You will need:
- a blank six-sided die
- a 12-sided die
- (optional) a 10-sided die or a 20-sided die
- some blank clock face pages
On the blank six-sided die, I took a black Sharpie and wrote the following times:
OPTIONAL: To make this easier, make yourself a blank four-sided die (you could print a triangular pyramid net onto cardstock, then assemble it), and label it like this:
The easiest way to have a kid roll a time is to give her the 12-sided die and the six-sided die. Let her roll both at the same time, and use the 12-sided die to record the hour and the six-sided die to record the minutes.
To practice telling time to the minute, roll a 12-sided die, a six-sided die, and a 10-sided die. Use the 12-sided die to record the hour, then add the 10-sided die to the six-sided die to record the minutes.
To practice telling time to the minute AND mental two-digit arithmetic, roll a 12-sided die, a six-sided die, and a 20-sided die:
Use the 12-sided die to record the hour, then add the 20-sided die to the six-sided die to record the minutes:
To practice calculating elapsed time, do this twice, then figure out the elapsed time between the two.
Then, to see if you REALLY learned it, teach Daddy!
Will can do all of this pretty handily now, and it actually is paying off, in that she can tell the time at the public library and our weekly volunteer gig, the only two places that we visit that have analog clocks on display.
I guess I'm now on the lookout for a secondhand analog clock!