What is Storyplay City?
Everyone, of all ages, loves to play! We need 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 Storyplay 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. Now, the Glasgow Community Fund is supporting us to build on our work to make Glasgow the first Storyplay City!
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 – the more the merrier!
Since May 2020 Licketyspit has been working with 120 Glasgow Families three times a week through Porridge & Play Online. Big groups of families are meeting on Zoom to sing, dance, rhyme, joke, go on imaginary adventures and make friends. Thanks to Glasgow Council, Bemis and the Scottish Government, these 3 weekly Zooms can continue in January 2021 as part of Storyplay City.
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 – our world play-experts – supported by fearless Licketyspit actor-pedagogues and Play Champion volunteers – who know how to give children agency and create safe friendly spaces for everyone to play in.
Lickety-play can be enjoyed for its own sake or become a springboard for other things – e.g. in education, arts, health. 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.
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!
And once Glasgow has shown how to do it, we can lead the rest of Scotland and the world in doing it too!
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!