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Ideas for using clocks

Time is a challenging concept for children and yet sometimes it’s easy to take this skill for granted as an adult. If a child’s life is very structured they may have few opportunities to tell the time or learn about it because everyone tells them where they need to be and when!

Learning about time has different components:

  • noticing time and telling the time
  • living with schedules and figuring out problems involving time

There are lots of places that clocks and timers appear in our lives:

  • Watches
  • Phones
  • Clocks – digital and traditional (analogue)
  • Timers – microwave, DVD, cooking, egg timer
 
 
    
  
Noticing and telling time
  
 
 
 
   
  
Using time
  
 
 
 
   

 Click for some suggested questions to ask in Māori. (PDF, 117KB)