You may remember from my post on Homeschooling Goals that one of our goals this year for Miss Magoo is to learn to tell time. We have flashcards and workbooks that help her learn about telling time, but one thing I really wanted to make was a Time Telling Clock.
I remember as a kid, there were some school classrooms that had clocks somewhat similar to this EasyRead Time Teacher Children’s Wall Clock, but I’m way too cheap to buy such a thing. So I decided to make my own, and the time telling clock was envisioned.
I knew that it would be much easier for the kids to read, and also a great way to introduce skip counting by 5’s if I only marked every 5 minutes. So I was then picturing making either 12 petals on a flower or 12 rays on a sun, so I asked Miss Magoo and she opted for the flower.
I bought a cheap clock from Wal-mart for $3.97, and used a cardboard box waiting to be recycled. I was so excited to find a clock for so cheap that actually matches Miss Magoo’s new dresser that Dan built for her!
Materials You Need:
- Cheap clock
- Cardboard box
- Permanent marker
- Piece of scrap paper
- Stencils (optional)
- Hot glue gun
1. Trace the clock on your piece of cardboard.
2. Make a mark on the cardboard where every 5 minutes is at.
3. Place the scrap paper between 2 of the marks and draw a petal shape that fits between those 2 marks.
4. Cut out the petal shape, and then use trace the petal all the way around your circle to make flower petals.
5. Cut out the flower shape.
6. Lay your clock facedown in the center of the flower, and trace around it. (Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of this part!)
7. Cut out the middle circle, then paint the flower and let dry.
8. Once paint is dry, you can write on the flower petals, or use stencils. I used a permanent marker and some basic stencils.
9. Hot glue the clock front to the inside of the circle in your flower.
10. Hang up and start learning to tell time!
Have you found any ways to help children learn time telling easily?
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