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Telling Time with the Smurfs

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Clock reading with Smurfs through tutorial, book, and game.

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In Telling Time with the Smurfs, the Smurfs explain how to tell time using kid-friendly language and lots of visual aids, though some sections fall a bit flat. The tutorial is clear and well-paced but a little dry, and the game and practice sections feel a bit like learning drills. It's the "Read" activity that really stands out; kids learn about how the Smurfs schedule their days, set the clock to show the right time for eating lunch or working in the garden, and then play with the Smurfs to make them eat, cut bushes, and more. Kids not only practice setting an analog clock but also get a sense of how to interpret the meaning of different times of day. As a bonus, the Smurfs' meals are full of yummy, healthy foods.

At the end of the story are some great suggestions for discussion to extend learning. Overall, the concept of telling time is clearly -- if sometimes dully -- explained, which is all super, so long as parents don't mind the overt branding.

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