Learning to tell time is a milestone in every child’s early learning experience, and it’s a great feeling to know that your students can finally read that big black and white clock hanging on the classroom wall. Not only is this DIY chalkboard clock easy to make, but it’s the perfect way to help kids learn how to tell time. Teachers or parents can write the time on the face of the easily erasable wooden plaque, and the student makes sure that the writing matches the hands.
DIY Chalkboard Clock Supplies:
- Darice Round Wooden Plaque
- Chalkboard Paint
- Darice Sponge Paintbrush
- Set of Self-Adhesive Clock Numbers
- Darice Clock Hands
- Thumb Tack
Step 1. Begin by applying a first coat of chalkboard paint to your wooden plaque and allow that to dry. Paint two more coats, allowing it to dry in between. Chalkboard paint tends to dry in mysterious ways, so make sure you paint the first two coats in the same direction, and then apply the third in the opposite direction. Leave overnight to cure.
Step 2. Once the paint has fully cured, you will need to season it with chalk. Cover the board completely with a piece of chalk, and then wipe it off with a damp cloth. This ensures that the paint will “let go” of the chalk when you’re erasing it.
Step 4. With your self-adhesive clock numbers, start with the 4 corners of the clock – 12, 3, 6 and 9 – and then work your way in. Now your clock is ready to help you teach! You can write the time anywhere on the clock face and easily wipe it off.
Make learning to tell time fun with this adorable and easy to make chalkboard clock.
If you enjoyed this project, try making this handmade papercut floral detail clock!
Thanks to Tara, a former teacher and current blogger at Suburble, for this fun teacher’s post!