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Wooden Clock Puzzle - Numeracy / Literacy Resource
Wooden Clock Puzzle - Numeracy / Literacy Resource
Wooden Clock Puzzle - Numeracy / Literacy Resource

Wooden Clock Puzzle - Numeracy / Literacy Resource

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 Wooden Clock Puzzle


Beautifully crafted, high quality clock puzzle with chunky pieces.

The puzzle has a base, as well as pieces that pull out and can be put together again, as shown in the photos.

The core has clues to help tell the time. All materials used are child-safe and non-toxic.


Some learning focus ideas for this resource:

Younger children learn to recognise numerals

Children learn to tell the time to the half hour

Learn that number lines can be curved not just straight

Discuss differences and similarities between digital and analog clocks

Learn how to represent the ‘oclock’ position - Hour Hand: shorter hand – the number the hour hand points to represents the o’clock time.

Identifying the hands and what they represent

Show each hour starting from 1:00, leave 6:00 and 12:00 to last

Physically move hands on a clock to show the time given orally

Eventually link digital clock to analogue clock

Recognise that digitally, o’clock times are shown as _ _:00

Minute hand points to 6 in ‘half past’ times

Fraction understanding: the minute hand has travelled half way around the clock

Understand that as the minute hand moves around the clock the hour hand moves only a small distance

At half past the hour the hour hand will be half way between two numbers

Recognise that Half past times are shown as _ _:30 on a digital clock

Times may be spoken as ‘half past’ or ‘_ thirty’

Learn that the same time occurs twice each day; e.g. 8 o’clock in the morning and 8 o’clock at night

Distinguish between am (morning) and pm (afternoon)

Minute hand points to 3 in ‘quarter past’ times

Fraction understanding: the minute hand has travelled a quarter of the way around the clock

Time to the 5 Minutes:

Ability to count in fives to sixty

Recognise each digit represents a multiple of five.

Recognising that when the minute hand moves from one digit to the next, five minutes has passed.

Link _ _:15, quarter past to _ _ fifteen


Why are puzzles an important part of a prepared learning environment?

"As the child explores the environment, she becomes aware of and interested in the variety of colours and shapes in the indoor and outdoor environment. This is the time to give very simple shape and colour puzzles as children love to put things inside containers, such as puzzle pieces in spaces that match.

Through early experiences with such puzzles, children can develop many useful skills: handling materials, refining movement, completing a cycle of activity, carrying out logical steps in order, solving problems. There is a built in control of error in puzzles so the child can judge for herself, without the help of another person, if the work has been done correctly. This is high-level mental activity." (Olaf, 2009). 

How to invite learning and play with our Montessori inspired puzzles:

Setting up your playroom with purpose can make such a difference in how your child engages and explores. Follow these quick set up tips to help ensure your playroom is set up for learning success:

1. Display your puzzles on a shelf, making it easier for your child to see what is available and to select what interests them.

2. Make sure it's aesthetically pleasing and inviting - use one of our custom made play trays or a basket to make it more attractive and appealing to your child.

3. What goes together? By using one of our custom made play trays or a basket, you show your child what belongs together which helps them learn to keep all the necessary items together.

4. Set your child up for success - prepare the environment so that they can help themselves and be resourceful, make sure everything your child needs for the activity is on hand for them to engage with independently, a younger child might need your assistance more but over time they will exercise their own sense of agency and autonomy in their play.

5. Change up how an activity is presented for play. Set up your puzzle completed on the shelf, or change it up and have the puzzle pieces in a tray or basket on the left next to the empty puzzle base on the right. Providing opportunities like this for your child to track movement form left to right is an indirect preparation for reading in the play environment (Davies, 2019)



Please Read:

As this is a product from wood please be aware that measurements are approximate and the product you receive will vary due to the look of the  wood. Our toys will have their own unique wood grains, wood knots, individual characteristics and sizes are approximate. Your product will not look exactly the same as the picture shown. Refunds and returns will not be provided on the basis of the look of your product as all products will vary with the look of their natural wood and the way they are made due to the nature of the product being wooden. 

Warning: Choking hazard. This product is only suitable for children aged 3 years old and above. This product is not to be used with children under 3 years of age or children who put items/objects into their mouths as it contains small parts which can be a choking hazard.

Direct parental supervision is required during play and use of this product. This product should be checked each time prior to use and must be discarded immediately if you find any damage or other safety concerns.

Disclaimer and Child Safety:

The Play Emporium does not take any responsibility or liability in any damages, injury, accident or illness that occurs from or during use of toys and products sold: The purchaser of all products agrees that it is the parent and/or guardian of the child's responsibility to ensure all products and toys are in safe to use condition and parents and/or guardians are to directly supervise children at all times and ensure the safety of children and all others using our products and toys.

If products and toys show any sign of damage or safety concerns they should be discarded immediately. Our toys and products should not be used for any other purpose or in any other way than what they are intended for. Only children aged 3 years and older and who do not put items in their mouth during play should be allowed to play with any products and toys sold by The Play Emporium.