We’re starting a play revolution in Glasgow!
Everyone, of all ages, loves to play! Play is at the essence of being human. When we play imaginatively with other people there are no limits and no mistakes, just endless possibilities. Licketyspit and our children, families and colleagues have got a recipe and a list of ingredients that make imaginary play an easy, wonderful and inclusive part of every day. We call this Storyplay.
Licketyspit has been developing the Storyplay approach with Glasgow families for over 15 years. From LicketyLeap sessions in nurseries to Storyplay Schools programmes in primaries, to Porridge & Play in the community and Picnic & Play in museums and parks. From 2020-2022, Glasgow City Council’s Community Fund is supporting us to build on our work to make Glasgow the first Storyplay City!
In Storyplay City sessions, we play using the Lickety Playcards – old and new hilarious games that give people a licence to be creative and inventive together. Children are at the centre of this play – they are the play experts – supported by fearless Licketyspit actor-pedagogues and Play Champion volunteers. See more on the impact of these sessions, below.
Big groups of families meet (currently on Zoom) to sing, dance, rhyme, joke, go on imaginary adventures and make friends. Thanks to Glasgow Council, Bemis and the Scottish Government, we are able to run 3 weekly Zoom sessions in January-March 2021 as part of Storyplay City, enabling us to include all the families who took part in Big Porridge & Play Glasgow.
Read the Session Blogs Below.
We all need what children need
Children know that the most important things in life are love, kindness, fairness, respect. Playing with children liberates adults to remember this! You can let your hair down and feel at home even with strangers! Storyplay is a celebration of collective invention where everyone is safe in the knowledge that they will always be seen, heard, valued, included. We can all relax! It’s not competitive, it’s fun. There are no mistakes, only endless possibilities. Everyone is welcome.
Lickety-play is not only a lot of fun, it also supports children’s development in education, arts, health and wellbeing. This kind of play nurtures creativity, confidence, social skills, friendships, emotional literacy, family and community, equality, resilience, language, literacy, integration, multi-culturalism, confident parenting, physical and mental wellbeing, love, happiness and positivity. (Woah, that’s a lot!) This has been especially important during Covid-19 as many of our families testify.
A Glasgow network of Lickety Play Champions
Facilitating play like this is not as easy as it looks. It takes time and work but develops life-enhancing, life-long skills. We want to share this children’s rights based practice with Play Champions of all ages across Glasgow as part of a movement to further embrace and celebrate the creative riches, kindness and humanity that characterize this city. We want to embed this play and playfulness in our culture to support us all to flourish despite the immense challenges of contemporary times. Collectively we are our greatest resource, people really do make Glasgow!
We’ll be sharing some opportunities to get involved later in 2021, so watch this space! If you or your organisation would like to join us in making Glasgow a Storyplay City, please get in touch.
Licketyspit – opening doors to imaginary playworlds to unlock the limitless possibilities of children…..and adults!
“My daughter is so engrossed, she needs her session every Wednesday. Before she was shy but now she can stand up before the crowd!”
“Licketyspit has revolutionised Saturdays!”
“I was going to the special oven”
“Licketyspit really came to my rescue when I needed them most. They came and saved me from a black hole, you made me realise how it feels to play. You are always there to rescue. I thank you with all my heart.”
Storyplay City 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!
Getting outside is good for our bodies and good for our minds!
You don’t need anything special to do, just getting outdoors to play, run around, explore and breathe in the fresh air is so good for us. In our outdoor play challenges we challenge you to play with sound and touch, make potions and more!