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Teaching Children to Tell the Time 5 Steps to Success

Teaching Children to Tell the Time 5 Steps to Success

In this article we give you the steps to follow how to teach telling time. Teach children to tell the time by following these simple steps. 

Choose the right watch

Consider your child’s age, interest, and ability. While most kids can count to ten, and maybe they can count by fives and tens, what they can’t do is translate those numbers into the actual time. For example, if a child can say the number five in a given situation, but won’t recognize that five minutes have passed, he won’t know when he’s late for dinner.

This is why the earliest ages for learning numbers from a watch are four or five years old. That is a relatively simple stage, as they can count, so you can simplify the technique as necessary.

However, some preschoolers, and even older ones, are not interested in wearing a watch. That’s fine. As long as they have the basics, an analog watch is a great tool to learn the time.



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Teaching telling the time

Your child may ask a lot of questions while using your watch. You may be skeptical if it is worthwhile to let them touch your watch, but I can say without a doubt, it is not only worthwhile but fun and educational too.

Each time you show your child how to put on your watch, you’ll inspire them to do the same to their watch. You’ll teach them that watches are not just for adults but a toy and the world around them.


Find a suitable teaching tool 

The Kiddus Time Teacher watch has been specially created to learn to tell the time. Each time area is a different color in which the hour hand remains until that time changes, making it visible and easy for children to know what time it is. Next to the hour numbers are the 24-hour format numbers, to help children understand that 2.15 p.m. is the same as 14.15. This watch will make it easy to teach your child to tell the time.

Constructed from high-quality materials, our watch straps feature 8 holes to fit 12-18cm wrists. Our watches also include a long-lasting Japanese battery and a hypoallergenic nickel-free stainless steel back cover. Designed to resist splashing when washing hands or playing in the rain, our watches are waterproof but must be removed before swimming or bathing.

With our wide range of colors and styles, Kiddus watches help your child learn to read and tell time without relying on smartwatches or other electronic devices.


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Practice, practice, practice

Pick a solid time for your child to wear the watch. (Note: not in the middle of dinner or before bed.) Find a watch that fits well, looks nice, and offers accurate time.

Give your child the watch and give her the task of figuring out the time without looking at the watch.

Practice with her doing this on her own or with you. This is the best way to teaching kids to tell the time.

Now, when you say “ready?”, ask your child what time it is. Ask her to point to the number on the watch. If you’re very lucky, she’ll get it!

Girl Learning the Time with Pink Wall Watch

If she needs help, you can show her how to look at the watch and then look at the number on the watch to see what time it is.

If she can’t do this, remind her of what she practiced the first time.

Ask her to point to the number on the watch again, and then look at the number on the watch to see what time it is.


Give your child a break

When the kids' body clocks are already running fast, do not be in a hurry to force them to do any physical activity. Even just a few minutes spent in some activities that help them to rest and recharge will help.

Take the time to learn to do so. It is very much necessary for your child's healthy development. Do not rush your kids. It is also good to give them a break. This often helps them to internalise what they have learnt. 



Finding the right way for your kid to learn is not always easy, but most kids do eventually grow out of their digital habits. Learning the hours, minutes, and seconds in analog has great educational and life-long benefits. Teaching kids smartwatches can be a time-consuming and fussy activity.

Don't forget to visit Kiddus Store and see best digital watches and analog watches for kids.