A simple way to make preschool lesson plans fun and interesting for your students is to use nursery rhymes in them. The rhythm and mood of nursery rhymes encourage the minds of young children to perk up and listen! The nursery rhyme, *Hickory Dickory Dock,* offers the opportunity to teach the concepts of time and counting by rote.

**Hickory Dickory Dock: The Nursery Rhyme**

Hickory dickory dock,

The mouse ran up the clock,

The clock struck one, and down he run,

Hickory dickory dock!

**Using Hickory Dickory Dock in Preschool Lesson Plans: Telling Time**

With a large clock and a toy mouse, introduce your preschool students to telling time. Begin with one o’clock. The more often you do this, the more familiar your students will become with telling time, at least by the hour.

**Using Hickory Dickory Dock in Preschool Lesson Plans: Mice**

Set up your preschool classroom’s sensory table with beans and toy mice. Tell your students that mice like to hide in the dark. Have them burrow the mice and then invite their friends to try to find them.

**Using Hickory Dickory Dock in Preschool Lesson Plans: Run!**

The mouse did not walk, skip, hop or gallop up and down the clock. No, he ran! Draw a huge picture of a grandfather clock on the playground with sidewalk chalk. As a group, recite the rhyme and let the children run “up” and “down” the clock at the appropriate intervals.

**Using Hickory Dickory Dock in Preschool Lesson Plans: Art Activities**

Clock and mouse drawing: On a sheet of white construction paper, have your students draw a large circle. Draw an example of a numbered clock face on the white board. Have your students copy the numbering onto their circles. Have them poke a hole in the center of the circle with a pencil tip. Give each of your students two arrows (clock hands) that you have cut out of construction paper and punched a hole in the end of each. With a brad, instruct your students to attach the arrows to the clock pictures. Let them draw a mouse next to the clock with a gray or black crayon.

Counting mice: Have your students write the numbers 1-12 down the edge of a sheet of paper. Now have them draw the corresponding number of mice beside the numbers. If your students aren’t comfortable with drawing mice, let them just make dots, using black or gray crayons. Another choice is to have them use mouse stickers or stamps.