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Best toys for learning to tell the time

Submitted by on April 24, 2013 – 9:42 amNo Comment

Learning to tell the time is a key skill for all children and one that can make them feel so grown up.  Both my boys were able to tell the time before they were learnt in school and this mean it very easy for them.  Also the fact that both the boys can tell the time means I can send them out to play with a watch and give them a time to be home by too.

Tell the time – Orchard Toys

Tell the time is a lotto style  game for 5-9 year olds. It involves 2-4 players. You have 4 time boards and 24 picture cards. The cards are placed face down on the table and you have to pick them up and match them to your card. Each card gives the time in both a clock face and digitally and has a picture of a corresponding activity.  The fact that this is brightly coloured and fun to play really helps children learn without even knowing that is what they are doing.

Penguin Clock Face – Orchard Toys

This is a great clock and at £4.50 is a must buy.  It has a magnet on so can be stuck to the fridge.  I love that it has lots of ‘clues’ written on it, like quarter to and half past. It is a really big help to learners and my this was well used by my children.

We found that the biggest incentive for learning to tell the time was the promise of a grown up watch.  Neither of my boys wanted a childrens watch, no they wanted a big boys watch, like their daddies and grandads tissot watches, but these were obviously out of our price range.

We made sure that there watches had numbers on the dial and were easy to read.

How did you get your children to tell the time?  Where there any toys that you found a big help?


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