Game to review time with young learners

Here is a game I made up on the spot today to review time with my young learner class (6 year olds). Over the last couple of weeks we covered routines and telling the time (o’clock, half past, a quarter past and a quarter to).

For this activity you will need:

  • a whiteboard
  • a whiteboard marker
  • a “sticky ball”


  1. Draw various clocks on the board with different times (I did this while my students were completing their smart start, it only took a few minutes) like so:


  2. Have students stand in a line and throw the sticky ball at the board. Whichever box it lands in they have to tell the time on that clock.



You may find that after a while students start throwing them at the same clocks that they have produced before. Fear not for there is an easy solution! Start wiping out clocks after they have produced them, so they have to start producing the ones they don’t know so well.


Ways to extend this activity:

  • Have previous student ask following student “What time is it?” and following student answers (after throwing the ball) “It’s ……”
  • Play “Truth or lie” by having students throw the ball at a time and say something like “I go to bed at (time in the box)”, the other students then have to say if they think it is true or false (this can be spoken or a show of thumbs up/down etc…)
  • Introduce other times such as “ten to” or “five to” if they find it too easy.
  • Use sentences in 3rd person instead of 1st person such as “My Mum wakes up at 6 o’clock a.m.”
  • Use analog and digital time.

Do you have any more ideas on how to extend it or other ways to adapt this activity? Feel free to comment below. 🙂


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