talking about daylight savings with kids: turn and tell clock

This play-focused, build those super-important foundational skills idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.

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For many parents, Daylight Saving Time is a totally uninvited, unwelcome guest.

With a simple flick of the clock hands, we magically “spring” forward or “fall” back.  And our children’s fragile sleep patterns which take weeks–months even!–to establish are thrown to the wayside.  Kids jump out of bed at 5 o’clock in the morning instead of 6 o’clock.   They can barely keep their eyes open through dinner, and it’s an honest-to-goodness song and dance to keep them awake until 7 at night.

Though understanding the “why” behind Daylight Saving Time may be a little difficult for most kids (and adults, too!), many kids can more clearly understand the concept of that lost or gained hour with the help of a hands-on learning clock like Melissa & Doug’s Turn & Tell Clock.daylight saving time turn and tell clock collage 1

For the few days leading up to Daylight Saving Time, in a free moment here or a free moment there, I would ask my kids to use the hands on the  Turn & Tell Clock to show me the time when:

  • we leave our house for school;
  • he or she eats lunch at school;
  • school ends;
  • we usually eat dinner;
  • we start baths and books before bed;
  • different activities begin and end, like soccer, Brownies, religion class, and gymnastics.

They could always check their work with the numeric, or analog clock by opening a small window on the clock’s face where the same time would be shown “digitally”.

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And then I simply reminded them that Daylight Saving Time was going to begin late, late Saturday night (November 2) into early, early Sunday morning when they were still sleeping.  What Daylight Saving Time meant was that the clocks were turned back one hour in the fall and moved forward one hour in the spring to move sunlight to  better hours for workers.

So after I asked them to show me the times as mentioned above, I challenged then by asking them to show me:

  • one hour before or one hour after;
  • thirty minutes before or after;
  • fifteen minutes before or after;
  • five minutes before or after.

And they’d move the hands, tell me the time, and then check in the little window to see if they were correct.

Here’s to hoping that the every family really does enjoy that “extra’ hour of sleep and that learning to tell time is made so much more fun for everyone with the help of the Turn & Tell Clock!

 

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