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5 things to look for in a children’s first watch

Are you searching for the perfect children’s first watch this autumn? Learning how to tell the time is an important milestone for children of any age, and having a first watch makes this process easier and more accessible. When buying a children’s first watch, there are several key factors to consider, including durability, educational design, and special features such as swappable straps or water-resistant properties. Investing in a reliable, educational kids first watch involves considering much more than just the time-telling design, so read on as we explore the top 5 things to consider when choosing a children’s first watch. 

Preferred Method

When it comes to teaching children how to read time, the method used on the watch face plays a crucial role. Many primary schools teach children how to tell the time on a standard wall clock that uses the Past/ To method, as this is particularly helpful for younger children who are just starting to grasp the concept of time. However, if your child’s school uses the 24-hour method, or you prefer to use that method yourself, then our EasyRead watch range includes the option to choose your preferred method for your children’s first watch.

It is always the best choice to opt for a watch that uses the method that you and your child are most familiar with and comfortable using. No matter what method you choose, our watches are specifically designed to make learning to tell time easy and fun for kids, with each minute of the hour, and each hour of the day, being clearly marked to support your child’s learning needs.

Educational Design

Children’s watches should not only serve the purpose of telling time, but also offer educational value, and so functionality and educational ability should be the main consideration when choosing a children’s first watch. Look for watches that incorporate educational elements into their design, such as additional numbers, concise differentiation between the minute and hour hand, or unique designs that clearly demonstrate the progress of time.

All of our EasyRead watches feature clear numbers and bold graphics, making it easy for children to recognise and understand the concept of time as the hands move across their individual rings. These separate rings, along with our bright colours and easy-to-read design, makes practising telling the time a more engaging and enriching experience for your child, and supports them to learn and develop as they practise.

Clear and Engaging

Children are naturally drawn to vibrant colours and eye-catching designs, and this visual stimulation can support their development and boost their learning. By opting for a children’s first watch with a clear, visually appealing design that captures their attention, you can encourage your child to engage with their new watch and begin to develop an interest in telling the time. This visual interest will also encourage them to pay attention to how the hands move around the watch, allowing them to monitor the passage of time on their own and develop their understanding of how the watch displays this natural process. Similarly, by opting for an EasyRead design with bright, playful colours, and clear colour-association between key elements of the watch, you can gift your child with a watch that is more exciting and visually interesting than other options and encourage them to wear it regularly.

Durability and Water Resistance

If your little one regularly attends after-school activities, or spends a lot of time enjoying the outdoors, then they will likely need a watch that can withstand their daily adventures. All of our watches are built to be durable, and to accommodate the active lifestyles of young children, with a 1-year guarantee across our range.

Additionally, if your child enjoys swimming classes, or loves playing in the rain, then our water proof, scratch-resistant watches are the perfect choice. Built to withstand more than just accidental splashes or brief submersion, our water-resistant watches have a water resistance rating of up to 30 metres so that your little one’s watch will continue to function even in unexpectedly wet conditions.

Comfort and Adjustable Straps

Comfort is an essential factor to consider when selecting a children’s first watch, as they will likely only routinely wear a watch that is comfortable and easy to put on. All of our watches come with adjustable straps, making it easy to find the perfect fit for your child’s wrist and easily resize it as they grow.

The soft and breathable nylon used in our spare straps ensures maximum comfort, even during extended wear, and the durability of our materials and stainless steel buckle means your child is well-equipped to practise telling the time wherever they go. Our range includes a range of colours, designs, and patterns to suit your child’s developing tastes and style preferences, and to encourage them to wear their new favourite accessory regularly to develop their confidence and practise their new time management skills.

Children’s First Watch with EasyRead Time Teacher

Finding the perfect children’s first watch for your child that ticks all of their boxes and meets their individual needs is easy with EasyRead Time Teacher. Our range prioritises educational designs and special features to create watches that empower your child to confidently tell the time and develop their skills, so whether you are searching for a watch that aligns with your child’s school curriculum or suits their active lifestyle, explore our range today and find the perfect children’s watches for your little one.

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Children’s watches: when should your child start wearing one?

Wondering when the right time for your child to start wearing a watch is? Children’s watches not only serve as a practical tool for timekeeping, but they can also foster a sense of responsibility and independence in our little ones. So if your little one is interested in learning to tell the time, or if they have already started learning in school or nursery, then read on to explore the benefits of children’s watches and discover when your child should start wearing one.

Children’s watches

The numerous benefits of children’s watches extends far beyond simply telling the time. One of the core advantages is that, by owning a watch, children are encouraged to develop a sense of responsibility. They are responsible for taking care of their watch, and using it to keep track of time is an excellent way to introduce them to timekeeping and the importance of managing their time effectively. This can be particularly useful for children who are struggling to tell the time, as it demonstrates the concept of time in an accessible way, or for children who have busy schedules, as they can be prepared ahead of time for their after-school activities or hobbies.

Additionally, children’s watches can promote independence and offer a safe, controlled way for children to exercise autonomy. By giving them a watch, we can allow them to take charge of their own time and schedule during the weekends or after school, by allowing them to choose how much time they want to spend on a particular activity, which instils confidence and empowers them to make decisions regarding their daily routines and activities.

As using a watch requires a clear understanding of basic mathematical concepts and the passage of time, gifting a child their own watch will enhance their cognitive skills. Learning to read and interpret the time requires a certain level of mental processing, which can sharpen their analytical thinking and problem-solving abilities. By regularly using a watch, children can improve their numeracy skills and develop a better understanding of the concept of time.

When should your child start wearing a watch?

Generally, children aged 4 and above will have developed the skills necessary to use a watch and are ready to begin wearing one everyday. However, the recommended age can vary depending on your child’s individual development and maturity, and it is important to consider a few factors before selecting the perfect watch.

⦁ Firstly, assess your child’s interest in telling the time. If they have already started expressing curiosity about clocks and watches, this is a good indication that they are ready to have their own watch. Additionally, if they are learning to tell the time in school or nursery, providing them with a watch will help support their learning and allow them to put their knowledge into practice.

⦁ Secondly, consider your child’s level of responsibility. Are they able to take care of their belongings? And are they able to be careful with the watch and make sure that it is fastened on their wrist properly? For many children, a watch is their first major responsibility, as it is a tool rather than a toy, so make sure that you can trust them to take care of it.

⦁ Finally, if your child demonstrates a keenness to take responsibility in other areas of their life, then it is a good time to introduce them to a watch. Perhaps your child has an after school activity that they enjoy, or struggles to keep track of time during their free time? By giving them a watch, they can develop an understanding of the importance of punctuality, as they can tell when to start getting ready for activities, or when to move on to their next activity or task, both at home and in school.

Choosing the Perfect Watch

When choosing the perfect watch from our Easy-Read range, there are several features to consider to ensure that you select the most suitable watch for your child.

Method

At EasyRead Time Teacher, our children’s wrist watches are available with either the 12/24 Hour or Past & To method, depending upon your child’s preferred time-telling method. Ask your child which method they prefer, or which method they have been taught to use by yourself or in school, to ensure that they will be able to use the watch.

Design

At the age of 4, children are still learning to tell the time, so having a watch with clear hour and minute markers can make it easier for them to practise their new skills and understand the passage of time. Our EasyRead watches feature easy-to-read designs, with clear hour and minute markers and colour-coded hands to help children clearly distinguish between them. This visual aid makes it easier for children to understand the relationship between the hour and minute hands, as well as the corresponding numbers on the dial, which reduces confusion and frustration and allows children to confidently read the time.

Lifestyle

When choosing a children’s watch, be sure to consider your child’s’ lifestyle requirements, particularly if they are aged 4 or below. For example, if your child has an active lifestyle and engages in sports or outdoor activities, then they will need a durable, reliable watch. Similarly, even if your child does not regularly engage in sports, children are naturally active and it is likely that they will engage in activities on the playground or during the weekend that could expose the watch to potential damage or water splashes. Our watches come water-resistant as standard, and we offer a waterproof range, to ensure that your child is able to use their watch and enjoy their playtime without worrying about damage.

Style

Finally, bear in mind that the watch is also an accessory, and your child is much more likely to use a watch that they personally like. This is particularly relevant if your child has just started school, or is getting ready to start school, as having a uniform every day means that they will seek out ways to express their identity through accessories. Involve your child in the selection process by allowing them to choose a watch strap in their favourite colour, and to pick the face design that they most like, which will make them more excited about wearing the watch and encourage them to feel proud of their new, useful accessory.

Reinforce this excitement by explaining the educational importance of a watch and emphasising how it will help them to manage their time and become more responsible. Show them how to wear the watch properly and securely, ensuring that they understand how to fasten and adjust the strap, and frame their new watch as an exciting and positive tool.

EasyRead First Watches

So, if your little one is aged 4 or above and is showing interest in learning to read the time, there is no better time to get them their first watch. Our EasyRead watches are specifically designed to support young children in learning how to read and tell the time and our unique visual systems make our watches an invaluable tool and a fun accessory.

Explore our range of children’s wrist watches and find the perfect first watches for your children today.

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How to Teach Your Child to Tell The Time in 2020

Two Children learning how to tell the time with an EasyRead Time Teacher Wall Clock

The beginning of a new year is the ideal time to take on new ventures and set targets for the year ahead. Aside from the traditional new year’s resolutions, like eating healthier foods and losing weight, you could look to teach your child how to tell the time in 2020, which is made very easy with our fabulous EasyRead time teaching products.

We’ve all been there. As a young child, learning how to tell the time is difficult to get your head around at first, but it doesn’t need to be. With the right guidance, learning this important life skill can be very straightforward and mastered within no time.

Additionally, employing the most effective time teaching system will make the learning process a lot easier for you and your child. With that in mind, if your new year’s resolution is to help your child to learn how to tell the time in 2020, you should use our award-winning time teaching products and here are the main reasons why.

Make Learning Fun

Amongst many other things, our EasyRead time teaching products, such as our EasyRead Wrist Watches and EasyRead Wall Clocks, do a great job of making a tedious task fun and enjoyable for children, which is crucial in keeping them engaged with learning.

With their bright colours and eye-catching designs, our time teaching watches help to bring time to life for children, making them more likely to absorb information than when learning from a clock or watch that has a dull design.

Simple, Yet Effective

At EasyRead Time Teacher, we are proud to say that we offer the simplest time teaching system for children. Our unique system, which has been endorsed by educational professionals around the world, allows children to learn how to tell the time quickly and efficiently.

Compliment Your Child’s School Life

Another thing which makes our products so effective is that they tie in with and complement what your child is learning at school. At EasyRead Time Teacher, we sell a range of products that are designed to help teachers, so we have a good understanding of what type of system children require when learning the time.

It takes the average child 2 to 3 years of school lessons to master the time. Our EasyRead products, which can be easily used at home and on the move, help to drastically speed up this process, without causing any unwanted confusion with your child’s school studies.

Assisting your child with the learning of valuable life skills is something that will give you both a great sense of achievement, and a memory that you will cherish forever. So, why not help your child to learn how to tell the time with our EasyRead time teaching system in 2020?

For more information on our range of products, browse our collection or get in touch with our team.

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Exciting new products from EasyRead Time Teacher

This Autumn we are pleased to launch seven new bright coloured straps as accessories to our existing range of watches. Just pick your favourite from royal blue, green, lime, orange, pink, red and yellow. All will brighten up the darkest of winter days! (more…)

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The Perfect Gift

EasyRead Time Teacher watches are a fantastic present to give to the important child in your life.

Our clocks and watches are a brilliant and educational gift for the little ones in your family. Children all over the world have loved taking ownership of their learning – it’s great to see children teaching themselves and having fun doing it. Every child has to learn how to tell the time as part of their Key Stage 1 Maths syllabus, so why not give them a helping hand with one of our wristwatches?

They’re comfortable and colourful, with a large clear face that shows children everything they need to know to tell the time. The wristband will fit even the tiniest wrist and it’s removable so it can be washed.

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With an EasyRead watch, a five year old can learn to tell the time in just 10 minutes. Click here to see what our customers say.

Don’t worry, our 3-step process is very easy to master and our free resources are just a click away. We have all the support you need.

In addition, we also offer clocks for the home. Our 3-step teaching system is easy to master, enabling the children to learn with very minimal input from the adults around them. Click here to view our EasyRead clocks.

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To teach analogue or not?

“Excuse me, do you have the time?” – A common question asked. What if you couldn’t answer that question? Well according to a poll by an on-line watch retailer earlier last year, one in seven people admit they can’t tell time on a non-digital watch.

More shockingly perhaps is the fact that in a different poll by www.TwistedTime.com, 37 per cent of parents with children aged 10 or under said they had not or did not plan to teach their children to read the time on non-digital watches. But why is this? Perhaps because people rely on getting the time from their phones and iPods rather than from watches and clocks.

Is it even necessary for 21st century children to learn how to tell the time on an analogue clock in today’s digital age? Well, yes! There are countless reasons:

  • Analogue clocks can provide a vivid representation of time that digital clocks cannot. With many different learner types out there – including visual learners/thinkers – most need the analogue clock to have a good understanding of time. Children with autism spectrum disorders are an example.
  • Telling the time is a useful skill and analogue clocks are still in use. It also provides a useful framework for understanding of modules and alternative numerical base systems.
  • Are we going to replace the beautiful clocks on our churches and railway stations even the with digital? Surely not!
  • “I’ll meet you at the train station at quarter past five” – this could be a problem if you can only use a digital clock!
  • iPhones and iPods have an analogue clock option which is very popular amongst Apple users. Other companies such as Audi and Lexus also use the analogue clock rather than digital in some of their cars. Analogue still exists around us – and will continue to do so.

We are a family business dedicated to helping children and adults learn to tell the time on analogue clocks. Our clocks and watches are designed to help children learn to tell the time in terms of ‘minutes past’ and ‘minutes to’ the hour. Take a look at our 2 and 3 step teaching method.

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Our customers are our best advert

Here at EasyRead Time Teacher, we love hearing feedback from our customers. We have always believed that our customers are our best advert. Take a look at what they are saying about EasyRead:

“The watch I ordered allowed my 9 year old dyslexic daughter to read the time like her classmates for the very first time! It has made such a significant difference to her life.”

“I would highly recommend this clock if your child has difficulty understanding how to tell the time – I wish I’d had something like this when I was a child!”

“My daughter has an EasyRead watch, we bought the matching clock and they really help with her understanding.”

“My five year old daughter learned to tell the time in five minutes!”

“Fantastic watch! My Granddaughter can’t wait to go to school wearing hers!”

“Excellent, daughter is very happy! She learnt time within two days. The watch is very sturdy, highly recommended.”

“Best watch I’ve ever purchased for my daughter.”

“What a brilliant watch!! So easy to read and builds children’s confidence. I would recommend this watch to everyone!”

“Great products and excellent quality for the money!”

Would you like to see what all the fuss is about? Click here to view all our EasyRead products.

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Real learning comes from repeated practice

EasyRead Time Teacher believe in practice makes perfect. When children master something as difficult as telling the time, they need to cement that skill with practice. We have the solution.

Having an EasyRead classroom clock on your wall encourages children to practice on their own, in their own time. Children love to take ownership of their learning and will be running to the clock to practice their new skills!

As well as our brilliant products, we also offer numerous free learning resources such as clock colouring sheets, our two step and three step systems and our video library.

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A perfect first watch!

Learning to tell the time is a huge step for children. It allows them to take ownership of their day, understand the concept of time and makes them feel ‘grown up’.

Our wristwatches are the perfect first watch for children, with a colourful large face and a comfortable and removable strap – they will love it! With an EasyRead Time Teacher wristwatch a young child can learn to tell the time very quickly.

In addition, we also offer clocks for the home. Our two and three step teaching system is easy to master, enabling children to learn with limited input from the adults around them.

Click here to see our range of watches.

If you would like to find out more about EasyRead Time Teacher or have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

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Introducing EasyRead Time Teacher

EasyRead Time Teacher is a family business dedicated to helping children and adults overcome the problems encountered when learning to tell the time.

The business was started by Roger Shackleton, who is based in Sydney and is a winner of an Australian Design Award. Roger designed the ‘EasyRead Dial’ and the ‘Three Step Teaching System’ after finding it extremely difficult to teach his own children to tell the time using regular analogue clocks.

Roger’s business started in 2011 under the name ‘Theme Time Australia’.  In 2012 his sister, Sue Shackleton, who is based in Malvern UK, joined him to develop the business in the UK & Europe. EasyRead Time Teacher Ltd was formed in 2013.

EasyRead Time Teacher have expanded on the clock design and are now offering a range of watches and teaching resources as well as variations on the original clock design. Click here to look at all the products EasyRead have to offer. With over 50,000 worldwide sales and products available all over the world, EasyRead are growing rapidly and are trusted by hundreds of schools and thousands of families.

We couldn’t have done it without our amazing customers and distributors. Take a look at what our customers say about us.

If you would like to find out more about EasyRead or have any questions, please email us at [email protected].