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Paper Plate Clock

ages 3-6


Sturdy paper plate, two-pronged metal fastener, washable markers, small piece of black poster board.

Activity Detail

Write the numbers 1 through 12 on the outer edge of a white paper plate. Create hands for the clock by cutting off two half-inch wide strips of black poster board. Make one strip three inches tall and the other five inches tall. Cut off two small triangles from the black poster board. Glue one to the end of each of the strips of poster board. Line up the ends of the two strips of poster board that don't have a triangle glued to them. Poke a closed paper fastener through the pieces of poster board. Then, poke a small hole in the center of the plate. Push the fastener through the hole and spread out the prongs on the back of the plate. Arrange the hands of the clock to the correct time and explain to your child that the shorter hand represents the hour and the longer hand represents the minute. You can use this tool to help your child learn how to tell time or you can set the paper plate clock to an important time (like when a friend will be coming over to play) and then set it next to a real clock so that your child can begin to understand the passage of time.


jlpasqual said:

My son needs to know "the plan" for the day. This visual clock idea is great for him to be able to know what is coming next

- Posted on Jun 11, 2007

Andrea said:

You can also have your child draw a picture or add some stickers to the clock to help them connect a time with a certain activity, i.e. a picture of a child sleeping at 1 p..m. to show nap time.

- Posted on Jun 13, 2007

Eliza said:

When you are done, you can also have your little one decorate the clock. And be sure to hang at an easily accessible level so your child can continue to play with it and move the hands. Show your child how to match his/her paper clock's hands to those of a real clock.

- Posted on Jun 23, 2007

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