Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wacky Week Wednesday – It's About Time Week 12/25-31

Hourglasses, water clocks, and sundials were the first measurements of time. It wasn't until the 1300's that mechanical clocks were introduced. But these early mechanical clocks were nothing like our mechanical clocks today. They used weights, only chimed on the hour, did not have hour or minute hands, and were not very accurate. In the 1400's, smaller coiled springs were introduced to allow smaller clocks to be produced; and in the mid-1600's, the accuracy of clocks keeping time grew more accurate. But it was in the early 1800's that clock making really took off. Eli Terry's techniques and interchangeable parts allowed clocks to be mass produced; therefore, driving down the cost of making a clock; thus, making them affordable to common people.
Clocks are cool; from the early sundials and water clocks to the cesium fountain atomic clock which is off by only one second every twenty million years. Now, that's pretty accurate.

Everyone knows The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle but two more good time books are:

And speaking of The Grouchy Ladybug. . . Make a ladybug clock.

Materials: 2 paper plates, pre-made clock face & 2 arrows (1 large, 1 small), red paint, paint brush, glue, 2 brads, hole puncher, scissors, black construction paper, and a black marker

Directions: Paint paper plates - 1 front and 1 back side.

Glue clock face onto center of the red front plate. Attach the 2 arrows to the middle of the clock on the paper plate with brad. Fold in half and cut the plate with its outside painted. Punch hole near top. This will be the wings and will open and close to show the clock on the inner plate. Attach a black construction paper head. Add eyes and black spots with marker.

A couple of neat websites to visit are:

(match o'clock words to time on analog clock)

(match digital to analog; hour & half hour)

Here's a fun group activity.

Play Big Bad Wolf time (similar to Red Light, Green Light). Select one child to be the wolf. He faces away from the other children who are lined up. The wolf says, “It is now one o'clock.” The children freeze as the wolf swirls around to try and catch someone moving. Those children are sent back to the start line. Repeat with the time moving from one to twelve o'clock. Whoever reaches the wolf before twelve o'clock will become the new wolf.

I have many Telling Time products in my store. Here is a link:

And here is my best telling time seller:

Have a marvelous time this week!!

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