Learning to tell the time with Lego

June 1, 2014 Off By Laura TMOT
Telling the time is something that I wasn’t going to try to teach the girls just yet but when I was contacted to see if I wanted to review the Lego Time Teacher I thought I would give it a go. Alison was not interested, mostly because it is pink but also I think at four she is still a bit young to be bothered by what time it is whereas Elizabeth loves watches and is always asking for the time so she was very excited to receive this set.
The box contained a buildable watch that is easy to adjust to fit, a teaching clock to be made out of lego (with instructions) and 24 double sided activity cards. The activity cards show a lego figure doing an activity and a written time on one side and a clock face showing how to display the time on the other side.
Elizabeth was able to follow the instructions and built the clock by herself which she was very pleased about.
As you can see in the picture above and below the clock face has an outer circle which is pink on one side and purple on the other. The outer circle helps children to learn past and to, with the numbers around the right side increasing and on the left side decreasing. This has been invaluable in teaching Elizabeth how to tell the time using this format. In just a few short days of asking her the time every few hours she has gained confidence and the ability to have a good guess, producing an answer to the nearest five nine out of ten times. She still gets confused at o’clock but I am sure that will come with time. 
Elizabeth absolutely loves wearing her watch and the clock has now taken pride of place on her desk in her bedroom. She loves setting it to match her watch whenever she goes into her room.

I would definitely recommend the Lego Time Teacher to anyone who wants to teach their children to tell the time and as it is available in pink/purple and blue/green hopefully you can find one that your child will love too!