One of the most important aspects of telling time is understanding which hand tells you the hour, and which tells you the minutes. To help my son practice telling time by the hour, and beginning to memorize which hand does just that, I made him this fun and simple game.
What You Need
My 2-page PDF (download it for free from Google Drive here)
Heavyweight card stock
Unconventional hole punch (optional)
12 game pieces for each player (we used the flattened glass marbles)
Print one handless clock game board for each player. Print the clock spinner on heavyweight card stock. Fold over the paper at the bottom to double the thickness of the spinner. Glue the folded paper down and cut the spinner and clock out.
Either poke a hole with a nail through the center of the clock and spinner (or use an unconventional hole punch). Thread the brad through the hour hand and clock, separating the prongs at the back of the clock.
The youngest player starts first and flicks the hour hand on the spinner. Wherever it lands, they must read the clock and tell the time. Then they will take one of their game pieces and put it over that number on their clock game board (e.g. if a player flicks the hour hand and it points to seven, they say "It's seven o'clock" and put the game piece over the seven on their game board clock).
The next player does the same. If you already have a number covered that you spin, your turn is over. The next player uses the spinner.
The first player to get all the numbers (aka o'clocks) covered on their game board is the winner.
We read three books with this activity.