Art activities for the hickory dickory dock nursery rhyme

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Art activities for the hickory dickory dock nursery rhyme
Use a classic nursery rhyme to inspire your next art project. (infant mouse image by timur1970 from

"Hickory Dickory Dock" is a popular children's rhyme. This rhythmic chant tells the story of a mouse and her encounter with a grandfather clock. Along with presenting an enjoyable verbal challenge, this rhyme also affords an opportunity to engage students in the creations of an array of art projects. By engaging students in "Hickory Dickory Dock" art projects, teachers can allow students to exercise their creativity while keeping them focused on a classic rhyming poem.

"Hickory Dickory Dock" Clock

Reflect upon the "Hickory Dickory Dock" rhyme by creating an educational clock. Create clock pieces by drawing a large circle on one sheet of cardstock, and clock hands on another. Make one copy of each template for each student in your class. Gather together colouring supplies, scissors, a hole punch and brads.

After reading the nursery rhyme with students, provide them with copies of the template your created. Allow students to decorate their clock faces and hands, adding numbers to the circle so that it resembles a clock face. Instruct students to cut around the parts. Use the hole punch to create holes at the base of each clock hand, and use the scissors to make a hole in the centre of the clock face. Help the student place the hands on the clock face, lining up the holes, and place a brad through the centre.

Extend the activity by using the clock as you teach the students about the act of telling time.

Mouse Puppet

The curious mouse is the protagonist of the "Hickory Dickory Dock" nursery rhyme. Provide the students with an enjoyable art activity by allowing them to create a mouse puppet so that they can re-enact this classic rhyme. Provide each student with a standard paper lunch bag, art supplies and construction paper. Ask each student to draw a mouse face on one sheet of construction paper and a mouse body on the other. Allow the students to colour their creations. Then, instruct the students to cut around the mouse faces and bodies. Help the students turn their lunch bag so that the opening faces them, and glue the mouse head on the bottom of the bag. Assist them in gluing the mouse body directly under the head, on the main part of the lunch sack. After the glue has dried, allow the students to play with their puppets or put on a "Hickory Dickory Dock" puppet show.

"Hickory Dickory Dock" Cartoon

The story conveyed through the "Hickory Dickory Dock" nursery rhyme is quite simple: A playful mouse keeps climbing up a clock, and again and again falls to the floor. Test students' understanding of this rhyme by engaging them in a cartoon creation activity. To begin this activity, present students with an assortment of single panel cartoons. Point out how the artists who create these cartoons commonly capture one event from a story and illustrate it, writing words spoken by the characters or an explanation of the image below the picture. Provide students with a sheet of paper containing a square box. Ask them to create a cartoon to illustrate a segment of the "Hickory Dickory Dock" rhyme. Post the student creations on a classroom wall, or copy them and create a classroom book of "Hickory Dickory Dock" cartoons.

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