Telling Time Made Fun: 6 Creative Classroom Activities For Kids

Telling Time Made Fun: 6 Creative Classroom Activities For Kids 

Tick, tock. Tick, tock. 🕐  Do you ever feel anxious if when your pupils are older, analog clocks will even exist? That's one of the reasons I began adding digital clocks to my time-telling games. Children need to learn how to tell time early in life, even in the absence of analog clocks.

Telling time, whether analog or digital, is a basic life skill that aids in children's understanding of schedules, time management, and activity planning. Even if conventional teaching techniques are effective, including games that educate time telling is an engaging and fun way to support children's learning.

Are you ready to turn telling time into a blast with your students? As you read this blog, I've got tricks up my sleeves to make every minute count. Get ready to watch those little minds light up as they unlock the secrets of the telling time!

Fasten your seatbelts, as we are about to go on an exciting and educational journey that will make kids giggle while they learn how to read time! Let's dive in and make time-telling a breeze for your young students!


5 Strategies Of Teaching Time Telling To Kids

Aside from just talking about fun activities, here’s some practical tips and strategies for teachers. You can explore how to effectively teach time telling skills to young students in a way that's easy to understand and engaging.

By implementing these practical tips and strategies, teachers can help their students develop confidence and proficiency in telling time, laying a solid foundation for future math and life skills.

1. Begin with the Basics

Make use of a range of visual aids, such as timers, digital and analog clocks, to help pupils understand and relate to these concepts by explaining to your young learners what hours, minutes, and seconds are.  

Make sure to teach clearly about the distinction between the hour and minute hands on an analog clock, as well as the difference between AM and PM.

2. Make Use Of Concrete Examples

Incorporate realistic situations and examples to make abstract time-telling concepts more practical and concrete for learners. Students can more readily understand the significance of time in their life when time telling is connected to everyday patterns and experiences, such as mealtimes, sleep rituals, and an early-morning wake-up routine.

For example, showing a deeper understanding of time-telling by showing how the hands of a clock relate to particular events in their daily schedule.

3. Break Down Complex Concepts

Break down complex time telling concepts into bite-sized portions to boost comprehension for younger learners. To start, introduce the basic idea of an hour and create the foundation for your understanding of time measurement.

From there, you can then teach students about half-hours, quarters, and finally minutes. By taking a systematic approach, students can establish a solid learning foundation before exploring more intricate aspects of time-telling.

4. Use Interactive Visual Aids

Visual aids such as analog and digital clocks, time charts, and flashcards can be valuable tools for teaching time-telling skills. Students can gain a thorough understanding of the measurement and representation of time through practical investigation and observation.

You may effectively engage students and create a solid foundation for further investigation of time-telling skills by implementing these visual tools into your classroom instruction.

5. Provide Plenty of Practice

Give pupils lots of opportunities to practice telling time in a variety of situations. Easily include time-telling activities alongside their math classes, recreational games, and daily activities. Give students the freedom to practice telling time on their own and to work in small groups.

Create a supportive environment where they are inspired to take the initiative and ask for help when they need it. Lastly, make sure to provide constructive criticism and encouragement to help them through their learning process.

5 Time Telling Fun Games and Resources

Helping young children understand the concept of time has often been seen as a tough task. But guess what? It doesn't have to be! With a bunch of hands-on stuff and things they can see, learning about time can actually be a blast. 

I've gathered up some cool activities and tools to make learning about time super fun for both teachers and kids alike. Let's turn 'teaching time' into something everyone looks forward to!

 1. Create A Clock Craft

Equip every student with a paper plate and a paper fastener for this creative time-telling activity. Encourage them to unleash their creativity as they transform the paper plate into a vibrant clock face, complete with the digits 1 through 12. Once the decorating is done, guide them through the process of attaching the clock hands using the paper fastener.

Encourage students to engage in a series of time-telling exercises where they manipulate the clock hands to represent various times throughout the day. Prompt them with questions such as "What time do you wake up?" or "When do you have lunch?" to guide their exploration of different time intervals.

2. Giant Floor Clock Game

Let's transform your classroom floor into a giant clock with a simple roll of masking tape! First, lay down strips of masking tape to create a large clock face. Make sure to label each hour with numbers.

Next, assign each student a specific time, such as 9:00, 10:30, or 1:45. As they physically move around the clock, they gain a deeper understanding of how time progresses throughout the day.

This interactive activity will have your students eagerly engaged in learning to tell time. Plus, it's a fantastic way to get them up and moving while learning!

 3. Time Relay Race

First, assign the students to groups of two, and have them build two similar obstacle courses. A clock with the current time displayed clearly should be seen at the beginning of every course. Each team member will race the track in turn to get to the clock, where they have to correctly read the time and say it. Players then quickly return to tag the next player in line. The team that can do this task quickly and accurately wins!

This engaging exercise encourages teamwork, fast thinking, and physical activity in addition to sharpening time-telling skills. Students are more likely to stay interested and passionate about learning how to tell time if movement and competitiveness are incorporated into the process of learning.

    4. Time Charades

Take part in role-playing exercises related to specific times of the day, such making up a meal around noon or brushing your teeth before bed. As classmates try to predict the appropriate time, encourage kids to pretend to go through these everyday routines. 

This interactive game promotes creativity and participation in the learning process in addition to reinforcing the idea of telling time.

  5. Time Memory Game

Make pairs of cards featuring analog clocks displaying identical times. In this engaging activity, students alternate flipping over cards in search of matching pairs. 

This game not only reinforces their ability to read analog clocks accurately but also enhances their memory and cognitive skills as they strive to make connections between the matching times displayed on the cards.

 6. Telling Time Activity Worksheets

Utilize time telling activity worksheets to ignite a passion for learning about time in our young learners. With these handy resources by our side, you can empower your students to become confident timekeepers, equipped with the skills they need to navigate the clock with ease. 
Here are some of my suggested resources:

This comprehensive Telling Time math pack offers both digital and printable resources, comprising 96 task cards designed to enhance students' proficiency in telling time. Covering intervals such as the hour, half hour, nearest 10 minutes, nearest 5 minutes, and nearest minute, this unit aligns with third-grade math standards and seamlessly integrates with any math curriculum.

This interactive activity facilitates the introduction and practice of utilizing analog clocks to read and write times. With differentiated sets available, students are given opportunities to build their foundation of this essential math skill.


Introduce a set of 12 math task cards and differentiated worksheets, designed specifically for 1st and 2nd-grade learners, utilizing analog clocks for practice. This resource focuses on teaching students how to read and write time to the hour through interactive math center task cards and accompanying worksheets.

By using these materials, your students will not only enhance their skills in telling time but also boost their confidence in doing so. With a variety of activities tailored to different learning styles, this resource ensures that every student has the opportunity to master the essential skill of telling time to the hour.


I trust you found this blog post insightful and packed with practical ideas for integrating time-telling activities into your classroom routine. If you have any questions or further suggestions to enrich our discussion, don't hesitate to drop them in the comments section below. 

Wishing you an OINKTASTIC day filled with learning adventures, and may your teaching journey be filled with success and joy



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