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Hickory Dickory Dock, the cat ran up the clock.
The clock struck one. She ran back down!
Hickory Dickory Dock.

Tick tock tick meow!

Hickory Dickory Dock, the bird flew up the clock.
The clock struck two, and down she flew!
Hickory Dickory Dock.

Tick tock tick chirp!

Hickory Dickory Dock, the dog ran up the clock.
The clock struck three. He found a flea!
Hickory Dickory Dock.

Tick tock tick woof!

Hickory Dickory Dock, the rabbit hopped up the clock.
The clock struck four. She hopped to the floor!
Hickory Dickory Dock.

Tick tock tick boing!

Hickory Dickory Dock, the fish swam up the clock.
The clock struck five. He took a dive!
Hickory Dickory Dock.

Tick tock tick splash!

Hickory Dickory Dock, the pets went in the clock.
The clock struck six, and they played tricks!
Hickory Dickory Dock.

Tick tock tick woohoo!


Hickory Dickory Dock, the cat ran up the clock... Have you heard this amazing rhyme for kids? It’s great for singing, dancing, and can also be a nice tool to start learning and practicing English from a young age!

Children’s songs usually have interesting stories and backgrounds, and the Hickory Dickory Dock is not the exception. The earliest known version of this nursery rhyme for kids dates back to the year 1744 when it was first published in London as a part of a collection of similar songs.

Its origin is simple but fun: it is believed that it was used as a counting-out rhyme for the little ones. Nowadays, this is still one of the main uses for the song thanks to its particular lyrics and story.

In this version of the song, your little one will spend an afternoon with Cowy the Cow in her house. Cowy is lying face down on the living room’s rug. As she’s drawing and writing on a sheet of paper, her cat suddenly runs up a big pendulum clock that’s near the window! What a shock that was… Then, the clock strikes one, scaring the cat who swiftly comes back down.

As time passes, a lovely bird just lands on top of the clock. Just a few moments later, the clock strikes two, and the bird flies away from it!

This situation repeats a few more times with different animals that venture to sit on top of the clock. There is a dog that goes woof, a rabbit that jumps and goes boing, and a fish who takes a dive. What a surprising afternoon Cowy is having!

As your little one watches the video, make sure to practice the names of the animals in English .

Take this opportunity to enhance your child’s vocabulary in English! Ask him or her to describe the different animals and describe where they are. What color is the dog? Where was the bird before landing on the clock?

Also, after you’ve sung the song a few times, you can take your time and play a game of “I Spy” by describing different objects in the room and having your child guess the correct object. For example, what’s big and yellow? The sofa! Describe the paintings, the window, or the rug.

This song for kids is also an excellent way to learn the numbers in English from one to six, by counting the hours along with the clock. When your little one has mastered the numbers, try learning how to tell time in English!

As you can see, there are many ideas that you can put to practice with this lovely song and video for kids! It’s just a matter of creativity to start learning while playing.

Now, onto the story!