Please Porridge Hot: Clapping Rhyme

Text Traditional; Actions Traditional

Please porridge hot, please porridge cold,
Please porridge in the pot, nine days old;

Some like it hot, some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.


Age Participation: Ages 5 to 8 years ; (Modified: can be for 6 months to 5 years)

Skills Utilized/Reinforced: Fine motor skill (Clapping) ; Laterality/Directionality ; Opposites

Possible Modifications: For younger kids this rhyme works well as a fingerplay, too. Any eays way to do so would be to use sign language for “Please,” “Hot,” “Cold,” “Pot,” “Old,” and “Like.”

The website,, features a dictionary that had a video, cartoon illustration, and description for each word.

Another source for signs is the ASL Dictionary at It features video and photographs for each entries.

Themes: Songs ; Food ; Cooking ; Opposites ; Manners (Please) ; Favorites


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