Now, I'm not sure how old most kids are when they start to tell time. Mine are not there yet and are not anywhere close. But, we are trying to teach Addi simple clock recognition skills so she knows when bed time is and when she is allowed to get out of bed in the mornings. I decided to go ahead and make her a paper plate clock she could play with and I made a few "flash cards" for when the day comes where we do want to actually teach her how to tell time.
I used two different size paper plates. I used stickers on the inside plate to represent the hours and i wrote the minutes on the outside plate (sorry it's kind of hard to see in the picture). I cut out the two hands from foam and used a brad to secure everything. I choose to use two different colors for the hands so they can easily recognize which one is the long and short hand.
The flashcards I made have two different sides. On one side is a picture of a clock. The child can replicate the picture on their paper plate clock and then read the time.
On the other side is the digital reading of the time. Use these to see if the child can figure out what the analog clock would look like with this same time.
Another activity would be to play with the paper plate clock and then have the child draw a picture of the time in the digital and analog format they choose.