We all need to know the time, particularly in command central, the kitchen. Especially with kids. The clock is an impartial time-teller. You aren't telling them when to get ready for bed, the clock is. (For more help with this check out My Tot Clock, best invention ever!) I'm not telling them they are wasting time before school, they can see it on the clock. This is also a reason for an analog clock; kids can visualize how much time is left before they go. For an architect like me, I need that visual representation of time.
At our old house, we had a proliferation of clocks: a clock on the microwave, on the oven, a wall clock, usually a watch. In the new house we have a deficit of clocks in the kitchen. The microwave is hidden behind cabinets doors, the oven clock tilts in and out, so it's always hidden, no wall clock, and with a new baby I often forget to wear a watch.
So off to Ikea we went, shopping for another thing entirely, when we stumbled upon this clock. Big, easy to read, and very well priced. So we added it to our cart, brought it home and it sat for a few weeks. Finally we decided where to put it; over the play kitchen!
Here's a better shot. You can see how we can tell the time from the kitchen itself, and the kids can see it from the play area. They aren't quite big enough to tell time, but I can tell my four year old "dinner is when the big hand gets to 12, and the little hand to 5", or for the 2 year old "dinner is when the big hand is at the top".
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Sunday: I Heart Naptime, Stephany Hyder, Nifty Thrifty Things, Home Savvy AtoZ Monday:Between Naps on the Porch, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Thrifty Decor Chick, Alderberry Hill, Debbie Doo's, Home Stories A to Z Tuesday:Coastal Charm, Tip Junkie, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Carolyn's Homework, Made in a Day, Our Delightful Home, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Get Your Craft On Wednesday: Savvy Southern Style, Crystal and Co, Power of Paint, Newlyweds Recipe Linky, It's Overflowing Thursday: The Shabby Creek Cottage, Made in a Day, House of Hepworths, the 36th Avenue, Five Things Thursdays Friday: Serenity Now, Tatertots and Jello, The Shabby Nest, Thirty Handmade Days, Addicted 2 Decorating, Funky Junk Interiors