This cardboard clock is a fun learning tool to help teach kids how to tell time. Knowing how to read an analog clock is a life skill that’s still important to know in this digital age. By making a DIY clock kids can easily understand the components of a clock and how each part works. They can then decorate their room with their cardboard model of a clock and use it during creative play time.
How to Make a Cardboard Clock
My daughter Chloe is 6 and a half and has suddenly taken a strong interest in learning how to tell time on an analog clock. She has a watch that she recently found in her room that she wanted to wear and has been quizzing me non-stop about what time it is. It was hard to explain so I pulled up a YouTube video for kids that explained it pretty well but I thought it would be fun to take it further and make a clock together.
I’ve been trying to show her how clocks work and I think it’s important for kids to understand how to read an analog clock as well as a digital. We also have a clock in our house that tells 24 hour military time but learning that will be a long way off 🙂
Many DIY clock tutorials keep the design pretty minimalist which is fine for adults who already know how to tell time but kids need all the details so that they can understand how they actually work.
By helping you build a simple clock out of cardboard it helps reinforce the of how to tell time. Although this clock doesn’t actually work it is fun for kids to play with and learn about how hours and minutes work.
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