Clock games and clock related activities can help kids to read clock and tell time. Learning to tell time and reading clock can be a challenge for a child. There are many ways parents can help child to learn this essential life skill.
Most parents will get a teaching time clock or toy clock for the kids. No doubt, a teaching time clock is an essential tool, there are other ways to teach kids to read clock.
All kids love craft. We can let the kids make their own clock. Use the finished craft to teach time to them. All one needs is some paper and scissor. You can get the kids to cut out the clock model and fill in with color. Older kids can design their own clock face.
I know of some creative mothers who play telling time games with their kids by making their own pie chart.
This is one which kids will love to do; get them to write or copy their favorite TV guide.
In a matter of time, they will start referring to their TV guide for favorite TV programs.
One can also find many interactive clock games online. Here are a few fun and interactive telling time games to teach children learn to tell time.
Set the Clock to.... - Set the alarm clock ringing at the right time. Listen to cute snapdragon and learn to read too.
What's the time - Learn to Listen to Time. A great game for auditory learners.
Stop the Clock - Match digital time with clock. Challenge to beat your own score or compete to see who get a better score.
More telling time games and activities for children :
Make a twist to reading time from a sundial instead of a normal clock will definitely delight the children. You can turn it into a clock project for the kids. Get them to observe and record the shadow to determine time of the day.
You only need a stick and some pebbles. Stick the stick into the ground or sand pit at your garden or backyard. Check to see where the shadow of the stick is at every hour interval. Put a pebble to indicate the time. This is a great clock activity to let children learn about how the sun moves as time passes along the day. The shadow created by the sun helps people to tell time in the olden days.
One of my favorite is "What is the time Mr. Big Bad Wolf?” It teaches children counting time from 1 to 12 o'clock.
Beware...it can get a bit rowdy sometimes but the children will enjoy it.
You need at least two children and a stopwatch. Just a tip here - you can use a mobile phone stopwatch function.
The kids compete to see who can run fastest. Each child will time and record the running speed of the other child using a stopwatch. Instead of running, they can measure how long it takes to cycle round the block.
Worksheets are great materials to use as part of telling time games and activities with kids. Check out these clock and telling worksheets I created. You can use it as it is or cut them out for distribution and play as games.
Involve kids in clock games and telling time activities are one of the best ways to teach children how to tell time.
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