Nothing is more timeless than teaching our kids how to tell the time on a clock (get the pun?!). My kids’ love for clocks started at a young age, when I bought them this wooden shape sorting clock. Now that they are older, and showing an interest in learning how to read a clock, I put together this lesson plan, complete with free, printable worksheets, clock writing prompts and even clock arts and crafts projects! Before we begin, don’t forget to join our Facebook Group and “like” our Facebook Page, so you won’t miss out on any of our educational fun!
📚 What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile?
If you have never read What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? by Judy Sierra, then you are in for a treat! It is the perfect reading component for a clock lesson plan! If you do not own the book yet, while you are waiting for your copy to arrive, you can listen to it being read out loud here.
Then, make your own “learn how to tell time” story with this fantastic, free, printable clock book!
✏ Clock Writing Prompt
For the writing component of our clock lesson plan, pick from one of the following.
- Write a story about a clock that has a special power to do or tell people something other than just time. Let your creativity shine through!
- Write a poem about telling time, a clock, or just time in general!
🧮 How To Tell Time on a Clock
The math component of our clock lesson plan will be to learn how to read a clock, of course! Here are a bunch of fantastic resources including a free, printable clock board game, free worksheets and videos for your little one to watch.
- Watch this fun video to teach you how to tell what time it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrxZWNu72WI
- Do these clock exercises at Khan Academy (one of my favorite, free, educational resources). https://www.khanacademy.org/math/early-math/cc-early-math-measure-data-topic/cc-early-math-time/v/telling-time-exercise-example-1
- Listen to the song “Hip-Hop Around the Clock.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6tJAy_7AL4
- Play this free, printable clock board game. I love how this one does not require any screen time or electronics! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aqiI-qAB7qtld1Z9kFBaDHtP56y7KqHt/view
- Play this online clock game at ABCya. You can play 2 levels for free! https://www.abcya.com/games/telling_time
- For those of you who prefer printable worksheets, here are a bunch of options.
- Clock Worksheet (level 1): https://prodprodigy.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1st-grade-telling-time-worksheets.pdf
- Clock Worksheet (level 2): https://prodprodigy.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2nd-grade-telling-time-worksheets.pdf
- Clock Worksheet (level 3): https://prodprodigy.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/3rd-grade-worksheets-min.pdf
- Clock Worksheet (level 4): https://prodprodigy.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/4th-grade-telling-time-worksheets.pdf
🖌 Clock Craft Projects
Kids always have so much fun learning through arts and crafts. Here are a bunch of options for clock arts and crafts projects!
- Make your own clock! Let’s see who can make the most creative clock! Below are some ideas for inspiration.
- Cupcake Clock: https://cdn2.momjunction.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Cupcake-Clock-Craft.jpg
- Matchbox Car Clock: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/c4/55/5a/c4555a929e468b5a8fda445abb60a4af.jpg
- Tomato / Pickle Clock: https://cdn2.momjunction.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Cherry-Tomato-And-Carrot-Clock-Craft.jpg
- Blocks Clock: https://cdn2.momjunction.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Wooden-Pieces-Clock.jpg
- Rock Clock: https://cdn2.momjunction.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Sand-And-Pebbles-Clock-Craft.jpg
- Alternatively, you can learn how to draw an alarm clock here.
- Another great, free printable is this clock template that you can decorate. I love that it includes minute markers!
🤸♀️ Clock Movement Exercise for Kids
Let’s get up and move our bodies around with this great Dancing on the Clock video!
And the most fun part… share a photo of your clock art or of any of the other activities on Facebook! Make sure to include a link to this website or to our Facebook Group and Facebook Page, so that we can see it too! I’ve purposefully added a lot of options for parents who need to keep their kiddos occupied for more time and to allow you to cater to your children’s preferences.