Paper Plate Clock Activity


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When your preschool-aged child starts to recognize numbers, you can also work with him on learning to tell time. With this fun paper plate clock activity, your child will be excited to learn how to read the hands of a clock. For this activity you will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Metal brad
  • Marking pen
  • Construction paper
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors

Your child will need your help with this activity. To get it ready for your child, use the point of the scissors to poke a hole in the center of the plate. Then use the marking pen to place dots around the edge of the paper plate where the numbers should go. Lastly, cut two small clock hands out of construction paper and use the hole punch to punch a hole at the end of each clock hand.

Next help your child assemble the clock. Let your child write the numbers around the edge of the paper plate. If your child isn’t writing yet, lightly write the numbers with a pencil and then let your child trace over them with the marking pen.

Help your child place the brad through the two hands of the clock and then through the center of the plate and fasten the brad to the back of the plate.

That’s it! My boys had a great time with this clock activity. They loved writing the numbers on it, and then for the next two days asked me all day what time it was and then moved the hands on the clock to the correct time. They placed their clocks near a real clock so they could make sure that their clocks showed the correct time. A great learning activity!


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