“ Manufacturer: Wesco / Type: Child Development - Clock „
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Eager to teach my two daughters the time, we looked on the internet and found the Wesco range had a few different teaching clocks with different well known characters such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Dora the Explorer and Peppa Pig. Both of my girls love Peppa Pig and so we decided to buy the clock as it was relatively cheap at around £14.
The clock comes with two clock discs (basically the edge of the clock) and is interchangeable to allow more of a challenge as they start to tell the time. The clock was instantly a hit as it features Peppa Pig and George, and they felt really grown up having their very own clock (even if they had no idea how to use it!).
Before we started spending some time learning about time and clocks, the girls had a basic concept of time and would look at my watch and say 'it's quarter to eleven' when actually it was 3'oclock or something like that! This clock has really simplified learning the time and the two discs are an excellent idea. The starter disc is easily attached to the clock and breaks the time up in minutes to read '5 past', '10 past', 'quarter past', etc. This simplified it for them and all they have to do is be able to read (but again only the basics) and be able to differentiate between the minute and hour hands.
Once they have the grasp of this, you can remove the teaching disc and have the second disc on which is pretty much a standard clock. I found that this didn't take too long for them to get to this stage and now they can tell the time. I'm really happy about this as they hadn't started to look at time at school yet despite my daughter being in Class 1, and I thought she was ready to start to tell the time.
The clock can also be used as an alarm clock but my eldest daughter (who seems to have taken ownership of it!) doesn't really use this. She used it once or twice but only for the novelty. As she gets older she will be ready for a more grown up clock and not one that has Peppa Pig on it, so she probably won't ever get the use out of this function. I have read reviews on Amazon where quite a lot of people mentioned that the alarm clock is really fiddly to use and some people had had problems, however I don't think this is the clocks main function. It's main use is to teach the time and young children won't really have the need for an alarm clock.
In my opinion, the only downfall of this alarm clock is the quality. It is quite plasticky and looks quite cheap, but again, I didn't buy it for what it looked like (other than having Peppa Pig on it) and it has achieved what I wanted it to in teaching my girls how to tell the time.