Paper Plate Clock for Teaching Time

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January 6, 2019

Paper Plate Clock - finished clockThis is an inexpensive learning tool you can make to help your child learn time. This paper plate clock is made with household supplies you probably already have at home!


Total Time: 15-20 minutes


  • paper plate
  • paper fastener
  • stickers
  • scissors
  • construction paper
  • paper
  • thumbtack
  • Sharpie, pencil, or pen
Paper Plate Clock - supplies


  1. I used a scrap piece of printer paper and cut out an arrow. Then, I traced the arrow on black construction paper.
  2. Paper Plate Clock - cut out an arrow shape from scrap paper and then trace onto black construction paper
    Paper Plate Clock - traced arrow shape
  3. I cut another piece of black paper the same length and cut out both arrows together.
  4. Paper Plate Clock - lay the paper with the traced shape on top of another piece of black paper the same size
    Paper Plate Clock - cut out both arrows at once
  5. Then, cut one arrow shorter.
  6. Paper Plate Clock - cut one arrow shorter

  7. Using a thumbtack poke a hole in the center of the plate.
  8. Paper Plate Clock - use a thumbtack to poke a hole in the center of the paper plate
    Paper Plate Clock - tack in the center of the plate
  9. Poke a hole in the arrows with the tack, then you can attach the arrows to the paper clock with the fastener.
  10. Paper Plate Clock - use the fastener to poke a hole in the two arrows
    Paper Plate Clock - blue button shaped fastener through one arrow
    Paper Plate Clock - hands attached to the plate
  11. You could use a Sharpie to draw in the numbers for the clock, however since the paper plate has ridges the number would not show up nicely. Instead I cut square shapes from white stickers and on each square wrote the numbers.
  12. Paper Plate Clock - cut squares from white stickers
    Paper Plate Clock - write the numbers 1 - 12 on them

  13. Stick on the numbers to complete your clock.
  14. Paper Plate Clock - attach the numbers
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