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Martin Yaffe Dan Jam In The Night Garden Day And Night Rotating Clock

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Brand: Martin Yaffe / Age: 3 Years+ / Type: Math

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      25.02.2013 20:52
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      a clock I wouldn't recommend

      This toy clock is a Dan Jam toy. It is based on In the Night Garden and although the children enjoy the programme and the characters they do not feel the same way about this toy.

      The clock is wooden and is nice to see rather than plastic. It is a large circle clock which can be turned on a very big and bulky base. This takes up a lot of room when storing.

      The clocks face has small circles which also rotate. This can be annoying if trying to read the clock as half of them are usually facing the wrong direction.

      The numbers are a good size and in bright colours. Obviously they are 1 to 12 as a clock would be.

      The centre of the clock has a nice picture of Upsy Daisy and Iggle Piggle. On the sides are different nicely coloured pictures that include the other characters like Makka Pakka.

      The hands move around easily and can be used to teach reading a clock. They do stay where they are left unlike the numbers.

      This toy clock is often left out but the children never show any interest whatsoever. They walk straight past it or it is in the way of other toys.

      I would not recommend this toy because of the lack of interaction the children show. Even when adults encourage reading the time they are not interested.

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        01.06.2011 18:52
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        Another item to have to dust!

        **Not for the under 3's**

        A lovely clock that can be used as a teaching aide for telling the time - (or so I thought when receiving it). A popular toy, I would have thought amongst In the Night Garden fans, but again, since being given it, it's not popular with my son at all, and it's definitely not for the under 3's.

        My son was 18 months receiving this as a present and we've had to put it up on a shelf as more of a decoration until he is slightly older and may possibly show more interest in it. Not only is the wood not the smoothest of woods, he's pulled the hands off several times, (he's 23 months now) which is a definite choking hazard.


        **Watch out for a flying clock!**

        The clock is rather large and clumpy and hurts if little one tries to throw it around (another reason to take note of the recommended age) - even with an older child playing with it though, be weary of them clonking someone on the head with it or probably cutting their fingers as the wood is pretty rough! I had a splinter with it in the first few days, but hubby's sandpapered it all down now to ensure our son doesn't hurt himself when he does start to show more interest in it.

        **Slightly confusing design**

        The clock face is an inch thick and 12 inches in diameter. It pivots whilst being attached to the wooden frame. Around the clock are rotating circular chunks of wood with numbers from 12 to 11, each and every one has little flowers around them. On each and every ones other side is a differing number.

        On either side of the frame is a brightly coloured picture of characters' from In the Night Garden. The centre of the clock presents the characters as well. For those in the know, In the Night Garden is a very popular toddler and young child's show that is pretty on par with the popularity of Teletubbies years ago.


        The clock shows one side for day with a red theme and one for night which has a navy theme. The strange thing is, is that when you spin the clock around, the entire lot of moving numbers swivel too. This means that the numbers can end up showing the wrong sides, for example, 6 ends up at the top, and 12 at the bottom. Whilst the twisting of the chunks of wood provides entertainment, it's going to be a bit confusing if trying to use the clock to actually teach the time. I'm not sure this was very well thought out, because it would surely be better to have the chunky wood numbers fixed rather than rotating.

        **Disappointed**

        I'm pretty disappointed with this toy. Pointless toys are often churned out, knowing they will still sell because they are advertising a popular children's television programme. If you want this for the shelf, then it will look bright and cheerful as an addition to a little one's bedroom, but leave it there I say, because it's not the safest of toys and I doubt is the best for teaching the time.

        As for what my son thinks of it, well he likes to wake up to it and he points to it on his shelf and says ' GarDar' which is means Garden, so it's nice to see him smiling and know what it's linked to. He doesn't express any particular interest in it though when I've supervised him playing with it. He does point at the pictures and name the characters, but he is more set on trying to get the central hands pulled off.

        Overall - Another item collecting dust!

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        15.02.2011 17:58
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        good for the in the nightgardens lovers

        when having a wander around my local toy r us store last year i am always on the look out for a bargain, as you can see from by other reviews, i am quite a frugal buyer.

        At the time, my son was just over 1 and i was looking for bargains for the following Christmas, when i came accross this in the nightgarden clock. It was reduced to £5!! I had to have it.

        This clock can be picked up at most toy stores and even the larger supermarkets and is themed by the ever popular 'in the nightgarden', which seems to have taken over from the teletubbies!

        Now this clock is aimed at ages 3 and up, and to be quite honest i can understand this when we are talking about learning the time and numbers etc, but i may be the only mum to say this and correct me if i am wrong, but my son who is still not quite 3 yet has already outgrown 'in the nightgarden'. Although the clock itslef may be a good idea for my son, the theme may be a little overlooked.

        Never the less, the clock is packaged in carboard heavily advertised with the in the nightgarden logos and pictures of the characters and is wooden in make up and is on the large side at roughly 30cm long. The clock is on a pivot at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock and can therefore be rotated to show both a day and night theme.

        The numbers themselves are also can also be turned to reflect the times at the right points in a clock, not forgetting the hands which can be moved to tell the time.

        The sides of the clock are embossed with the in the nightgarden characters as is the centre of the clock.
        On the day side, the them is red. The outer linage of the clock is bright red in colour, and the numbers all have different elements to them such as small flowers around the numbers. On the flip side, the night tiime colours are themed in navy as you would expect with the same theme, a picture in the centre with the rotating numbers for the time. The picture being Iggle piggle in his boat.

        Now my son is not quite 3, and is not the least bit interested in this clock. Now this may not be the fault of the manufacturing, but i have to say with all the flamboyancy that comes with this clock, he is not that interested in recognising the numbers when the clock spins and twisels.

        Generally, i think thatthis is a good idea, and i love the wooden toys, quite traditional and has kept in good condition. Do i think that it will get the usage it is supposed to have..... no unfortunately, but for £5, a nice wooden toy on the shelf wont look bad at all ;)

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        01.06.2010 14:54
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        Nice looking, but not the best Night Garden toy

        I bought this clock for my daughter when she was 3, as she was getting really interested in clocks and I thought this would be a good start in teaching her how to tell the time.

        The toy itself is quite big - the clock face is about an inch thick with a diameter of about 12 inches. It pivots on a wooden frame. Each side of the frame has a picture of Night Garden characters - mine has all 3 Tombilboos peering out of the Tombliboo bush.

        One side of the clock face is meant to symbolise daytime and has a picture of the Night Garden characters in the middle. In the centre of the clock face are the wooden clock hands, which can be rotated as you wish to make the clock show different times.

        All around the edge of the clock face are numbers 12 through to 11. Each number rotates independantly and has a different number on the opposite side. It would be much better if the numbers were fixed rather than rotating.
        When you pivot the clock face, over the other side is meant to symbolise night time - mine has a picture of the Tombiboos holding their toothbrushes.
        The problem is that as you pivot the clock, all the independantly moving numbers swivel as well, meaning that all the numbers end up showing the wrong side - e.g, number 6 at the top, number 11 where number 7 should be, number 12 at the bottom.

        However, all problems aside, my daughter loves this clock and we have been able to use it to teach her about time and she also insists that we pivot it to night time every night before bed.
        I only paid £3.99 for this as it was on clearance in Tesco, so don't feel like I've lost out, but it's absolutely not worth the £14.99 that some shops are charging for it.

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        21.10.2009 00:29
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        A disappointing purchase, not worth the money.

        We bought this clock for our daughter as she loves in the night garden. The quality isn't very good at all, the wood feels cheap and rough. The whole clock face can be rotated on the base as it is double sided. The numbers on the clock also rotate but this means that the numbers are in the wrong order sometimes with it being double sided. I think this is too confusing for young children. The hands on the clock turn round and feel a bit loose. Our daughter does like it though and does play with it quite alot, I however am disappointed with it because I feel that it's not as educational as it could be due to the numbers being in the wrong order. Also, the clock is fairly loose on the base so sometimes my daughter spins it to look at the other side and it starts spinning far too fast and I think it is dangerous.

        The clock does look nice on the shelf, brightly painted with all the characters from in the night garden but as a toy, I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone. I think there are much nicer products on the market that have more educational value and for less money too.

        Overall a disappointing purchase, it has made me think twice about buying any more of the wooden In the night garden toys because after having a closer look, they all look equally as bad quality and design as this.

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        29.04.2009 17:39

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        not very good quality

        This was bought for my daughter as a christmas present, she loves in the night garden.

        It is a clock with one side for day and one for night. The clock can be spun around but them the clock face is upside down, so i think this is not needed. The numbers also turn but again this just makes hem upside down and in the wrong order, so it became slightly confusing for my daughter.

        The clock hands are not well attached so as my daughter turns them sometimes they come out, which could be dangerous for some smaller children. We have tried gluing them in and it holds for a whie but then they come out again. ( Don't know if this is the same with all of the or if we have been unlucky)

        Overall I was disappointed with this clock but my daughter really likes it. There is now a Tombliboo clock thet you can buy, I don't know if this is any better but the hands of the clock certainly look more secure.

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      Day and Night clock on wooden frame with printed bridges and characters to represent the daytime and night time in the 'Night Garden'. The clock flips over to show both day and night time. Both sides of the clock feature moveable hands.