Simple Telling Time Memory Game

Learning to tell time can be tricky for even the brightest of kids, but there are ways to approach that won’t overwhelm your child and will even be fun!  The classic Memory game using matching pictures practices many important skills, such as short-term memory and speedy recognition. Use those same rules of the game to make a version that helps young learners practice telling analog and digital time.

Simple Telling Time Memory Game

What You Need:

What You Do:

  1. Cut out 20 analog and 20 digital clock patterns.
  2. With your child, program pairs of clocks – one analog and one digital – with matching times. For third grade, you will want to keep the times to 5-minute intervals.
  3. Once the clocks are programmed, shuffle them together like a deck of cards. Lay them face down in an 8 x 5 grid (total of 40 cards). The child turns over two cards in an attempt to make a match between a digital and analog clock.
  4. If they match, the child keeps the pair and earns another turn. If they do not match, she replaces them face down. The parent now turns over two cards.
  5. Play continues until all the pairs are matched. The player with the most matches wins.

As your child becomes more proficient at telling time, create new matches that are more challenging by programming the clocks to the nearest minute. You can add time phrase matches too, such as 8:15 and quarter after eight.

This memory game is so easy to set up and play, but it’s so effective.  Your child will be telling you what time it is in no time!

About Denise

Denise is the owner of Game On Mom, a family-friendly blog. She is the mother of a 6-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl, she eats too much pizza, and a tangled Slinky is no match for her.


  1. My daughter has been having trouble with telling time at school, so this will come in handy.

  2. Helen J. says:

    It’s so simple, but it makes sense

  3. I’ve always liked playing matching games with my children and now grandchildren. It really seems to help them catch on. I am glad you shared this because no one, school included, seems to teach time with a regular clock.

  4. Danielle S says:

    As a mom that home schooled all six of my kids, this is really a good way for children to learn how to tell time.

  5. Michele Pineda says:

    Definitely some great tips to make learning to tell time fun, my grandsons can do ok with the the digital stuff, but looking at a regular clock and they are lost, so I will definitely have to try this.

  6. Telling time, especially analog, is not easy. Digital is easier–but I think it is important that children ;earn both. This is a great way to teach them.

  7. Hannah C says:

    This is a really good idea for kids to remember how to tell time. I love it.

  8. Audrey Stewart says:

    I am glad you did this post. The schools make them learn time with a regular clock.

  9. Hillary Franklin says:

    This is simple and concise for kids to learn telling time. I wish the schools would make things like this more practical for kids.

  10. This would have helped me when I was trying to teach my grand daughter 2 weeks ago. Oh boy what a job that was!