Learning to tell time is a skill that all kids need to learn, but sometimes it is a bit of a challenge for them. They need a lot of practice until they really get it. I remember as a kid always wanting digital clocks because it took me so long to figure out what time it was on regular ones. My kids are the same way right now. I like to practice with them a lot to help they to really get it. This week we made a chalkboard clock that they can draw the hands on and write out what time it is. We paired this activity with a fun book we have called Me Telling Time by Joan Sweeney. (This is a sponsored post in behalf of Elmer’s. I am being compensated for my time in writing this post.)
To make our chalkboard clock, I used Elmer’s Chalk Foam Board and also Elmer’s Painters Markers. I was pretty excited to find these foam boards, because I was already dreaming up this project in my mind, but don’t love painting. Not having to use chalkboard paint made my project a million times easier!
I drew a big circle in the middle of the foam board with our chalk compass. It’s an outdoor toy that I found recently for the kids. But, you could just as easily trace any big round thing.
Once I had the circle right, I drew over it with Painters Markers. I also used these to draw all of the numbers on the clock.
The kids had fun drawing on the hands of the clock and then I had them write the time they drew up at the top.
The book, Me Telling Time is a fun book that talks about clocks, but also hours, days, weeks, months and years. It goes through all of the different measurements of time. It is a great introduction to time! We have several other books in this series, too. I have done posts using the books Me on the Map, Me and My Place in Space, and My and My Family Tree by the same author. They are really great educational books!