Ryder is well underway into the 1st grade school year, which is no joke. He has homework and weekly exams, so I am pretty much dedicating every single afternoon to working with just him to get his work done. The unknown seems to scare him, and he shuts down. Even though he is really working hard, I am practically standing on my head day after day trying to keep it fun and exciting for him. The work just keeps getting harder, and it seems that every time he makes progress, there’s another hurdle. For the past two weeks, his class has been working on a “time” unit. Students are required to look at a clock and know the time. In an age where everything is digital, I’m finding difficulty teaching him how to tell time the old fashioned way. He thinks he can simply look at the cable box or my cell phone for the time, but we all know this something that he needs to be able to master; or perhaps I need to master teaching it to him.
Since I’ll do anything I can to help him learn, I searched the web for watches that help kids learn how to tell time, because the cardboard cutout of circles with plastic clock hands was just not cutting it. I recently stumbled upon Flik Flak, a brand belonging to the Swatch Group. Designed to be more than just a simple kid’s watch, Flik Flak is notably the first ever brand of children’s watch to introduce the concept of teaching the time, allowing this learning experience to be transformed into something amusing for children. I was beyond impressed, and I knew immediately that it could help Ryder.
They have plenty of styles to choose from, ranging from cartoon characters for the littles to sophisticated styles for tweens. They offer 3 dedicated product lines, each one targeted to a different moment of your child’s youth to meet the expectations of children from 3 to 10 years old. The styles that caught my eye were the watches that had the minute intervals around the rim, which most of them have. I thought, if Ryder could see that the 15 is near the 3, he will eventually figure out it’s a quarter past. After discovering the beginner watches, I chose colors he was sure to enjoy, and I also scooped up some styles in pink for the girls, since they always look up to their big bro.
Flik Flak has even developed games that children can have fun with when telling time and, they offer a coloring book which can downloaded so you can play with them to test their knowledge about the time. All Flik Flak watches are water resistant up to 3 bars, so kids can swim and splash about in water. The fabric straps are all machine washable which is perfect for a first grader who gets into everything from paint to dirt and germs.
It refreshing to see that Ryder is now excited about telling time. He’s starting to understand it more, and he asked to wear his watch to school everyday. It’s all about making it fun for him and the Flik Flak watches are working for him. Only time will tell, and I know he will get it.Thank you Flik Flak for sponsoring this post.