Beat the Clock

Test your quick hand and quick wit with Beat the Clock! How well do you know how to tell time?

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While Playing: 
  • Challenge your child to challenge him/herself! With the "set your own" timer, kids can set the timer as high or low as they would dare to try.
  • Encourage your child to practice reading clocks in his/her environment- especially the more challenging clocks with no numbers.
  • Play with your child! Take turns challenging each other to see who can set the correct time in the shortest amount of time.
Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

Telling time is lots of fun the Beat the Clock way! This activity helps your kids make the jump from digital to analogue, and teaches them how to tell the old fashioned way using Roman numerals. This game meets many expectations in multiple grades - one of which is:

Math: Measurement
Estimate, measure and record time using standard units

Read time using analogue clocks to the nearest minutes, and using digital clocks (e.g. 1:23 means 23 minutes after one o'clock), and represent time in 12-hour notation. 

At-Home Activities: 
  • Print out the clock activity found on our site through the Beat the Clock activity, and encourage your child to play the game with a friend or family member.
  • If your child does not have his/her own watch, loan him/her one of your watches (preferrably not digital) and make a point to ask for the time often.
  • Play the "time estimation" game. Make sure your child does not have access to the time, and ask him/her to do a specific task within a specific time frame. For example, send your child outside to play and tell him/her to come inside in 5 minutes. See how well your child can judge time without using a watch!