ROCK CLOCK interactive activity to teach kids to tell the time
With our eldest daughter turning almost 6, she’s reached the appropriate age to introduce the o’clocks and half past the hours on an analogue clock face. As with most kids her age, sensory and interactive activities work best when learning new things so I collected some small stones and used them to make an interactive model clock.
I kept it really simple and used a silver paint marker to write the numbers onto the stones and used two sticks to mimic the hands of the clock.
We are regularly referring to the clock at home. Quite often we point out the large hand and use it’s movement as a reference for time when we are giving the children specific goals. For example, I might say when the big hand gets to here 15 minutes will have passed and it’s time for you to have a bath.
We’ve discussed the o’clock concepts through a time book that has an interactive clock and I know that our eldest has been extending on her clock work at school. She’s now familiar with the position of the hands when we say an o’clock time. Soon we’ll introduce the idea of half past the hour.
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Children aged 5 and 6 are not expected to advance beyond these ideas but that’s not to day that your child is not ready. The ideas of quarter past, quarter two, number if minutes in the hour and telling time in increments of 5, are all more advanced mathematical skills covered when children are aged 7 and 8. Confidently reading, recording and comparing time from an analogue clock comes after.
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If however your child is ready to advance with time telling, you could simply add the minutes on the other side of the stones and set them challenges with modeling the clock.