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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2012
My husband and I hate this toy. It's fine in the learning/telling time mode (as long as you ignore the annoying voice) but the quiz mode is awful. Yes, it gives you three chances to guess the time, but it assumes when the hands have stopped moving for about 2 seconds that you are ready to officially submit a guess. If your child takes a small pause in turning the hands, it says, "sorry, that's not right, try again". Frequently my daughter knows the right answer but she pauses and it tells her she's wrong. Plus the hands have to be wound like a real watch - so let's say it gives you 10:25 first, then 4:40 - you have to wind it past 11, 12, 1, 2, 3 and 4 - in other words you can't move the hands independently so you can't easily just move the little hand from the 10 to the 4. It is nice for them to see how the hands work together, but without a "submit my guess" type of button, it's just a recipe for a frustrated kid. I almost threw it in the trash a year ago and ended up sticking it in a box of old toys instead...and my daughter just found it...I was hoping at 4.5 instead of 3.5 it would prove less frustrating, but boy was I wrong.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2010
My child was bored with this product in under 5 minutes and prior to that he was very interested in learning to tell time. The box says analog & digital display which made me think that it had a working analog & digital clock, which is not true. The digital clock works but the analog only works when playing the games. It also only teaches in 5 minute increments. Unfortunately, the digital display is maybe an inch high and is not back lit so you have to be right in front of the clock to read the display. It did come with a wrist watch, but when you read the fine print it says that the battery is not replaceable, so when it runs out I guess you are out a wrist watch too.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2010
The Learning Journey has wonderful educational toys (I've bought way too many of them) all which have enhanced my 3 year old grandson's ability to advance to the higher levels in pre-school. I like the size, durabilty and functionality of this piece. A wrist watch also came with it. The finest attribute of this clock is that it not only has a digital reading but manually teaches numbers on the face. Technological advances have, in many instances, diminished children's desire, drive and discipline to learn varied approaches to cognitive thinking. Telly "speaks" the time so a child can relate to the numbers at the same time can look at the digital readout displayed below. The little night light at the top is a bonus feature. My grandson loves Telly, and surprisingly, was able to tell time at an accelerated pace with the aid of this little clock.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2010
Wish this would work better as an actual clock and not just a toy that never gets played with. Would be nice if the hands on the clock actually worked so that it showed the actual time of day matching the digital. It only tells a time when in the play mode. Also the digital display is not illuminated at all so it is impossible to check the time in the dark. The nightlight on the top of the clock works but even when its on you still can't read the digital display. I bought this for my four year old daughter hoping she could use it to know if it is time to get out of bed in the morning since she's such an early riser but she needs to get up and turn on the bedroom light just to check the time. After all that, forget her going back to sleep again!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2011
I bought this for my son who just turned 5 years old. He's interested in learning to tell time, so I thought this might be of interest to him.

Telly has two learning modes:
1. In 'Tell Time' mode, the child moves the analog clock and Telly announces the selected time and also sets the digital clock to that time. I like this mode and I think it will be useful. I told my son that if he ever wanted to know what time it is, he could set Telly to match our clock so Telly would help him out. I just wish it did all 60 minutes instead of 5 minute increments.

2. In 'Quiz Game' mode, Telly announces a random time and the child has to move the analog clock to the right time. This is really great EXCEPT that every time the child stops moving the hands for 2-3 seconds, Telly counts that as a try. The child only gets three tries and then Telly moves on to a new time. This is a major flaw, in my opinion, and the reason I gave it only 4 overall stars instead of 5. It seems like the toy should have a button to press when the child is finished and ready to have their work checked. Or if not a button, then it shouldn't move to a new time until the child gets it right. If they stop and think, Telly moves on - it's confusing. When we were playing with it, I was confused at first because we were still working on 3:40 when Telly had moved on to 2:50... UGH! I guess the child needs to learn to decide where they are moving the hands BEFORE they start and then don't stop moving them until they are finished.

Overall, I think the idea is great and it's very close to being an excellent learning toy. The night light is a great addition if your child needs it. It's not a toy that your child will probably sit for hours with, but it's a good tool to help you teach your child to tell time. The speech is very clear and understandable. There are two volume settings. When turned off, the digital clock reads the real time - the analog does not. I didn't expect either of them to work so this doesn't bother me, but I can see how it might bother others. It does have an auto shut-off feature in case it's 'accidentally' left on - which happens a lot in my house!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2011
My daughter is 5 and not yet really learning to tell time with a face clock. She really enjoys playing with this- the nightlight is a little added bonus that is kind of cool for kids. It does actually tell the present time and will report the time the child creates, which, I think, will help her start with the basics in a fun way. I imagine the quiz feature will be useful as she ages and learns these skills. I would recommend this product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2012
My three yr old loves this clock. He walks over, switches it on and says hi clock what time is it? Some other reviewers mentioned the short pause a kid takes when in game mode that counts as an incorrect turn. This may be frustrating in the future but so far it hasn't bothered my son (and he doesn't like being wrong). My only downside to this is that both the hour and minute hands are green, while the on the face the numbers are blue (hour) and red (minutes). Small detail but with a three year old it would be more helpful if the colors of the hands were the same as the numbers on face...we're planning on painting over them since it is hard to see the difference of the small and large hands...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2013
We were not happy with this toy for our 3-year-old. It looks cheap and the games are unclear. Hoping to return.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2014
The thing is 3 hours off. There's no way to fix that. It's really awful and the toy voice has a lisp…nice "teaching"… REally disppointed with this. Plus It doesn't really turn off, the buttons seem mis aligned or something, even if I put in the off position it won't turn off, then it'll randomly say something like lets play again soon and shut off in the middle of a game. SUPER cheap and over priced. You can't move both handles so it frustratinng for a young child to try to learn with this. AVOID!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great idea for a toy with plenty of educational value. The nice thing about it, is that it allows for free play to be a learning experience. As the child moves the hands of the clock, it tells the child what time it is. So, the child is learning, although aimlessly playing with it and moving the hands. It is a nice way to start out with telling/learning time, and then theoretically move onto more deliberate teaching/learning, by using the quiz mode, where the clock will tell you to position the hands to a specific time.

Quiz mode is where all of the main frustrations come in. You cannot move the hands separately. You move just the minute hand, so you have to keep turning and turning and turning to get the to correct time. Too much turning! And, if you stop for a second, if you're hand is tired, or you need to reposition your hand etc, it starts to tell you that you're wrong - it reads the time off too quickly before the child can start turning again to get to the proper time. If you start turning again fast enough, just as the clock starts to tell you you're wrong, you can cut his speech off and continue onto the correct time and still receive validation that you positioned the hands to the correct time.

The overall look and feel seems very old fashioned, which is probably easily overlooked if it was easy to use and enjoyable. I was born in 1976 and this clock really has the look of something that would have been available during my childhood. The build quality seems a bit lacking and it sort of feels like a cheap hunk of hard hollow plastic.

The nightlight feature is ok, but honestly this isn't a clock you will be keeping at bedside where the light would come in handy.

I cannot recommend this product. It is too clunky, quirky and unattractive, even for a learning tool. I was looking forward to using this, but now that I have tried it, I can see we will not be using it at all. It is just way too much work in quiz mode. WAY too much turning of the hands is necessary for children, since you cannot move the hour hand and have to move by the 5 minute increments. I am not seeing any improvements over the earlier product and reviews from several years ago. All of the issues mentioned are still present in the current version which I received.
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