Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Race Around the Clock Game

My almost nine year old son is great at time telling, probably better than I am at 38 years old. But I knew he'd have fun with this game.

It's simple and great practice telling time, counting, adding minutes, moving the hour and minute hands practice, etc.

What you Need
A clock for each player with movable hands 
A deck of playing cards (My son chose Star Wars Villain playing cards.)

Don't have a clock? Don't worry! Print mine free from Google Drive here and use a brad to attach the hands.

Beat your opponent around the clock first.

How to Play
Shuffle the cards and make sure each clock is set to 12:00.

Before you begin, decide if players will move the hands one hour or multiple hours. Playing the game to see who can move the hands from 12:00 to 4:00 first, enables players to move both the hour and minute hands more often, whereas moving the clock from 12:00 to 1:00 means they only move the hour hand once. You decide, based on attention span, as well as your child's attention span and proficiency.

The youngest player starts first and draws a card off the deck. The number on the card tells the player how many minutes to move their clock. Draw a 6, and the player moves their hand to 12:06, and announces their new time.

The next player does the same, drawing and moving the hands on their own clock.

If a player draws the following face cards, they earn the designated times.

Jack = 15 minutes
Queen = 20 minutes
King = 25 minutes
Ace = lose 30 minutes
Joker = lose a turn

If you've just started the game and a player draws an Ace (e.g. they have not moved past 12:30), they must move back to 12:00. Or if they have moved past 12:30, they must move back the full 30 minutes.

This game is incredibly simple and yet fun too. I hope you enjoy it as much as my son and I did!


  1. Love this! I have been looking for a fun game to play to review time! Thanks!!

  2. What a fun way to practice telling time!

  3. Oh, this is awesome! Thanks for posting it.

  4. Thank you for sharing your activity! I have shared it on my facebook page.