“Pease Porridge Hot” (sometimes referred to as Pease Pudding Hot) is an English nursery rhyme and a popular singing game.
Its oldest reference can be traced back to the 18th century, being included in Mother Goose’s Melody (1760).
The song originated in England where the pease porridge (otherwise called pease pudding or pease porridge) is a very popular dish to this day.
“Pease Porridge Hot” as a game
How to play:
Playing Pease Porridge Hot involves a lot of clapping while singing the words of the rhyme.
Pease (clap hands to thighs) porridge (clap own hands together) hot (clap friend’s hands),
pease (clap hands to thighs) porridge (clap own hands together) cold (clap friend’s hands),
Pease (clap hands to thighs) porridge (clap own hands together) in the (clap right hands only) pot (clap own hands),
nine (clap left hands only) days (clap own hands) old (clap partner’s hands).
Below you can find one of the more popular versions of Pease Porridge Hot:
“Pease Porridge Hot” Lyrics
Common version of the song:
Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old;
Some like it hot, some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.