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14 Terrific Activities and Resources for Teaching Time

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Teaching the concept of time to young children has always had the stigma of a challenging endeavor. However, by using a variety of hands-on resources and visual reminders, the challenge can be made more enjoyable for both the teacher and students. We’ve put together some fun and engaging time activities and resources to make ‘teaching time’ a favourite pastime!

Teaching Time – 14 Activities and Resources

(1) Block Clock

Use LEGO, Duplo or cheap blocks to show the five minutes between each number on the face of a clock. Creating the face on a large piece of paper allows for the numbers to be written and a hands-on activity is created! Have kids create their own clock in small groups. Alternatively, create it as a whole class and then have students create different times on the clock.

Create a clock face with LEGO

(2) Paper Plate Clock

Use our 12 Hour Clock Template to create a paper plate clock with a split pin holding it all together.

A great hands-on activity that children can use again and again. Children can use their paper plate clock as a visual reminder to help when completing other time-related activities.

Time Resources and Activities - Paper Plate Clock

(3) Polygon Puzzle

Use this fun polygon puzzle when teaching 12 hour and 24 hour time to your older students!

Print out our Polygon Puzzle on coloured paper and back it on cardboard for an activity you can use again and again!

Time Resources and Activities - Time Polygons

(4) Time Activity Cards

Just take a look at this cute When Does It Happen? – Sorting Activity! These event cards can be printed on thick card, cut out and then grouped into Morning, Afternoon and Evening activities!

Time Activities and Resources - Time Activity Cards

(5) Time Dominoes

Use our Time Dominoes in small groups or as a whole class activity. Students need to match the correct analogue time with its digital version.

This domino activity is also available in five-minute intervals.

Time Resources and Activities - Time Dominoes

(6) Classroom Clock Flower Display

A cute visual reminder for children when reading the time. Print, back on cardboard and use our Classroom Clock Flower Display around your classroom clock.

Time Resources and Activities - Wall Display

(7) Time Number Line

Print, cut and back our time number line.  This resource is a great visual guide when teaching about time and working with intervals.

The number line shows times from 11:45 – 1:10, which can be used when adding or subtracting any time intervals.

Time Resources and Activities - Time Number Line

(8) Time Bingo

Bingo is always a favourite activity in the classroom!

We have a range of Time Bingo Cards suited to the needs of your students, including this Telling Time Bingo Cards to the Half Hour and Quarter To and Past.

Time Resources and Activities - Bingo

(9) Create a Watch

Using cardboard and a split pin, have students create their very own watch they can wear in class.

You may like to back each piece to make sure it lasts a little longer. They can move the hands on their own watch to create different times. So much fun!

Time Resources and Activities - Make a Paper Watch

(10) Digital Clock Template

Print and laminate our Digital Clock Template. Use velcro dots to easily change the numbers and time on the clock.

Why not stick it underneath your classroom clock so students can easily see the analogue and digital time?

 Time Resources and Activities - Digital Clock Template

(11) Telling the Time Poster

Print our Telling the Time Poster on A3 and back onto cardboard for a simple visual reminder of how to tell the time.

 Time Resources and Activities - Telling the Time Poster

(12) Time Machine Match-Up

Us this Time Machine Match-Up Activity to consolidate your students’ knowledge of time to the hour, half-hour and to the quarter-hour.

Why not use this activity in a small group rotation, or as an extension activity for your more able little learners?

Time Activities and Resources - Time Machine Match-Up Activity

(13) When Does it Happen?

If you’re students prefer, we also have the When Does It Happen? Worksheet! Not only can your students colour and cut out each event and order them for each time of the day, they can also create some of their own events to add to the Morning, Afternoon, or Evening columns.

Time Activities and Resources - When Does it Happen Worksheet

(14) Telling the Time Past and To

Finally, this simple Telling the Time ‘To’ and ‘Past’ Poster is a must-have resource for any classroom!

Time Activities and Resources - Telling the Time Past and To

We hope you have a great ‘time’ with these Time activities and resources!

Comment below to share your favourite time activity.


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