Family Time Calendar: Get Smart - iVillage

If the only time your kids can understand is "dinnertime," you may want to try out our fun way of learning how to read a clock. In this project, you'll make a clock out of your child's dinner plate and his dinner. His learning will be encouraged by a wonderful reward system: eating! This smart project can definitely turn dinnertime (or breakfast or lunch or snack time) into a good time for all. It is best used with children who have some clock learning already.

What you'll need:
(For one child's clock)
12 small sticky notes
1 straw, cut into 2 pieces, one longer than the other (these will be the clock hands)
A dinner plate
Favorite dinner (or breakfast or lunch or snack) food

What you'll do:
Have your child number the sticky notes from 1 to 12. 

Imagine the dinner plate is a clock face: Put dollops of food on the edge of the dinner plate in the 12 spots where numbers would normally be. Put the plate in front of your child, and together, place the numbered notes around the edge of the plate in the appropriate spots. Showing your child a real clock face will help her.

Place the straws on the plate with the little hand pointing to 6 and the big hand pointing to 12. Explain the difference between the big and little hands. For the sake of this game (and assuming your child is just learning the basics), it is probably best to keep the big hand at 12 and just move the little one around. Ask your child the time. Help her if need be. When she gives you the correct answer, you can shout, "Dinnertime!" and then she can gobble up the food at number six. Repeat as often as you wish, refilling the dinner plate if necessary. If your child is more advanced, feel free to make the times more challenging. Good luck and have a good time.

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