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Hickory Dickory...Crash!

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Language FocusOther songs about: calendar & time, counting, animals & insects

Simple time telling. Numbers 1-5. Animals (mouse, snake, squirrel, cat, monkey, elephant). Up and down.

Hickory Dickory...Crash! Lyrics and Actions

Key Gestures:
Mouse - Use the American Sign Language sign: swipe your finger across the top of your noise. Example
Snake - Place your hands together in front of you and move them forward like a snake moving across the ground.
Squirrel - Hold your hands in front of your mouth as if eating a nut or acorn like a squirrel.
Cat - Stroke imaginary whiskers with your thumb and index finger.
Monkey - Scratch under your arms with both hands and make a monkey face.
Elephant - Move your hand downward away from your nose in a wavy motion, representing an elephant's trunk.
Clock - Place your right elbow in the palm of your left hand, and move your right arm back and forth like a metronome.

♫ Hickory dickory dock. [Clap your hands.]
The mouse went up the clock. [Mouse gesture.]
The clock struck one. [Hold up one finger.]
The mouse went down. [Mouse gesture.]
Hickory dickory dock. [Clap your hands.]
Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. [Clock gesture.]

A snake.
Hickory dickory dock.
The snake went up the clock. [Snake gesture.]
The clock struck two. [Count to two with your fingers.]
The snake went down. [Snake gesture.]
Hickory dickory dock.
Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock.

A squirrel.
Hickory dickory dock.
The squirrel went up the clock. [Squirrel gesture.]
The clock struck three. [Count to three with your fingers.]
The squirrel went down. [Squirrel gesture.]
Hickory dickory dock.
Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock.

A cat.
Hickory dickory dock.
The cat went up the clock. [Cat gesture.]
The clock struck four. [Count to four with your fingers.]
The cat went down. [Cat gesture.]
Hickory dickory dock.
Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock.

A monkey.
Hickory dickory dock.
The monkey went up the clock. [Monkey gesture.]
The clock struck five. [Count to five with your fingers.]
The monkey went down. [Monkey gesture.]
Hickory dickory dock.
Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock. Tick tock.

An elephant?! Oh no!
Hickory dickory dock
The elephant went up the clock. [Elephant gesture.]
Oh no! [Fall down.]
Hickory dickory dock. ♫

Classroom Benefits

This songs introduces some basic time telling and counting skills while expanding on the nursery rhyme classic, Hickory Dickory Dock. It's a bit silly ^_^, and introduces the animals from small to big.

Activity Ideas

Give your child a pot and a wooden spoon. Sing “Hickory Dickory...Crash!” (with or without the music). Whenever you sing, "The clock struck one/two/three/etc.," the child can make the clock noise by banging on their pot. Children love counting and making noise! 1

Practice “up” and “down” with One Little Finger from Super Simple Songs 1. It makes a great warm up song before singing Hickory, Dickory...Crash! 2

Get some simple time telling craft ideas on our Pinterst Board “Learn Time/Dates/Months.3

Large Class Activity
Choosing Rhyme tag game
All of the students make a big circle. The teacher stands outside of the circle. One student stands in the middle of the circle with a bell or drum or pot and stick. He will make the gonging sound of a clock. As the students chant "Hickory Dickory Dock," the teacher walks around the circle touching students on the shoulder.

"Hickory" (touch)
"Dickory" (touch)
"Dock" (touch)

"The mouse" (touch)
"went up" (touch)
"the clock" (touch)

"The clock" (touch)
"struck one" (touch)

The student in the middle rings the bell once (touch - that student sits down)

"The mouse" (touch)
"went down" (touch)

Hickory (touch)
Dickory (touch)
Dock (touch) that student goes to the center of the circle to be the clock.

In each subsequent verse, sing "The clock struck two/three/four etc."

Play until you reach six, or every student has had a turn. 4

Small Class Activity
Draw a grandfather's clock on the whiteboard. Introduce the flashcards. Sing "Hickory Dickory Dock" together with the children, then hold up one of the animal flashcards and encourage the children to sing the next verse. If you hold up a snake flashcard, the children sing, "The snake went up the clock."

Use a bell or some type of noisemaker to make a "chime" sound. Play the chime a few times. Have the students guess how many times the clock "chimes." Play it again a different number of times.

Give the students a tambourine or some type of noisemaker. Sing the song and play the correct number of "chimes" with the music. 5

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