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5 games to help children tell the time

Are your children having trouble telling the time? For many children, learning to tell time is one of the first academic concepts they are introduced to and it can be an overwhelming and complex challenge, which is why we offer a range of interactive games that take the pressure off learning. Whether your child prefers snap, bingo, or wants to try our TwinTime Cards, all of our games are teaching aids designed to walk you through the stages of reading the time and help children tell the time while providing hours of enjoyment. By incorporating elements of play and engagement, these time teaching games will ensure that your kids are excited to learn and practice telling the time, so whether your child is just starting out or needs a little extra practice, these games are here to lend a helping hand.

Learning through play

When it comes to teaching children new concepts, it is important to make the learning process interactive and engaging rather than stressing the importance of learning these core skills, as this can be overwhelming for young children. Time-telling is an abstract concept that can be difficult for children to grasp, but as an inherently visual activity, it is easy to incorporate games and activities into the learning process. By reframing this learning as a fun activity, particularly one that is shared with other children or loved ones, children are more likely to retain the information and develop a strong skill set whilst maintaining a positive attitude towards the subject.

At EasyRead, our core goal is to make learning as easy and accessible as possible for people of all ages and abilities. To this end, we have developed a range of time teaching games and teaching aids that are perfect for use at home, in school, or on the go to help children tell the time. Rather than confining learning to desks or the kitchen table, our games are intended to be used as a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy that reinforce our teaching system and make learning easy for all, so let’s explore our range of exciting games together.

1. Snap

Snap is a classic game that has long been one of the easiest games to play, and with our Tell the Time Cards, it is easily adapted to support children as they learn and engage with time. By blending the academic concepts with a fun, stimulating game, parents and children can enjoy a classic game with a twist that can be played by all.

Instead of matching numbers or images, the game revolves around matching cards that share the same time. Each pack of our cards contains 60 playing cards, which between them show 15 different times of the day, for a total number of 4 cards for each time, for a simple game of mix and match that is best played with 3 or more players.

Interested in learning how to play? Here are our instructions:

⦁ Shuffle the cards and deal them all out equally between players, face-down.
⦁ To begin the game, one player turns over the top card from their face-down pile and places it face-up in front of them, reading aloud the time on the card.
⦁ Players repeat this action, one after the other, going clockwise around the group.
⦁ If any two top cards on the players face-up piles read the same time this is a “snap”.
⦁ The first person to say “snap!” and put their hand on the table wins the round. The winner takes all the face-up cards on the table, shuffles them, puts them to the back of their pile and starts the next round.
⦁ The overall winner of the game is the player who is left with the most cards.

Finish up the game by counting up the cards and enjoy a simple yet educational game again and again with our Level 1, Level 2, and Level 1 & 2 sets.

2. Matching pairs

Matching Pairs is a popular memory game, and our Time Cards modify this classic game to teach children how to read the time. Instead of matching identical pictures, our games encourage children to match cards with the same time displayed on them.

This game can be played at home with one or more players, or at school with a classroom of players by following these instructions:

⦁ Shuffle all the cards and spread them across a table face-up.
⦁ Set a timer to three minutes. The player should find as many pairs of matching cards as they can within the time constraint. Two cards showing the same time makes a pair.
⦁ After the three minutes the players should read aloud the times on their matching pairs and count their pairs.
⦁ If there is more than one player, repeat this process for each player and create a league table. The overall winner is the player who finds the most pairs in three minutes.

As a straightforward visual game, this game and Snap are best played with our Level 1 cards, but if you are feeling more confident, then why not try playing with our Level 2 cards to match the time as either minutes past and to, or by how it would appear on the 12/24 hour clock.

3. Buddy-Up

Buddy-Up encourages collaborative learning and teamwork, and in this game, children are encouraged to develop their understanding of how time appears on a clock. The aim of this activity is for all players to find their “Time Buddy”, or whoever has a card that matches their own, and in order to play each participant must be able to clearly identify the time on their own card. This game is best played with a large group of players so try it today by following the instructions below:

⦁ Sort the cards so that each player has one card and a “Time Buddy” eg, with a class of 30 sort 15 pairs.
⦁ Hand a card to each player, players must not show each other their card.
⦁ To find their “Time Buddy”, players must ask each other, ‘what time are you?’
⦁ Players must reply with the time on their card.
⦁ Players who find their “Time Buddy” must form a pair. The game ends when all the players have paired up.

This game not only improves children’s time-reading skills, but it also helps them develop communication and social skills, so pick up a set of our cards today.

4. Bingo

For another time-teaching twist on a classic game, Bingo is easily adapted to help children read and understand time by playing with our cards. As a slightly more complicated game, this particular activity is best played with up to 6 players or groups, and instead of calling out numbers, the caller calls out a list of times and the players mark off the corresponding time on their bingo cards, like so:

⦁ Shuffle all the cards and deal out 9 to each player/ group, face-up on a table.
⦁ Choose who is going to be the ‘caller’. The caller must call out a time from the ‘times list’.
⦁ If any of the players/ groups have a card that matches the time the caller reads out, they should turn it face-down on the table.
⦁ The game is won by the player/ group who is the first to have all their cards face-down. When this happens, shout ‘bingo!’
⦁ The caller should check that the cards of the winning player/group match with the times that have been called out. If the cards do not match, the game should resume.

This game helps children practise reading and recognising different times in a fun and interactive way, and also encourages focus and attention to detail as the players must listen carefully to the caller and quickly locate the corresponding time on their bingo cards.

5. TwinTime Cards

twin time cards

Alongside our time-telling cards, we also offer our specialist TwinTime Student Cards for a hands-on approach to teaching time and introducing primary school numeracy. These innovative cards are double-sided and feature a Past & To dial on one side and a 24-hour time dial on the other, with independently movable hands. Made from high gloss write on wipe off PVC sheet, pupils are encouraged to write down the time displayed on the clock, fostering hands-on learning and putting pupils in control of all their learning.

Ideal for mastering time skills, these cards also facilitate learning to count forwards and backwards from 30, understanding fractions, and counting in 5s and 10s. Available in 15 x 20 cm for pupils and 32 x 39 cm for teachers or adults, they also facilitate classroom-wide demonstrations, as well as one-to-one sessions between parents and children, and are available individually or in boxes of 10 for group activities.

These cards not only help children tell the time and practise reading the time, but it also improves their ability to quickly calculate time intervals and understand the relationship between different times.

Games to help children tell the time

By incorporating these interactive and enjoyable time teaching games into their learning routine, you can make the learning process a fun and memorable experience for your child, so develop their social skills and reinforce their abilities by picking up a pack of our cards and start playing today!

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How to help children and adults with dyscalculia to tell the time

Learning how to tell the time can be a challenge for any child, or adult for that matter. As well as being a requirement as part of the primary curriculum, being able to identify time and understand time as a concept is an important part of a child’s development and growth. For those who have dyscalculia, learning how to tell the time is even more challenging, and often requires special accommodations or teaching techniques. It is often hard for parents and caregivers to know how to help a child with dyscalculia learn to tell the time, as the child will engage with clocks and numbers in a different way. Time teaching resources, such as our clocks, games and aids, can make a real difference to their learning, as well as supporting adults with dyscalculia.

What is Dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia is often referred to as ‘mathematical dyslexia’, and is a condition that involves difficulty with numbers or mathematics. The most common symptoms of dyscalculia include difficulty performing calculations, counting backwards and understanding place value, as well as weak overall mental arithmetic skills and difficulty remembering basic mathematical facts.

For those with dyscalculia, many daily activities involving numbers become difficult, such as addition and subtraction, paying for goods with cash, and telling the time. There are several practical ways that parents can help a child who struggles to tell the time due to dyscalculia, and one of the most effective is to invest in teaching products and techniques to use at home and in the classroom.

Many of these products can also support adults with dyscalculia who may struggle to tell time, as they are designed to simplify the timetelling process for people of all ages.

How to help a child with dyscalculia

If your child has dyscalculia, or is demonstrating symptoms of dyscalculia, or you yourself require assistance, then our time telling range offers fun and useful assistance in learning how to tell the time.


For many children with dyscalculia, the hand placement and basic design of analogue clocks can be very confusing. On almost every clock, there are only 12 numbers, meaning that up to 80% of the information needed to learn how to tell the time is missing. This places those with dyscalculia at an extreme disadvantage and makes telling time a difficult task for people of all ages. Our EasyRead clocks include a clear breakdown of all 60 minutes and can be read in 3 simple steps that can be learnt quickly and memorised for a lifetime, supporting those with dyscalculia from childhood to adulthood.

This will be particularly effective when teaching your child how to recognise numbers that are close to the hour. For many children with dyscalculia, 7:55 and 8:05 will be almost identical to 8:00, so our clocks reduce the confusion around these numbers and will make learning digital time much easier later on.

Our clocks also feature bold and colourful designs and easy to read numbers to encourage engagement. Visual models, as well as engaging designs, break down the wider concept of time and make it much more accessible and easier for people with dyspraxia to tell time by combining numbers and colours in straightforward systems.

Games and Aids

Educational and fun activities are always an effective learning tool, and children with dyscalculia respond particularly well to objects and games that make time telling simple and engaging rather than complicated. Our games encourage children to interact with time and numbers outside of the clock and makes learning time fun and engaging for anyone at any age!

Our games make the challenge of telling time rewarding, rather than daunting, and can be enjoyed during family time or playtime. Many children with dyscalculia often feel confused or embarrassed when learning to tell the time, particularly in school, and our games are a low-stakes alternative to tests or worksheets. If you yourself have dyscalculia, then these games will be an effective and fun way to improve your own time telling abilities whilst supporting your child.

Finding the perfect clock

When teaching young children with dyscalculia to tell the time, or interacting with an adult with dyscalculia, the best resource you can use is a positive and patient mindset. Finding a strategy and resources that work for your child will encourage them to tackle new challenges and boost their confidence when it comes to completing other number-related activities.

To find out more about the features and benefits of our EasyRead clocks, or to discover your preferred time teaching method, please click here.

time teaching games to play at Christmas

Time teaching games to play at Christmas

Christmas is the perfect opportunity to spend time together as a family, so if you’re looking for an activity the children can get involved with that will also help them learn, try time teaching games. We’ve compiled a list of games you can play with children that are fun as well as educational. So gather the rest of the family and read on. 

Time teaching games using our Tell the Time Cards 

Time teaching games using our Tell the Time Cards

If you’re lucky enough to already have a set of our Tell the Time Cards in your home, or one found its way into your child’s stocking, then you’re all set for hours of clock face fun. Each pack contains 60 cards showing 15 different times of the day, with 4 duplicates of each time. It’s your job to then create a game that will enable children to match up the times and learn to recognise them.  Don’t worry if you can’t think of a game, as these cards have been design to play all the family favourites including: 

  • Snap – divide the pack between the players and keep the cards face down in a pile. Players take it in turns to turn over one card each and place it in a pile in the centre. If the cards match, the first to shout ‘snap’ takes all the cards in the pile. The winner is the one left with the cards. 
  • Pairs – turn all the cards face down and lay them out in a square or rectangular grid. Each player has a go to turn over two cards at a time. If they find a matching pair they get to keep them, if they don’t make a match, they turn the cards back over and the turn passes to the next person. The winner is the person with the most cards at the end of the game. 
  • Bingo – split the deck of cards into two halves, each containing two of each of the different times of day. Choose a dealer who shuffles and deals out all of the cards from one pile to the players. The other pile is the dealer’s hand. Each player looks at their hand, but keeps it hidden from the others. The dealer then turns over cards from their pile, one at a time, calling out the time on the card. If a player has that same time in their hand they place it in front of them face up. The winner is the first player to have all their cards in front of them and yell ‘bingo!’. 

Clock games 

clock games

If you’re hosting the family this Christmas and are wondering how to keep the kids entertained, why not get them to make a giant clock on the floor? You can get them to create numbers from 1 to 12 using craft supplies, or cutting them out from coloured sheets of paper and laying them out on the floor like a clock face. Children then take it in turns to be the hour hand and minute hand, with the others calling out a time of day for them to make. 

Countdown to Christmas

ERTT Time teaching games - clock face

If you need something to do in the days leading up to Christmas then why not make a Christmas or New Year countdown clock? Using a paper plate, write out the numbers and create hands which you can fix using a paper fastener split pin so that they turn round. You can then get the kids to countdown to midnight or the time on Christmas morning when you would prefer them to get up. It’s a great way to get them practising reading the time out loud, including what time it is now and how many hours are left. 

Use our time teaching watches 

time teaching games using our watches

If your child has one of our time teaching watches then it’s a great opportunity for them to keep track of the time over Christmas. You can ask them to time how long it takes to put up the Christmas tree, or to let you know when the gingerbread is ready to come out of the oven. You could even use it on Christmas Eve, by stipulating a time they need to be in bed and then getting them to check their watches regularly to read what time it is and to chat about how long they have left before lights out. 

Teaching time games for a rainy day

time teaching games - free resources

If we end up with a wet and miserable Christmas or you just have one of those days when you don’t really want to go out, our free downloadable time teaching resources make for a great indoor activity. Click here to view our full range of printable resources and keep little ones occupied over the holidays. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from the team at EasyRead 🎅🎄🎁 

teaching time games

Teaching time games to make learning a breeze

Whether you’re in the classroom teaching time to students or at home trying to help your child or grandchild perfect their time telling skills, games are a great way to aid learning. During the Covid-19 pandemic, when children were restricted to learning at home, games provided a fantastic way to develop new skills and enhance existing ones and this is a principle we hope many parents and teachers will take forward, using teaching time games to make learning fun! 

How do games support learning? 

There are many ways in which games can help students to learn, so if you are thinking about bringing a fun element to your classroom or home activities, here are a few reasons why they are such a good idea: 

  • Games help to encourage student participation. 
  • Games make learning more engaging as you have to interact to play the game, meaning it’s much less likely someone will get left out or feel disengaged. 
  • Playing a game can motivate children and make them more likely to take risks, such as volunteering an answer they are not sure of and wouldn’t otherwise have offered. 
  • Games can help increase focus and attention, which is particularly useful for children with ADHD. 
  • Participating in games can help children’s attitude towards learning, boost their confidence and improve grades. 

With so many advantages to games as part of the learning process, it’s time to look at the resources we offer to support classroom activities or help children to learn whilst having fun at home. 

What teaching time games can you play to help children learn? 

We’ve got teaching time games covered at home, at school and even at after school clubs and activities, so take a look at our range below: 

Tell the time card games 

tell the time card games

From snap to bingo, matching pairs to buddy-up, there are so many different games you can play with our Tell the Time Card Games, that children will be able to practise their time telling skills without even realising it. 

We’ve got two different levels of card games – Level 1 for five to seven year olds and Level 2 aimed at eight to eleven year olds. You can order both packs together or just one of the levels, depending on the age of the children you are buying for. 

These card games are very popular with parents and grandparents as fun but educational gifts, and they are also used in schools, after school clubs and children’s activity centres. 

Click here to order our Tell the Time Card Games. 

TwinTime Cards 

twin time cards

Take our TwinTime cards and turn them into teaching time clock games thanks to the movable hands and PVC wipe clean surface. You can count forwards and backwards, learn fractions, count in 5s and 10s, practice displaying the time and writing it down. Student cards come individually or in boxes of 10 and teacher cards are sold separately. 

Click here to order our TwinTime Cards. 

In addition to the resources we sell, here are a few ideas to play some teaching time clock games at home or wherever you can find a few willing participants! 

⏰Tie time teaching in with your child’s favourite activity – and get them to create a chart showing what time of day they do each activity. 

⏰If you have more than one child, make a human clock with one child lying on the floor being the hour hand and the other being the minute hand. 

⏰Set a timer for baking a cake, brushing your teeth or getting dressed and talk about how many minutes you are setting the timer for and how long you have left. 

You could also choose to put a time teaching clock in your child’s room or buy them their very own wristwatch, so they can practice telling the time wherever they go. Click here to browse our full range of time teaching clocks, watches and games and make learning engaging, memorable and fun. 


teaching time games

Teaching time games and resources to support your child’s home learning

Lockdown learning might have been fun the first time round, but the novelty is wearing off. Many parents are weary of homeschooling, and trying to juggle their own workload with supporting children in their learning. With the government announcing recently that it will be at least the second week in March before all children start going back to the classroom, parents need all the help they can get to make home learning easy. EasyRead is here to help – with a range of teaching time games and resources to complement what children are learning through their online lessons. 

When will your child learn to tell the time at school? 

Of course it will vary from school to school and class to class, but in general, children start learning about the time in Year 1, when they begin telling the time on analogue clocks to the hour and half hour. In Year 2 they will move on to telling the time in smaller increments – using quarter part and quarter to the hour and expressing time by drawing the hands on a clock face.  In Key Stage 2, children will move on to telling and writing time in 12 and 24 hours, using roman numerals and comparing time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours, before moving on to digital clocks. 

All of the resources and time teaching products at EasyRead have been developed by parents, for parents to help children who are learning to tell the time. They are endorsed by teachers and educational professionals as they support curriculum based learning, but also bring an element of fun – which of course makes the learning easier! 

Teaching time games  

Our Tell The Time Card Games are popular both at home and in the classroom and bring a competitive element to learning to tell time.  You can play snap, bingo or pairs to name but a few, and of course the whole family can join in.  Each pack contains 60 playing cards showing 15 different times of the day (4 of the same time), enabling children to have fun matching up and recognising the same time. There are also 2 levels of cards to choose from. 

These teaching time games are ideal for use in those ‘free’ lessons where children can choose an educational activity, or for after school fun with the rest of the family. 

Click here to buy our teaching time games – from just £10 per pack. 

Teaching time teacher and student cards 

Our TwinTime Cards have long been a popular teaching resource in schools. Made from high gloss write on wipe off PVC sheets, they enable teachers to configure the clock hands to a certain time and express in 12 and 24 hours or past and to format and for students to convert into the other on their own cards. 

Just because children are learning at home and not in the classroom, doesn’t mean you can’t take on the role of teacher and challenge children to write the time and practice their time telling skills.  

time teaching stickers

Make learning a rewarding experience with our Tell the Time Superstar stickers – free with every purchase of our TwinTime Cards this February!  

Free resources for teaching time to kids 

And for all those parents tearing their hair out over homeschooling, we have a range of free time teaching resources.  Here’s EasyRead’s Sue Shackleton explaining how they work: 

Please click here to access our range of free resources for teaching time.