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Hayden’s Bedtime Clock Craft

Combining aspects of bedtime routines, seeking comfort and telling the time, today we are going to create a piece that involves fine motor, mathematical and interpersonal skills. Using the literature to discuss the character’s feelings, and relating his routine to our own experiences, children will reflect a part of  their personal life through visual art, counting and telling the time. 


Early Years Learning Framework (birth to five) –

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity – Children feel safe, secure, and supported.

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing – Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing.

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners – Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials.

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators – Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts.


Australian Core Curriculum Content Descriptions (Foundation to Year One) –


Responding to literature: Share feelings and thoughts about the events and characters in texts (ACELT1783)


Using units of measurement: 

Compare and order duration of events using everyday language of time (ACMMG007)

Tell time to the half-hour (ACMMG020)

Visual Arts

Create and display artworks to communicate ideas to an audience (ACAVAM108)


Age Range –

3 – 6 years


Discussion –

Look at the cover of Hayden’s Bedtime. How do you think the boy is feeling, and why? How do you feel about going to bed? What does your bedtime routine look like? What time do you start getting ready for bed?

What might be some reasons for not wanting to go to bed? Have you ever been scared at this time of the night? Why? What might be a good way to overcome fears or worries at bedtime?

What same item do you notice throughout the book that is always near Hayden? Why do you think he likes this item? Do you have a favourite toy that helps you feel safe?

How many numbers are seen on a clock face? Practise counting from 1 to 12. What does the big hand mean when it is pointing to the 12? What does the little hand represent? Show and ask the children to call out some o’clock times on the clock.


Materials – 

Paper plate

Coloured paper (we used black and orange for tiger colours)

Acrylic paint

Paintbrushes (thick and thin)

Paper fastener / split pin


Sticky tape (optional – for ears)


Directions –

  1. Paint your paper plate face as your favourite bedtime toy or animal.


2. If your toy has ears then cut out two ear shapes and stick them on the back of the plate.


3. With paint (or permanent marker, or even number stickers), write the clock numbers around the plate. *Tip: Mark a spot in the centre of the plate. Directly above the spot, start with number 12 at the top, then mark 6 in line with the centre spot at the bottom. Next write 3 to the right of the centre spot, and then 9 to the left of the centre spot. Fill in the other numbers in between.


4. Draw and cut out two arrow shapes, one larger than the other. Roughly measure the length from the centre spot to under the 12 to identify the length of the ‘minute’ hand.


5. Use the split pin to pierce a hole in each of the arrows. Thread the hour hand on first, then the minute hand. Pierce a hole on the centre spot of the plate. Push the pin through and loosely close at the back to allow for some movement.


6. Identify your own bedtime and move the hands to reflect this time. Take your ‘tiger’ clock, your favourite toy and your favourite book to bed!


Colour-In / Preposition Game Activity

Have a play with prepositional language and colour matching in this activity by asking children to colour in as per the directions.

For example, colour in a pink snail above Hayden’s head.

Colour in the gold ring next to Hayden.

Where is the car? It’s under Hayden’s hand, colour it green.

What is inside the covers with Hayden? Colour the tiger in orange.

*Click on the image to download and print.


Image of Hayden’s Bedtime illustrated by Brett Curzon. Written by Wendy Haynes. Read our review.



*Check out more terrific teaching resources for Hayden’s Bedtime.

Written and supplied by Vanessa Ryan at Educate. Empower.

References: Early Years Learning Framework, Australian Curriculum

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