This is a great way to get kids interested in time and is awesome for hand-eye coordination and to order numbers.
My daughter and I were having a tea party and I also wanted to set up a craft for us to do together. I decided we would make Clocks Craft out of Paper Plates that I picked up from the dollar store called the Dollar Tree, along with other supplies.
This is what we used to make our Paper Plate Clock Craft:
2 pieces of different colored construction paper
2 different colored Markers
To get started, I went ahead and blocked the numbers out for my daughter in alternating colors.
I then cut out the hands of the clock and set them up on the plate to make sure they would fit.
After centering them and cutting them a little shorter, I used the whole punch.
I then lined this up again in the middle and made a circle in the center with a pencil. This way I would know where to poke the hole for the metal paper fastener.
After, I poked the hole with a meat thermometer (you could also use an ice pick). I then handed over the plate, numbers, clock hands, paste, metal fastener, and safety scissors to my daughter so she could complete the craft. I suggest adult supervision depending upon the age when working with scissors.
I had made one of these in advance as a guide, and here is how I finished it.
I placed the 4 numbers first to help line up the others.
I pasted all the numbers down.
I then attached the hands with the metal fastener, and that was it. (FYI, I found these at Kmart.)
As my daughter put hers together, we discussed the order of numbers and the best way to place them. She was able to finish up her part of the craft with ease. We then talked about what time it was, and moved the hands to the proper spot. After that we hung our clocks up for all to see!
Have you made a Paper Plate Clock like this at home with your kids? What did you use?
If you try this out with your kids, let me know how it goes.