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What's the time Tiddler?

What's the time Tiddler?

*** These activities all relate to the concept of time and can not be ticked off in an hour or two!


Tiddler was always late for school! Maybe he wasn't very good at understanding time. Turning up late means you will have missed some of the fun. To help you get ready for when we can all be back in school together and make sure you aren't late like Tiddler, here are some fun activities to help you develop your understanding of time.

Don't be like Tiddler and remember ... learning is cool be early for school!


Measuring Time - Warm up

In the activity, 'What's the Time, Tiddler?' we are beginning to develop the children's concept of time. To begin to develop an understanding that we can measure time we are going to count how many of different activities can be done in one minute. If you have an egg timer, phone timer or similar then you could use that. Otherwise there is a timer link below.

Challenge your child to see how many of any activity they can do in one minute.  How many jumps can you do?  How many times can you run to the fence and back?  How many star jumps can you do on the trampoline? How many times can you write your name? (correct formation please!) How many Lego blocks can you join together to make a tower?

Make up any type of activity that works for you and your child.

Support your child in counting accurately. 

If you want to record the numbers on a table that would be super, then you can try to improve on them tomorrow!

1 Minute Timer

Visual Timetable

We would like you to create a visual timetable for a part of your day.  It can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be.  

The purpose of the visual timetable is to continue our work from last week using the vocabulary, 'before and after' and 'first, next and last (or 'then' depending on the context).

Perhaps you would like to create your morning routine. So you will draw or create pictures to represent all the different segments of the routine. For example - get up, clothes on, eat breakfast, drink milk, brush teeth, wash face. 

Once you have created the pictures you can practise ordering them together. First we get up. Next we put clothes on. Then we... 

Encourage your child to try to order the pictures. Can they use the vocabulary first, next, last and before and after?

There is a visual timetable display to stick them onto if you need one. It might be much more fun to create your own using a theme chosen by your child. 

Talk about your routine asking questions using 'before' and 'after'. What do we do before we brush our teeth? What do we do after we drink our milk?

Morning, Afternoon, Evening, Night

Vocabulary for your child to start to become more familiar with as they develop their understanding of the passing of time.

Some of you have already tried the 'When' thinking skills activity but if you haven't you can find it in Key Skills Development (below the rainbow icon link for this weeks activities) then under Thinking Skills and Problem Solving.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Daily, perhaps whilst eating dinner or out for a walk, talk about events that happened yesterday, what has happened today, and what will happen tomorrow.

With enough repetition, this will have a great impact on your child's confidence to talk in the different tenses.  It will also help your child to develop their understanding of the concept of time.

You could try to make an 'event diary'.  Every day you take a photo, draw a picture or stick in something memorable. Then add a sentence or two.  It takes only minutes to do but is excellent to support your talk about yesterday, today and tomorrow, and enables you to use longer units of time - last week/month/year.