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Hickory Dickory Dock Telling Time Game

This Hickory Dickory Dock Telling Time Game is such a fun kindergarten activity using this classic nursery rhyme.

Hickory Dickory Dock Telling Time Game

Hickory Dickory Dock Telling Time Game

Hickory Dickory Dock, the mouse ran up the clock… A popular nursery rhyme for children and a perfect opportunity to incorporate learning about time! Make a clock from a paper plate and  combine it with a spinner to turn it into Hickory Dickory Dock Telling Time Game!

supplies needed include paper plate, markers, construction paper arms, and fidget spinner

To make this paper plate clock you will need:

  • 2x paper plates
  • Markers
  • Clock arms cut from craft foam or cardboard
  • Fidget Spinner
  • Glue
  • Scissors
mark time on the paper plate clock by counting by 5s. Then cut slits around the times


  • Plate One – mark your one plate as a 12 hour clock writing numbers 1-12 clockwise around the plate.  (For young children only make the 12 hour clock.)
  • Plate Two – the other plate must be marked with the digital clock numbers. Cut the 12 hour clock as shown above so that the flaps can be lifted to see the corresponding digital clock numbers counting by 5s. Again going clockwise around the clock from 5-60.
  • Glue the two plates together and make a mark in the middle of the top plate to the place the spinner.
  • Add the “clock arms” to the spinner and place in the middle of the plate.

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Spin the spinner to see what time you have to add to the rhyme

For instance, the above time is 8 o’clock, so change the 1 o’clock in the rhyme with 8 o’clock:

“Hickory Dickory Dock, the mouse ran up the clock, the clock struck 8, the mouse ran down, Hickory Dickory Dock.” Even though it does not rhyme like the original 1 o’clock, it does not matter much since the objective with this activity is to learn to read a clock. 

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Your older kids can use the digit clock at the back for extension time-related learning activities in the place of using the nursery rhyme. For instance, let them write down the digital version of the time the spinner lands on.


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Nadia is South African mom to two littlies, a former preschool teacher and currently working as a reading therapist at a remedial school. She blogs over at about easy and playful activities inspiring you to be your child's first teacher.

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