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Tic-Tock Let’s talk about the Analogue Clock

Analogue ClocksEverything seems to be moving to a digital platform. The most innocent and unassuming items have electronic counterparts that, well quite frankly kick butt. Heck, just look at what the good old toothbrush has to compete with these days. While digital items seem to reign supreme are they always better, or more to the point what good is an analogue clock in today’s society?

Analogue watches have been replaced with digital watches, and digital watches are currently being replaced with ‘smart’ watches. With the decreasing instances where one will be required to read an analogue clock is it essential that children learn to read analogue time? The answer is yes – very important. While it may longer be necessary to read an analogue clock; it is definitely important for cognitive development and understanding the complex topic of time.

While time is expressed in numbers, the passage of time cannot be learnt the same way that one learns their 1, 2, 3’s. Time telling involves a lot of skills that are put into practice once the child starts learning about hours, minutes and seconds.Most children don’t have trouble reading the hour as it is an ordinal number from one to twelve. However, when the concept of minutes is involved, children automatically have to switch to counting in multiples of five to get to the right time. Therefore, learning to tell time, exercises a child’s ability to skip count by fives; which requires a good understanding of basic math. As analogue clock faces have distinguished numbers around the face with markings in-between this is a great visual aid – these features are not transparent in digital clocks. However, Even with the visual aid of an analogue clock face time telling can still be difficult to pick up.

Most children don’t have trouble reading the hour as it is an ordinal number from one to twelve. However, when the concept of minutes is involved, children automatically have to switch to counting in multiples of five to get to the right time. Therefore, learning to tell time, exercises a child’s ability to skip count by fives; which requires a good understanding of basic math. As analogue clock faces have distinguished numbers around their faces with markings in-between this is a great visual aid. These features are not transparent in digital clocks. However, Even with the visual aid of an analogue clock face time telling can still be difficult to pick up.

Luckily, there are many tools on the market that can help. Cactus Watches is an Australian range of children’s and teens watches that are a great value, durable, and have easy-to-read dials. The contemporary designs of these watches make it even easier for little ones to learn how to read the time. Stand out products are the Time Teachers that have the hour and minute hands labelled and the Time Tellers that have an outer ring marked with five past, ten past, quarter past and so on (for those who are having trouble picking up the time telling lingo).

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Alongside these fantastic children’s watches, there are other time telling tools and toys aplenty. If you would like to discover our huge range of watches and time teaching toys head over to our website.

Follow the path to Grandma’s House and Arrive with Improved Cognitive Abilities

LRRH BannerSmart Games has long had a home at Entropy and in the elves hearts. Their games are notoriously innovative, stimulating and super fun. So, it’s no surprise that we were on the edge of our seats when they released their newest game – Little Red Riding Hood.

The game follows the premise of the traditional story, where Little Red is travelling through the forest to visit her Grandmother. Firstly, the player places Little Red, Grandma’s house and the trees on the game board; once this is done the game begins.  The player then creates a path for Little Red to travel down to reach grandma’s house. This is done with path tiles and is easier said than done.

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The complexity of the task varies with the placement of Little Red, Grandma’s House,the trees and the inclusion of Mr Wolf. There are 48 different challenges ranging from easy to expert – which is highly impressive given the size of the game board. While reinvigorating a love for fairy tales, the game also does a brilliant job at stimulating cognitive skills. Spatial insight, planning, problem solving, concentration and visual perception are all put to the test in this super fun game.

While the box clearly marks Little Red Riding Hood as a single player game, having a friend to point you in the right direction when you get stuck is helpful. The elves have, of course, played a few games but are not willing to publicly disclose how they did… Let’s just say they will tip their hats to anyone who can complete an expert challenge without a few sighs of frustration.

Overall the game is ingeniously thought out, beautifully crafted and something that will get pulled out of the game cupboard time and time again. Also like a beautiful red cherry sitting on top of this delicious sundae, the game includes a family-friendly picture book with a modern twist on the original story.

Have you played this game? Let us know what you think and leave a review on our website. You could even win $50 for your efforts! Click here for more information.

 

Introducing Playmobil

BannerPlaymobil is brand new to Entropy, and it would be an understatement to say that we are excited. Since 1974, Playmobil toys have been a favourite in children’s playrooms, with its many different play worlds – from Space to Wildlife adventures. The iconic friendly faces of the Playmobil figurines and their creative environments are best known for stimulating imagination and creativity – which is why it gets five gold stars from the elves here at Entropy.

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So why do we love imaginative play? The process of imagination builds skills in many essential developmental areas. When children engage in creative or pretend play, they are actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. When another child joins, they both learn through cooperative play. They will learn to take turns, share responsibilities, communicate and come up with creative solutions together. Playmobil has been assisting children all over the world slip into many different imaginative roles with their huge range of products and unassuming characters.

Children using Playmobil

Playmobil is not only known for sparking creative role play but also for having extremely high quality and safety standards. Made in Europe, Playmobil never compromises on quality. Fulfilling both national and international safety requirements, Playmobil often go above and beyond what is required. As a result, Playmobil always produces brilliant products. Time after time, they fail to disappoint, from unique characters to beautifully orchestrated petting zoo’s and castles, we are always blown away by the detail. To get an idea of the work behind each Playmobil creation watch the video below.

Go ahead and immerse yourself in the world of Playmobil, you will not be disappointed! Discover our entire Playmobil range here.

Introducing the new Micro Deluxe range!

Micro Deluxe RangeMicro Scooters are one of our most popular treasures at Entropy Elf HQ, and with good reason. We don’t just love their quality, design and safety features; we also love that Micro are continuously working to improve their products, and are undoubtedly the best scooters in the market. Now, our favourite scooter brand has been officially reborn with the Deluxe range, which has seen the classics become even better! So, what has changed?  

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It’s the same Swiss design and engineering we all know, but with some fantastically redesigned features we know all scooting-fanatics will simply love.

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Deluxe Mini Micro

  • Adjustable handle bar
  • Unique silicon raised deck
  • Anodised stem protects from corrosion
  • Available in fresh new colours – Yellow, Pink, Green, Orange, Purple and Blue.

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 Deluxe Maxi Micro

  • Unique silicon raised deck
  • Anodised stem protects from corrosion
  • Maximum weight limit now 70kg
  • Available in fresh new colours – Pink, Black, Blue, Purple, Aqua, Green, Red and Yellow.

Watch the video below to see them in action!

But that’s not all…

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The Deluxe Maxi Micro also comes in a foldable version, making it the perfect travel companion – pop it in the boot or carry it under your arm! Available in Bright Coral and Light Blue.

What will you choose?

Discover our entire Micro Scooters range here.