How to make a clock for kids? This traditional paper plate craft for kids of all ages has a twist…it is a paper clock craft that kids can use to practice how to tell time on a clock with a secret place to check their time telling skills. This telling time teaching clock is great for kids – preschool, Kindergarten & beyond – learning how to read an analog clock.

two types of paper plate clock crafts for preschool kids to make a paper clock craft and then use it to practice their time telling skills - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make clocks & then practice how to tell time!

DIY Clock Craft for Kids

Have you ever wondered how to teach your kids to tell time? Try making this paper plate clock with things you already have at home. It is easy how to make a clock for kids…it takes just a few minutes to make and your kids will have fun learning to tell time. 

Related: How to Tell Time

This preschool clock craft is great fun to make and works well for kids in the classroom or at home.

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Supplies Needed for Making Paper Plate Clock Craft

supplies for making diy clock using paper plates
Gather your supplies to make this simple and fun DIY clock to learn telling time.

Instructions for Making Paper Plate Clock Craft

Step 1 – Number the Clock Face

Step 1 - Paper plate with numbers written on like clock
Write the numbers for the clock on the paper plate. 

Take a marker and write the numbers for the clock on one paper plate. Follow a clock you have at home as your clock template.

Step 1 b - Minute hand and hour hand on a foam sheet drawn using pen
Cut them using scissors and use them on the other side so that the markings are not visible

Step 2 – Craft the Clock Hands

Step 2 - How the paper plate clock looks at front and back after attaching the clock hands
Add a dollop of hot glue to the back of the paper plate to avoid poking the pushpin. Use pliers in case you want to bend the pin a little bit.

Make clock hands on a foam sheet using a ruler and a pencil or pen. One tall hand as minute hand and one shorthand as the hour hand. Cut them using scissors. 

Step 3 – Assembling the DIY clock 

Step 3 - Cut the paper plate clock in between the numbers
Use scissors and cut in between the numbers
  1. Stack the two paper plates on top of each other with the one showing the clock face on top.
  2. Place the minute hand on the top of the hour hand and poke a hole on one side using a push pin.
  3. Then mark the center of the paper plate and poke a hole.
  4. Attach the clock hands through the center hole of the paper plate that extends through both paper plates stacked together.

Step 4 – Make the Minute Peek Windows

Now use scissors and cut between each number as shown.

Step 4 - Add the minutes of the clock to the second paper plate under
Colorful minutes for easy recognition.

Make sure you don’t go beyond the center circle of the paper plate where the clock hands are. 

Step 5 – Add the Minutes Under the Flap

Step 5 - Homemade clock using paper plate is done
Homemade clock using paper plates is now ready to teach your kids the art of telling time.

Use colorful markers to write the corresponding minutes under each number on the second paper plate below. Your DIY paper plate clock is now ready!

If you are feeling more crafty and wanted to try a different type of DIY clock that rotates to view the minutes. Keep reading… 

Another Variation of How to Make a Clock for Kids

We thought it would be fun to make a variation of this paper plate craft for older kids or that works well as a learning tool in the preschool classroom. Here are the steps you can take to make this paper clock.

Supplies Needed

supplies for rotating paper clock
Try this version of a paper plate clock for non-stop fun.

How to Make the Paper Clock Variation

Step 1

Step 1 - Draw two circles on the plate for the clock
Use plates and jumbo markers cap as templates for drawing circles if you don’t have a compass.

Draw two circles- one big for the clock and another small one about 1/2″ diameter for minutes using a pen or pencil on one of the paper plates. I am not mentioning the size here as it depends on the size of the paper plate you are using.

Use a craft knife to cut the circles.

Step 2

Step 2 - glue the cardstock and use markers to write clock numbers and minutes
Write the clock numbers and minutes using markers

Next, use two different color cardstock to cut two circles to glue on the other paper plate. One circle should be of the size that fits the center part of the paper plate and another circle that is 1/8″ larger than the big circle that you drew in the previous step.

Glue the cardstock one above the other on the paper plate using a glue stick. 

Step 3

Step 3 - Glue the plastic sheet on the inside of the paper plate
Use markers to mark the plastic sheet and trim the excess with scissors to fit the sheet inside the plate.

Place the other paper plate on top of the paper plate you just glued with cardstock. Use markers to write the numbers for the clock and also rotate the paper plate and write the corresponding minutes to each number in the small circle. 

Step 4 – Assembling the plate clock

  • Remove the top plate and glue the plastic sheet on the inside of the paper plate using hot glue or clear tape. 
  • Now place the plate covered with a plastic sheet on the other paper plate.
  • Use the same method as the previous one to make clock hands and attach them in the center to complete the clock. 
Finished Paper plate clock with rotating minutes for preschool kids
Teach time using the simple homemade paper clock using paper plates


  • We love this idea for a routine clock, a visual reminder of a kids schedule.  You can easily make this school clock that could be used for all sorts of different kid routines.
  • We talked about counting down to a special event…here is a Christmas countdown clock to keep kids anticipating AND counting!
  • Need help keeping track of a Kindergarten homeschool schedule?  Check out these ideas for things that really work!
  • We have some mom-tested, kid-tested kids schedule ideas that really work in the real world.
  • And if you have a preschooler at home, check out our easy to follow preschool schedule.
Two different paper clock for preschool kids to teach time
Perfect preschool clock to teach time to your little ones

Related: How to read a thermometer is fun with this printable, craft & learning activity!

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Which one of the two is your favorite Homemade paper clock to teach kids how to tell time? Tell me in the comments below.  

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  2. Not sure that I have any creative ideas for fun things to do with paper plates, but I do have a suggestion since your family has upped its disposable products use. Consider using biodegradable disposable dishware. Not only can these products be composted which reduces the waste in our landfills, but unlike their petroleum-based counterparts which are toxic, biodegradable dishware is made for plant materials and is toxic-free.

  3. I just bought a bunch of those Hefty plates for a party I’m hosting! Now I have to resist your crafts so I can actually use them for the party. LOL But if we have any leftover, I”ll be headed to your site for some inspiration. great ideas!

  4. We used to always draw a face on the plate, then use a hole punch to cut a tiny hole in the mouth. We’d take a yellow piece of yarn, thread it through, and then tie knots on the ends. When we pulled the yarn, it looked like the face was eating spaghetti. As kids, we thought it was so funny. 🙂

  5. You must be so busy! Moving isn’t always fun but it does stretch your creativity where the children are concerned doesn’t it? 🙂

  6. What a pretty paper plate clock!
    When my kids were younger, we made new years countdown clocks with punches at the numbers with curling ribbon. The kids listed their top 12 memories of the year : ) It’s so cute to go back and see what they were thinking back then!