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Hickory Dickory Dock!

What you need

Your inging voices and the means to play and listen to the nursery rhyme if you wish to.


The concept of rhyming: this is a very important pre-reading skill and an essential part of your child’s development in phonics.

The experience

Sing or listen to the rhyme ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’. Talk about all the rhyming words in the song – pointing some out e.g. dock/clock. Talk about rhyming words and that when words rhyme they sound the same and give examples of rhyming pairs e.g. bear/pear/house/mouse. 

Choose a word from the song and see how many rhyming words you can come up with for it e.g. Clock- what rhymes with clock? You could make an extra challenge by putting a timer on and seeing how many you can come up with in 30 seconds/1 minute etc. 

Add a fun twist and come up with a rhyming name for all members of the family!