Here’s a game to play with an adult!

You'll need an adult to play with.

You’ll also need a set of blank clock faces, or you could use the interactive version.

Set the time on the clock to $6$ o’clock to start the game.

Starting with the adult, take it in turns to move the hands of the clock on by $\frac{1}{2}$ hour or $1$ hour. For example, the adult could choose $\frac{1}{2}$ hour, so the clock hands move to 6.30, then you might choose $1$ hour, moving the clock hands to 7.30, and so on.

The winner is the person who moves the hands exactly onto $12$ o’clock.

Does it make a difference if you go first instead?

What happens if the adult gets to 10.30? Why?

Can you work out a winning strategy?

Stop the clock helps to develop children’s fluency with telling the time and calculating time intervals. However, the real challenge is to find a winning strategy!

Repeat the game, aiming to find a winning strategy, then talk together about how it was found.

There's a classroom version of this game here.