The beauty of teaching with iPads is that many interactive tell time app games go well beyond the simple “how to tell time” and bring in additional learning objectives such as math, English, art, spatial awareness, problem solving and hand-eye coordination – all important skills for whole brain learning in children.
The following iPad apps are all free to download but may include small popup ads. So make sure you disable Wi-Fi before each activity to prevent kids tapping on the ads, sharing files to social media and sending emails.
The App Store offers many great apps that teach children to tell time in a fun and interactive way using lots of sound effects, colors and measurable progressions. And we’ve listed the Top 10 for you here.
1. Interactive Telling Time Lite
The 2012 Parents’ Choice Silver Award winner, Interactive Telling Time Lite uses games and friendly voiceovers to make learning analog and digital clocks easy and fun. It includes 9 cool interactive clocks, with movable hour and minute hands specially designed for children’s small fingers! Levels increase in difficulty to help kids master telling the time, well, over time!
Download Interactive Telling Time Lite for the iPad free from the App Store.
2. Telling Time For Kids
Many hours of time-telling educational fun as children learn the relationship between the analog clock and the digital clock through animated storytelling and four levels of difficulty. Teach a foreign language at the same time with support for multiple languages spoken by native speaking voice actors!
Download Telling Time For Kids for the iPad free from the App Store.
3. Telling Time Quiz
Telling Time Quiz is great for teaching kids and ESL students to tell time. From easy to hard, this tell time iPad app includes 18 unique levels to improve tell time skills progressively. Kids race against the clock to match the clocks or let your children play at their own pace; you choose the settings.
Download Telling Time Quiz for the iPad free from the App Store.
4. Wake the Rooster by Telling Time
Your children play the role of Tiny Chicken to help the Rooster wake up on time and make his morning call to everyone on the farm. To achieve this task, your kids are challenged to set the analog alarm clock to certain times and be rewarded for correct answers with beautiful animations.
Download Wake the Rooster by Telling Time for the iPad free from the App Store.
5. Mr. Wolf?
For fans of the children’s game ‘What Time is it Mr Wolf?’ will enjoy this cool digital version. Children practice telling time in analog and digital formats and then get ready to run for their lives when the clock strikes ‘Dinner Time’! Kids love this fast-paced tell time iPad game as they run to the safe zone and escape the wolf!
Download Mr. Wolf? for the iPad free from the App Store.
6. Clockwork Puzzle
Clockwork Puzzle is an educational app that uses fun puzzles to teach kids how to read time. Five different types of puzzles keep children interested to play and learn. They can assemble pieces to create a completed clock board, set hour or minute numbers on the clock face or even set gears inside a clock by size and color.
Download Clockwork Puzzle for the iPad free from the App Store.
7. Telling Time Made Easy
Telling Time Made Easy is perfect for beginners just starting to learn to tell time. The interactive clocks make it very easy for teachers and parents to explain the concepts of telling time to kids. What’s more, this app includes some extra time-related games to improve kid’s math skills.
Download Telling Time Made Easy for the iPad free from the App Store.
8. Fun Telling Time Games
Fun Telling Time Games is another beginner level app for children using cute animal themed clocks that will keep your child’s attention as they try to set the analog clocks to the time shown in digital formats.
Download Fun Telling Time Games for the iPad free from the App Store.
9. Kids Time Telling
Kids Time Telling is the kindergarten-friendly time game for toddlers. Teach toddlers how to tell hours, quarters and minutes with cute animations, analog clocks, written forms and clear voiceovers. The quiz feature is great for developing cognitive skills while playing games.
Download Kids Time Telling for the iPad free from the App Store.
10. Preschool EduKidsRoom
Preschool EduKidsRoom is a fantastic all-in-one learning resource for the iPad that combines tell time learning with 6 other cool interactive educational games for preschoolers. If you want, though it’s not necessary, get the upgraded version and jump from 7 to a full 16 different educational games for children; unlimited educational fun!
Download Preschool EduKidsRoom for the iPad free from the App Store.
This opportunity to teach kids how to use iPads as a learning tool will boost their enthusiasm for using technology to learn other skills rather than as a distraction from their studies. Any schools using Android will be happy to learn that Google Play offers some great free Android apps for teaching children and ESL learners to tell time as well.