Over the past few years I have searched for suitable activities for teaching children how to Tell Time, but it wasn’t until recently that I came across exactly what I had been looking for. I first found an example of this lapbook on the Ummi Homeschools Me!! blog and after contacting the sister (Umm Raiyaan), she very kindly offered to share the templates to make this lapbook, may Allah reward her abundantly, ameen.
If you’d like to make this lapbook you can download the templates HERE.
When the folder is opened out this is how the elements are laid out:
In the centre of the lapbook is a large pink clock with movable hands, held in place with a brass fastener. In the end I made my own clock hands because the ones in the template are rather thin and after a few turns they tend to bend and tear, so I replaced them with thicker, stronger ones.
My daughter Samira put this lapbook together. She cut out the numbers 1-12 and glued them down to make the clock face.
On the left side of the lapbook are 4 flaps, and under the flaps are clock faces with space to write the time in digital format and to circle whether it’s AM or PM.
Breakfast at 7 AM and Lunch at 12 PM.
Below the clock are 2 pockets containg cards with digital watches showing different times.
The green cards are hour cards in digital format.
The idea is to select a digital card showing the hour and to place the hands correctly on the analogue clock to match them up, as below:
The blue set of digital cards show the time in 5 minute intervals.
And again, the idea is to match up the correct time on the analogue clock.
On the right side of the lapbook is a collection of cards which teach counting in intervals of 5 minutes.
My daughter counted in 5 around the clock face drawing in the minute hand at the appropriate places i.e. at 20 minutes past the minute hand points at the number 4 on the clock face.
Then we learned all about 15 minute intervals and quarter past, half past and quarter to in this neat little layered flap book.
Samira coloured in the correct number of triangles and drew in the minute hand to indicate the quarter time periods.
Finally on the back of the lapbook we pasted an envelope for Samira to store her Telling Time Worksheets.
I printed off some worksheets for her to complete to test her understanding of both analogue and digital clocks. The set of 9 worksheets are available to download in the link mentioned above.
The worksheets test knowledge of time on the hour, half past the hour and 5 minute intervals and 1 minute intervals in both analogue and digital format. There are also worksheets for children to write the time in words as well as a blank set for you to create your own.
For another way of teaching both analogue and digital time why not check out our Salaat Clocks Interactive Poster.