Ioan and Finn (5 and 3) are keen to start telling the time, so we started off by looking at where to position the numbers on our wooden clock. Then they had a go at making a mirror clock and recognising ‘to’ and ‘past’.


  • Circular mirrors
  • Bath crayons
  • Wooden Learning Clock by Universe of Imagination Discovery


First of all, I hid the wooden clock numbers around the garden for them to find. They had to hunt for them and put them in the right position.

Then they wrote their numbers in the correct position around the edge of their mirrors.

We worked on pointing to ‘past’ and ‘to’.

Finny showed us where ‘past’ was on the clock.

Ioan showed us ‘to’.

I then tested them by asking them to find a number I chose, then telling me if it was on the ‘past’ or ‘to’ side’. 7 month old Cici was sat on my knee and had a lot to say here.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)


ELG 11 – Numbers:

Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

ELG12 – Shape, space and measures:

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight and capacity to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.