Paper Plate Clock Craft

You can make your own clock out of a simple paper plate

Paper plate clock craft
Mother teaching daughter to read time on paper clock. Sydney Bourne / Getty Images

In this day and age, it is a little harder to teach kids about telling time and reading a clock simply because digital clocks are more commonly found in many homes that clocks. Use this fun craft to help them learn how to read a clock and about different times of day.

  • Age Guideline: 4 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper Plate
  • Crayons, Markers, or Paint
  • Construction Paper
  • Number stickers (1 to 12)
  • Paper Brad (Brass Paper Fastener)
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors


If desired, color or paint the back of the paper plate. That will be the face of the clock. Cut 12 small squares from construction paper. Place the numbers 1 to 12 on the squares, and then glue the squares in the appropriate spots on the paper plate. If you do not have number stickers, you can simply write the numbers onto the squares.

Draw two clock hands (arrows), one a little smaller than the other. Cut them out. Push the ends (without the arrows) of both clock hands onto the pointed ends of the paper brad, then poke the paper brad through the center of the paper plate clock face. The paper brad should be loose enough so that the clock hands can move around freely. It may be helpful to poke a small poke first using a craft knife.

The clock is now ready to use to practice telling time. Show your child how the hands on the clock move and explain how the numbers on the clock represent a time of day. To extend this activity even farther, cut pictures from magazines or use computer generated pictures to represent different activities that happen daily, such as wake up time, lunch time, play time, story time, etc.

Have kids match these to the appropriate time on their clock.