Now, on the same clock face, you’ve got to try and help them understand what the minute hand does. You can start with a quarter past and a half past. You move the minute hand to 3, 6, and 9 on the clock and explain that concerning the hour, it’s quarter past, half past, and quarter to. Another option while you teach kids to tell time is to teach them the multiplication table of 5. Eventually, they will understand what the minute hand means when it falls on the other numbers.
Songs and Videos
Classic nursery rhymes like Hickory Dickory Dock have gone a long way in introducing time to kids. Today, there are many sing-along videos available online that will help you teach your kids about time. Time is a tricky concept for children to grasp, so be patient with them. Music helps children grasp things quickly, so rhymes that have lyrics about time, and dance-along videos that revolve around time will help the kids remember what you taught them better.
You can bring back the clock face but this time the child will have to move the hands on the clock based on questions asked to them. You could ask them questions like when is dinnertime or when is playtime, and they will have to move the hands of the clock to answer correctly. Or you could say “the queen of Sheeba says it’s 2:20”, and they will have to figure out how to place the clock hands so that it reads 2:20 pm. This is also a great way to teach kids to tell time.
Understanding time and being able to tell it is something that happens gradually with kids. For the most part, they will be confused and ask you a whole lot of questions. Don’t worry, it’s normal. Slowly and steadily, with a lot of fun activities and constant learning, they’ll be pros at telling time.