With three kids ranging from preschooler to tween,¬†time management is always an issue for us. Especially when it comes to trying to cajole my¬†youngest to adhere to the demands of the older siblings’¬†hectic schedules. (Sadly, trying to tell a toddler that we’re going to be late never seems to be all that effective.) Which is why I am¬†so excited to see the very clever Octopus wearable¬†that recently launched on Kickstarter.

Considering the¬†campaign hit¬†its $50K funding goal in less than three hours (!), it’s a good indication that we’re not the only ones excited about a new way¬†get kids learning better time management skills.

Perfect for little ones who can’t tell time yet, Octopus gently teaches them about scheduling by tying tasks to¬†simple graphic images.¬†Basically you use the coordinating app to choose from more than 600 icons that you can designate for¬†any given to-do, like waking up, sleeping, playing, eating, or bathing.

So if your preschooler needs to wash up for dinner at 5:30, feed the dog at 6:30, and brush teeth at 6:45, a combo of an alert and the image prompt will help get them on schedule in a way that’s more fun for them than parents yelling.

 

Octopus kids' wearable is a new way to teach even preschoolers about time and time management

 

 

Octopus kids' wearable teaches kids 3-8 about time management using icons and alerts

Octopus kids' wearable teaches kids 3-8 time management with the help of a cool companion app

I like¬†that the watch is usable for slightly older kids, too, even when they are telling time, since you can change the watch face to display a¬†digital hour and minute hand. For grade schoolers who have more responsibilities,¬†you can start adding in reminders for chores, homework, and more. And when those tasks are accomplished, kids can earn rewards within the app if you activate the gamification — which you probably will. Because what good is doing anything these days without a reward for it?

(That’s a joke.)

While the manufactures say it’s for kids 3-8, we’d say probably 6-7 is more realistic. Any older and kids will want more of a big kid watch — although this one is pretty cool.¬†¬†It’s also water-resistant, which gives you¬†one more reason to¬†set the alerts for after dinner dish-washing duty.

For more information, check out the Octopus Kickstarter campaign which ends July 22. Pricing for the watch starts at $59 Рthe $49 pledge level is sold out Рand expected delivery is March 2017. 

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