So many of you have used our three previous nursery rhyme lesson plans and printable packs that I have put another one together. This Hickory Dickory Dock free nursery rhyme lesson plan has multiple activities that are all centered around the nursery rhyme. This pack includes a little science and writing, some rhyming, syllable segmentation, as well as a gross motor activity too.
Preparing The Nursery Rhyme Lesson Plan
Gather your materials. You will need the printable pack, scissors, something to mark a place like bingo chips or buttons, a small dish or basket, a tray, and a pencil. I love using trays because it keeps everything in one place. You can find the trays I use in my class with this affiliate link –> Preschool Trays.
Start by printing out the printable pack here. <– click on this see the pdf and print.
Cut out the syllable and rhyming cards. Cut the gross motor movement cards out too.
The Nursery Rhyme
Pop the Hickory Dickory Dock nursery rhyme printable on the wall with some tape. Make it visible so that your child will see that the words on the paper are the words you are reciting. Learning that text translates to oral language is foundational for literacy. In every one of these lesson packets I create, I try hard to balance various areas of learning, but reading and reciting the nursery rhyme is a must.
Show your child the printable and ask them what they think the rhyme might be about. Use the pictures for clues.
Recite it together. I always sing it with actions to get a little gross motor development today too!
Gross Motor Activity – Animals Up The Clock
This activity turns this classic nursery rhyme on its side and uses different animals and how they move to get your child moving.
After you print this out, cut the sheet into strips, fold them, and pop them in a bowl or basket.
Invite your child to choose a piece of paper and read it to them. Have them pretend to be that animal and move all around the room like it! Repeat.
Find The Rhyme – Rhyming Game
For this activity, cut the four rhyming cards out and grab some buttons to use as markers. Ask your child to tell you what each item on the card is. Ask if any of the items have names that sound the same. Mark the things that do. Repeat with the remaining cards.
How Many Syllables? Syllable Counting Activity
This game is more challenging than it seems. Differentiating syllables is tricky because sometimes the way we say some words doesn’t match up exactly to how many syllables there are.
Say the words on the card.
Clap with each syllable for example –> Hick(clap)-o(clap)-ry(clap)
How many times did you clap? Place the button or other marker on the corresponding number.
If you need help with the rules for syllable division, check out this link.
What Do I know about mice? Science Activity for Preschool
This activity is very flexible. You can label the photo of the mouse to make a labeled drawing, you can research mice online and write some new facts, or you can simply write what you know. The goal for this activity is to learn more about mice and to think like a scientist; offering children a chance to research if they are ready or inclined to do that.
Hickory Dickory Dock – Mouse Craft For Preschool
Make this simple little mouse using cereal boxes or cardstock. It’s a simple craft perfect for this nursery rhyme.
To see all the other nursery rhyme printable packs in this series, click here.