Teacher Mama: O’Clock Cards- Games for Teaching Time to the Hour

Here is a set of cards I created for working with my son on “O’Clock” times.  Print the template, cut out the cards and then use them to play one or more of the games listed below.



Note: It is best to print the cards on thicker paper so you cannot see the card face through the paper. 

Simple Check: Before I started any of these games with my son, I wanted to get an idea of where he was in his understanding of O’Clock times. I laid out all the clock face cards (face up) on the table and then laid all the time cards  on the floor next to us, face up as well.  I had my son read a clock face and then put the correct time card on top of it.  Turns out he knew all of his O’Clocks so we were good to go with the rest of the games. 🙂

Memory (Concentration): Lay all cards face down. Choose two cards and place them face up. If the time and the clock face match, the player keeps those cards. If the cards do not match, flip the cards back over and the next player takes his turn.

Go Fish: Deal out 4 cards to each player.  Place the rest of the cards in a pile in the center of the playing area.  Player 1 asks player 2 if they have a certain time (from their hand of cards)- it may be a clock face or a written time.  If player 2 has the matching card, he gives it to player 1. If not, the player 1 takes a card from the pile and adds it his hand and player 2 takes his turn.

Old Maid:  Remove one card from the pile. It’s matching card is now the “Old Maid” card.  Deal out all the cards and remove all pairs from your hand.  Player 1 offers his “hand” to player 2 who chooses one card. If that card makes a match, pull out the pair. If it does not make a match, the player adds that card to his hand.  Continue until the only card left is the “Old Maid.”  The player holding the “Old Maid” at the end of the game “loses.”

Snap: Deal out the entire deck of cards to the players.  Each player places one card in the center at the same time.  When the cards match, the first player to say, “Snap!” gets to keep both cards.  The player with the most cards at the end of the game “wins.”

Make a Time: Use these cards in conjunction with our teaching clock.  Put all the face cards aside and place the written times face down. Have your child pick a card and make that time on the clock.  You can also make a time on the clock and have your child find the correct written time.

My youngest played his own version of the O’Clock Card Game….

For more about teaching time see our post, Teacher Mama: A Teaching Clock.

To request a template, email a request to stephanie@boymamateachermama.com 

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2 thoughts on “Teacher Mama: O’Clock Cards- Games for Teaching Time to the Hour

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