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. 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!

  2. Prairie Cate says

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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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