Hickory Dickory Dock is one of my toddler’s favorite nursery rhymes. It’s great little rhyme that helps little ones to learn their numbers and time in an easy and fun way. In Hickory Dickory Dock activity, we used clothespins to reinforce fine motor skills, match numbers, colors and learn to tell time.
Today we bring you five different activities related to Hickory Dickory Dock rhyme, all of these activities are age appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers, to help them learn about numbers and time.
Get the Hickory Dickory Dock book on Amazon.com and sing along!
To make a clock for number and color matching activity you will need:
- piece of sturdy cardboard (from recycle bin)
- something round to trace on cardboard (plate or bowl)
- 2 scraps of cardboard in different colors (for arms)
- split pin
- piercing tool
- markers in 12 different colors
To make counting mouse, you will need:
- 12 standard size wooden clothespins
- printable with counting mouses (free download for subscribers, use form below)
- piece of yarn or twine
- scissors and glue
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COUNTING MOUSE PRINTABLE
for Hickory Dickory Dock clock.
How to Set Up Hickory Dickory Dock Activity
I have decided to use 12 different colors for each of the numbers on the clock to turn this activity into self-correcting activity where my toddler can match numbers and color. This activity is an excellent way to teach numbers to tiny toddlers who still don’t know numbers. Toddlers should be able to name and match colors, and as they do the color matching, they will also learn the numbers.
If you’re not familiar with Hickory Dickory Dock nursery rhyme, it’s about a little mouse who climbs the clock and each time clock rings the time, it flees down the clock. Rhyme promotes learning numbers through repetition. Toddler’s task is to match clothespins with the right number as it comes up in a rhyme.
Our homemade cardboard clock has moveable arms, and we moved them along as rhyme called. Each time the mouse climbed and new time mentioned, we would change the time on the clock and add new clothespin.
Use plate or bowl to trace round shape for the clock on the cardboard and cut it out. Mark numbers from 1-12 on clock face using 12 markers in different colors. Pierce the hole in the middle of the clock’s face and attach arms using split pins. You now have your clock!
Use same markers used for numbers on the clock to color clothespins. Download, print and cut mouses. Cut twine or yarn into 2-inch pieces, you will make tails for each of the mouse (cut 12 pieces). When you have all of this prepared, just glue tails on clothespins and counting mouses over. Make sure you follow colors from the clock to match with color and number on the clothespins.
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And here are four other activities I mentioned at the beginning of this post. Our friends created these fun activities to make learning numbers and time more fun with Hickory Dickory Dock:
- make a rock clock like Danya Banya
- Adventures of Adam used wood pieces to play and learn about time
- make and use a felt clock on your felt board like Crafty Kids at Home
- and you can also learn shapes using this rhyme as seen on Teach Me Mommy
Other nursery rhymes your toddlers can sing along as they learn and play:
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Potato Stamp Art for Kids
- Wheels on the Bus Learning Activities
- 1-2-3-4-5 Fish Crackers Counting Activity
- Little Bo Peep Color Match
Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.