This Learning Flower Clock helps teach kids how to read and write the time, when looking at an analog clock. The petals help them remember what minutes correspond with each number on the clock, and the leaves help them remember what the big and little hands represent. And it is a cute addition to any wall!
For this project you will need:
- One clock – preferably one with a yellow frame, the one I bought at Walmart is only available in stores… you could paint a clock if you cant find yellow, or just get creative with colors!
- 4 Sheets of construction paper in colors of your choosing. (2-petals, 1-stem, 1-leaves)
What you need to do:
STEP 1 ~ Cut your petals: Pick out 2 pieces of construction paper in the color that you would like to use for your flower petals. You want your petals to be slightly wider than the distance between neighboring numbers on the clock. For me, cutting each sheet into 8 equal pieces and rounding them out on one end, worked perfectly. I “played” with it on a scrap piece of paper first, then cut 12 petals out of my pink paper. Do not label the petals just yet – you will want to wait until after you attach them to the clock to make sure they all “read” the right way.
STEP 2 ~ Cut your leaves: Find the piece of construction paper that you want to use for the leaves. Fold/cut in half width-wise. Out of one half of the paper cut a big leaf, and then cut a smaller leaf out of the second half. I also preferred to wait to label my leaves until I glued them onto the stem later.
STEP 3 ~ Cut your Stem: Take a piece of paper in the color that you’d like your stem, and cut out a straight or curvy line diagonally across the paper – so it is as long as possible, and I like how it looks to have the point of the corner on the “finished” end.
STEP 4 ~ Attach your petals: You will want each petal to be centered with each number on the clock. I began with the 12, 3, 6, and 9, and used tape to secure them to the back of the clock. The tape should be on the back of the petal and will stick to the back/inside of the frame of the clock. Then you can carefully crease each petal so its not sticking up in the back. Fill in all the other numbers on your frame – overlapping the other petals, spacing them evenly, and keeping each petal centered with a number on the clock (not as tough as it sounds, promise!).
STEP 5 ~ Label the petals: Take your marker and write the minutes that correspond with the number on the clock, on the petal centered closest to that number.
STEP 6 ~ Assemble and label the leaves and stem: Tape (or glue) the leaves to the stem – one on each side. I decided to place one behind the stem, and one in front of the stem. Label the small leave with “hour” and the large leaf with “minute”
STEP 7 ~ Assemble on the wall: Hang your clock on the wall, then use tape to secure the stem/leaves in the correct spot, under the flower and tucking the top edge behind one of the petals.
The kids will love how fun and colorful this clock and wall decoration is, and you will love that it will help them learn how to tell time with an analog clock!