Tick tock goes the clock. Help build time-telling skills with these fun, hands-on activities, and games. Each is designed to help students visualize the passage of time, learn about circadian rhythms, and get in some physical morning activity! Colorful printables are perfect for your clock-matching file folders.
1. Cardboard Clocks
This clock template is the perfect tool to introduce your kids to the concept of time! Help them cut out two circles and label the hours and minutes. Use two craft sticks for the clock hands. Place it in their room to use during playtime.
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2. Seasonal Clocks
Help your little ones visualize abstract concepts like circadian clocks with this fun activity. Create a circle of beads; representing the days, and use cards for the months and seasons. Use pictures of the seasons to help students understand the passage of time.
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3. Sidewalk Chalk Clocks
Looking for physical activities for learners to enjoy in the morning? Grab some sidewalk chalk to create a massive clock outside! Play any number of games with the clock visual. Call out a time and have the kids show it, or ask them to show what time they do an activity!
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4. Rock Clock Mystery
Use painted rocks to create a clock template. Then, tell your kids short stories that involve time and have them show it on the clock. A great way to blend clock activities with addition and subtraction lessons.
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5. DIY Wristwatches
This fun craft puts the clock in your little ones’ hands! Create a sample-size clock face and then help cut toilet paper rolls into wristbands. Glue them together and let the kids decorate them! Create different clocks to practice telling time.
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6. Sense of Time Activities
Connect minutes and seconds to days and months. Time pyramids break down the layers of time, while clocks and calendars show how we see time every day. Match activity cards with the correct amount of time it takes to do them!
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7. Time Puzzles
Connect analog and digital clocks with this puzzle activity. Print and cut out the cards and then have your kids match them to the corresponding clocks. These time puzzles also provide an opportunity to discuss different kinds of jobs.
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8. Tree Rings
Explore the biological activities of trees and their relation to time! Collect tree pieces and have students examine the rings/bands to see the years that have passed. Explain the shift in band positions as a reaction to droughts and floods. Use for an interactive station activity.
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9. DIY Sundials
Show your students how a light source can be used to tell time! Place a cardboard tube in the center of a piece of cardboard. As the hour’s in the day pass, trace a line and mark the spot with a thumbtack. Experiment with different levels of light throughout the year!
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10. Hickory Dickory Dock Clock Craft
Upcycle old plastic lids with this nursery rhyme activity. Print clock templates and glue them onto the lids. Glue a mouse to a clothespin and have it climb the clock as you sing along. Perfect for practicing fine motor skills as your learners practice time-telling.
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11. Time Matching Game
Add this game to your clock-matching file folder! Write an analog and digital clock on opposite sides of a plastic egg. Then divide the eggs and hide them around the house. For each complete egg they find, give your kids a prize. An awesome physical morning activity to kick off the day!
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12. Trampoline Clocks
If you aren’t a morning person and your kids are, this is an activity for you! Use sidewalk chalk to create a clock on your trampoline. Then, let your kids be the hands of the clock as they create time-telling activities of their own!
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13. Digital Flip Clocks
This digital clock printable is a great resource for all kinds of time-telling station activities. Place story problems, analog clock matching, and other activities around the room. Then, have your kids race to complete them all!
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