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Best apps for kids: Telling time.


Learning time apps are very helpful when you decide to introduce your child to this subject. It's difficult to say when is the right time for kids to learn how to tell the time because it really depends on individual development. Some kids are learning the clock at the age of 3 or 4, others in primary school. First kids learn the digital clock, later the analog one becuse the analog clock requires abstract thinking. There are many excellent apps teaching telling time such as Interactive Telling Time (one of our favorites). So if you want your kid to answer 'What time is it?' please take a look at our list of best educational apps about telling time and choose the right app for your child.



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Tillie's Time Shop HD

Tillie's Time Shop HD
by My Turn Mobile

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Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Language, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: an interactive book with additional educational activities introducing the basics of telling time and how to read the clock.

What you do with it: listen to the story and touch the screen for some interactive elements. Educational activities include: learning how to read the hours one by one (by moving the sun or the moon around the clock), a simple puzzle (putting the right numbers on the clock) and reading the hours from the analog clocks by matching them to what the narrator says.

What we liked: the concept, easy navigation, good educational value, nice illustrations, good story and narration. Good options for 'reading' the book (highlighting the portion of text being read, repeating the paragraph). Simple but quite good educational activities with voice and visual clues.

What we didn't like: we wish the story was longer! While the text on the page is being read, touching the 'interactive' objects, e.g. the speaking characters, will make both sounds play together. The app concentrates only on the basics of telling time (full hours). No randomization in the activities (the tasks appear in the same order).

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Tillie's Time Shop

Tillie's Time Shop
by My Turn Mobile

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Overall Score: 98/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Language, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: an interactive book with additional educational activities introducing the basics of telling time and how to read the clock.

What you do with it: listen to the story and touch the screen for some interactive elements. Educational activities include: learning how to read the hours one by one (by moving the sun or the moon around the clock), a simple puzzle (putting the right numbers on the clock) and reading the hours from the analog clocks by matching them to what the narrator says.

What we liked: the concept, easy navigation, good educational value, nice illustrations, good story and narration. Good options for 'reading' the book (highlighting the portion of text being read, repeating the paragraph). Simple but quite good educational activities with voice and visual clues.

What we didn't like: we wish the story was longer! While the text on the page is being read, touching the 'interactive' objects, e.g. the speaking characters, will make both sounds play together. The app concentrates only on the basics of telling time (full hours). No randomization in the activities (the tasks appear in the same order).

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Jungle Time : learn how to tell time

Jungle Time : learn how to tell time
by Jungle Education

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Overall Score: 91/100

version reviewed: 4.03

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world
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What it is: a set of activities teaching the basics of telling time and reading the clock.

What you do with it: the activities include: reading the time, setting the given time on the clock, telling the time difference between two clocks, comparing time (setting one clock ahead or behind another clock).
The app also has a learning section with educational information about the clock and time telling basics (hour hand, minute hand, telling and adding time).

What we liked: the concept, good variety of activities, easy operation, 5 difficulty levels (from 1 hour interval to 1 minute interval), 13 language versions, multiple user accounts with detail stats for every user, variety of options and settings.

What we didn't like: the interface could be more visually appealing (especially in the 'info' section) and kid-friendly. No voice feedback for good or wrong answers. Some sort of rewards system would make learning more exciting.

Bottom line: a very solid set of activities for time telling practice.

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Telling Time with the Smurfs

Telling Time with the Smurfs
by Cupcake Digital

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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 89/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is and what you do with it: a set of activities teaching the basics of telling time:

'Learn' - learn about the parts of the clock.

'Read' - an interactive story about the day in the life of a Smurf.

'Practice' - set the clock to the correct time.

'Learn' - learn about the parts of the clock.

'Play' - a simple game where you have to choose the correct clocks to guide Smurfette to the party in the Smurf Village .

What we liked: the concept. Good range and variety of quality activities. Many interactive features. Original Smurf artwork. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Narration and spoken instructions. Good educational value.

What we didn't like: the Game is very basic and could offer more educational features.

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Interactive Telling Time - Learning to tell time is fun

Interactive Telling Time - Learning to tell time is fun
by GiggleUp Pty Ltd

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iPhone

Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 2.3

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: a set of activities teaching the basics of telling time and reading the clock.

What you do with it: the activities include: setting the time to the given hour, reading the time from the analog clock and setting the same time on the digital clock, clock puzzles, clock quiz (pointing to the clock showing the give time) or stopwatch activity (stopping the clock at the given time).
The app also features a learning section with educational information about clock basics, clock reading, telling the time in English etc.

What we liked: the concept, good variety of activities and good educational value, simple illustrations, easy operation, 5 difficulty levels (from 1 hour interval to 1 minute interval), progress stats for each activity, various clock faces to choose from, the rewards system, voice instructions, visual help for each activity, 7 language versions.

What we didn't like: doesn't teach simplified 'quarters' and 'halves' properly (e.g. the app will only use 'eight forty five' instead of 'quarter to 9', 'one thirty' instead of 'half past one' etc). We would like to see some sort of visual or audio clues in the 'set the time' activity.

Bottom line: a very good choice when you are looking for an app teaching time telling and time concepts.

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My First Clock

My First Clock
by Xkape Enterprises

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Overall Score: 79/100

version reviewed: 2.2

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Early math, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Personal & social, Understanding of the world

What it is: a set of 3 activities teaching children the analog clock (reading and telling time).

What you do with it: please see our video presentation.

What we liked: concept, various difficulty levels (minute, 5 minute or 15 minute increments of the big clock hand), simple illustrations.

What we didn't like: problems with interaction (requires unnecessary actions like pressing a button to hear the answer), we are not sure about one of the activities (Tell Time quiz), could be less expensive for what it offers.

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Weather and Clock for Kids

Weather and Clock for Kids
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 77/100

version reviewed: 1.4.5.13

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Best for: Interactive play, Interaction, Understanding of the world
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What it is: a simple interactive scene with weather and time features.

What you do with it: touch objects/characters for simple interactions: touch the clock to have the current time read out, touch the flower to check the temperature, touch the TV set to see a simple weather forecast for the following days etc.

What we liked: the concept. Ease of use.

What we didn't like: very limited features (many interactions are just simple animations). Limited educational value.

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Weather and Clock for Kids - Android version

Weather and Clock for Kids - Android version
by Kidoteca - Apps for Curious Ki...

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Overall Score: 76/100

version reviewed: 1.5.8.13

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Best for: Interactive play, Interaction, Understanding of the world

What it is: a simple interactive scene with weather and time features.

What you do with it: touch objects/characters for simple interactions: touch the clock to have the current time read out, touch the flower to check the temperature, touch the TV set to see a simple weather forecast for the following days etc.

What we liked: the concept. Ease of use.

What we didn't like: very limited features (many interactions are just simple animations). Limited educational value.

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