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DIY Children's First Puzzle Clock

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  • Fascinations designs product to illustrate many magical aspects of our world
  • A fascinating educational kit that explains the scientific nature of clocks
  • This clock is a unique and interactive project
  • Promotes cognitive development
  • Associated website content supports further learning about the hands of time
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 2 inches ; 13.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • Item model number: FIRSTTC1
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 7 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,555 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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True mechanical timepieces, these GearUp clocks represent the progress of time while enhancing any décor. Fascination's GearUp line of unique timepieces pays homage to the intricate beauty of gears in motion. Designed to illustrate many magical aspects of our world, Fascinations products will cause you to react with amazement and ask "What makes that work?" or "How is that possible?" By working with engineers, scientists, magicians and most importantly, kids young and old, Fascinations is proud to bring you the best in truly unique toys and gifts.

Product Description

FIRSTTC1 Features: -Material: Plastic, metal, paper.-Promotes cognitive development.-Approximately twenty minutes.-Wind it up power - no batteries needed.-For ages 6 and up. Color/Finish: -Easy to follow color coded instructions. Dimensions: -8.5'' H x 7.5'' W x 2.5'' D.

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Customer Reviews

It is also made of cheap plastic.
K. Cole
If it gets bumped the spring mechanism will rapidly rotate and the clock will have to be wound again after the pendulum is replaced.
James Robbins
I bought this toy for my son who LOVES clocks.
V. T. Franks

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Biology Prof. on April 17, 2010
Wow is this a great object. 'Toy' is the wrong description, however. I bought this for my six year old son and we assembled it together. The instructions are not great. They are also not terrible. We tried to use the instructions as little as possible in any case, and the picture of the completed clock on the box is enough to deduce it all if you are mechanically minded and have the time to think through the elements you can't see very well (though part-color is not perfectly reliable from the picture). Both of us learned a lot in making this. That surprised me a bit. I'm college science professor. I've opened many clocks over the years. I did not, however, realize that a clock could be this simple, or this tolerant of imprecision (these parts are cheaply molded plastic). Half way through making this "clock" I became convinced that it was not as the box suggested. I thought it was not a clock, but instead a clock-like toy that would show how the hands could move at different rates, all in a highly sped-up form. I thought it wouldn't keep proper time. And I concluded that was ok. It was still fun to build and was well worth the price, even if the box was misleading. But then the last few steps (the hardest ones to deduce) rendered the entire thing functional. I was wrong! It keeps time. You have to adjust the pendulum to get it to do so precisely, just as someone must in any real pendulum clock. My only complaint is that this clock removes all the black-box elements from a clock except one. The spring that stores the energy that drives the clock is not possible to see. So there is still a black box, and for no good reason. The spring gear apparatus could be transparent so you could see every moving element. But at the price, I can't complain.Read more ›
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By G. Wade on April 19, 2010
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My 6 year old son bought this. He worked for weeks to make enough money to get it, he loves clocks & the inner workings of them. To save us from him tearing apart clocks & watches, we agreed to order this for him. When I saw this out of the box, I really thought it looked quite junky so I was prepared for a failure from the start. My 9 year old daughter & I helped my son build it the first time but we could not get it to work. Then his sister took it apart & built it again, still it wasn't right & I was ready to send it back. Then, my son tried one more time & he got it working perfectly. The gear pieces have to be 'engaged' & there is some room for error but if you check & double check that everything turns before you seal it up, then you have won half the battle. Once you get it set & working, don't mess with it or it may cause you problems. Ours ran for the whole day yesterday, I was tiring of the constant tic tocking BUT my son has already learned so much about something that doesn't use batteries & shows the beautiful workings of mechanics. The process of building it & rebuilding it probably taught him more than if he would have built it right the first time.

I would not recommend this for a child who isn't careful with their toys, I could see the parts disappearing or being broken quite easily. Aside from that, it is an excellent learning tool!!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By H Z on May 22, 2010
This was a gift for my six year old who is very good at following instructions and working with his hands. We sat together and navigated the terrible assembly drawing. The basic drawing problem is that the step by step drawings are too small and the persepective chosen for their rendering has two pins that overlap. If you could figure out the drawing, assembly was pretty easy. The color coded parts helped a lot.

The operational problem with this item is the regulator (pendulum) mechanism. The fork and escape wheel are not made with sufficiently high precision for this item to work. When you first start the pendulum and it has high amplitude, these items engage and disengage properly. In 10-20 seconds, the fork and escape wheel actually start missing each other and the escape wheel goes several ticks per swing and then many as they miss each other and then the pendulum and the escape wheel stop moving together and the clock stops. There really isn't anything you can do about this problem. These parts have to fit perfectly and they don't.

Given the problems with the toy, I could not possibly recommend it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bob Gilbert on April 3, 2011
My wife Barbara bought this as a gift for our 7-year-old daughter, Helen, and I to build together. We had a great time assembling the clock, with Helen doing probably over 90% of the work.

Like some other reviewers have noted, the written instructions are not detailed at all. Still, the sequential pictures made things pretty clear. Helen is very intelligent, but sometimes rather impatient and impetuous, and the instruction format actually helped with this. This may sound somewhat counterintuitive, I know; but instead of Helen having to read the instructions for each step, or wait for me to read them to her, she was able to use the pictures to identify each part, its proper orientation, and its proper place in the assembly. Once or twice, she got ahead of herself, but overall, she was able to follow the pictures in a methodical, effective way. While assembling the gear trains, Helen was able to see how they all interact, and quickly noticed that turning one at one rate resulted in the next turning at a different rate, and so on.

Once assembly was complete, and we wound the spring, we were all quite pleased to see that the clock ran rather well. We adjusted (lengthened) the pendulum twice over the course of about 40 minutes, and the think seems to be keeping very good time.

I would agree with the reviewer who suggested the preassembled spring assembly be made of transparent plastic. While I understand this subassembly would probably be too complex for most kids to assemble, it would have been cool to see how it works, too.

All in all, a great, educational, fun project for a very reasonable price!
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