Today's activity is "What's in a minute?"
The last day of the week and what to end it with but a game to expel some energy and have some fun finding out about a minute! Yesterday we looked at the hours on a clock. If you haven't done that activity then please do that one first before moving on and completing this activity. Now we are moving on to learning about minutes!
Go back to the clock you use yesterday and explain that the long hand moves around and shows the minutes. Explain that there are 60 minutes in every hour, and even better than that there are 60 seconds in a minute! You can talk with your child to explain that we use minutes to help us with smaller tasks such as baking cookies without burning them, or for not wasting time - it wouldn't make sense to use just hours as these can be long and you could be waiting around lots. By using minutes we can make the most of each day.
Today we want your child to have a sense of what a minute actually feels like! You will need a stopwatch or a timer - you can use your mobile phone, a sports stopwatch, a minute sand timer, a kitchen egg timer or online timer/clock.
Ask your child to think of different ways to move - clap, jump, star jump, marching on the spot, skipping, tapping their shoulders etc. If you wanted to you could write these down and put them in a bowl and make it into a lucky dip. For each activity they have to complete it for a minute. They can count how many claps, jumps and marching on the spot that they do in a minute. Do they get lots done or not many? You can ask how it feels to do it for one whole minute - 60 seconds!
You can reinforce this concept through activities such as brushing your teeth, timing how long it takes to get dressed etc.
Need a stepping stone?
This activity is all about just exploring what can be done in a minute. Whilst they may find this difficult to understand, the activity above will give a greater understanding of what a minute is. This is the beginning of exploring the clock and time so just keep practising, making reference to it and talking about it together over time.
Need a further challenge?
If your child is comfortable with the concept of 60 seconds in a minute, what a minute and an hour is then you could have a go at the following sorting activity. It should generate good discussion and embed their knowledge and understanding of short lengths of time. You don't need to print off the document if you would prefer to either make your own of discuss it orally on screen.