Package 1 - Year 1 and 2 Creative arts - Pease pudding fun

Your child will learn to sing two songs and create rhythm using everyday kitchen items.

Week 5 - Package 1 - Year 1 and 2 Creative arts - Pease pudding fun

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.


  • ‘Pease Pudding Hot’ song video

  • ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’ song video

  • ‘Pease Pudding Hot’ lesson video

  • Computer

  • Paper, pencil, or pictures of foods (such as from a magazine), glue, scissors

  • Saucepan and wooden spoon

Back up

  • Smartphone

  • Paper and pencils

  • Kitchen items that can be hit together

Before your child starts

Things to think about:

  • Do you have a saucepan and wooden spoon or something else in your kitchen that makes a sound that your child could use?

  • Which nursery rhymes do you know?

  • Do you remember any clapping games you could share with your child?

What your child needs to do

  1. Using a kitchen item like a wooden spoon and saucepan, clap some rhythms and ask your child to play some back to you on their ‘instrument’. Explain to your child that musicians call this ‘call and response’. Try a few different rhythms.

  2. Ask your child to stir an imaginary bowl of ‘porridge’ and listen to the song ‘Pease Pudding Hot’. They should then sing the song with you.

  3. Teach your child a clapping game that you remember from when you were a child such as the one below or use the ‘Patty Cake’ rhyme video to help. Sing and clap ‘Pease Porridge Hot’ with your child as a clapping game or ask your child to ‘partner’ with the wall, a chair, or another household member.

What your child can do next

  1. Learn to sing ‘London Bridge is Falling Down' with your child and keep the beat while you sing it together. Try a clapping game with it as well.

  2. Find a comfortable place for your child to watch and participate in the music lesson about ‘Pease Pudding’ and ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’ (18 minutes).

  3. After watching the video, talk to your child about what they learnt and ask them to try to sing the two songs together with you singing one and then the other!

  4. Ask your child to create their own ‘pea’ pudding artwork which can include all their favourite ingredients. What would go into it? Contents can be peas or whatever you think would be a much better pudding. Draw an outline of an imaginary bowl and ask your child to create the ‘pudding’ using collage, drawing, painting or sculpting. food pictures in a drawn bowl

foods stuck in a bowl

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Have your child watch the video footage of the lesson without the extra activities.

Activity too easy?

Try performing the two songs together (partner songs) with the clapping game at the same time.

Extension/additional activity

Explore other clapping games and other nursery rhymes. They are an excellent way to keep the beat and sing a song. Try doing the clapping games at a faster or slower tempo (speed) or at a louder or softer dynamic (volume) level.

Pease pudding clapping game:

Pease (clap both hands to thighs) pudding (clap own hands together) hot (clap partner's hands),

Pease (clap both hands to thighs) pudding (clap own hands together) cold (clap partner's hands),

Pease (clap thighs) pudding (clap own hands) in the (clap right hands only) pot (clap own hands),

Nine (clap left hands only) days (clap own hands) old (clap partner's hands).

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