Time Games and Activities

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Playing time games can be an effective way to teach time concepts. Young learners need to gain understandings about the various ways time is measured, and have experiences in reading and using calendars, digital and analogue clocks and stopwatches.

It is also of value for students to explore other forms of time measurement such as sandtimers, sundials, water and candle clocks, and to be able to estimate short lengths of time (10 seconds; a minute) without a timer.

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Younger learners begin by distinguishing parts of the day, day and night, the days of the week and months of the year. They move on to recognising o'clock and half past on analogue clocks, and matching digital and analogue times. Once these skills are acquired, students work towards understanding quarter to and quarter past, and the time increments in between these.

It is also important for students to be able to calculate mentally by adding or subtracting units of time to solve real life problems (eg. How long is it until 3 o'clock? How long have we been waiting? If the bus leaves at 3.25, and it takes 20 minutes, what time will it arrive?).

Matching clock times o'clock and half past

Matching Clock Times: O'clock and Half Past

This game provides repetition for learners getting to know how to tell the time with o'clock and half past, analogue and digital.

Matching clock times quarter to and quarter past

Matching Clock Times: Quarter to and Quarter past

This game provides repetition for learners getting to know how to tell the time with quarter to and quarter past, analogue and digital.

External Links to
Online Games and Activities

Time Games at Woodland's Junior School

Make a Calendar (Starfall)

Class Clock for Teachers Great for interactive whiteboards!

Stop the Clock (matching digital and analogue times)

Bang on Time (adjust the speed)

Interactive Kitty Clock Test yourself on o'clock, half past and quarter hours

Bob's Watches A page of links to lots of time activities (some online; some printable)

Adobe Reader