Christmas is over, New Year's is almost here, and the kids are still on that holiday high. As we bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new, there's no better time to teach them about time.
Give time-outs a new meaning -- and get 'em moving -- with these fun activities!
- Killing Time: Draw several clock faces on a piece of paper (or find pictures of clock faces on your computer and print them out.) Tape the clock faces to empty liter soda bottles. Line them up in a row in a room with lots of space, and mark a "throw" line about six feet away. Using beanbags or small rubber balls, challenge friends to "kill time" by knocking over as many bottles as they can.
- Tossing Round the Clock: Mark out a large circle on the ground. Place markers around the circle that represent each hour and put a large plastic bowl in the middle. Players take turns tossing a beanbag or similar object into the bowl while standing at each hour mark. Record the number of tosses each player makes. The winning player has the fewest number of total tosses.
- Hide the Clock: Hide a ticking alarm clock somewhere in the room. The first player to find the hidden clock wins.
- The Mouse Ran up the Clock: Similar to Red Light, Green Light. One player is the "clock" and stands across the room with her back facing the other players (the "mice"). The clock randomly calls out various hours (two o'clock, six o'clock, etc.). This tells the mice how many steps to take. If the clock turns around and catches a player taking steps, that mouse must return to the starting line. The mouse who successfully reaches the clock first wins.