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The Clock Poem

Salt Dough: 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup cool water. Mix well.

I'm in the clock crew and I'm okay!
I tick all night and I tick all day.

I've got two hands, I'm having a ball,
Because I've got no arms at all!

My big hand can move sixty minutes in one hour,
I'm the one with the strength and power.

My small hand isn't quite as fast.
If they were in a race, it would come last!

It takes so long just to get around (12 hours you know),
It's careful, small, and slow.

Now meet my friends that help me tick-tock,
Half past, quarter past, quarter to and o'clock.

Illustrate the "Clock Poem".

The Faces Of The Clock

The Big Hand is busy
But the Small Hand has power.
The large one counts the minutes.
But the Little One names the hour.

When both Hands stand at the top together,
It's sure to be Twelve O'clock. But whether
That's twelve at noon or twelve at night
Depends on if it's dark or light.

Illustrate the "The Faces Of The Clock" poem.


The Grouchy Ladybug
by Eric Carle

Telling Time (by the hour) with the "The Grouchy Ladybug"
Need: story "The Grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carle, paper plates, red and black construction paper, brass fasteners, posterboard.

Lie children on the floor, head to toe, and find the true answer!

Give each child a paper plate. Have the children print the numbers of a clock on the paper plate. Start with the placement of the number 12, 3, 6, 9 and then fill in the other numbers.

Have the children place a large and small clock hands in the center of tier paper plate clocks with brass fasteners.

Give each child a red construction paper circle the size of their paper plates. Have the children fold the circle and cut it in half. Place the "wings" at the top of the clock paper plate and fasten with a brass fastener.

Use the black construction paper to make small circles to for the ladybug head. Use the scrap pieces of black construction paper to add black spots to the ladybug clock.

Practice telling time with the children 1 o'clock, 7 o'clock, etc. Read "The Grouchy Ladybug" to the children and have the children place the corresponding times on their ladybug clocks.

Unusual Clocks
Give children construction paper and have them draw the most unusual clock they can think of.

Soft Watch at the Moment of First Explosion, c.1954 Poster Print by Salvador Dalí, 36x24 Poster Print by Salvador Dalí, 36x24

Paper Plate Clocks
Need: paper plates, 12 small circles per child, brass fasteners, posterboard(for clock hands), crayons.

Make a clock face from paper plates. Have children either draw circles and number them from 1 to 12 or glue small circles with numbers 1 to 12 onto the paper plates. Children decorate the center of the paper plate. Have children place their name in the center of the paper plate. Cut out the clock hands from posterboard. Insert the hands with brass fasteners on the paper plate clock center.

Call out special times and have the children place the hands on the hours. Such as: At what time do you get up? At what time do you start school? At what time do you eat lunch? etc..

Could also have the children hang their clocks in an appropriate place in the room and arrange the hands when they are "In" the room and when they are "Out" of the room.

Sites to See

A Walk Through Time
The Evolution of Time Measurement from Ancient Calendars through Early Clocks and up to NIST Time Calibration.

Read about Benjamin Banneker

Color Page

Hickory Dickory Dock

Games Online

Learn To Tell Time Computer Game


Make paper clock faces with the hands drawn on them of the rooms daily routine. Label the activity under each clock. For example if your lunch time is 11:30. Make a clock face that reads 11:30 and place a label under the drawing "Lunch".

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