Looking for activities that will help your child learn to tell the time? Check out this set of time games – in three different levels! (This post contains affiliate links.) Welcome to the second week of the Print & Play learning game series with This Reading Mama! Each week I’m sharing a free printable math game for K-2. Just print and play – no color ink, cutting, or laminating necessary! (Check back on Thursday for This Reading Mama’s literacy game.) Do your kids struggle with learning to tell time? I had forgotten what a tricky skill this is until I started teaching it to my own children. But all three of my big kids (going into kindergarten, first, and third grade) pronounced this game “fun.” I hope your child or students like it too! I began with the simplest version of the game. First, I showed my Five (he’ll start kindergarten soon) how to tell time to the hour on an analog clock. We used my mini Judy clock (I love the Judy clock!). I explained that a new hour always begins when the long (minute) hand reaches the 12. So we can tell what “o’clock” it is depending on where the short (hour) hand is pointing. A lot of this went over his head, but he got the general idea. It helps that he and his older brother and sister are allowed to get up in the morning when their digital clock says “7:00.” He’s familar with the concept. The one-person game is super simple to play. Put your playing piece on any clock. Roll a die to move around the board. When you land on a clock, name the time. Find the corresponding digital time on the bingo board, and cover it with a marker or dot it with your Do-a-Dot marker. When you have five in a row, the game is over. After the game, my Five commented, “That was a fun game.” Believe me, coming from him this is high praise. I used the Level 2 version for my upcoming first grader. I thought he must have learned basic time telling in kindergarten, but apparently this is a first grade skill. (I taught first grade for a number of years before I had children. The kids picked up telling time to the hour so easily I guess I assumed it was review!) He quickly understood how to tell time to the hour, but telling time to the half hour threw him for a loop. “How come when the short hand is on the six it’s thirty? That doesn’t make sense!” I tried to explain how you move five minutes every time you get to a new number, but that was only eliciting tears. So I tried again. “Do you remember how many minutes are in an hour?” (He’s always asking about this.) “Sixty.” “Right! So since thirty is half of sixty, when you’re halfway around the clock – it’s thirty minutes after the hour. See how the 6 is halfway around the clock?” This satisfied him. 🙂 My Eight does well with telling time to the hour and half hour, but I thought she could benefit from practice with a quarter past and a quarter till. So on the third version I added times like “1:15” and “6:45.” This game gave her both a review and a fun challenge. A game that challenges my Five, Six, and Eight – and that all of them enjoy – is a winner in my book! We hope you can use these telling time games too.
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Thank you! Telling time just “clicked” with my daughter. Looking forward to doing this with her 🙂
You’re very welcome, Yael!
Fabulous ,thankyou a great active game to reinforce our class work on Time.
You’re welcome, Hilary!
Hi,I am Sana from KSA, I was searching for a good material om internet for my kids and your material was an awesome reward for me.
My son is in grade one now and still he is doing reverse script . What would you reccomend for him he dont have any educational problem
Do you mean that he’s writing letters backward? A lot of letters, or letters like b and d?
Found your website by accident and was really pleased to have done so. Your resources are fun and creative, I am really looking forward to introducing them into my classroom.
Thank you so much for sharing.
You’re very welcome, Angela!
Thank you so much for the great idea and the game material.
A couple of days ago, I just realized that my girl who is turning to the 3rd grader is still confused with the analogue clock. I have no doubt that she will learn to tell the time with your material while she is having fun. Thanks again!
You’re welcome, Jannice!
Thanks for sharing fun games that are easy to play. No cut and paste!
You’re very welcome, Paula!
Have you made telling time to the minute for more advanced 2nd graders?
Hi Carol! No, not yet. I’m not sure if that will be a future project, as it would be VERY time consuming to create. I haven’t found clip art with time to the minute, so I’d have to manually create each clock with lots of little pieces of clip art. So it probably isn’t forthcoming – sorry!
Thank you for the awesome game! I will be translating it to Spanish for my Spanish 1 class.
I hope your students enjoy it!
I absolutely love all of your resources! Thank you so much for your time and effort put into them. And a HUGE thanks because you make them free to download!
Just wanted to point out that in the 1/2 hour analog times, the hour hand is not pointing in between the two numbers as it should be- for example, the hour hand should be between the 4 and 5 in 4:30. Other than that, it’s a fantastic resource!
Hi, Susan! I see that you’re right about that – the challenge is that I used purchased clip art, and the half hour clocks come that way. To change them would require starting with a blank clock and doing lot of tedious work to move the hands to the right spots. Maybe some day, but at this season of life I can’t quite make the time.
Hi, is this still available? When I click the link on the bottom of the page it says the page is no longer found :(. This game looks awesome so I’m hoping it’s still available! 🙂
Yes, it’s definitely still available, Emily! Did you try the tips here? One of them usually works.
Thank you so very much for this simple game. I used it in my classroom today, it was the first time I really got them all to play a game and it went great!
I’m so glad to hear it worked for you and your students Alison!
I love this! Thank you! I am planning first grade homeschool next year, and the activities in this series are fabulous. Looking forward to meeting you at Focused next week. 🙂
Yes – see you soon!!
First I’d like to thank you for all the freebees. I just downloaded the telling time games. I Found an error on game board 2 – the bottom right corner box says 400 instead of 4:00.
Thank you for the edit, Sandy!
These are great! I’ll be working on time problems with some girls I tutor tomorrow, so this was perfect timing! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!
Awesome – I hope they have fun with it!
What a great idea! I will trying this with my DD she will be 6yrs
I hope she has fun with it, Nicole!
This is great! Thank you for sharing.
You’re welcome, Kim!
Just what I need for my grandson!
I hope he enjoys it, Nancy!
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We are hands-on learners and this printable time game is right up our alley. This looks like fun and I can’t wait to try it.
I want to thank you for offering this as a free download. I appreciate your efforts. I get the bulk of our curriculum free from the web. It is truly a blessing.
So glad you can use this one, Brandy!