At the beginning of the summer, Emma came to me with a problem: she didn’t know how to tell analog time. She had a unit on telling time in school, and did fine on her test, but the concept behind the answers hadn’t stuck. Luckily, I was one step ahead of her – ALEX Toys had sent us a Ready, Set, Tell time! (affiliate link) set to review! This teaching kids to tell time kit comes with a very sturdy cardboard clock, with plastic hands that go round and round. The hour hand slowly moves from hour to hour as you spin the minute hand around, so that kids can see the connection between the minutes going round and hours passing by. The minute hand clicks its way around the clock in five-minute increments. The kit also comes with cards and other activities designed to help kids tell time, and to help them understand how a day’s activities are broken up into hours.
Emma enjoyed reading through the cards that came with this kit, and the three younger kids enjoyed listening! The cards do a nice job of establishing how time passes over the course of a day, with activities that will be familiar to most children. I liked that the cards ask questions that help kids draw connections between the times on the cards and their own lives, as shown in this brief clip:
Do your kids know how to read an analog clock? How did you teach them?