Putting a clock in your child's room is a harmless gesture for us adults. We are so accustomed to reading the time mechanically that we find no other use for it. But still, putting a clock in his room is a very rich operation. Are you looking for an idea to keep your child busy and develop qualities he or she doesn't know yet? Do you dream of no longer being woken up by your 3-year-old too early at the weekend? In this article, we reveal 5 good reasons to put a clock in your child's room.
Keeping your child occupied is a constant mission. While they can go about their business alone, sometimes they need help with a variety of activities. Here, of course, we will suggest that you and your child make a clock yourself.
You will be putting your child to work with this exercise. Suggest that they display the numbers in Roman or Arabic forms. Take the opportunity to talk to your child about the history of numbers. You can also teach them how a clock works and its mechanisms. Show her the way to create a unique object that will perfectly match the tones and themes of her room!
Discover also our article explaining how to make a clock very simply, with a lot of originality.
His room is the place where your child should feel most comfortable. It is in this room that he will spend most of his time (games, nights, etc.). It should therefore resemble as much as possible what he or she wants and the world in which he or she feels comfortable. Children have a lot of imagination! So let him take the lead and guide him so that he feels comfortable in his cocoon.
Offer to install a clock in his room. There are many different kinds of clocks that are wonderful decorative objects. Is your daughter passionate about music and the guitar? Decorate her room with a vinyl clock! If your young boy prefers dinosaurs, put a T-Rex clock in his room. And if his older brother loves airplanes, give him a beautiful clock in the shape of a propeller!
From the age of 3, a child is able to understand the time. It won't be on a classic 12-hour clock, indeed. But you can already start to help him or her find his or her way through time in a relatively simple way. Set up a routine clock in his room (it's a 24-hour clock). You can even get him to participate in the creation.
All it takes is a little imagination to turn it into a solid reference point for your child. Define the periods of the night and day: morning, meals, evening before bedtime. Add little drawings, stickers, lots of colours. This will arouse his curiosity and you will be surprised to see that he will refer to it often to find out where he is in his day.
When your child is a little older, he or she can start to become truly independent. A clock in his room can give him a sense of responsibility for the tasks he has to accomplish during the day. It will also be an excellent way to teach him punctuality. Knowing what you have to do at each moment of the day is essential to develop good organization:
the time at which an activity or job starts;
the time slot in which to do homework;
the amount of quiet time he has left before nightfall;
You can even begin to teach them to wake up by themselves. He will be able to learn how to set an alarm clock in the morning himself to emancipate himself from his parents' alarm clock. This will also allow him to manage his timings and to know the time he needs to prepare himself.
It's silly, but it's a very exciting reason. As we saw earlier in the article, your child could end up with a T-Rex clock in his room. Yet clocks are far from being that simple to access and customize. Getting the time, understanding it and reading it has been a very long journey for mankind.
The origin of clocks dates back to Antiquity (around 2000 BC). Since then, they have not stopped developing: from water clocks to hourglasses to the clocks we know today.
The measurement of time and watchmaking are real sciences that have taken millennia to perfect. Before the last connected watch you bought your child on his birthday, there was the wristwatch. This was a truly imposing object and dates back to the 17th century.
So it's very interesting to teach him that. The little designer clock he has in his room doesn't always look like this!
So don't hesitate to put a clock in your child's room. Construction, decoration, history: it is possible to do a lot of things with this simple tool! Your child will be delighted to practice a manual activity or to participate in the decoration of his room. Go for it!
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