The Happy Hour Clock exudes quality. Hape has always produced superior wooden educational toys and this is no exception. It is made from sustainable materials and compliant with international safety and quality standards. Suitable for three-year olds and upwards, the toy addresses one of the pillars of early years education, to tell the time from a proper clock face!
Our children are a little too old for this toy. To be honest, they might need a refresher course in telling time so it might come in handy! We tried the toy out with Sebastian, a 3 1/2 year old son of a friend. He’s a quick learner and took seconds to have the clock in pieces. He had the shape recognition thing worked out after about 35 minutes. Following a quick break for cookies and milk (all of us!) we tried out some basic time telling. Starting with the o’clocks and the half-pasts we went through ok. He got a bit confused by the quarter to and the quarter past (but all kids do). This clock face is clearly marked with hours and minutes and so explanations can be supported.
This toy can be successfully used as a teaching aid. Short learning sessions for say 15-30 minutes, then let them play with it for a little longer. Over a period of just a few days I think time telling will be understood and can be reinforced effectively.
By using the Happy Hour Clock in conjunction with some support, a child can learn to tell the time within a few short days. In addition, the clock has the playability factor. Because the numbers can be removed and relocated there is a shape recognition element to the toy too. But more than this the hands can be moved around for flash time telling exercises and there are helpful hints on the clock face as well.
This is a very nice colourful wooden toy that will last and last across the generations. Children can learn how to tell the time, develop numeracy skills, as well as colour and shape recognition. And it’s fun!
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