Two times a year we either spring forward or fall back. With daylight saving time ending this weekend, most people will have to set their clocks back one hour before they go to bed on Saturday night to make sure they have the correct time on Sunday morning. Helping children understand why the time changes is a great opportunity to discuss the history of daylight saving time and help young children work on their time-telling skills.

Interesting Facts About Daylight Saving Time

Be sure to share these great facts about daylight saving time from The History Channel website with your students!

  • Hawaii and Arizona (except the Navajo Nation) don’t observe daylight saving time. Several U.S. territories also remain on standard time throughout the year.
  • Benjamin Franklin did not invent daylight saving time. However, he did propose a change in sleep schedules in an essay he wrote after being woken up too early by the summer sun.
  • The first country to enact daylight saving time was Germany on April 30, 1916.
  • Daylight saving time was first implemented in the United States as a wartime measure for World War I and II, but each time it was repealed, some states and cities would keep observing daylight saving time while others would not.
  • The 1966 Uniform Time Act was what finally standardized daylight saving time in most U.S. cities and states.
  • Daylight saving time was not created to benefit farmers. Even its first advocate cited energy conversation during the summer months as the main reason daylight saving time should exist. However, recent studies found that minimal energy conservation occurred as a result of daylight saving time. This is mainly due to cooling costs taking the place of lighting costs.

If the children in your care are still working on their time-telling skills, get an oversized display clock or another clock that children can easily see. Show them where the clock hands would be positioned for 2:00 a.m., and then explain that’s when time will fall back to 1:00 a.m. early on Sunday morning. This gives them a great visual to reference as they learn about daylight saving time and develop their time-telling skills. If you’re looking for educational materials to help your students learn time, check out the items below and browse the Time and Calendars category in the Math section of our website.