Friday, August 27, 2010

Magnetic Clock Craft

I've always wanted a Judy Clock but never wanted to spend the money to buy one!  While the minute and hour hands of this clock don't move together like a Judy Clock, it is very inexpensive to make!  I found the craft foam for $1 (and only used a few sheets of it) at Dollar Tree, and I cut-up some old business magnets I already had.

You need:
Craft foam
Scissors
Lid (or other circle template)
Pencil
Permanent marker
Magnets

1.  Trace twelve circles on craft foam.  Draw an hour and a minute hand.  Cut out.

2.  Write the numbers from one to twelve on the circles with a permanent marker.

3.  Glue a magnet on the back of each circle and hand.

4.  Arrange in a clock shape on a cookie sheet or other magnetic surface.

The Grouchy Ladybug
We read through Eric Carle's The Grouchy Ladybug.  I would stop on each page after I read the time and allow the girls to match the time on our magnetic clock to the time in the book.  This was great for visual matching skills and a basic introduction to time (by the hour).

When you're done practicing and exploring, the pieces are easily stored in a small plastic bag or other container!




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8 Comments:

Blogger The Activity Mom said...

Great idea! Love it!

August 27, 2010 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

Oh I LOVE this idea!!! Guess what I'm adding to our activities next week!!

Thanks so much for sharing!

August 27, 2010 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

I love that! I think I'll try that soon.

August 27, 2010 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Prairie Cate said...

Really good idea, esp. since I've always hated the Grouchy Ladybug book--too freaking repetitive. Now it has a purpose!

August 29, 2010 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Great idea, I love how she wrote the numbers. It makes it so much more personal and meaningful than a clock you purchase to learn with.

August 31, 2010 at 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anne said...

very cute. Target has foam clocks in their dollar section if you have one around.

August 31, 2010 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Infant Bibliophile said...

Cute idea! I don't know if we have ready the Grouchy Ladybug... maybe on the floor of the library, but I can't remember it, so I am going to have to put it on my reread list!

August 31, 2010 at 6:04 PM  
Anonymous Carolyn said...

Magnetic clock an excellent idea. Children still need to be able to tell the time, even if they have digital clocks. Very good.

July 1, 2011 at 12:14 AM  

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