What is it
Children are fascinated by time, and its progress through the day and week, from a young age. But actually being able to tell the time, identify the day or the date, is a skill that they need to learn and develop. This bright and colourful teaching aid will help them do exactly that.
Central is the clearly numbered clock: red hour and minute hands move smoothly and independently for positioning how you want them. Minutes are marked around the perimeter of the clock, with each 5 minute sectioned numbered 5 – 10 – 15 etc. Next are the numbers of the hours – clear, easily read, black numbers. In the centre of clock (in much smaller numbers) are shown the 24 hour numbers, and next to them small images of where the hands sit for the various hours. The quarter hours are also marked outside the perimeter of the clock. In short everything your child needs to help them understand how to tell the time.
But, the Calendar Clock also helps them understand progress through the week, month and year. Along the top of the smooth wooden board are the numbers 1 – 31. A red, wooden, slider can be moved along each day to show the date. On the right-hand side are the months of the year – each colour coded to indicate which season that month is in, and another red, wooden, slider. Down the left-hand side are the days of the week, and along the bottom of the board are the words, and pictures, for different weather – sun, sun and clouds, rain, cloud, snow, wind and fog. Both with a red, wooden, slider. In the right-hand corner – this time with a red, moveable wooden hand – are the four seasons (which give the colours for the months, already mentioned).
- This is a large product (44 x 44cm) which can be used by your child learning with you on their own, but would also be suitable for groups of children such as playgroups, reception class and similar.
- This is a non-working clock which is for use as a teaching/learning aid.
What our team of testers said
"I made it sunny because it is sunny." - Girl aged 4
"Spring, then summer, then autumn, then winter." - Girl aged 3
- Teaches children how to tell the time on an analog clock
- Helps develop an understanding of the concept of time
- Teaches children about the seasons
What our experts think
The vibrant colours of this calendar clock caught the attention of our testers immediately! It is a quality product which is well made and aesthetically pleasing; an ideal resource for a child’s bedroom or in a classroom. It is very clear and perfect for little eyes and hands (although we would’ve preferred the writing to be in lower case which is more accessible to young children).
We liked that the clock wasn’t just centred on telling the time and also develops the children’s understanding of time as a whole – our testers particularly liked choosing the weather. This teaches children about geography and develops their understanding of the world. The moving parts were a big hit and the fact they couldn’t be lost added to their success! With adult interaction, this product has a whole host of learning opportunities – it is a good resource for teaching children how to tell the time on a clock face, the sequence of the days of the week, days of the month and the months of the year. Learning life skills like this empowers children and boosts self-confidence.
- RRP: £24.00
- Brands: GOULA, Jumbo Games
- No batteries required
- Product Type(s): Homeschool Resources
Parenting & Educational Resources
- Types of skills developed: Cognitive
Personal, social & emotional development
Telling the time and date
Understanding the world