Want to take your students on a journey through time? Dive into the fascinating world of clock history with our exciting timeline and ordering activities. These hands-on learning tools will engage your little ones as they explore how clocks have evolved over the years. Our fun Montessori history of clocks activities are perfect for boosting memory, logic and reasoning, and sequencing skills. Let’s get clocking!
Montessori History of Clocks Activities
By learning about the history of different inventions, children can develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of the interconnectivity of different aspects of human development. As Montessori educators, we understand that learning goes beyond memorization of facts and figures; it encompasses a deep understanding of the world around us.
By exploring the history and evolution of clocks, we are not only gaining knowledge about a particular invention, but we are also understanding the societal and technological advancements that have led us to the present day. Learning about clocks teaches children about the importance of timekeeping, the evolution of technology, and the impact of innovation on our daily lives. So, let’s dive into the captivating world of clock history!
Clocks 3-Part Cards
Montessori 3-part cards about the fascinating history of clocks are a stimulating way to guide children towards a deeper understanding of how clocks have changed over time. Each card illustrates different clock designs throughout history, ranging from sundial clocks to the hourglass, to the modern digital ones we see today.
There are 3 sets of cards included in this pack: one with the name of the object, date only, and another with both.
In addition, our 3-part cards come with a cover page.
Secure the cover page to an envelope to easily store your materials.
Make a History of Clocks Timeline
To prepare this material, you will need a few supplies: our printable timelines, glue or tape, and scissors.
Cut out your timeline neatly. Remove any excess white background that you do not need.
Align the two parts as best you can then glue or tape the them together. Easy peasy!
The final result will look something like this:
Besides the timeline, when offering this work to the children, you will need to provide glue. I love putting some in a small jar with a paintbrush.
How inviting is this?
The cut out pieces are in a small chest – a fun discovery for the children.
On the shelves, this material can resemble something like this:
Note: There are two options for the timelines included – choose the layout that works for your needs.
Timeline of clocks matching
Children can play a matching game to hone their skills. If they’re feeling extra inspired, they can even create their own labels! With some scrap paper and pencils, your little ones can have a blast writing down the names of each object. Get ready to explore the world of clocks with your amazing students!
To store this material on the shelves, we keep everything in a lovely woven basket. The date cards go in a small bag. There’s always a level of excitement involved in opening that little baggie to discover what’s inside!
Get creative: Use the clocks matching cards to make a timeline
Once they have their cards ready, children can unroll some paper and get creative with drawing. Drawing a line down the center and gluing their date and object cards on it will allow your students to see just how far apart some of these events were.
Clock booklet making or DIY 3-part cards
After using the 3-part cards, your children may enjoy making a set of their own! Montessori booklet making about the history of clocks is a wonderful tool that not only educates children about the fascinating evolution of timekeeping devices, but it also promotes fine motor skills, literacy, and critical thinking.
By creating their own booklets using the 3-part cards of the clocks, children get to explore the subject matter at their own pace. So let’s grab some coloured pencils, the printable cards, and get started on this fun and engaging project!
There are two versions of the cards available – one with a tracing font, and another with a blank space for children to write the words themselves.
After the images have been coloured and the children write the words, you can secure the cards together to make a fun booklet. Children will love to read their booklets again and again!
Alternative: Instead of using the cards to make a booklet, children can make their own 3-part cards. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to see them light up when they realize just how far we’ve come from the sun dial to digital watches!
History of clocks information Cards
Montessori information cards about the history of clocks are an exciting way to introduce children to the evolution of timekeeping. They can explore the intricacies of each clock and develop an appreciation for the technological advancements that have led to the clocks we use today.
Older children can use the information cards to work on their research skills. After reading an information card, they can fill in the blank card with a few basic facts about each clock.
For younger children, you can offer some work to practice handwriting and vocabulary. Let’s add some pizzazz with writing strips and a penmanship practice flip book.
Checkout these beautiful rainbow writing strips our daughter worked so meticulously on!
The concentration and hard-work that was involved in this! Observing these moments is so special!
Do you see the heart sticker? The different colours? She spent time picking which colours she wishes to use and the order in which she would use them.
Get the Printables
These activities will inspire your child’s curiosity and help them grasp the concept of time in a fun and engaging way.
Are you ready to turn your classroom into a time machine? The journey is waiting – let’s go!