Telling the Time Ages 4-5 is part of a series of apps designed to help kids learn how to tell time. Though a series of quick quizzes, timed progress tests, and other practice opportunities. By going through the app’s quizzes and activities kids will become more confident in their time-telling and clock-setting abilities.
The app itself is fairly simple. The main screen shows three main play options: Quick Quiz, Let’s Practise!, and Progress Test. It also features a clock showing the current time. On the main screen, kids will also see a more apps button in the upper right-hand corner, and an info button in the lower left-hand corner. When kids open the different play options, they encounter both written and verbal instructions and can easily move the hands on the clock to show the correct time or select the correct answer.
The app is full of quizzes to help kids learn to tell the time in many different ways. They focus on moving the hands to set a clock, looking at a clock and selecting the correct time, and answering questions related to the days of the week. The questions increase in difficulty as kids play. However, the quizzes require outside teaching in order for kids to be successful as there are no lessons built into the app. Using the progress tracking feature, parents can add multiple player profiles and see how well children do when it comes to answering different types of questions.
The app doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles, so it feels less fun and more educational. Digit, the cartoonish dog that appears throughout the app, adds a bit of an entertainment factor. The timed quizzes also make the app a little more entertaining because they give kids a reason to race to try and answer the questions on time.
Kids will find a large number of quizzes to complete which makes the app worth the price. However, if parents already have the app for one of the other ages, there may not be enough of a difference to justify the purchase.
While all of the parent sections are protected, kids can still see some of the content. For example, the parent section displays the content of the page behind the lock box so kids can still read some of it while it is locked. After completing quizzes, kids will also see a share button which, while protected, encourages them to share that they took a quiz by e-mail or on social media sites.