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Telling Time Interactive Games - 8 Fun-filled Ways for Learning to Tell Time

Updated on August 10, 2017
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Heidi Reina, M.S., Ed, is an educational technology integrator and former teacher, reviewing free educational websites and apps.

How to Tell the Time Games
How to Tell the Time Games | Source

Teach How to Tell Time with these Games and Clocks

These entertaining games make learning to tell time a breeze. Kids learn best when they stay engaged enough with a skill to practice it repeatedly. Telling time games and apps offer lots of variety, as well as practice, for all skill levels. Learning to tell time has never been so fun!

There are teaching clocks and games for conversion for digital (numbers) to analog (clock face) and words for time in all kinds of combinations. A couple of these games also have activities for calculating lapsed time - an important skill for older elementary students.

The games and apps are great for demonstrations, math learning centers, or for helping you child to master telling time at home. Children get immediate feedback to tell them when their answers are right or wrong. Time worksheets are a slow slog in comparison. So throw out those clock worksheets! These interactive time games are the way to go. For a comprehensive list of more than 20 games, see LearningReviews Learn to Tell Time Games.

Snapdragon Tell the Time
Snapdragon Tell the Time | Source

Snapdragon Tell the Time

Beginner time telling interactive

Snapdragon Tell the Time is a delightful game from BBC Schools. Move the hands on the analog clock to match the time words. Time is in 1-hour increments: "one o'clock", "seven o'clock", etc. When your child gets to the correct time, the clock chimes and Snapdragon says the time in English and Welsh.

The clock's hands simulate the movement of a real clock's hands. Using that visual clue, I've asked kids to tell me the fastest way to get to the time, moving forwards or backwards. So we practice the vocabulary for clockwise and counterclockwise.

I'm a huge fan of BBC Schools websites in Great Britain, and they have wonderful interactives for kids in Maths (Math) and Literacy (Language Arts).

Hickory Dickory Clock
Hickory Dickory Clock | Source

Hickory Dickory Clock

Learn to tell time using clock words

Another British site, James Barrett's ICT Games, offers more beginner practice in reading clock words and telling time. In Hickory Dickory Clock you select the analog clock with the correct time and your mouse will get to eat some cheese. If you guess wrong, the cat will try to catch your mouse until you get the right answer!

This activity provides practice in reading an analog clock in 15-minute intervals, using the concepts of half past, quarter to and quarter past. Sections of the clocks are also labeled with "past" and "to" which give children visual clues to help them pick the right clock.

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Digital, analog and word clocks with lapsed time

Clockworks is another fantastic game from BBC Schools. Children practice telling time by helping Max and Molly fix tower clocks. There are three levels:

Medium - Select the digital clock that matches the analog clock face. Time is in 1-hour increments. Kids will also be asked to select the digital time that equals the clock face + what time it will be in X hours.

Hard - Select the digital clock that matches the analog clock face in 30-minute increments. Also pick the digital clock that equals the clock face + what time it will be in X hours and 30 minutes.

Really Hard - Time is in 15-minute increments. Select the phrase below the analog clock that equals the clock face + what time it will be in X hours and 15 minutes. This interactive provides practice with using words such as "half past," "quarter to" and "quarter after".

All of this and - if you must use them - printable worksheets for each level of difficulty.

Teaching Demonstration Clock

Learning Resources Big Time Learning Clock, 12 Hour
Learning Resources Big Time Learning Clock, 12 Hour

Some of the features that I really like about the clock are:

1. It emulates a real analog clock in its movements. As the minute hand advances, so does the hour hand. One of the most difficult things for kids to grasp is that when the hour hand is almost to the next number it is still the previous hour - e.g., at 10:55, the big hand is on the 11 and the little hand is almost on the 11.

2. You can manually advance the clock from either a rear control or by moving the minute hand - very helpful for teaching demonstrations.

In the classroom (or homeschool), after we are done with the lesson, I set the demonstration clock to the next break time. After I ask the kids what time that will be, they then use it as a visual clue to check the classroom clock for when break time has arrived. They don't hesitate to remind me if I forget!

Bedtime Bandits
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Bedtime Bandits

Make the clocks disappear in this timed game

Once kids learn to tell time, they need practice reading clocks to increase their speed. Mr. Nussbaum's Bedtime Bandits provides this kind of practice.

In this multi-level game, kids must pick the correct analog clock from among several to match a digital time. The beginning level presents clocks in 1-hour increments. At each level, the game becomes a little more difficult, with 30-minute, 10-minute, and 5-minute increments. Later levels require kids to calculate lapsed time. For instance, 1 hour and 20 minutes after 11:30, or 3 hours before 12:00.

My kids enjoyed the scramble to match all the clocks before they fell on the bedroom floor and BEDTIME - game over.

Stop the Clock
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Stop the Clock

Beat the clock to increase your time telling speed

Here's another game to help kids improve their telling time speed. Stop the Clock, from Oswego City School District in New York, is great for improving speed. It is a series of interactive time telling games, where kids match digital times to analog clocks. You drag the five digital times to the correct analog clocks, then press STOP THE CLOCK to record your time.

Stop the Clock R provides practice matching 1-hour (o'clock) words to analog clocks.

Stop the Clock 1 provides practice telling time in 1/2 hour increments.

Stop the Clock 2 - 15 minute increments.

Stop the Clock 3 - 5 minute increments.

Stop the Clock 4 - 1 minute increments.

Stop the Clock 5 provides practice telling military or 24-hour time in 1 minute increments.

This telling time game is the most popular one among my kids - used at computer math centers that my 2nd grade students rotate through during the day. They record their personal best time for each activity in their math notebooks. We recognize the students who have a new personal best each week.

Passing Time Quiz
Passing Time Quiz | Source Dates and Times

With interactives for conversions to days, weeks and months

Time calculation takes on a new dimension at Dates and Times. This websites provides more than a dozen interactives to practice telling time, calculating lapsed time and converting time to days, weeks and months.

Each interactive provides ten questions where kids pick from several answer choices and get a smiley face for each correct answer. The interactives can be played over and over, with new questions asked each time.

Scroll to the bottom of the Dates and Times web page to see all of the interactives.

Teaching Time Clock
Teaching Time Clock | Source

Teaching Time Clock

Analog clock with day and night visual clues, lesson plans

For teachers, Time-for-Time has an outstanding Teaching Clock. The analog clock has large numbers, a sweeping second hand, an AM/PM indicator, and an option to display the digital time. What I really like about this clock are the visual clues to the time of day as a sun progresses in the background and descends into moonlit night.

Time-for-Time has many other teaching time resources. They include a printable game for children, lesson plans, and customizable telling time worksheets. There are also displays of current time clocks from across the U.S. and around the world.

Telling Time Quiz
Telling Time Quiz | Source

Telling Time Quiz app

Captivating graphics and 18 levels guarantee your kids will get lots of practice in learning how to tell time with the Telling Time Quiz app for iPhone and iPad. You can customize it for one child or for several with varying skills - great for differentiated instruction.

A similar app is available for the Kindle, Telling Time for Kids Free. The graphics are engaging, and kids are motivated by the goldfish rewards.

Teach How to Tell the Time in 3 Easy Steps

Magnetic Time Teaching Tool

Learning Resources Magnetic Time Activity Set
Learning Resources Magnetic Time Activity Set

This set of magnetic numbers and clock hands is helpful for demonstrations and practice. As your students become more skilled in telling time, you can gradually remove the numbers. For instance, at first leave just the 12, 3, 6, and 9 displayed, as you would see on some clocks. Then remove all the numbers.

When used on a white board, you can also label specific times, such as lunch time, recess, etc., to help kids relate their new time-telling skills to the classroom routine.


More Learn to Tell Time Games

Check out more free games for both analog and digital time at the LearningReviews Guide to Telling Time Games.

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    • mommyplus3kids profile image

      mommyplus3kids 4 years ago

      Great information. I always like to make learning fun for my kids and there are good resources here.

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      LearnKidstoRead 4 years ago

      Great lens thanks for the info. Will try these games out with my son who is struggling with math and telling the time. Sue

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      HeadStartForKids 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! My little ones are still learning to read but I look forward to them telling me the accurate time soon. At the moment my daughter thinks every time is "ha-past five" and she often looks at her bare wrist while telling me so!

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      alenmic 5 years ago

      I love all your education lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Katy Hall 5 years ago from UK

      Love your lens! There are some great fun ways to teach here!

      Thanks for sharing...

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Children learn better while having fun for sure! These telling time games and clocks sounds delightful!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Perfect! This is a hard concept and these tools would help in no time at all! ;o)

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      JuliaAnnPayne 5 years ago

      great lens for kids have a great day

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It just seems like time to bring over some angel dust timely teaching!

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      I think telling time interactives is great for kids and possibly for some adult education students. Thank you for sharing

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      octopus64 5 years ago

      Great list!

      You also try out

      it also links telling the time to angles and fractions

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      kpp2385 5 years ago

      great information. thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      so many great links. thanks for sharing

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      earthybirthymum 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Horde great resources. Thank you.

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      Pangionedevelopers 6 years ago

      great info source

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      I don't think they're that useful, maybe if it was in a language other than English it'd be good for learning how to tell time in other languages.

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      desa999 lm 6 years ago

      Great idea and an interesting lens.

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      This is great. I am now sufficiently inspired to put up a lens about an interesting clock called the chronophage (if it is spelled correctly) that is the most fascinating clock I've seen. Greatly informative lens here.

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      Buchamar 6 years ago

      I love them! I feature educational apps for iPad :-)

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      baby-strollers 6 years ago

      I'm Canadian, but we still get a lot of BBC stuff over here. thanks for the share.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens, lots of useful resources.

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      great lens

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      Mark Falco 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      This is a really great list of interactive time telling games. Bookmarked for later. Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh what wonderful time telling fun you have here. At home, I learned to tell time early on with a clock with no numbers, just a bar in each space and Mom still has that clock in the kitchen. It was kind of a game to figure that out for me.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these telling time games! Blessed by a Squid Angel and featured on "The Best Homeschooling Resources!"

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Fun games for learning here. Thank you!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Great list of resources. Just the right time... Or I should say great timing? :)

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      agenroy 6 years ago

      Good idea.. I get more information today

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      these are awesome - i'm going to try them out with my dd! thanks

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      i think it is a fresh new approach to learning! cheers

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      Blackspaniel1 7 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      mantasticman 7 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      These games make learning look like fun! This lens has been blessed by the maths angel and added to my best maths resources lens.

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      Johann The Dog 7 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      What a great resource! Hmmm...wonder if it could help dogs tell time, BOL! Mum wishes they had all this pawsome stuff when she was a kid.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Your favorite link is great. I just became a member of the website. Thanks a lot for having the big arrows point me in this direction.

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      teachingtools 7 years ago

      Great lens and ideas! Don't forget you can use free certificate templates to reward your students for their successes!

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      Paul 7 years ago from Montreal

      So many kids and teens have cellphones now that telling time on an analog clock is becoming a lost art!

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      Great resources for teaching children how to tell time. I've lensrolled it to my Turkey Time and Mouse Ran Up the Clock lenses. Be sure to stop by and ad this lens to the plexos on those lenses.

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      Oh, I would've learned time so much faster if we'd had these when I was little! My mother wound up having to put number stickers on the kitchen clock, because learning to tell time via Roman numerals was beyond me.

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      This is great. I an adding this to my Teaching Math Headquarters lens.

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      Looks like a useful page -- telling time is a difficult concept. SquidAngel blessings!

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      Leanne Chesser 8 years ago

      Great selection of interactive telling time games. Blessed!