Learning about time

Posted by Anthony Moon on

This time we will focus on the Small Foot Tell the Time Clock. It is recommended for ages 4+ and is built from a robust sustainable wood. Like any clock it has an hour and a minute hand which can be moved freely. The numbered 1-12 markings come apart from the clock body as a jigsaw puzzle.

The learning begins with the assembly of the face. Reenforcing the numbers 1-12 connects the lessons they may have already learnt about numbers with the different application of time. The puzzle can also develop hand-eye coordination, motor skills and reasoning.

One of the best features about this clock is the puzzle pieces next to each number associating that number with a number of objects. This can further reinforce the development of counting and the concept of numbers.

We are lucky enough to have a recommendation from a Primary School teacher in help for parents on how to begin with the foundations of teaching time:

“I’d recommend using this clock from the age of 4, firstly as a jigsaw puzzle to help apply the numbers 1 to 12. They could even be used as separate pieces to help make a start counting in twos. Slowly piece the clock face together and work on the meaning of the big and small hand.”

“At this age it’s best to focus on the o’clocks. Once they have grasped this securely you can move onto half pasts followed by quarter pasts. Use a circular piece of paper, fold it in half and colour each half into a different colour to demonstrate half past and into quarters to show quarter pasts and quarter to.”

“This is an excellent tool that can begin with your child at an early age when they are just grasping numbers. As they progress to year 2 (ages 6 and 7) they start at school with half pasts and quarter pasts, right through to year 4 (ages 8 and 9) where 5 minute increments come in. This clock can be with them all the way.”

The clock is priced at just £8.50.


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