Instructional Construction

One of our favorite paper mills, Neenah Paper was running a contest to create a clock face using their ESSE and OXFORD papers. Right around this time, both of our boys were struggling to understand why “when the big hand is on the 8, it’s actually 40.” It’s not an easy thing to explain in words while pointing to a clock on the wall. BUT, to use color and numbers…?! Well now we were on to something!

Building a clock where the kids could move the hands and see the relationship to the numbers created an almost immediate comprehension. As if THAT was not rewarding enough, since the contest and the exposure the clock got, several teachers have gotten in touch with us that they found this a novel idea for teaching reading a clock, and had adopted it into their classrooms.

Therefore, as a follow-up to the project, you can now download your very own Color-Coded Clock to assemble. ENJOY!