The watch, the first accessory par excellence that all boys and girls from 3 years of age want to show off with pride. No matter the color, shape, size (although the bigger the better), the important thing is to take one and show it to everyone. Many even wear it without even knowing how to read the time. For them, I propose a funny homemade clock, very easy to make, with which we will make children learn to read the hours in the most fun way.
Children from 5 years of age begin to control time, concepts such as' yesterday ',' today 'and' tomorrow 'are easily internalized and they begin to ask questions such as:' How much time is left to go to the park ?', 'When will we get?'. When the adult answers: 'half an hour', '10 minutes', the child wants to know exactly what he means by that and that is where the adventure of learning to handle and understand the clock begins.
- Permanent marker
- Pencil and eraser
- Eva rubber
With the watch on the wrist, the boy and girl feel a little older, they feel that they are growing, for them it has a material meaning, even at such early ages they do not know the real value of a watch and its use since they still they do not control the notion of time.
I present a simple activity that you can do at home to introduce your sons and daughters in the world of hours and minutes. And that can be adapted to any age and difficulty. Do we make our own watch? Let's get started!
By following these simple 5 steps we can carry out our activity. It will not take you long to prepare it and, in addition, you only need very simple materials to get in any stationery.
1. We make the circumference of the watch with the help of a plate or bowl of the size we want. To do this, we use a pencil and with scissors we cut it out. We will make as many circles as we want. (Clock with hours, minute clock, concept clock, etc.).
2. Taking as reference the diameter of the circle we will find its center and from this we can write with pencil both the numbers and the words we need. For this, we can help ourselves with the rule.
3. Between each number or word we will make with the scissors some cuts of about 4 cm in length. I recommend making the cuts on all the watches at the same time, that is, holding them one above the other, so that the cuts come out on the same sides and coincide perfectly with each other.
4. With some scraps of eva rubber we will make the hands of the clock, one of each color and different size to differentiate them well. Making them is very easy, they are drawn by hand with the pencil on eva rubber and we cut them out.
5th We review with permanent marker all the numbers and words that were drawn in pencil.
6th With the help of the pencil we will make a small hole in the center of each clock and in the hands, through which we will pass the binder. Don't over-tighten the binder so we can easily move the hands.
This activity is aimed at both boys and girls between 5 and 7 years old, depending on the complexity that we want to give it.
- First of all, we can use this game to learn the hours on an analog clock (12 hours). But we can also teach them concepts such as: 'morning', 'afternoon' and 'night' or what each hand of the clock is used for (long hand indicates the minutes, while the short one indicates the hours).
- Once they have mastered the hours we can add the clock of the concepts: 'o'clock', 'and a quarter', 'and a half' and 'minus a quarter'. And we will be introducing the minutes, for this the boys and girls must know the numbers from 5 to 5 to 60. In this way they will be able to understand, for example, that 'and a half' is equivalent to 30 minutes.
- Then we go on to handle all the minutes: 'and ten', 'minus twenty', etc.
- You can add as many watches as you want. Remember that they are all carried out in the same way. We can also perform one of 24 hours, in which the hours of P.M. (13h-00: 00h) although this method occurs more in digital clocks than in analogues, but it is a good way to introduce them in the digital clock.
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One of the greatest benefits that children obtain with this activity is learning the notion of time, how to calculate it, to organize oneself, to be able to anticipate actions, not to find oneself lost in certain situations and to master it. It is a slow process that is acquired gradually, but its final result is excellent.
The other great benefit is that the boy and girl must perform mental mathematical calculations, which will enhance their cognitive development, mental agility, short-term memory and learning mathematical strategies.
It also favors, like other activities, the development of attention, concentration and observation, and of course fine motor skills and manual eye coordination.
As you can see, a simple activity very important for children, with which they will take a big step and that they will never forget.