Hickory Dickory Dock
So in conjunction with my much-loved Mousie puppet (check out a post about her here) I also use this great clock puppet for the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock.
It's really easy to put together, looks fantastic and makes a simple nursery rhyme all the more engaging for the kids. Hickory Dickory Dock provides students with a great opportunity to experience compound time signatures at a young age - you don't need to make the rhythms or metre conscious by any means, but it's a good idea to expose younger students to folk repertoire and art music in these time signatures so that when they do come to study them in upper primary, the concepts aren't so foreign to them.
The song is also great for looking at fast and slow tempo contrasts with prep kids - they have a blast slowly inching their mouse up one side of the clock and then...whoosh...racing it down the other side! It's also a great way to reinforce steady beat by showing that the beat falls on the same words regardless of whether the song is performed fast or slow.
This puppet can also work well with other clock-themed songs like Tick Tock or the Cuckoo Clock song (Tick Tock Goes The Little Clock) which is a great one for discovering both la and saa (crotchet rest).
You can grab the patterns and some repertoire ideas on my Teachers pay Teachers store.
Do you have any other favourite clock-themed songs and ideas? Share them in the comments below!