Telling time is a tricky concept for young children and their understanding of it develops gradually. These free interactive analog and digital clocks will keep your kids engaged while they explore time and how it relates to their everyday life. The telling time activity cards are great for helping them make those connections and make sense of what the numbers on the clock really mean.

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Getting Ready

Choose which version you want and print this free What’s the Time? printable onto cardstock. There is either color or black and white, plus you’ll find an Australian/UK spelling version at the end.

Laminate the telling time activity cards so your little ones can draw on them with a dry erase marker over and over again!

There are detailed instructions in the download for assembling the clock, but basically we thread a strip of numbers 1-12 into the hour slot on the digital clock so it’s easy to change the time of the hour. There’s also a flap to glue on so it can say :00 or :30. The analog clock hands can be attached using a brad or split pin.

What time is it now?

Telling Time Activity

To begin, children can focus on the hour and half hour.  This way, they are practicing changing the times on both clocks to grasp the concept that though the faces are different, they can still tell the same time.

Then, whip out the time cards! Kids can work on these alone or in pairs, talking about what the right times might be for each, fixing those times on the larger clocks and then marking both time card clocks with dry erase markers.

They can re-use these as often as they want and will probably enjoy creating crazy times for their activities, for example, going to school at 2:00 or going to bed at 4:30.

What time is snack time?

If they are reading a story with a time element such as ‘”in the morning, she went to the party,” or “grandpa visited,” it’s a good opportunity to grab their clock and talk about what time of the day it might be. It’s all about making connections between what a child knows and tying it to the more abstract concept of time.

As they gain confidence (and age), children can progress to telling time by the quarter hour, 10 minutes and 5 minutes. The interactive digital clock in the download only goes to the half hour, but the analog clock and time cards can register to 5 minute changes in time.

If you’re wondering about educational standards ~

US Common Core:

  • Grade 1 – to the half hour
  • Grade 2 – to 5 mins (including use of am and pm)

Australian National Curriculum:

  • Year 1 – to the hour
  • Year 2 – to the quarter hour

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    1. You’re very welcome, Barb! I hope your little ones enjoy themselves with these clocks!

  1. Hello Ladies,
    What a fabulous website/blog you’ve put together!

    As an Australian Stage 2 (Year 3 and 4) classroom teacher in the Hawkesbury region of greater Sydney NSW, I always have a few of my students who need some extra help and remediation of bits they’ve missed in their earlier years.

    Your downloads are exactly what I need to help them catch up with their peers and have some fun along the way. Thank you so much too, for adding the Australian National Curriculum Outcomes, so I can easily link your activities into my class program.

    Kind regards and blessings to you all!

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, David. It’s a good reminder that curriculum links are helpful, I need to remember to add them more often!

  2. Thank you so much for this lovely time activity.

    1. Thanks Zahraa for your kind words.
      Have a wonderful week.
      Kimberleigh // Happiness Ambassador

  3. Thank you so much for this material! It’s the best quality I’ve seen–the kids will love the interactive aspect, and the schedule cards provide structure for their practice. Great idea to make the connection to their learning schedules!

    1. ? YAY! We are so glad you are enjoying these cards. Fingers crossed they help your students with their schedules!

      Kaylee // Playdough to Plato Team

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