Make a learning clock and learn to tell time!
Make your own learning clock and learn to tell time!
- printer (or you can draw your face of the clock too)
- thin cardboard (such as a cereal box)
- a round head fastener
- glue stick
1. Pick the colour of paper for your clock. You can make a white clock or if you want a colour trim your construction paper to 8.5x11" size to fit in your printer.
2. Print your clock face. Click here for the template we used.
3. Glue the clock printout sheet onto the colour side of a cereal box or other thin lightweight cardboard then cut out your clock face.
4. Make your hour and minute hands from the thin cardboard (the hour hand is shorter than the minute hand). You can colour the hands with marker.
5.Using a hole punch, punch holes in each of the clock hands at the non-pointed side.
6. Cut a small slit in the cardboard clock at the centre dot. Now place your hands onto the fastener (long minute hand first then short hour hand second) and then insert your fastener through the centre of the clock face.
7. Secure your fastener at the back side. Your clock is complete!
8. To hang your clock on the wall, you may wish to tape a string on the backside and hang it on a tack. We looped our string around the fastener on the back to help keep it secure.
9. Now its time to learn to read the clock!
10. Start by showing your child how the short hand points to the hour and the long hand points to the minutes.
11. Begin moving the clock hands and practice each hour - 12 o'clock, 1 o'clock, 2 o'clock … and onward. Once your child grasps this concept (it could be right away or it may take practice), you may play a game where you say: "It is 3 o'clock. Can you set your clock?" Play this and when the concept is mastered for your child, add the minutes.
12. Learn to read the minutes in the same way as step 11. Point the short hand to the hour and move the long hand to the minutes. Then say, "it is 5:15, can you set your clock?" Continue practicing.Notes:
- Put your clock somewhere your child frequents, such as the dining area or play area, and then there will plenty of opportunities to practice!
- You can also put a digital clock near your learning clock and show the correlation between the two clocks. It is also fun to match your analog clock to the digital time.