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Human Heroes Einstein's Clock

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Clear explanations help kids try their hand at telling time.

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Clear, patient explanations pair with supporting visuals and hands-on practice in this engaging tutorial on telling time. Step by step, kids learn about the hour hand and then the minute hand, first through the concepts of half past and quarter past and then with more precise minutes. In the practice trials, kids get plenty of opportunity to try their own hand, so to speak, at representing different times on the clock. Extra help gets kids started, and gradually drops away, ready to come back if kids struggle. The free play option is a fun way to play with the clock and discover all the interesting things Einstein can say. Though the day/night changing background nicely provides some context, it might be nice to see some more clues about what could be happening at different times of day to help kids orient themselves. Particularly when kids play on a smaller screen, it can be hard to manipulate the hands just right; kids may need some practice. Finally, the Albert Einstein character is a fun guide and a gentle tutor, even though in this particular setting, it's entirely irrelevant that one of the 20th century's greatest minds is teaching kids how to tell time. (Einstein's appearance makes more sense in the full paid app, of which Human Heroes Einstein's Clock is a separate and unique download.) Despite these shortcomings, for parents looking to help teach their kids how to read an analog clock, Human Heroes Einstein's Clock is a superb choice for some extra help.

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