DIY Children’s First Puzzle Clock

January 11, 2014 - Comment

FIRSTTC1 Features: -Promotes cognitive development.-Assembles in approximately twenty minutes.-Wind it up power – no batteries needed.-For ages 6 and up.-Material: Plastic, metal, paper. Color/Finish: -Easy to follow color coded instructions. Dimensions: -Overall dimensions: 8.5” H x 7.5” W x 2.5” D. Product Features Fascinations designs product to illustrate many magical aspects of our world A

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

Product Features

  • 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

Comments

Biology Prof. says:

Perfectly imperfect 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,…

G. Wade "Krista" says:

Neat idea, a little frustrating to build but persistance will pay off! 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…

H Z says:

Easy to assemble but just doesn’t work 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…

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