Children’s watches are all too often overly gendered or plastered in garish TV characters. So, it’s refreshing to discover a brand like Twistiti, where the emphasis is on helping children learn to tell the time, rather than whether Elsa’s plait makes a good second hand. There are two watch face designs. The Animals watch uses symbols and colours to introduce pre-schoolers to the concept of time, with animal faces representing hours and colours minutes. The Numbers watch is for older children with minutes and hours printed clearly and colourfully (the colours used for minutes are the same as for the Animals face, so it’s a great follow-on watch). There are 17 different straps to choose from: spots, chevrons, stripes, animal print, camo, harlequin – something for every taste. Kitty was lucky enough to be gifted a watch, see above (excuse the henna tattoo!) and chose a rainbow stripe strap which is super cool.
The strap clips on to the face easily, so can be switched if your little one fancies a change, and fits wrists from 13 to 17.3cm. I also like the fact that the watch doesn’t feel flimsy – it’s like a mini version of an adult watch with high-quality quartz movement, stainless steel case and glass front and a two-year warranty. It even has photoluminescent characters and is water resistant to 50m. A watch and strap costs €49.90 (about £44), including shipping. It has to be said that, initially, Kitty was more interested in the cute packaging (seriously great for gifting) and the free stickers that came with her Twistiti, but now she loves wearing it and it’s really boosting her time-telling skills – although not her concept of having to get ready to leave in five minutes, unfortunately!