Don't you love how time gets away from us? Whether I'm sitting down for a second to look at facebook, chatting with a friend, or trying to get the house cleaned, time always seems to fly past me. If you have a young elementary kiddos, you may have noticed that the practice of telling time seems to slip away from them as much as time can slip away from us?

We live in a world where time is incredibly important. Just be away from any time telling device for a short period of time and you will feel lost.

Even though telling time is an important skill, the concept of it is very difficult for many children. Not only do they have to remember which hand is the minute and the hour, then they have to remember that when using the minute hand you have to count by fives. (Check out a few of these You Tube videos to help your little ones practice skip counting.) If we try to simplify time by just using a digital clock, we still complicate it for our sweet kiddos by saying things like half past, quarter till, or quarter past.

Telling Time
Children need constant exposure to telling time and all the language that goes with it. This Free Telling Time Bump Game does just that. This game designed for 1st and 2nd graders has three game boards with six analogue clocks on each one. Each game board has 18 game cards to accompany it with different ways to tell time.

For example, on the game board one of the analogue clocks reads 3:15. There are three cards associated with that time, 3:15, quarter after 3, and fifteen after three. The children have to be able to read the 3:15 on the analogue clock and then recognize that the digital reading of 3:15 and that the words quarter after and fifteen after are other ways to say this time.

To Prepare:

Simply print off the game boards and game cards, preferably on card stock paper. Cut out the game cards and randomly place them in 3 differentiated learning cubes. If you don't have one, no worries. You can just place the cards face down on a table and have the children draw the cards from there.

Your final step is to gather up about 20 game pieces, 10 of one color and 10 of another. You can use Legos, pattern blocks, or even counting chips.

To Play:

Player one chooses one die to roll and rolls it. The player then finds an analogue clock on the game board that matches what he/she rolled. Once the correct analogue clock is found the player does one of the following...
1. Covers up the empty clock with their game piece.
2. BUMPS off the piece of the other player if there is only one game piece on the clock.
3. Adds a second game piece to the one they have already placed on the clock to secure it.
4. Does nothing because either they or the other player has secured that clock with two game pieces of the same color.
The game ends when all clocks have been secured. The player that has secured the most clocks wins.

Don't let time slip away this summer from you or your kiddos! Have fun playing games with them and keep the concept of telling time from becoming a distant memory.

Need more time activities? Check out a few of these.

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Rachel is a homeschool mom to four little ones, ages 2 to 6. She is a former public elementary teacher, and has recently began blogging at her page You’ve Got This. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

##### Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.