Monday, June 11, 2012

No Stone Left Unturned [a Time-Telling Game]

Flash cards work. The only problem is, my son hates them. Don’t most kids? 

I cooked up a little game to sneak in some flash card-like time-telling practice.

I printed 16 clocks. On the back of the paper, were stone shapes. I also printed cards with the times from the clocks – some written out and others as numbers.

Once cut out, I laid the clocks face up in a four by four grid on the table.

Then I turned over one card at a time. My son’s job was to find the same time on the clock and turn that stone over. 

If he’d found all the times, all the stones would be turned over at the end of the game, when the pile of cards had all been gone through.

My son was anxious to see how fast he could identify the right times. (Maybe next time we'll see how quickly he can identify all the times correctly.) He truly enjoyed the game and when a neighbor boy stopped by, even he joined in the fun.

To make your own time-telling stones, download a PDF here. Print the first four pages of stones onto heavyweight cardstock. Flip the paper over and print page five through eight. The remaining two pages are the cards.


  1. Great ideas! Teaching telling time is almost as hard sometimes as learning it! haha :) Thanks for sharing this great post on Saturday Show & Tell @ Cheerios and Lattes last week! :) Hope to see you again this weekend! :)

  2. This is a fun game. We hope to work on telling time this summer so thanks for sharing the idea.

    Featuring this on this week's Sunday Showcase On Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas. Thanks for sharing it with us.