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My middle daughter is dora mad so a few years ago she had a dora puzzle clock for xmas, with there only being a year between my eldest two daughters we always get them something similar as presents to stop them arguing so we decided this would be nice for the eldest.
It is a lovely wooden clock that is aimed at children aged three or over but I think it would be able to be used a bit younger than this. It is realy well made and will last the rough and tumble of children playing with it without any damage.
It is a good way to teach children shapes and hand eye coordination with the puzzle pieces around the out side of the clock, each shape is a different colour so can also be used to help a child learn colours too aswel as having numbers on the pieces so can be used to teach a young child numbers.
this is not the end of this toy though as once you have used it to teach you child the basics it then becones a great learning aid for teaching children to tell the time and the way everything has been labled on the clock makes it fun and easy for a child to learn.
My six year old still loves to play with this clock so it has had a lot of use and has been played with a lot making it worth every penny of the 8.99 i paid for it and is still in great condition.
This is a great teaching aid and I would recomend it to all.
My son was bought this clock when he was about 2 years old. he was fascinated with fitting shapes and this was ideal for him.
It is a clock made out of a chunky thick wood and each of the numbers have been replaced with a removable shape. The shapes have the numbers on the top and are all brightly coloured. The numbers on the shapes are large and easily visable.
The hands of the clock are easy to move round and one hand is for the hour and one is for the minutes. There is also a circle inside the clock which splits the times into 5 minute sections and separates quarter past, half past and quarter to.
The clock is well made and has a smooth finish. It is nice and chunky and the shapes are easy to remove and replace. There is a far wider variety of shapes than many childs shape sorter toys. These shapes have all the usual ones such as triangle, diamond, squares and circles. However they also include hexagon, octogon and others. The shapes all have rounded edges so there is no chance of them hurting themselves. The many different shapes is great for older children who become more confident at recognising their shapes.
This clock is perfect for children of many ages. It has an age range of 2 years and older and at the earlier stages the clock is good for helping them to recognise shapes, numbers and colours. They can also just use it as a toy to fit the shapes into. As they get older it can then be used as a tool to help them tell the time.
The clock is a good sized toy, it has dimensions of D9 x H3.
I would recommend this for any child as it will grow with them and help to develop their learning as they grow.
Just lately I have been on the lookout for toys that have a sorting element to them, as my little boy is at the stage where he will happily play with toys of this nature for long periods of time as they capture his attention. I also look for toys that have good play value that will last. The shape sorting clock is produced by Melissa & Doug; they offer a good range of various wooden and educational quality toys. I have been looking at their range of toys for a while now, and I finally decided to order the shape sorting clock for my son. Although it is described as a shape sorting toy, there is much more to it than that, as it is a multifunction toy that will last my son for a few years to come. It retails for £9.25, however it just so happened to be on offer which is another good reason why I snapped it up.
The clock came in a cellophane wrapper which was easy enough to peel off and discard, it also came with an activity card which gives a few ideas of other games and ways that the clock can be used, this is on a cardboard stand-up which is quite handy to keep for future reference. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the clock as it is crafted from solid wood which gives it a feel of quality. It is also a nice size, the diameter of the clock is 9 inches and the clock base is a good 2 inches in depth. The clock has an ever so slanted base and the information is also on the base on a sticker which is handy.
The clock features twelve wooden blocks in various colours that are all different and more unusual shapes. As the clock is designed for children 3 years upwards it isn't quite as bright and garish as toys that are geared towards younger children. Each of the blocks has a number on and the face of the clock is a cheery yellow colour and it features all of the important information and markings that are needed to teach a child how to tell the time. The clock hands are different colours so it is easy to distinguish the hour and minute hand and it has this printed onto the hands also to make it easier for younger children. The clock hands are easily movable and the shapes slot in and out of the slots easily as they are raised up making it easy for little hands to grab at the shapes. Although transporting this from one place to another you need to be careful that the shapes don't all fall out.
This toy will provide a challenge to younger children as I can't see a three year old being able to recognise any of the shapes or remember any of the names. However at this age I would say that the focus will be more on the colours and matching the shapes into the corresponding slots. It will be useful to teach a child the shapes as they are closer to school age to prepare them for school. Some of the shapes are; quatrefoil, parallelogram, trapezoid, and some of the more common and easier to pronounce shapes are; square, oval, star, and triangle. The clock will also be used more when a child is at school so this toy has a lot of play value and educational aspect to it. As well as matching the shapes to the corresponding slots, the shapes can also be used to teach a child colours and they can also be used for counting and you can get your child to line them up in numerical order.
There are many educational benefits from sorting, matching, as well as improving hand-eye coordination. As a child gets older it can be used to teach telling the time, and concepts of morning and afternoon. It generally takes a child a while to learn how to tell the time, and to understand the concepts of time, this clock is a solid well made piece of equipment that will last and it isn't too baby orientated so it will be suitable for a good few years and it will be a brilliant tool to use for teaching about time.
My son is only 29 months of age so he is a bit young for this at the moment; however you can never be too young to learn. This is a great toy as it gives my son a challenge, as there are so many different shapes that prove tricky to find the corresponding slots for. He will happily take out the shapes and examine them one by one, once all of the shapes have been removed from the face he then tries to place them back in, however this isn't as easy as it sounds as some of the shapes are not that different so I help to put some of them in to make it a little bit easier for him, as if something proves too tricky or daunting then a child will feel like they have failed and the element of fun is taken away. Placing the shapes back in together is fun and it means that my son is able to slot some of the shapes back into the right places, he is always very happy when he gets it into the right slot and he will take it back out and put it back in again as he likes the praise and he feels good that he has got it right. I also talk about the colours and the numbers on the shapes as my son will pick up on these in time. Even though the play at the moment is limited it will get a lot more use in the future and it looks great displayed in my son's room. He often goes over to it to take out all of the pieces and he will spend a long time just putting them in and out, it does help improve his concentration skills and his hand-eye coordination, and it improves his dexterity as he tries to moves the shapes around to get them to line up with the slot.
The clock hands need a little pressure to get them to move around which is good as your child will not miss the number that they are aiming to reach. The arrows line up perfectly against the numbers and it is very clear to read the number. All of the numbers are bold and they stand out well against the yellow face. The numbers are highlighted in different colours to depict the different times such as quarter to, quarter past, half past, and o'clock. All of the minute markings are clearing dotted around the face too. It is not over complicated looking and the colours used are easy on the eye.
Overall I am really pleased with this toy, as it is really attractive and it is of high quality, wooden toys are always favourable as they always out- last plastic toys. The paintwork is of a high quality as even though the shapes get knocked around and they have been played with a lot there is no wear or chipping to any of the shapes. The clock hands have also been swirled around quite a bit too and the mechanism feels sturdy and secure. Cleaning it is easy enough as a damp cloth will wipe away any dust; I would suggest that you don't use any harsh cleaning products on it as this could ruin the paint work.
It really is a nice toy and teaching aid that has many educational values. It is a solid toy that is built to last so this will see a few years of use so it represents excellent value.
I'm so pleased with this toy that I will be buying more from the Melissa & Doug range in the future.
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