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Cosine Kids Clock

In their latest catalog, Asahikawa (Hokkaido)-based furniture maker Cosine introduced this gorgeous kids clock (9,450 yen) to help little ones learn to tell time. This is something I’ve been struggling with recently (not, telling time, teaching to tell time) so this would be a huge welcome in our home. Allow me to walk you through some of the amazing details.

  1. Color-differentiated hands for hours and minutes
  2. Who needs a seconds hand? No one.
  3. 5-minute increments. This is so incredibly helpful to have in teaching the difference between minutes and hours. But eventually it becomes obsolete. That’s why they are painted in light brown – designed to blend in and disappear over time as the maple wood ages and turns darker.
  4. 8 is the magic number. To help kids visualize the concept of time, an emphasizing circle has been placed around 8 – the time when kids go to school in the morning and go to sleep at night. That’s a neat idea but feels a bit presumptuous. Then again, it works for my family!
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