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.
Supply Needed to Make Hickory Dickory Dock Activity
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
How to Set Up Hickory Dickory Dock Activity
To make a clock:
- 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!
To make mouse counters:
- 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.
How to Play Hickory Dickory Dock Activity?
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.
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.
Hickory Dickory Dock 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.
We hope you will have fun learning how to tell time, colors and numbers with your toddlers while they practice their fine motor skills with clothespins!
As they play and sing Hickory Dickory Dock nursery rhyme, children work on:
- sensory system (visual and auditory)
- attention retention and concentration
- fine motor skills
- math (counting numbers)
- time telling
EXPLAND THE PLAYTIME WITH A BOOK
This twist on an old favorite features some serious antics on the part of a busy little mouse. As a huge grandfather clock strikes each hour from one o’ clock in the afternoon to midnight, a different animal passes by, and the mouse has a funny interaction with each of them.
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4 ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR KIDS AS YOU SING HICKORY DICKORY DOCK
And here are four other activities I mentioned at the beginning. 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
- Mary, Mary Quite Contrary Roll & Build Flower
Viviana from Totschooling says
LOVE this!! What a great idea!
Mihaela @ Best Toys 4 Toddlers says
Thank you Viviana! We love it too! 🙂
Stephanie Watkins says
Absolutely adorable and look so much fun! Great idea and thanks for sharing. I saw your post on the Tot school Gathering Place (1+1+1+1=1).
Mihaela @Best Toys 4 Toddlers says
It is fun! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment!
What age would this be good to begin? I have a 19 month old.
2,5 – 3 year olds.