Arts & Crafts

Craft a Clock

Craft a Clock
Photo by: Susanna

Susanna Submitted by: Susanna

Make a simple clock that you can use to introduce the subject of time.

10 minutes
48 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 8 tots


  • 1 Paper plates
  • 1 sheet Cardstock (or some kind of sturdy material to make the hands of the clock)
  • 1 Metal fastener (this is to attach the hands to the clock. I didn't have the crafty kind of metal fastener, so I used a paper clip.)
  • 1 box Crayons (to decorate the clock and write the numbers)
  • 1 Clock (as a model, so your child understands what you are making.)
  • 1 roll Clear tape
  • 1 Pushpin (to poke a hole for fastening the different parts of the clock.)


  1. Give your child the paper plate and crayons so they can decorate the face of the clock.
  2. Cut the card-stock into appropriate lengths for the two "hands" of the clock. If the paper isn't very sturdy (and your child may be able to rip it), Fold it several times to make a very thick, sturdy "hand." Tape if desired. Give the hands to your child to decorate.
  3. Show your child the real clock and explain the different parts of the craft. Then take the paper plate and write the numbers. Talk about the numbers and how they are the same as the numbers on the real clock.
  4. With your metal pushpin, poke a hole through the ends of the two hands and the middle of the paper plate. Remove the pin and attach the parts with your metal fastener. If you are using a paper clip, make sure that you feed at least two sections of the paper clip through the poked hole so that your child cannot easily disassemble the clock.
  5. Show your child how the hands of the clock move just like the real clock. Then return to the clock to your child to continue coloring or playing.
Associated Activity
Sing "Hickory Dickory Dock" with your new clock
Associated Activity
Use your clock to prepare for things that will happen at a certain time. "When the real clock looks like your clock, it's time for bed," etc.

Developmental skills