Do you ever wonder if analog clocks will even be around when our students are older? It’s one of the reasons I started incorporating digital clocks into my games about telling time. Even without analog clocks, children telling time is a fundamental skill that they need to learn early on in life. Whether analog or digital, telling time is essential in everyday life, and it helps children learn time management skills, understand schedules, and plan activities. While traditional teaching methods are effective, incorporating games about telling time is an engaging and fun way to help children learn.
Here are five fun games about telling time that kids will love:
Games About Telling Time for the Whole Class
Knockout is a game that’s perfect for classrooms or at home with siblings or friends. Divide children into two teams and have them face off at the whiteboard. Ask them to write or call out the time shown on their side of the screen, and the first player to answer correctly wins. This game is a fast-paced and exciting way to help children learn to tell time while having fun. Make sure to check out this telling time game for K-2 students(featured below, including digital clocks!) that my kids absolutely LOVED. (Not a K-2 teacher? I got you! Here’s a collection of games about telling time created for upper elementary.
2- 4 Corners
4 Corners is another excellent game that can be played in a classroom or at home. Label each corner of the room with a different time on the clock, and have children choose a corner to stand in. Then, call out a time, and any child in that corner is out. The game continues until only one child remains. This game is a great way to help children learn to read the clock and understand the concept of time.
Games About Telling Time That Will Get Students Moving
3- Human Clock
Human Clock is a game that can be played indoors or outdoors. Draw a large circle on the ground and divide it into 12 sections. Ask children to stand in the circle and become the hour and minute hands of the clock. Then, give them a time and ask them to position themselves accordingly. This game is a fantastic way to help children visualize the clock and learn to tell time accurately.
4- Time Tracing
Time Tracing is a game that can be played in a classroom or at home. Draw a large clock on the whiteboard and ask children to trace the digits or clock hands in the air. This game is a great way to help children visualize the clock and learn to tell time accurately. It’s also a fantastic way to incorporate physical activity into learning, which is essential for children’s overall development.
Games About Telling Time For Partners
5- Time Match
Time Match is a game that can be played individually or in small groups. Create a set of matching cards with different times on them, and ask children to match them up like Go Fish. This game is an excellent way to reinforce the concept of time and help children learn to read the clock.
#6 – Tell Me the Time!
This one is as simple as it gets. Choose a random moment during the day and say, “Tell me the time!” Students will stop what they are doing and call out the time. You can call out individual names or ask the entire group to do this. If you don’t want students to feel any pressure, you can ask them to write the time down on whatever they are working on at the moment.
In conclusion, incorporating games about telling time into your daily routine is an engaging and interactive way to help children learn this fundamental skill. These games are fun and exciting, and will help children develop essential time-telling skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. Whether you’re a teacher or a parent, these games are an excellent addition to any lesson plan or daily routine. So, get started today, and watch your children develop their time-telling skills while having fun!
If your class is super into math games like my classes always were, I think you’d really like this game. Bonus: it’s free!
Speaking of bonuses, here are some other games about telling time and telling time activities to think about using:
- Telling Time Snowball Fight – Have each student write a time on a piece of paper. Crumple the papers up and on the count of 3, throw your “snowballs.” Ask students to find their snowball partners – group them by the hour (all 3:00 times stand here) or by other parameters.
- Telling Time Journal Prompts
- Telling Time Telephone – Just like the classic, one student whispers a time into someone’s ear. The message is passed down the line. The last student must draw the time on a clock to see if it’s correct. Messages can also be phrased like, “Hour hand on the 12 and minute hand on the 6.”
Still have games on the brain? Here are some other posts to check out:
- Place Value Games for 2nd Grade
- 3 Games for Comparing Numbers
- Games for Test Prep (That Won’t Feel Like Test Prep)