Teaching Time and Clocks to Toddlers

I heard a roamer that the schools DO NOT teach analog clocks anymore. Too me this makes no sense, because the bus station, train stations, and even watches still use analog clocks. So hearing this I decided to teach my toddlers how to read clocks even before they get into Kindergarten.

Download and print the free clock links below, one for each kid learning plus one extra. The extra one is for yourself or another person to show what the correct answer is. You will need to laminate your cut out clocks to insure they will last for a long time. I love laminating, it makes things last longer and you can write on it with a dry erase marker and then erase it. After laminating your clocks and cutting them out again, you will need to attach them together. A pipe cleaner works great and almost all parents have them around.

On your digital clock you will need to write a time, start with no minutes or o’clock times. For example 01:00, 02:00, 03:00 ect. This works best for beginners, then you can move onto 30 min once they have o’clock. You can also write on your clock with a dry erase marker to show where 15, 30, 45 min is located. After they get this down, its time to switch clocks!

Now you have the analog clock and they are writing down the time on their laminated digital clocks. Turning this activity into a competitive game seems to motivate my boys, but they both get a sticker for getting it right. Within one Sunday they had it down, I would even show them 01:00 on the analog clock and they would shout out “one o’clock!” We are now working on 30 min times, but no rush, they are 3 and 4 years old.

You can download the free analog clock printable (click on link to download) and digital clock here (click on link to download)

I went onto Google images to find blank digital and analog clocks.
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Please leave a comment below! I really do enjoy reading them.

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