The child will be ready to learn to read the hours of the clock when he can count to at least 60, has a clear idea of the concept of time, and understands the differences in quantity that are expressed through numbers. Therefore, most children are ready to unravel the mysteries of the hours between the ages of 5 and 6.
However, despite the fact that children are like sponges that absorb everything, perhaps learning to read the hours of the clock is not as simple a task as you thought. In that case, nothing better than resorting to games because imposed learning is always boring.
The first watch
Before going directly to read the hours, it is better to prepare the ground. For this reason, the best thing is that the child’s first clock does not mark the hours but the events. In this way you can appropriate the concept of time.
Then cut out some hands and clip them in the center. Ask the child to update the clock as the day goes by.
Making a real watch out of plastic plates
All you need are two plastic plates, a thumbtack, a marker, and a cardboard. Take one of the plates and draw the minutes, from 0 to 55. Then, take the other plate, place it on top, and draw the hours. You will have to make sure that the hours and minutes correspond because now you will have to cut small tabs on the clock with the hours.
Then, draw and cut out some arrows on the cardboard, the largest for the minutes and the smallest for the hours. Place them on the two plates using a thumbtack. You must make sure that the plate with the hours is on top and the one with the minutes below, hidden.
The game consists of turning the hands so that the child identifies the hour they mark. The interesting thing is that the minutes are not visible so you will have to remember them, but if you forget them, just lift the hour tab to see the minute below. So he can also practice when you are not by his side.
Parcheesi of the hour
It is a very fun board game that imitates Parcheesi for children to practice reading the hours. Take a large, rectangular-sized cardboard and divide it into small squares imitating a ludo board. Inside each square, you must place the image of a clock indicating a time.
Each of the players must go out, rolling the dice, but can only advance if he properly reads the time in the corresponding box. Every time someone makes a mistake, they must take a step back. Whoever reaches the finish line first wins.
Bingo of the hour
In this case, it is about imitating the game of bingo, but for the child to practice the hours . Draw the classic bingo cards and give one to each player. Make 5 × 5 grids on them and draw a star in the center. Mark each box with a time written digitally, such as: 12:00.
Take an analog clock and arbitrarily move the hands. If it corresponds to one of the hours the child has on his card, he must mark it, as in bingo. Whoever gets 5 horizontal, vertical or diagonal marks wins.