An outdoor clock

21 June 2011 · 3 comments

in Maths Outdoors

This is a short and sweet activity to help children learn about analogue time. Children can work alone or in pairs. The first job is to create the clock. Here’s what it needs to look like:



If you don’t have chalk or are working on grass then stones with painted numbers on them work well too.

Ideally the sticks should be slightly different sizes to represent the minute and hour hands. In the photo above I asked the children to colour the hour hand with the chalk to make it different.

I tend to tell a story and every time I mention the time, the children change the hands on the clock. For example, “It was Monday morning and Tom had to go to school that day. What time do you think he woke up at?” Then the children tell me their ideas and make the time on their clock. By doing this, time is put into a more real context. It can also be linked to any project or event that’s happening.

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Mariann June 21, 2011 at 07:44

It’so simple, it’s so great! Thanks

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Joie June 26, 2011 at 00:47

Pretty good idea. I will try this outdoor activity. Thanks.

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