Learning the time: difficulties encountered

Here are the 2 main difficulties identified by researchers1 who have addressed the issue of children learning to tell time:

1) Children have difficulty distinguishing the hour hand from the minute hand;

2) When the hour hand falls between 2 numbers, children tend to name the larger number. Example, at 10:30, the hour hand is between the 10 and 11, children will tend to say it is 11:30, not 10:30.

To counter these 2 issues and facilitate the acquisition of concepts, OLOfusion products offer these solutions!

The clock hands of OLOfusion are of distinct colors: red for the hours and blue for the minutes!

Also, the green hand of the seconds is particularly attracting young people’s attention. It allows them to concretely integrate what 1 minute is like to pass, as an hourglass would.

In addition, the circle around our clock models allow ta kid to clearly identify the current time!


1Siegler, R.S., & McGilly, K. (1989). Stategy choices in children’s time-telling, In I. Lewin and D. Zakay (Eds). Time and human cognition: a life-span perspective. North Holland: Wisevier Science Publishers.

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