I like to think I was at least average in the learning department when I was a kid.
I loved to read, I was a decent speller, I struggled a bit with vocabulary (but I was a whizz in math), and I was great at BSing my way through essays in English class.
But when it came to learning to tell time, I really struggled.
I can still hear my dad’s voice laughing when I would stare at my watch, count my little heart out, and then excitedly say, “it is 58 minutes after 4 o’clock!” when he asked me what the time was, and I remember spending hours playing this little computer game he bought to help me learn to tell time.
I’m happy to tell you I have no issues in the time-telling department anymore, but since we no longer own that little computer game (or that antiquated computer) and my 5-year-old is very obviously ready and interested in learning to tell time, I’ve been on the hunt for toys and games and activities to help get the ball rolling.
So far, Telly The Teaching Time Clock and the Melissa & Doug Turn & Tell Clock have been a HUGE hit with my little one. We’ve also enjoyed the Ravensburger My First Clock Learning Game and a friend highly recommends the Eeboo Time Telling Game (she’s gifting us a set for Christmas), and while I love games I can purchase and play with my child, I also like DIY activities the 2 of us can do together as well.
Here are 8 fabulous activities to help little ones with the concept of learning to tell time.
1. Grab some old plastic Easter egg containers and try this telling time game I found on Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas.
2. Make one of these analog clocks over on Teach Mama. She includes pointers on how to make the clock, as well as other ideas to help teach your kids to tell time!
3. Order one of these ‘telling time’ busy bags I found on So Cute So Crafty.
4. Check out this collection of online time-telling games I found on Technology Rocks. Seriously.
5. Make this paper clock by Kiwi Crate to help simplify all of the different rules on telling time.
6. Try some of these clock games and activities I found over on Kids Activities Learning Games.
7. Make one of these paper plate sun dials I found on Munchkins & Mayhem to get your kids exciting about telling time.
8. Download and setup this awesome scrambled schedule active time-telling practice activity from Deceptively Educational.
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