Paper Plate Clock

My daughter is at the age where she can begin to learn to tell time on a clock. This is a great way to make your own clock to practice this skill.


  • two paper plates—at least one colored plate
  • foam numbers (optional)
  • a dark marker or permanent marker
  • glue stick
  • colored paper
  • paper fastener (or brad)


  1. Glue the two plates together, one on top of the other, so your clock has a rim that’s a different color from the face.
  2. Stick the numbers (or write them) in the proper places. If your child needs guidance, draw a small dot where each number goes.
  3. Write out the minutes with the marker.
  4. Cut out the hour and minute hands and fasten to the center of the plate with a brad.

Practice telling different times!