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My youngest daughter is obsessed with wearing watches, so when she had a birthday recently, one of the gifts we asked for from family was a watch for her. I knew the exact model I wanted in the Timex teaching watch for children, as my older daughter had the same model quite a few years ago, and I remember being impressed with it back then.
The Timex time teacher watch will cost around £12.99 from Argos or Amazon, and comes in one design featuring a purple flower strap. It's quite a girly design but I'm sure there is an equally masculine design out there somewhere.
The appearance of the watch is very pretty and nice to look at. What I also immediately liked was the fact the purple wasn't too light and I didn't think it would look dirty too quickly.
Being designed for children, the strap comes elasticised making it very easy for children to take on and off without fiddling with clasps and buckles. The only negative I can say about the strap is that is stays in place with a metal bar, and I think this would be better as a tension clip. So far however the bar does keep the tension on the elastic of the strap and it doesn't come loose easily.
The actual face of the watch is fairly small, but manages to fit everything on in a clear way for children to see and read. The left side of the watch face has a light pink strip around the side for the "to" side of the watch, and the right side of the watch has a dark pink strip for the "past" section of the watch.
On the minute and hour arms, the wording is clearly stated which arm is which making it easy for the child to differentiate between minute and hour.
Each number on the watch face is designed in a luminous green colour. This makes each number stand out against the pink and purple design of the whole watch, and it also glows in the dark which my daughter loves.
The concept of the watch is designed to make it easy for a child to see which numbers correspond to the time being past the hour and also to the hour. To be able to see this immediately for a child I think encourages them to be able to get one step closer to working out what the time is.
I think as it makes it easier for the child to decipher, then they will be more willing to learn as opposed to getting bored quickly.
The watch is designed for children five years and older, but despite my daughter only being four, I really think she is able to cope with this. It's more of a decorative item for her at the moment, but the concept is already in her brain as we look at the watch and point out where the hands are and whether that means it's "past" the hour etc.
Included is a lithium battery and thankfully the watch is water resistant to 500 metres. I'm not stating for one second that you should take it into the water, but it's useful to know that it can be splashed and you won't ruin the watch.
For the price of this watch, I think it's a great buy. It's lasting well against a learning child, and is still looking almost new despite being worn nearly all the time.
This is a fantastic watch for any age, I still have mine (first had it when I was about 8!!), my mum found it in a box in the attic the other day and gave it to me! I loved this watch!
This is a really girly watch with it purple and pink flowered strap and purple watch face. It is also available in other colour ways, and with some more suited to boys.
What I like about this watch is that it really does teach you how to tell the time. The face of the watch is split into two halves, To and Past. This is what children find tricky so it put's an end to this problem. The hands are also printed, one being HOUR, the other being MINUTE, it really couldn't be simpler to learn how to tell the time.
The strap is made of a stretchy elastic material and only needs to be adjusted once, then it is simple to treat the watch as a bangle, where you simply slip in on and off your wrist.
I used to turn my strap the other way as I thought it looked quite funky!
It's a practical, yet trendy watch for any girl and now that it has the added backlight, it's even better!
From looking around I can see that it is available to buy in Amazon for just £12.99. That is a brilliant price for this watch as it's not only a watch it is a sort of teaching aid too.
Just from checking out Amazon I can see that there is a pink watch in this range, and 3 choices for boys, Dinosaurs, cars & trucks and Tractors. Thye are all really cute too.
I've had this watch for about a year, I KNOW it's a kids watch but I bought it for my mates little girl to start with and ended up keeping it because I lost it before her birthday so bought her something else and then found the watch a couple of weeks later.
It's a Timex watch and I think I paid about a tenner for it, it's a bit more than a watch because on the dial it says TO and PAST to help children learn how to say and recognise the right time.
I think the watch looks great, it's just the kind of fun and funky looking watch I like because even though I don't wear a watch ALL the time when I do feel like it I want something that's going to say something about me..... and also match what I'm wearing hopefully! The strap of the watch is stretchy material and does up by velcro, when a child is wearing it you can just fit the strap the first time they wear it and then the velcro will hold the strap together good enough for them to just pull it over their hand to save the stress of opening and closing the velcro every time. Even though my wrists are skinny I'm a bit big for this watch so always undo the strap, I don't want to put too much stress on the stretchiness of the strap even though it feels pretty strong so far.
The problem with the strap is that it gets a bit dirty, it doesn't show up all that bad because the purple of the strap is quite dark but once it does start looking dirty then you'll have to give it a bit of a clean with washing up liquid or something because it will stand out big time. A good thing is that the strap hasn't frayed at all and that has surprised me a bit because looking at the edges of the strap they don't look all that well protected so this watch must be brill quality.
I borrowed the watch to my sister a few months ago, she's 11 but is a bit weird with numbers so she's a bit slow at telling the time. She sussed it out dead quick using this watch because the thing she used to get mixed up with was when the time was TO or PAST the hour, she just couldn't get it through her head but with this watch it actually tells you when you're looking at the numbers. And that's not in your face either, it's a watch that teaches the time but in a subtle way and no way would any kid be embarressed to wear this like they would some of the other teaching watches.
Recommended..... a cute watch that will help little kids learn to tell the time!
Back in april i was looking around for ideas for my daughters seventh birthday when i spotted this watch on amazon for £12.50.
My daughter loves watches and is a very big fan of anything purple so that was what initialy attracted me to this watch, it is a lovely looking purple colour with pritty pink flowers on the strap, it is very girly indeed and ideal for a child of my daughters age.
The face on this watch is a decent size which was a big plus for us as my daughter has poor vision, the dark numbers on the white background help her to be able to see this clearly which is a good thing for any young child.
My daughter has just got to grasps with the on the hour and half past but she was struggling to understand the to and past and sruggled to remember which finger was which on the watch so this was ideal as it has to and past written on the face of the watch, the names written on the figers, it is water resistant which is good incase she forgets to take it off before washing her hands, it has a plastic face so wont break but it does scratch up quite easily, there is also a back light for use in the dark which would be better used with an older child.
My daughter loves this watch and despite her being very small for her age the strap fits her very well, she has found learning to tell the time with this watch very easy and i would recomend it to anyone.
My daughter is now a school sixth former and has to manage her own timetable and get herself to school at different times during the week. So, it's just as well that she can tell the time. I actually bought this watch for her to tell the time when she was in primary school and, a few years before that I bought a boys version for her brother. He told the time very quickly and went on to mainly wearing digital watches but,his sister took a little longer.
I've taught my own four children to tell the time and have also worked in primary schools with special needs children and, I've also helped in mixed ability classes with children varying from high to lower ability and when the maths lesson centres on time telling it soon becomes apparent that even children with similar abilities can differ greatly in how long it takes them to learn to tell the time. As I believe that 'time teacher' watches helped my children, I've recommended these to parents of pupils I've worked with. It isn't an immediate answer but does help, along with other resources. I've always believed in letting children create their own clocks with paper plates, cardboard hands and split pins. Having a watch such as this is a useful bonus.
With my own children, and those I've supported, I found that it's best to casually ask what the time is, or mention that it's a certain time and in fifteen minutes it will be time for lunch. They will straight away glance at their watch for confirmation. Once they feel they are being tested though they are not usually as eager to look at the watch, unless they have time telling down to a fine art.
Not only are these watches a good aid to help with time telling but primary school age children are proud to wear them. They are of an ideal size for a child's wrist so that the face is easy to read but the watch isn't cumbersome. All designs from the time teacher collection are bright, funky and so easy to get on and off. The strap is made from a slip on, slip off design and is also easily removable for cleaning. Replacements straps can be bought, although I never needed to obtain more. The watch is also water resistant which is always a bonus with young children.
If you look closely at the watch face you can see that it is sectioned by different colours into two- before and after the hour, and labelled in each half, 'to' and 'past'. The hands are clear with the hour and minute hand being of a different colour and labelled, minute and hour. There is a second hand. All numbers are clear and bold yet this watch still looks attractive and doesn't detract from the child's all important, 'credibility!'
It is some years since my daughter wore this watch, but I do still have it, along with some of those other treasures that we mums like to keep. I bought this watch from Argos and they still stock it now, retailing at, £12.99. I think this is a reasonable price for something that not only fulfills the wish a child has to have a watch, but also either to begin learning or to reinforce time keeping skills.
It comes in abox, therefore is an ideal gift for a young family member.
Teflon protected washable fabric strap for stain resistance.
Rotating disc image.
Water resistant to 30 metres.
A night light.n and off wthout the fuss of a conventional buckle.
1 year guarantee from Timex
Watch size - Case=28mm Face=22mm
I have a five year old daughter who seems to be growing up at an alarming rate. She is learning all kinds of interesting things at school, but has yet to grasp the concept of "far too early to get up" it seems. However she is keen to learn the time, and I bought this watch which is called a "time teacher" hoping it would be good first watch. If it couldn't teach her that five o'clock is no time for the day to start I figured at least she would know I wasn't lying about the ungodly hour she starts the day at times. I plan to return the favour when she is 16 or so.
What you get:
This watch came in a rather unassuming red box for a quite inexpensive £10.38. It came with instructions which informed me that the watch had a backlight once the winder is pressed. The strap is made of a stretchy elastic and brightly patterned as you can see from the picture. It doesn't fasten and unfasten with a buckle as such - there is a metal adjuster that holds it together so it can be lengthened and shortened. No need to unfasten it to put it onto small wrists it slips on and off - the elastic strap can best be described as bra stap like (!), but once on it looks quite smart in a designed-to-appeal-to-girls-who-like-pink way.
The face is divided into two halves and printed with "past" and "to" and the traditional numerical face also has the increments of time "five" and "quarter" etc printed on it, the actual hands having "hour" and "minutes" on them. Everything is clearly laid out and easy to read. A nice touch is the fact that the second hand has a little flower opposite it and this goes round and round.
The metal casing of the watch is quite light and though it isn't the thinnest of watches - it is just under 1cm thick, it is quite comfortable to wear this. I know this as I had a little try and also if there was the slightest discomfort my daughter would have been sure to mention it repeatedly - bless her she could give the princess of the pea in bed fame a run for her money.
The whole thing weighs 300 grams and has a one year guarantee.
This has proved to be a great first watch and my daughter is delighted with it. The face hasn't got any bashes yet though I think the casing may not wear well faced with the rigours of the playground, it does seem to be prone to scratches, I think it may be sprayed plastic rather than solid metal.
The watch does tick quite loudly compared to my watch, but not in an unpleasant way. The backlight works suprisingly well in the dark and is a great little feature.
I like the fact that it will enable my daughter to learn the time "properly" as opposed to with a digital display. She is already starting to understand the hours and can recognise "past" and "to", though sadly no progress on the early start thing, I don't blame this watch for that! I am sure she has inherited that from her father's side, ironically his great grandfather was a watch repairer still working in his 90's by dint of a general love of watches and whisky I think. Anyway, suffice to say this watch does as the title would suggest and allows your child to learn the time.
For the price you pay this is a great little starter watch that is girlie enough to please my daughter and not too garish for my taste. There are other designs available in this range including some for boys. I think it would appeal to little girls from 4 up to about 10.
Recommended, unlike my regular 5am starts....
Timex holds the heart & minds of many when it comes to their first watch, and this super model shows us why. The high quality fabric strap only needs to be adjusted once. Children can then easily slip the watch on and off withourt the fuss of a conventional buckle. The strap also features Teflon fabric protection for better dirt and stain resistance. The dial is easy-to-read with labelled hour and minure hand and children simply love the INDIGLO night-light.