Paper Plate Clock

Learning to tell the time is so tricky. Have fun learning to tell the time by making your own paper plate clock. The Popsicle stick hands can be moved around to change the time on the clock.


    • Paper plate
    • Paint (or crayons, pens etc) to decorate
    • 2 popsicle (lolly) sticks
    • Hole punch
    • Butterfly clip (paper fastener)
    • Marker pen
    • Skewer to make a hole
    • Ribbon/string and sticky tape to hang up

How to Make a Paper Plate Clock

cheap materials

  • Decorate the paper plate.

  • When dry, carefully poke a hole through the middle of the plate with a skewer.
  • Write numbers around the edges with a marker pen.

  • Cut popsicle sticks to the right length to make a big hand and a little hand.
  • Using a hole punch, make a hole at one end of both popsicle sticks.

  • Feed the butterfly clip (paper fastener) through the holes in both popsicle sticks then feed through the hole in the middle of the paper plate and secure at the back.
  • If you want to hand the clock up, attach a loop of ribbon or string to the back with tape.

  • Your clock is now ready to play with! The hands can move round to make different times.

After my preschooler watched me write the numbers on the clock, she wanted to have a go too. We cut small squares of paper to stick onto the clock.

Telling the Time Extension ideas

  • Make a mouse to go with your clock and sing Hickory Dickory Dock nursery rhyme.
  • Play What’s The Time Mr. Wolf?

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