Telling Time Games & Activities

Instructor: Cara Rogers
Make telling time fun for your students with delightful games and activities. To get a few ideas, take a look at this list of engaging activities that you can perform right in your classroom!

Activities & Games for Telling Time

Watch the Time

Let your students make their own fashion statements by creating their very own analogue watches. You will need:

  • Paper
  • Scissors (1 per student)
  • Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
  • Tape (1'' per student)

To start, you can create a basic clock face template to pass out to your students. Draw a blank clock face, the hour and minute markers, and the wristbands and then make copies to pass out to your class. Instruct your students to write in the numbers for the hours, and draw the hands pointing at a specific time. Students can view the telling time for kids lesson prior to this activity.

Next, ask your students to cut out their watches, put their names on them and decorate them however they like. Give them each a bit of tape to put their watches on. Now, tell the students to walk around the room and meet with their peers to ask, 'What time is it?' Once the question is posed to another student, the student shows the inquirer his or her watch in response but doesn't reveal the time verbally. Ask the students to write down the name of the peer and the time on that peer's watch. Go through the watch times as a class.

Musical Clocks

Play musical chairs, only with clocks instead. You will need:

  • Blank clock faces (printout or hand-drawn, 1 per student)
  • Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
  • Paper (1 per student)
  • Music

Pass out one blank clock face printout or hand-drawn copy to your students and one blank piece of paper for recording their findings. Instruct your students to draw in the hours and hands pointing to a specific time. Next, have students get up out of their seats and station themselves in front of their desks.

As you play music, ask students to walk around the room in a line following the desks. When you stop the music, students should stop at the desk in front of them and write down the name of their peer as well as the clock's time. Once everyone has made several stops, ask your students to go back to their seats so that you can discuss their results as a class. Before this activity, students can check out a lesson on telling time to the minute.

Finding the Time

Create your own scavenger hunt for your students to explore inside the classroom or even outside. You will need:

  • Clock faces (printout or hand-drawn)
  • Pencils or pens
  • Paper

Use blank clock face printouts to draw your own times or print off a few clock faces with hands or numbers already showing the time. Be sure to number each clock, so that you can check your students' answers later. Scatter the clock face pages about the classroom or around the schoolyard.

Ask your students to go around and find the clocks with a writing utensil and paper. When they find a clock, they should record the number on the clock page, and the time the clock shows. You can even offer rewards or treats for the students who write in the most correct answers!

For other game ideas to help students learn about telling time, check out these fast and fun lessons on telling time games for 1st graders and 2nd graders.

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