A very simple DIY project for the week.
There comes a time when kiddo needs to learn how to tell the time.
Prerequisite: kiddo should be able to count from 1 to 12, recognise and write/scrawl a semblance of the different numerals. Kiddo also recognises some Mandarin numerals so the clock will also feature some.
What you need are:
- A plastic lid/ sturdy disposable plate
- cardboard pieces
- 1 x brass paper fastener
- colour paper
- coloring material
- double-sided tape
- philips screwdriver or anything pointy
- a working analogue clock/alarm clock for reference
- We used a plastic lid as I wanted the clock to be sturdy and not look too big when she wears it round her neck/fit into her craft apron.
- Get kiddo to trace a circle out of the lid on a piece of coloured paper of her choice. Then kiddo cuts the circle (again, good time to practice handling a scissors, i.e follow and cut along a drawn line). This circle will be the hour layer.
- While she’s at it, cut out the hour and minute hands from cardboard pieces and another larger circle for the minute layer.
- Put a hole through the centre of the lid, hour and minute layers and one end of the cardboard hands with the screwdriver/pointy tool.
Now it’s ready to start involving/teaching/revising about numbers, sequences and time as kiddo makes the clock.
- Fold the circle coloured paper into quarters. Once it is unfolded, there’ll be a cross on the paper.
- While referring to the real clock, ask kiddo to identify which numbers match these 4 folded points (12, 3, 6, 9).
- Using 1 colour (e.g. black) get her to write/scrawl/copy these numbers on the 4 folded points.
- DO NOT BOTHER TOO MUCH ABOUT THE NUMERALS BEING WRITTEN IN DIFFERENT SIZES. As long as they are in the general location of the correct positions, it’s fine.
- Fold the paper again into quarters on the previously unfolded area (ie the diagonals).
- This time, locate the rest of the numbers on the clock and use another coloured pen/marker to write/scrawl them on, using the new folds as a guide to where kiddo should be placing the numbers.
- Colour the minute and hour hands in different colours. Draw in directional arrows to indicate which way they should be turning.
- Label the numbers on the minute layer. This layer will be fixed behind the hour layer and lid.
- Punch a hole at one end of the lid (preferably at 6 or 12) and tie the twine through. Make sure the twine hoop is long enough to allow kiddo to wear round the neck comfortably.
- Adhere the hour and minute layers to the lid with double-sided tape and fasten the minute & hour hands into the clockface with the brass fastener.
Kiddo is seen below testing the length of twine on her new clock (& she’s also wearing her jellyfish hat made of strips from plastic bags and paper plate).
- Snip off small markers/draw in arrows along the numbers on the hour layer.
- Use some leftover stickers to create a common visual element between the minute hand and the numbers on the minute layer. Reckon this helps kiddo relate and read the minutes.
- Chinese numerals can be written if it helps with what you want to teach.