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
Lid (or other circle template)
Permanent marker

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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  1. The Activity Mom says:

    Great idea! Love it!

  2. Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years says:

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

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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

  4. Prairie Cate says:

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

  5. Katie's Nesting Spot says:

    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.

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

  7. Infant Bibliophile says:

    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!

  8. Carolyn says:

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

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