Three Bears Porridge



This activity involves discovering hot and cold and how that affects the taste and texture of food. In addition to doing this activity I recommend reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears and listening to/watching Goldilocks on (the song and be found under nursery).

Words You Can Use: Cold, Divide, Hot, Predict

What You Need:

  • One or more books listed in the Reading Experience below
  • individual packets of instant oatmeal and instant Cream of Wheat
  • brown sugar
  • raisins
  • finely chopped apples
  • warm water
  • small pitcher
  • individual foam cups or bowls
  • plastic spoons
  • paper towels

What You Do: Use Sound Play to gin children’s interest and introduce sounds and words. Explore the vocabulary and topic futher by reading one or more of the Reading Experience books. Then use the story to move into the Science Activity.

Sound Play:

Peas Porridge Hot

Peas porridge hot.

Peas porridge cold.

Peas porridge in the pot

Nine days old.

Some like it hot.

Some like it cold.

Some like it in the pot

Nine days old!

Porridge is Bubbling

Porridge is bubbling, bubbling hot. 

Stir it round and round in the pot.

The bubbles plip.

The bubbles plop.

It’s ready to eat all bubbling hot.

Wake up, baby.

Wake up soon.

We’ll eat the porridge with a spoon.

Reading Experience

The Three Bears by Paul Galdone

Somebody and the Three Blairs by Marilyn Tolhurst and Simone Abel

Deep in the Forest by Briton Turkle

Science Activity

  1. Be sure to follow all safety measures
  2. Explain that porridge is like oatmeal or Cream of Wheat. Ask children to share their experiences with these foods.
  3. Have children work with a partner. Divide a packet of oatmeal into two cups and divide a packet of Cream of Wheat into two cups for each pair of children. Each child should receive two cups, one of each mixture.
  4. Have children stir the dry mixtures as they add warm water, one tablespoon at a time, until the mixtures are the proper consistency.
  5. Have children taste the unsweetened mixtures. Then invite them to add one teaspoon of brown sugar, two or three raisins, and/or a teaspoon of finely chopped apples. Note: Some children may have to taste these ingredients in advance to be sure they want to add them.
  6. Ask the children to compare, eat, and enjoy!

Questions You Can Ask

  • What was our rhyme about? What words or sounds do you remember from the rhyme?
  • What do you remember about the book(s) we read?
  • How did you make your porridge? What else could you put in porridge?
  • Have children predict which porridge they might like best – oatmeal or Cream of Wheat. Record their predictions on a piece of chart paper.
  • When the activity is completed, ask children to share which porridge they liked best. Add their responses to the chart paper. Compare their answers with their predictions/ How many liked oatmeal? How many liked Cream of Wheat?
  • How did adding raisins, brown sugar, or apples change the flavor of the porridge?

More You Can Try

  • Prepare the oatmeal and cream of wheat in advance.
  • Provide the children with spoons, cups, sand, and water an unstructured materials center and pretend to make more porridge.

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