CLOCK WATCHING

It would be so useful if the kids understood time so we could answer their incessant questions properly (Can I get up yet? In 30 minutes. What are minutes?)

Here are a few games they can play to help with that. Now to the burning question: Will we get time to ourselves today? YES! Each idea will take them 5 mins.

1 TIME FLIES Write the numbers 1-12 on 12 pieces of A4 paper (or similar). Make a cup of tea (essential — to you, not the game!). Arrange the numbers on the floor in the shape of a giant clock. Sit down with your cup of tea and call out times (1 o’ clock, 5 o’ clock, 12 o’ clock). Challenge your child to hop, run or crawl to the right number, depending on how much space you have.

2 RACE AGAINST TIME Set a timer (most phones have an app) and challenge your child to race through a task. You might ask them to tidy up (cunning), get dressed or do star jumps. Write down together how long it took. Set a new task.

3 A SET TIME Challenge your child to keep doing something for a set amount of time (start with 5 seconds, 30 seconds, one minute). Give them a task (colouring for example) and start the timer. They see the time moving on the clock as they go.

4 SHADOW FRIEND The kids visit their shadow at different times of day (it has to be a sunny day; shadows hide when it’s cloudy). They learn about how the sun moves. And we get to top up our tan, if only for 5 minutes.

5 CHANGING SEASONS Split a page in 4 and challenge them to draw something from a different season in each quarter. A snowman, an autumn leaf, the sun, a flower.

How did your child get on? Let us know over to Twitter! @5minutefun.

Article written by Sara Conway