With all the addition, subtraction and crazy numbers filling up our Math schedules, telling time lessons are often side-lined. Either we rush through it or assume that kids will learn it with ‘time.’ On a boring Math class day or a long journey, why not try these easy-weasy DIY clock games for kids that will not only conceptualize telling time but also will help the kids have a great time. (pun intended!)

Things you need for DIY clock for kids:

1. Big paper plate
2. Colored paper
3. Binding screw
4. A pair of scissors
5. Black sharpie
6. Cardboard
7. Sticking glue
8. Easel (optional)
9. 2 conventional dice

How to make?

1. Make 12 slits on the paper plate with a pair of scissors. Every slit must be around 4 cm long.
2. Write numbers 1– 12 on each slit.
3. Cut a colored paper of the same size as that of the paper plate. If you are really short on supplies and time, you could use another paper plate of the same size.
4. Stick its center behind the center of the paper plate clock. Do not stick the edges.
5. Write the corresponding minutes on the paper behind every slit.
6. Find the center of the paper plate clock and make a hole, big enough to fit the binding screw.
7. Cut the hands of the clock from the cardboard sheet.
8. Fix the hands of this DIY clock with the help of the binding screw over the clock. Ensure the long minutes’ hand goes in first followed by the short hour hand while fixing.
9. Put up this clock on the board/wall or an easel at a height that can be easily reached by the kids.

A few tips:

• To save time, you could also have this DIY clock prepared in the Arts class and use it later in your Math sessions.
• If you are crunched for time, you can download the FREE DIY printable clock template.  Just download, print, arrange and you are set to conduct time activities.

When the DIY clock is ready, explain to the kids how the numbers and the hours–minutes correlate and then you can start with your time lessons.

How to play?

This easy-to-make DIY clock can be used in various telling time activities and clock games.

Show and tell

• Announce a time for this activity. For example, say it’s 4:00.
• Ask the child to come over and show 4:00 on your DIY clock by adjusting the hands of the clock.

What minute is it?

This telling time activity is great for revising the minutes on a clock.

• Show any time on the clock.
• Ask children to guess the minutes. This will be determined by where the minute hand points.
• Verify the answer by lifting the flap on the clock.
• For example, if the minute hand on the clock is at 10, it means the children should guess the minutes as 50.

Early or late?

Determining early or late times is an important aspect of telling and understanding time and an equally important life skill.

• Show different times on the clock for various events. Let these events be inspired by daily activities for some fun. For example, show 10 on the clock to predict that the sun rises at 10.
• Have the children guess if the time shown is early or late for that event. For the above example, it is too late for the sun to rise.
• Other such fun events could be Anne’s birthday party starts at 2, school closes at 8, etc.

Half and Quarter

• Use this DIY clock to explain the time concepts of half or quarter past/to.
• Reiterate by conducting a guessing activity of telling time in half and quarter.

Telling time with dice

This time telling activity requires some prep work, i.e, creating 2 time-related dices.

How to prepare it?

• Take 2 large size dice. In case you don’t have them you can take 2 cubed objects like a rubix cube.
• Cover all the six faces with paper.
• On 1 dice, write the hours of your choice. Remember it will have only 6 faces, so you can write up to 6 different hours.
• Similarly, on the other dice, write the minutes.

If you are short of supplies and time, you could use 2 different colored dice: one color dice would be the hour dice and the other minutes’ dice. The minutes’ dice will show numbers in their tenth values, i.e., the six faces of the minutes’ dice will indicate 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60.

• Now, roll the 2 dice and ask children to show the corresponding time on the clock.
• For example, if the hour dice showed number 5 and the minutes’ dice showed :30 (or 3), the time would be 5:30.

Lastly, remember to

• Sprinkle your monthly Math schedule with these telling time activities to make them a hit.
• Play math games to make them fond of numbers.
• Reward and recognize learning attempts by children.
• Maintain a positive learning and teaching attitude.

After all, it’s all about time!

Apart from this, do not forget to check out our great stock of math activities.

Till then, as I always end,

Happy Mathing!

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