Even in today’s digital world, learning to tell time on an analog clock is an important skill, as it helps children learn about the passage of time as well as important math facts. Yet it is increasingly difficult for children to learn as fewer homes today have analog clocks. Here are great resources for parents and educators to teach children telling time, including an amazing new book launching today and tons of activities!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book below for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own.
Telling Time: Resources for Parents and Educators
Hands down, my younger son’s favorite holiday is Halloween, so I was thrilled to learn that author Lisa Ferland and illustrator Pei Jen have just created an amazingly fun Halloween book – that actually teaches kids how to tell time! (I reviewed one of Ferland’s books for grownups over on Multicultural Kid Blogs).
When the Clock Strikes on Halloween is a spooky – but not too scary – rhyming book for kids ages 4-8. It takes young readers through every hour of Halloween, including a large analog clock and a spooky (and sometimes silly) rhyme about what happens at that hour. What a fun way to teach children how to tell time!
I have to say this beautifully illustrated story was an instant hit with my son! I mean, how could he resist a book that talks about goblins having to pee?? This book definitely keeps the attention of older kids, but the text is simple enough that younger kids can enjoy it, too.
And of course I love that at the book are questions for discussion that take the learning beyond just basic clock reading skills to discuss more in depth concepts about the passage of time as well as building literacy skills.
In other words, this charming book really packs a punch for readers and educators alike! It is available for pre-order with exclusive rewards for a limited time between April 16-May 15, 2019 on Kickstarter, so don’t miss it!
Telling Time Activities
Printable clock face: MyPrintly
What’s the time clock free printable: Artsy Craftsy Mom
DIY paper clock activity: Natural Beach Living
Printable dice game and activity sheets: Board Games for Learning
Telling time worksheets: Fun with Mama
Time telling mazes: 123Homeschool4me
Telling time tic-tac-toe game: 123Homeschool4me
Insect telling time puzzles: 123Homeschool4me
Story telling time game: What Do We Do All Day?
Time telling activity (trip to the theater): What Do We Do All Day?
The Grouchy Ladybug Hour of Code algorithm drawing page: JDaniel4’s Mom
Telling time mats: 3 Dinosaurs
Printable flashcards telling time to the hour: Look! We’re Learning
Spanish telling time worksheets: Look! We’re Learning
ASL days of the week and telling time: Look! We’re Learning
Sidewalk chalk outdoor clock game: Creative Family Fun
Telling time activity for preschoolers: Sixth Bloom
Simple clock activities for preschoolers: Preschool Toolkit
Hickory Dickory Dock time telling game: Kindergarten Worksheets and Games
Hickory Dickory Dock craft and time telling activity: Still Playing School
Toddler watch craft: Red Ted Art