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Learning to tell time is a big milestone for most kids as understanding this somewhat abstract concept is not always easy. When they master it though, the feeling of accomplishment that most of them feel is nearly unmatched. Fortunately, there are tons of printables and activities out there to help them practice and this clock matching file folder game is a fantastic one to add to your collection!
The easiest place to start when teaching your child to tell time is the hours. Since there are only 12 and the big hand sits in the same spot for each one, it makes it easy for children to get a good grasp on the passing of time early on.
As they master telling time to the hour and move on, they’ll learn to tell time to the half hour, quarter, and five minutes, before finally moving to exact times.
This clock matching file folder game is an excellent source of practice for those that have already learned to tell time in five-minute increments.
Telling Time File Folder Game
As always, this game includes a cover that you can attach to the front of your folder using clear contact paper. You can also use packing tape in a pinch or simply glue it on.
Once the cover is on, it’s time to build the inside.
Now, a quick note. I wanted to make sure that there were plenty of different times to practice using this game. Therefore, there are 18 different analog clocks included in the printable set (and the 18 matching digital clocks as well).
If you feel like this would overwhelm your child or make it more difficult for them to focus, by all means, use only a handful of them.
Use just five different clocks to get you started or use only those that tell time to the hour. Once they have those mastered, move on and use the others. Do what works best for you!
For our game, we used all of the included clocks so that you could see how they fit together.
Simply cut out the analog clocks and use some more contact paper to attach them to the inside of your folder.
Cut and laminate the digital clocks as well as these will be what your child uses to match the times on the clocks.
For the matching, you can obviously add a few Velcro dots to make the digital clocks stick to the folder when your child is matching them, we simply chose not to with this game as it makes it easy to just lay them on top of each analog clock, wipe them off real quick, and practice again if need be.
When all of your clocks are finished, have your child determine the time on each of the analog clocks that you used and match them with the correct digital clock. Easy as that!