Time and Money:
Paper Plate Clocks
around the clock" with raisins. Position raisins around the numbers on an
imaginary clock on a dinner plate, and then eat. Put one raisin where the "1"
would be on a clock. Put two raisins where the "2" would be - on up to the 12
raisins you will pile at the "12" position. How many raisins did you use,
altogether? That's 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12! Take your
time solving the problem while you eat all those raisins, and enjoy a glass of
fruit juice, too.
White paper plate | crayons, markers
or paint | construction paper
Cardstock paper in a contrasting
color, such as bright yellow
Number stickers (1-12) or a thick
marker pen | pencil
Paper brad fastener | glue stick |
Either paint the back of the paper plate,
the "clock face," or leave it white.
Cut 12 small squares about one inch in
length from construction paper. Place the stickers for the numbers 1 - 12 on
the squares, or write them with a marker. Glue the squares in place around the
bottom side of the paper plate.
On a piece of cardstock paper in a
contrasting color, draw two clock hands shaped like arrows. One should be a
little smaller than the other. Make sure the clock hands will neither be too
short nor too long for your "clock face" on the paper plate. Cut them out.
Poke small holes in the ends of each
clock hand with an ice pick, craft knife or x-acto knife. Then thread the
pointed ends of the paper brad through the clock hands, and then through the center
of the paper plate clock face. The paper brad should be loose enough so that
the clock hands can rotate easily.
Now let's tell time! Children can see how
the hands on the clock move and understand that the numbers on the clock
represent a time of day.
If you'd like, cut pictures from old magazines
or catalogs, or download photos from online, and let the children match these
pictures to the different times of day in which they would happen: breakfast,
lunch, dinner, play time, soccer practice, story time at the library, etc.
can quiz each other by saying a time of day, and then showing what the clock
hands look like at that time.