In our opinion, the best geared clock available. The advantage of the Judy Clock is that itís practically child-proof. If hands are moved in an abnormal way, the gear mechanism will not break. Weíve had ours for years and it looks good and works perfectly despite some pretty rugged ďtime telling!Ē.
I love this clock! Children can see the gears moving the hour hand as the minute hand is manually moved. It would have been so much harder to teach hour hand positioning throughout an individual hour without a clock like this.
As low tech as they come, but my kids love it! The friendly face of this HUGE Judy clock has been one of the constant features of our homeschool days for over a year now. The main body of the clock is actually a large flat piece of sturdy particle board, with the plastic gear mechanism peeking out through the "eyes." The gears are a pleasant bonus which we don't always use; I appreciate also being able to turn the hands independently if we want to get to another position faster. In terms of educational value, I actually believe the size and heft of this clock make the lessons far more concrete than they might be with a smaller or plainer clock. The Judy clock is strong enough for my 3-year-old to play with it often. My only concern is with the metal feet which are included to keep the particleboard body upright. I knew right away they'd get lost immediately, so I taped a snack-wize baggie tightly on the back and use that to store the feet when the clock is not in use. Apart from that, I really enjoy this clock. What can I say? It makes our homeschool feel "official" to have Judy smiling down on us!