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Activity 2

Make an analogue clock with your child. If you can show your child an analogue clock that they can watch closely so much the better.

Things to point out to your child and encourage them to observe closely:

  • How the second hand moves fastest.
  • The minute hand moves one notch/spot/line/dot every time the second hand completes a round.
  • Each number represents 5 minutes; that means the second hand has gone round the clock 5 times.
  • Once the minute hand has moved past each number and gets back to the top, the hour hand moves to the next number.
  • How does the hour hand move?


Your child should cut a large circle from card or cardboard preferably, label it 1-12 as a clock face. They then need to make 3 ‘hands’, each a different colour; a small second hand, large minute hand and the hour hand should be a length in the middle of these 2. Use a paper fastener to join all 3 hands to the clock face.


Your child can then practice moving the hands around the clock imitating the real clock. Allow your child time to explore their clock and become familiar with the vocabulary hour, minute, second, am, pm, morning, afternoon, evening, night, midnight, midday. Show them on their clock the time they get up, eat meals, go to bed, school starts etc.