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Interactive Telling Time

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Lite version may leave kids more bored than inspired.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice setting a clock and recognizing the time on a clock face.

Ease of Play

Kids in the target range will have little trouble navigating/using the app, but one of the activities requires stopping a clock at an exact time. Many kids will struggle with the timing of this, especially as the difficulty level (and speed) increase.

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An upgrade icon is prominently displayed in the main menu alongside game options. The parent gate requires swiping two fingers.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Interactive Telling Time is an educational app for kids. There's a free Lite version and a paid ($2.99) Pro version. This review pertains to the Lite version. There's a big link to upgrade to the Pro version in the game menu that looks like it's just another game, so younger kids who can't read will likely tap it. The parent gate requires swiping two fingers left, right, up, or down. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

INTERACTIVE TELLING TIME is designed to help kids become more familiar with reading and setting clocks. This version includes two clocks: One is a standard clock face with the hours and minutes labeled. The other is a lion with just the hours labeled (minutes are shown by tick marks). In the first learning activity, kids have to set a clock based on the time given. In the second, kids have to stop the clock at the exact time given. Parents can control a variety of settings, including a 12- or 24-hour clock and whether the times are at an hour interval or 30 minutes. The Pro version includes more activities, as well as more difficulty levels. When kids complete enough levels, they're allowed to choose an item for their virtual aquarium, where they can feed the fish and move them around.

Is it any good?

Learning to tell time requires a lot of practice, and this is the sort of tool that can help kids along that path, but the free version's appeal is limited. Interactive Telling Time gives kids plenty of opportunity to do drills on a clock. The Lite version is a bit sparse, however, so kids may quickly tire of the same activities over and over again. It's also most suitable for kids on the younger end of the learning curve, as it is limited to simpler time drills (30-minute intervals).  The aquarium is a cute addition that might engage kids for longer as they hope to earn more fish. While Interactive Telling Time may not be the only tool you should have in your toolbox, it's a solid free option for kids to practice with, and if your kids really love it, you can spring for the paid version!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about clocks and telling time in Interactive Telling Time and with clocks around your home. Why do we need to know what time it is? Find examples of clocks with numbers, no numbers, and Roman numerals. How are they the same? How are they different?

  • Families can talk about learning with apps. Do you think this is a good app for learning? Why or why not? What can you learn?

App details

For kids who love preschool and kindergarten apps

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