration of what Porridge & Play can be, with families bringing countless delicious things to share in the meal, guests dressing [...]

Big Porridge & Play Whiteinch Week 7

June 26th, 2019|

12th June 2019 The last Big Porridge & Play 2019 at the Whiteinch library was the biggest yet - with nearly 60 of us singing, playing and dressing up together, before sitting down for [...]

Big Porridge & Play Ruchill Week 6

June 19th, 2019|

8th June 2019 We had a really fab sixth session at the Ruchill Community Centre. You could really see how everyone has got to know each other over the last six weeks, with the [...]

Big Porridge & Play Gorbals Week 6

June 19th, 2019|

6th June 2019 Week 6 at the Gorbals was a day for Pirate captains keeping things ship-shape on the open sea, storytelling and a surprise from poor Old Rodger. Everyone really at ease playing together today. We had some [...]

Please stay in touch, send us a picture to put in the Licketyspit Art Gallery, or see what activities you can do in Come & Play!

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