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Looking for a little watch for my youngest daughter, I was pleased when I came across this Mickey Mouse Clubhouse watch. My daughter is only 4 so can't tell the time, but has started taking an interest in the time and clocks, although at the moment every time you ask her the time it seems to always be 2 'o'clock, I figured a watch may help her get a grasp of 'half pasts', etc a little more. For under £10, I thought the price was really good, and the fact that it has Mickey Mouse all over it is a bonus as she is obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on Sky. I was quite aware that the watch was blue and may be aimed more at a boy but I hoped she wouldn't notice this too much as it seemed the best watch that I could find for the same price. She has since receiving it, only mentioned that it was blue once but I just told her that Santa thought she loved blue, to which she replied 'oh, yes I do actually, not as much as pink though.'! The watch came nicely presented in a plastic packet. Suitable for age 3 plus, I think this is a little young as I don't know many 4 year olds that can tell the time but this is probably more to do with small parts etc. The watch itself in terms of telling the time is quite useful and has the numbers as you would expect on a child's watch rather than the dots or dashes to mark each hour. The strap is blue with lots of stars all over while the face of the watch has a big picture of Mickey Mouse which will make telling the time lots of fun. We started out by telling her it was mickeys ear past 3, or Mickeys chin past 5 and she has already started to grasp the hours part in just a few weeks since Christmas. We have explained to her that this isn't the correct way to tell the time but we will worry about the 5 past, half past etc, bit later. She finds telling the time fun and even wears her watch to school. I would love to be a fly on the wall in her class when she is telling people it is mickeys ear past 10! They must think we are barmy! The minutes hand is a different colour allowing the child to differentiate between minutes and hours (something I always struggled to grasp when I was young), and this will definitely come in handy for later on when we 'properly' teach her to tell the time. The watch seems (so far) to be well made and even survived a frantic 10 second dive into the bath (which I wouldn't recommend!). For the purpose of teaching the time in a fun way, it is perfect, and the endorsement by Mickey will no doubt be a hit too.
My daughter has just turned three and for her birthday this year we decided it was time to buy her her own watch. She really liked looking at ours and trying to put ours on and kept asking about what time it was or what time we were going someone so I thought it was a great idea to get her a watch of her own and help her start learning how to tell the time. It's a skill that needs to be taught but I thought if she could look at a watch every day on her wrist she would pick it up a lot quicker than by not having one. She loves Mickey and Minnie Mouse so on a trip to the Disney store the weekend before Christmas (an excursion I don't recommend, the place was packed with tired frantic adults and screaming children) I found this watch. It was a last minute find as I had actually gone in for something else and was standing in an everlasting, non moving queue when I found it by the til. I actually wanted a Minnie Mouse one, not a blue Mickey Mouse one as it was for my little girl but when I asked the assistant at the til she said the only one they had for girls was a bit of a naff princess one so I bought the Mickey one. It was only £10 so I thought if she really didn't like it it wasn't too much of a problem but thankfully she loves it and loves having a watch of her own. It is recommended for age 3+ so perfect for her. The watch came in a nice cardboard presentation box so if you are thinking of this as a present for someone it would be good. The watch itself is blue and made of plastic. The strap is made of that shiny plastic material and the face is a bit chunkier. My daughter has such small wrists that even the smallest hole fitting did not fit on her wrist so my husband had to make another one a bit further along but thankfully this did not break the plastic. What I like about the watch is that it has a proper clock face with hour, minute and second hands so my little girl can learn to tell the time properly. In my opinion this is much better than a digital watch which is no way to learn the time properly. The watch has a picture of a smiling Mickey Mouse on the face, looking as cute and funny as ever. The hour hand is blue and the minute hand is red and the second hand is black. Like I've said above, the watch band is plastic and blue and has prints of Mickey Mouses's head on it in blue, white and red. Around the watch face are the numbers 1 to 12 written in red ink. These are quite easy to see and fairly bold so it makes it easy to tell time. There is a dial that moves around the watch face and this has 5 to 60 written in 5 minute increments. This dial helps to teach the time to little kids. For some reason this dial only moves anticlockwise but its easy to move and my little girl is always doing that and looking at it. There is a silver dial at the side which allows you to twist it to set the time and I find this fairly easy to do. This is a really nice watch and hopefully my little girl will be telling the time in no time!!
I was out shopping with a friend one day at the Trafford centre and one of the shops we called in to was the Disney store as my friends little girl is Disney mad. As my son's birthday was approaching I was keeping my eyes open for anything that would make a suitable gift-despite the fact that I had already bought him loads of things! It was when I was at the checkout that I spotted the Mickey Mouse learn to tell the time watch and I ended up buying it as a bit of an impulse buy really. The watch comes in a clear plastic packet which you can view the face of the watch and some of the strap through. In the background there is a blue piece of card with the product name and the Disney store name and logo too. We are told that the watch is suitable for children aged three upwards but I would imagine they are just suggesting that children aged three can wear the watch rather than actual tell the time with it as in my experience this is something that comes once a child is at school more often than not. To open the watches packet I did need to use scissors to just chop off the top of the plastic packaging but once I had done this it was very easy to remove the watch. The watch has a small piece of plastic stuck in to the knob in which you twist to set the time (does this have an actual name?!) and once you remove this you can set the time and push the knob in to the watch as the battery is then activated. The actual watch has a blue strap which is covered in lots of different coloured stars and is made from a flexible plastic material. The face of the watch features the numbers one through to twelve in different colours as well a dots in between so that a child can work out how many minutes past the hour it is. The face also features Mickey Mouse's face so should be a hit with young Disney fans. Now as this watch is a learn to tell the time watch it features a moveable red dial which features the corresponding number of minutes to the hours numbers featured on the clock face. What is a nice feature is that the minute hand on the watch is also red so the child will know that the red hand corresponds to the number on the red dial. The only issue here is that sometimes the dial can shift and my son will also move it as well so sometimes it can be pointing to the wrong number so thirty minutes may be pointing towards the number nine or such like which obviously means the child will be telling the time inaccurately. Until my son is properly aware that number one equals five minutes and such like this can pose a few problems but in all honesty I am happy to just allow my son to take his time with learning to tell the time and I know it will come and so I am allowing him to just enjoy having a watch and tell the time with it when he chooses rather than trying to rigidly teach him. My son has really taken to this watch after an initial "this is too young for me" moment. He has learnt to tell the time with it pretty easily really so I do think it was the right time to buy him a watch like this at six years old. As I mentioned above there are a few issues with the dial moving which hinder him telling the time but he enjoys having a go and that is the main thing. I don't think he will want to wear a watch with Mickey Mouse on for years to come, in fact it will probably not last until his next birthday, but for now it is fine and a useful learning tool. The watch can be bought for £8.00 from the Disney store or online which isn't a bad price really for something which is good quality and helps your child to learn. Thank you for reading my review!