With the summer holidays hurtling by, now is the perfect time to get ahead of the rush and get your child ready to go back to school. Once you’ve ticked off all the essentials, such as uniform, shoes, PE kit, bag and pencil case, it’s time to turn your attention to the little things that can make a difference to your child’s education. We’re talking, of course, about our children’s watches.
Designed by parents to provide a simple time teaching system that helps children tell the time independently, our watches are not only educational but very stylish! Read on to find out more about the styles that we offer to accommodate children’s preferences.
Children’s watches for kids who love to coordinate
If a child loves to colour coordinate their wardrobe, or feels very proud about their new school uniform and everything it stands for, then they might appreciate a time teaching watch that fits in with their overall colour scheme.
We’ve got time teaching watches with a range of plain coloured straps that are perfect for matching with school uniforms. Here are just a few of our ideas below.
For a school uniform featuring a red jumper or cardigan you can coordinate with our red and blue face time teaching watch with a red strap:
For a navy school uniform, try our red and blue face children’s watch with a navy strap:
If you are worried about bright colours or strict uniform codes, why not shop for our simple grey strap time teaching watch with a red and blue face?
Children’s watches for those who like to stand out from the crowd
For those children who love a splash of colour or who are just dying for others to notice their new accessory, why not shop for our more colourful range of watches for children?
Choose from styles such as our rainbow face watch with a lime green strap:
Or how about this colourful time teaching watch with a hot pink strap?
Watches for little explorers
We all know how much some children love to explore, so if they are into outdoor activities they’ll love wearing one of our camouflage watches on their wrist.
Everyday at school can be a new exciting mission with our black face watch with a green camouflage strap:
When choosing children’s watches for lovers of all things blue, you can’t top this white face watch with a blue camouflage strap:
Watches for children who love the water
We all know how easily children are drawn to water, so if the child you are buying for is likely to be splashing around in a water pit or rainy puddle whilst they’re at school then you might like to know our time teaching watches are also available in waterproof designs. Suitable for all water-based activities and waterproof up to 50 metres – making them a great choice for any child who will be swimming as part of their school day but unlikely to remember to take their watch off!
Choose from a red and blue face waterproof watch with a navy strap:
Or, this colourful rainbow face waterproof time teaching watch with a purple strap:
Hopefully, we’ve got a watch to suit every child’s preferences, but just in case they get bored with their current design or you want to upscale a hand-me-down EasyRead watch, we also offer a range of coloured watch straps. Choose from black, blue, green, orange, yellow and our camouflage designs to name a few.
If you need any help choosing a design or want to know which time teaching method is right for your child, please get in touch.
Happy back to school shopping!
There are many things that we teach our children, whether it is supporting them through their learning at school or helping them to discover new interests at home. The one thing we are passionate about here at EasyRead is helping children to learn to tell the time. We have developed a time teaching system that is simple, easy to use and can have children telling the time quickly and confidently.
Teaching children about the concept of time
Whilst our products have been developed to help children to learn to tell the time, they can also support children in learning other important lessons and skills – such as when is the right time to go to bed and get up in the morning. Nothing does this better than our time teaching alarm clocks.
Our alarm clocks have been designed to help children to learn to tell the time and to be able to practice their skills before they go to bed and when they wake up in the morning.
Main features of our new time teaching alarm clocks
Featuring silent hands and a built in night light, our alarm clocks are the perfect companion to any bedside table and the crescendo alarm is the best way to wake sleepy heads up in the morning!
You can choose from one of our two time teaching methods:
- Past and To – express time as minutes to and minutes past the hour – e.g. “10 minutes to four”
- 12 and 24 Hour – express time in numbers on a 24 hour clock – e.g. “three fifty”
You can also choose from a rainbow or red & blue clock face, to suit your child’s bedroom or colour preferences.
Our alarm clocks require 2 x AA batteries, which are not included, so just make sure you have some ready for when your clock arrives so your children can practice their time telling skills without delay.
What customers are saying about our alarm clocks
Our alarm clocks make the perfect learning resource for children who have recently started school:
“My grandson LOVES his clock. It glows softly at night and has a brighter light when needed. We don’t need the alarm at this time, but it works wonderfully. He is 5 and this has prompted him to begin asking questions about time. The size is perfect for his bedside shelf. I would recommend this clock to anyone with a young child getting ready to enter school.”
When will they be available?
From mid October 2020 our new look time teaching alarm clocks will be available to purchase in the UK, Europe and North America, following a successful relaunch in Australia in September.
Please click here to browse our alarm clocks and place your order.
For parents, they may come around too quickly, and for teachers perhaps not quickly enough, but here we are again in the school holidays. Another break from learning might seem like a good idea to worn out kids, but many parents will worry that their children will forget what they have learned over the last term. Time teaching is one of those skills – once grasped it is easy to retain, however, if your child is still in the learning phase, or is struggling with the concept of an analogue clock in this digital world, then these school holidays are the perfect time to top up learning.
But just because we said learning, it doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! After all, early years is all about learning through play, so here are our top tips to make teaching time fun this school holiday:
4 Top Tips to Make Teaching Time Fun
- Use a colourful clock or watch that will appeal to young learners – our EasyRead Time Teacher clocks and watches come in a variety of colours and feature our popular ‘past and to’ time teaching method which is a proven way of learning to tell the time quickly and easily. You can choose from clocks for the bedroom wall, alarm clocks to help sleepy heads get up in the morning or watches with colourful straps to help young learners keep track of the time. If you’re not sure which product best suits your children, our helpful team are happy to advise – please call us on 01684 566832 for more information.
- Make time teaching into a game – you might think this is easier said than done, but with our tell the time snap game, children can practise their time telling skills without really realising it. Everyone loves a game of snap, so this is something the whole family can join in with! Or why not try making your own game of snap? Simply set your EasyRead Time Teacher clock to different times and take a photograph of each time, print out and cut into the same sizes and stick onto cardboard squares (cut from an old cereal packet or shoe box) for added strength!
- Tie the time in with your children’s favourite activities – we all know the effort that goes into planning a school holiday and what you will need to organise to keep children entertained, so why not get them involved by setting a timetable? Ask children to make a chart of what you will do each day, with the times written by the side (or draw a clock face and let them add the hands). Then you can ask them to check their clock or watch and let you know when it is time for lunch, time to visit friends, to go to the park or to eat some left-over Easter egg!
- Make a human clock – ok, so this one requires a room full of children, which is not every parents’ idea of fun during the holidays, but if you happen to get together with friends and want a fun yet educational activity, try this. Ask the children to sit or stand in a circle, with each child representing a number on the clock from 1 to 12. Children can then take it in turns to be the second and hour hand, lying on the floor and pointing to the numbers.
By making learning fun, you can keep your children engaged with learning to tell the time even when they are not at school.
For products to help with teaching time please click here.