Hama-Guri Learns How to Manage Time

Mumma got up to get a marker from the table outside. Then sat down and said, “you tell me. I will write it on the pebbles. Then you will know which one to put in.”

“You write yours first Mumma. Let me think.”

“Alright. These are my four.” Mumma replied writing on the stones with a marker. “Eat. Bath. Sleep. Study.”

“OK. These are mine.” Hama said. “Will you write them for me Mumma?”

“Sure. Go on.”

“Play. Ma-Door. Forest. Animals. Stories. Father’s study. Worm hunting. Television. Craft.”

“You still have one more to go Hama.”

He came up and gave his mother a big hug. “That’s the last one – Mumma’s cuddles.”

Learning: Time is important. So make the best use of it.

Things to Teach:

  • How to read a clock
  • About how the sand clock works
  • About how in olden days people used the sun dial to read the time
  • Times of the day (morning, noon, night) and why it happens
  • Sand clocks and how they work
  • Concept of time – from second to a year – and the need to learn how to manage time
  • Days of the week and the months
  • How the same moment is different times of the day in different parts of the world – and why
  • Why we shouldn’t waste time – devise some easy to understand time management tips

Fun Activities:

  • Read Eric Carle’s The Grouchy Ladybug to teach the little ones how to read a clock
  • For children who are a little older recite the poetry ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling and then explain it in simple words
  • Learn the ‘Cuckoo’ song from ‘The Sound of Music’
  • Visit a museum or an antiques shop to look for clocks from olden days
  • Find places where you can see clocks reading different times for different cities in the world (I have seen a few in luxury hotels)
  • See my Pinterest board for more fun activities on time management tips: Learn the Time


  • Make a paper clock. It’s a good way to start teaching kids on how to read a clock. Take a paper plate and put number sticker 1-12 on it. Not make the two. Clock arrows and position it in the middle using a brass paper

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