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.
Lid (or other circle template)
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.
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!