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5 Best Apps for Telling Time Practice for Kids

Learning to tell the time can be a tricky so we’ve pulled together some apps on how you can support your child to learn this essential skill.

Teaching children how to tell time has a reputation for being a challenging endeavor. While not the easiest lesson to impart, it can also be endlessly rewarding, as time-telling skills can significantly increase a child's cognitive abilities.

Few tips on how to teach children time:

  • Start by making it easy and fun
  • Understanding analog clocks before digital
  • Learn the numbers from one to sixty
  • Grasping concepts of time
  • Avoid figurative expressions at first

Ultimately every child learns differently and at a different speed, try different activities and techniques – just keep it fun and rewarding. Reinforce concepts of time during your everyday routines and they will be confident in no time! Your kids will perfect their clock skills with ease with our round up of the best apps for teaching children the time on iPhone, iPad and Android.

Timeland - Calendar & Clock

( Android - £0.89 , iPad - £0.79 )

Timeland is an app that teaches children the concept of time. The features include a child friendly calendar and clock to teach the concept of everyday activities as well as displaying how time moves on. This application is designed for children aged 3 to 7 and comes in a number of different languages. 
 
Timeland is a good app that can be used by young children with their parents or unsupported once the timelines have been set up. The ability to access the calendar to a specific date is ideal to map out events for the child on a particular day such as their birthday or a week leading up to an event such as a holiday.  
 
Timeland is a calendar and a clock translated to the imagination of kids. Easy to understand icons explain the different activities and events. For example, waking up in the morning or grandparents coming to visit in the evening. Enter the parent mode, simply place the icons on the Timeland timeline of a specific day or create recurring events and your child has a perfect view on all the activities of that day and days to come. 

Elapsed Time

( iPad - £2.99 )

Messing around with: Elapsed time is a unique application that is aimed at primary school aged children and provides an exploratory environment that teaches them how to work out elapsed time. It contains two learning environments: Daily Activities and Elapsed Time. In both environments the app synchronises a changing background and daily events with a clock and a timeline to give a child the impression of time moving through the day. This app is free from in-app purchases and in-app adverts.



Interactive Telling Time HD

( iPad - £2.29 )

Interactive Telling Time provides your child with a variety of different games and activities to practice the important skill of telling time. This app covers telling the time so thoroughly that you are unlikely to need another app to support your child with this. 



Tic Toc Time is a solid resource for helping students understand the concepts behind why we tell time the way we do. Kids can learn about the sun's position in the sky (using shadows to estimate the time), how clocks are designed, and how to tell time on analog clocks. The first set of games -- involving the sun and shadows is stronger and does a nice job supporting the concept of how we tell time. 


Todo Telling Time

( iPad - £4.99 )

Todo Telling Time is an app that focuses on the full range of time concepts. When you open the app, you see a digital clock, an analog clock and a calendar page with the current time,day and date. With this app, children will learn to tell time to the hour and minute, calendar concepts, digital time, and the components of a daily schedule. 


Jungle Time is a visually powerful app with jungle creatures and sounds that kids are sure to enjoy. It covers a wide range of time related skills, allows for students to take on tasks of increasing difficulty, and offers parents and teachers the ability to track progress. Jungle Time is a visually powerful app with jungle creatures and sounds that kids are sure to enjoy. It covers a wide range of time related skills, allows for students to take on tasks of increasing difficulty, and offers parents and teachers the ability to track progress.


Quick Clocks - Telling Time

( iPad - £1.99 )

Quick Clocks is a clean, polished app that contains three mini games to help children understand time. You can learn how to use Analog Clocks to set and tell the time, use Digital Clocks to tell the time, read and set clocks in 12-hour and 24-hour time, use whole, half and quarter hours, ocmpare and convert digital and analog time and 12-hour and 24-hour time.


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