Explain how a clock's hands track seconds, minutes, and hours.


Review the definitions of seconds, minutes, and hours.

Teach children how clocks represent seconds, minutes, and hours.

Complete the steps below until children perfectly master the tasks.



Tell children a clock has three moving rectangular shaped hands. Show children the image below and point out the three types of hands.

  • The second hand is the fastest and often the thinnest, like a fast, sleek rabbit.
  • The hour hand is the shortest and slowest, like a slow turtle.
  • The minute hand is faster than the hour hand, but slower than the second hand.


  • Have children identify the hour, minute, and second hands on the clocks below.