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Best Learning-to-Tell-Time Toys

Two schoolgirls studying time, minutes and hours with the cardboard clock at the classroom

In this digital age, it may not seem as important for children to learn how to tell time using traditional methods; however, there are still numerous benefits that come with using toys that teach kids how to tell time. In addition to helping kids learn this important skill, these toys can also help with everything from basic mathematical concepts to pattern recognition. Additionally, the process of teaching children how to tell time gives caretakers plenty of opportunities to teach new vocabulary terms and some basic spelling, too.

We’ve chosen a variety of toys that help children learn to tell time. We took into account how engaging these toys are for younger children, too, and made note of other advantages these toys can offer. These are some of the best products on the market and will fit well in any classroom or playroom.

Melissa & Doug offers yet another top-tier children’s product with this wooden clock. It is a great option for helping children learn on their own as they move the hands on the clock and can even inspire confidence as kids learn to check their answers. This option is recommended for children ages 4 to 7.

Playing with the Hape Happy Hour clock will keep kids engaged in the learning process. The clock features a cute design, including removable numbers and rotating hour and minute hands. By placing the removable numbers back into the clock face, kids not only learn how to tell time but also get to practice counting and number recognition. This clock is recommended for children ages 3 to 5.

With the Learning Resources Write & Wipe Demonstration Clock, kids not only learn the basics of telling time but also get to practice early writing skills. The multiple ways to use this clock make it a great option to play with as they grow. This toy is recommended for children ages 6 to 10.

Sometimes the best way to learn a skill is through consistent demonstration. That’s what children get with the Best Learning clock. Children can turn the clock hands and the clock will read out the time. As children progress, they can move on to using the toy’s quiz function, in which they’ll be asked to move the hour and minute hands to indicate a specific time. As a bonus, the clock features a music function for plenty of additional play. This toy is recommended for children ages 3 and up.

With two different play modes, Telly the Teaching Time Clock is a great teaching tool. In one mode, children move the hands of the clock and Telly tells them what time they’ve indicated. In the clock’s other mode, Telly asks children to move the hour and minute hands to a specific time, quizzing them on their knowledge. The cute design of this clock will help to keep kids engaged for many play sessions. The clock also includes a working digital clock and a nightlight and is recommended for children ages 3 to 8.

Expert Commentary

“Once kids learn to tell time, they will be your greatest little helpers! But more importantly, telling time and time management are fundamental, critical skills that will help your child understand, plan and one day even budget time. The toys above are riveting and will make time-telling fun for any child.”

Our Expert Consultant

Emily Lehman

Emily Lehman is a licensed teacher, nonprofit youth coordinator and mother of two young girls. Emily understands how to make learning fun and is a pro at engaging children in the classroom. She also learns constantly in her own experience raising children. When she isn’t teaching or raising her daughters, she is taking care of her horses and family farm.