Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Learning to Tell Time: Masjid Clock

Assalamu alaikum,

After children have been introduced to the passage of time using these puzzles insha'Allah, they move toward learning to tell time insha'Allah. The five daily prayers are an excellent way to introduce or supplement a lesson focused on learning how to tell time insha'Allah. These are fixed times of the day that most children are already familiar with because they observe them being performed in the home insha'Allah. So the idea of "it's time for..." is already a concept that exists in the child's mind insha'Allah.

*Note: I uploaded a new version of the Arabic clock because it had 13 instead of 12! opps! Please re-download if neeeded. My apologies.*

To help in this activity (learning to tell time), children can make a little masjid clock of their own insha'Allah:

Children can colour their clocks insha'Allah and the clocks are easy to assemble Alhamdulillah.

To assemble the clock:

1). On cardstock, print enough clock templates for each child insha'Allah.
2). Invite the child to cut the clock and its hands out.
3). Invite the child to colour the clock (optional)
4). With a brad (the little gold thing that holds that hands on the clock) secure the hands to the clock.

Your done alhamdulillah!

Here are the files in Arabic and English insha'Allah:

Enjoy insha'Allah!


  1. Assalamu alaykum,

    Jazakilillaahu khairan ukhti! Masha'Allaah that will be very handy for us right now, as we're just working on time. Unfortunately have just run out of ink :( so will have to wait until I can print it out, but alhamdulillaah.

  2. Wa iyaki dear sis. Oh, and I would love to see your kids completed clocks insha'Allah. If you give permission I can put pictures of them in this post insha'Allah. Pls. let me know insha'Allah. Oh, I saw your blog...it's beautiful masha'Allah! I have to go back and spend more time there insha'Allah.

    Jazakillahu khayr

  3. Assalamu alaykum dear sister,
    i like this one - and i did not think of teaching my 3 years old boy the clock until now - but probabably he's able to understand?! but i want to ask - in which way did you use it exactly? when it is prayer time you adjust the right time and explain it to your kids? i'm kinda tired right now and not able to think - sorryyy ^^

    wassalamu alaykum,
    Umm Muhammad

  4. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

    At 3 years old, he will be able, insha'Allah, to understand some basics.

    1). When your child asks about something or when you notice the time for salat is near, say, "We will pray dhur at 1:00pm, when the big hand (move the big hand on his clock as you say this) is pointing here (point to the 12) and when the small hand is pointing here (move the small hand to the number 1)". You can briefly show him, prior to doing this, which hand is the big hand and which is the small hand. You will most likely have to remind him as this is something children easily forget and it is normal.

    2). Whenever you can, include time and the clock in his life. This way when he is about 4/5 years old the idea of telling time will not be foreign to him insha'Allah.

    Usually, telling time is introduced in schools around kindergarten and grade 1. Before then parents can include time in their child's day in simple ways that will help the child grasp the idea easily when the formal instruction of telling time begins and waallahu alim.

    Jazakillahu khayr dear sis Naddlie99

  5. Oh! I just realized that it was Umm Muhammad asking that question!...lol...I hope the information helps dear sis Umm Muhammad.


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