Learning objectives

  • Telling time
  • Colour theory
  • Learning Numbers
  • Learning Shapes
  • Recycling
  • Engineering skills
  • Elongated attention span and concentration

Learning to tell time is one of those milestones in a child (and parent’s life) that tends to be fondly remembered! It can be an exhausting process for both, but one that definitely requires patience and tact on the part of the grown-up, not only to get the little one to read the numbers and make sense of it all but firstly to engage them for more than 10 minutes, depending on the age.

Generally speaking, a child would learn to read time by the age of 6, however that’s not to say now is not a good time (no pun intended!) The concept of reading time can be introduced to a child as young as 4, with the objective of not just learning time, but to achieve a few other important learning outcomes along the way; Learning colours and colour theory, counting from 1 to 12, learning some shapes and even recycling!

What better way to amalgamate all of the above with a classic arts and crafts activity – a Colorful DIY clock complete with moving hands……suitable for ages 3.5 years onwards.

So here’s how your little one and you can bond together over a crafty analogue DIY clock:

The Material


  • A piece of cardboard – used is better! Remember, we are also learning how to recycle and reuse!
  • Childproof scissors for your little one and grown-up ones for yourself
  • An assortment of paints and a paintbrush or even a small toothbrush
  • A paper plate as a mixing palette
  • Any old plastic container
  • Permanent Marker
  • A piece of foam or styrofoam or thermocol
  • A toothpick or an ice cream stick
  • Craft Glue
  • Pencil or colour pencil
  • Measuring Ruler

Let’s Get started:


Place your cardboard down on a clean surface and using a paper plate or any round object that you can get your hands on, outline the shape of the paper plate onto the cardboard to achieve that perfect clock shape. Cut along the lines and you have your clock body!

To allow your little one to develop motor skills, get them to replicate your actions. Using the pencil and guiding along the way, make a circle on a thin piece of paper, and using their very own baby scissors, ask them to cut along to get their own circle shape too.


Next, using the measuring ruler, and guiding your little one, divide the circle into twelve equal parts as much as possible. Look at the 12 triangles in one big circle!


Here comes the fun bit; lay out an array of paints, a mixing palette and a small plastic container for your child to start painting in the different triangles; each representing a number. Where you run out of colours; get creative and start mixing a few together to make your own new colours!


Once dried, using your toothpick, make a small hole in the middle of the circle.


Using your permanent marker and guiding your child, teach them how to write numbers from 1 to 12 in each of the colourful triangles.


From your leftover cardboard, cut two thin strips, one longer than the other to represent the two clock hands. Colour in with a permanent marker.


On one end of both these clock hands, make holes similar to the one in the middle of the clock. Run a toothpick through the back of the clock to insert the two hands and position.


Now, cut a small square piece of foam and insert the other end of the toothpick into this and glue the foam to the back of your clock.

And, you are ready to play (and learn) ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’!

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