Teaching kids how to tell time can start with the process of discovering the parts of a clock. We practiced time telling with recycled bottle caps for hands on learning while building a clock.
My daughter was taught time telling this past year while in the first grade, but it was fun to work on the parts of a clock and to practice time telling to the minute. As she heads into second grade, she’ll be learning to tell time to the minute, so we added a minute component to our time telling with the bottle caps.
How to teach kids how to tell time:
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To begin, I wrote the numbers 1-12 on bottle caps using a permanent marker. Find a large round placemat/charger and have your child work on positioning the numbers as they appear on the clock. Show your child how to place the 1, 6, 3, and 9 first. Show them how the other numbers can fit withing the space left over. Use the marker to write the 5’s numbers on the opposite side of the bottle caps. So, when they flip over the number one, it will have “5” written on the other side. Number 2 will have “10” written on the other side. Once they’ve built their clock, they can turn over all of the bottle caps and count out the minutes by fives.
We then used a round glass dish to build the clock. Use foam craft sticks like these that we received from www.craftprojectideas.com for the minute and hour hand. Be sure to have your child identify the names of the hands as part of this learning and clock building activity.
On the glass plate, pour a small amount of water. The added sensory component of the water is fun for a spin on this clock building task, because the bottle caps and the foam craft sticks will stick to the glass dish with the water. Practice moving the hands around to tell different times.
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Take the clocks apart, and build again and again.
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