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This kit for making a functioning toy clock was a colourful, enjoyable and silly present given to me for my 18th birthday.
While it was recommended for 5-15-year-olds, I think the lower end of this age range would struggle with putting the clock together without supervision, but all ages would enjoy discovering how wind-up clocks function.
The clock was easy to put together, as the manual was very clearly laid out, the stages well explained and the pieces fit in easily and comfortably. I had a little difficulty getting the clock to work at first because the manual didn't mention which way round to place a particular piece, but this didn't take too long to sort out. Some of the cogs and pieces are difficult to line up and so the construction of the clock requires some patience. (For example the pieces of the bell, apparently intended to chime every quarter hour, do not line up properly in my finished clock).
The finished piece is colourful and interesting to watch, as the interconnected cogs gradually cause the hour and minute hands to turn. Some children may not find this toy exciting enough, but for those who enjoy puzzles and learning, it is a good choice. The clock ticks very loudly and once wound up works for only a few hours (6 maximum), as it is meant as a toy and not a time piece.
This is a good toy for parents to put together with their young children, would appeal to both sexes and is worth passing on for younger siblings to enjoy.
A clock making kit that allows your child to see how a clock functions - how a swinging pendulum causes the different cogs and springs to rotate, move, turn the hands of the clock and make the bell chime too.