Think Geek First Time Clock Building Kit

Have you read my Think Geek Review #1: Lite Brite Cube?
or Think Geek Review #2: Snap Circuits Jr.? 

What is ThinkGeek?


ThinkGeek.com is an incredible website that has gifts for really just about everyone! They sell all sorts of computer geeky products, office oddities & neat toys, apparel, brainy products, and more! This is an awesome place to buy a gift for that person who “has everything”! How about a Star Trek pizza cutter, a Biohazard baby onesie, brain soap, a talking first aid kit, a Yoda backpack, Edible Yummy Dough, or a robot building kit? You can definetely find all sorts of awesome things here to give your co-worker for Christmas!

ThinkGeek launched on Friday the 13th, 1999… and you can even request the ThinkGeek catalog which is available by mail or as a PDF file! Think Geek- it’s “stuff for smart masses”!

I have had an extremely positive experience with ThinkGeek.com. I received my products from them within one week of placing my order! It was quick shipping, they were so nice and helpful! It is a fabulous website and everything is very easy to browse through and read about.

I received 3 different products from ThinkGeek and in an effort to not make this a HUGE post I will be separating my review out into 3 posts- one for each product I received! They have also VERY generously offered a $50 gift certificate to one of my readers!! So once my 3 reviews have been posted I will be putting up a giveaway- make sure you go check out ThinkGeek after you read this review and browse their awesome products!!

The third and last product that I reviewed was First Time Clock. It is an assemble your own clock kit for kids ages 6 & up. I thought this product looked really awesome and simple by reading the description so I was eager to try this one out!

It came in a nice simply designed box. I loved the bright colored gears!
It came with a VERY large fold out chart which was the instructions for building the clock.
The instructions were a little different. It showed just a diagram/picture of the part and where to put it. So you don’t have to read to follow these directions. The steps go in a snake like pattern across the chart instead of reading all from left to right. It kind of threw me for a loop for a few seconds!
My son is younger than the age suggestion for this clock, so he was my helper to try and put it together. It was a little more complicated than I thought it would be honestly! A lot of it was simple, but there were a couple spots where even I got confused! Because the directions are only pictures, my interpretations got a little confused sometime.

It didn’t take long to figure it out though, and once we had built it my son absolutely LOVED it! He even asked me to rebuild it again. I honestly don’t think that a 6 year old would be able to do this by themselves, (based on a 3rd grade teacher perspective) but with parental help I bet you they would love it!

This is a fully-functioning clock- no batteries needed! Just wind it up in the back, and it will run for 9 hours! Keep winding to keep it running! Every hour it has a little dinging bell too!

It’s a great way to teach your child about the time, how gears work, cause & effect, and team work in building this project. It’s also fabulous for learning to read directions and minor motor skills development! It does have a very loud tick-tock sound though when it’s running, but it didn’t seem to bother my son while he was sleeping.

My opinion of First Time Clock was that it looked a lot more simple to do than it really was! It was fun, my son loved it, but I definetely think it’s for a little older child unless you want to help them do this project!
This would be a neat in-classroom project for an older group of children to do too- or even to use with a science project.

I will have a link to ThinkGeek on my right side bar through the end of the year so make sure you visit their site for the holidays!!
Disclosure: I received no compensation for this review. I did receive a free product for this review. All opinions are 100% mine. Your experience may vary.

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  1. Thanks for this great link! I'm starting my Christmas shopping soon and maybe I can get some ideas there!

  2. WOW! That is really neat. ThinkGeek looks like they have a ton of items to chose from!

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