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This year, since changing to a Montessori nursery, Erin has really started to ask more questions and be more interested in so many things. Something Erin is really interested in at the moment is time and when certain things happen. Something we look out for on a daily basis is when Daddy will be home from work and I try to explain the time on the clock we have above the fireplace. This isn’t ideal as I have to lift Erin up and she can’t really see well enough and she wants to touch the clock!
Hape recently sent us their Chunky Clock Puzzle and I knew it would be a really big help with teaching Erin about time and to help her become more independent.
The clock is 24.5cm in diameter so it’s large enough for small hands. This particular puzzle is aimed at children age 3+ but smaller children would probably be able to at least try to put shapes back into the right places.
The puzzle aspect of the clock is formed of 12 chunky numbered shapes from 1-12 which fit around the outer edge of the clock. There are different shapes so if children can’t count and don’t know the order of the numbers, they will need to figure out how the shapes fit into each space.
The clock is wooden but the design is so bright and fun. The number pieces, along with the face of the clock are all really colourful and the addition of some really cute looking bugs and worms really got Erin interested in the clock.
On the middle area of the Chunky Clock Puzzle are large white and red clock hands, which are can be moved, as well as settings to show O’Clock, Quarter past, Half past and Quarter to. Erin can’t read these yet but the 4 times are a nice way to start learning what different things mean and what the time might look like.
As I mentioned earlier, we talk about the time a lot, especially when it’s getting closer to John coming home from work. We now use the Hape Chunky Clock Puzzle to set the time for when John will be home and then Erin can look at the other clock in the room and see if it’s time or not. Erin is going to end up learning 4:30 or 5:30 a lot quicker than any other time I think!
You can use the puzzle either laying down or it has a handy stand which can be use to prop up the clock. Sometimes Erin likes to use this on the ground but I like that it can also be stood up. Having different options enables children to learn in different ways and it’s also useful for if you want to look at this clock next to another you might own.
We are such big fans of Hape toys in this house and the Chunky Clock Puzzle is another fantastic product. It’s fun but educational at the same time and it’s something Erin and I use together for quite some time.
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