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Time Timer, 8 Inch
- Great for school or home use.
- Gives children a visual sense of time.
- Great for getting ready in the morning.
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Top Customer Reviews
Before children can tell time with a conventional clock, the Time Timer uses red shading to clearly demonstrate to a young mind how much time remains....it's been an effectively tool in our house when we want a task completed quickly.
The clock is plastic, and some may feel that is seems a bit flimsy. It works very well, nonetheless. It's not a toy, and the rule in our house is, no touching the time timer....only an adult can set the clock. We set it in the morning when the children are getting ready for school. They get ready - completing all tasks - before the time ends, every morning. It has eliminated the constant peek ins to make sure clothes are being put on, beds being made, book bags packed, etc.
You can set the timer up to one hour. It's accurate enough for the purpose outlined above. To set, you move the small plastic bubble counter clockwise to the desired amount of time. The red pie shape shading then shows children, from across the room, a depiction of the amount of time remaning. I think it ultimately helps them grasp how long five minutes is... etc. in a way that the timer on the oven does not.
Being able to duplicate something that is done in school, at home, makes for consistant effort by all involved to encourage responsibility on the part of a child to manage time. It's a great teaching tool!
Battery operated, lasts a long, long time.
Four stars for durability... it could be more rigid (but it's not necessary). 4 stars for fun, although it isn't a toy, children do seem to respond joyfully to the "race against the clock" and 5 stars for educational value - children can learn the value of a time period. What a great intro into learning how to tell time!
We use it to help them transition through activities throughout the day and teach them about the passing of time. A great example is nap time... which used to be a difficult time of day until we started with the time timer. Here's how I use it: First, I explain to my son that when the time timer goes "beep beep" it will be time for bed. I set the timer for around 30 minutes (or whenever nap time is supposed to be) and my son and I settle into an activity. Throughout our play I ask him how much red he has left and if he wants to do more things, he'll make sure to move on to the next activity before the red disappears. When the red is gone there is a quiet, short tone sounds. I intentionally bought the product with the tone for this very reason - its not loud or on-going like an alarm clock so you'll need to stay close by but its just enough to get your attention. My son shouts out 'beep beep' and gets up and heads to his room. He's getting to the point that he doesn't need us to remind him to watch the time but instead, he points it out to us as if to say "look how much red is left!"
I have read the previous reviews that say its flimsy. I think the time timer is a tool that we as parents / educators use and then set it up on the shelf for the children to watch. I didn't want my son to play with it as I was concerned he would want to change the time, drop it, etc.
This is a great product for teach toddlers how to transition, maintaining routine (which toddlers thrive with!) and helping them learn about time management.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We used it as a potty timer and it became the most fun thing for my little guys when they would go potty. It's great quality and does exactly as you would expect.Published 1 day ago by Brandon L.
This is simple but works great for our two boys who now rely on it for even the most simple transitionsPublished 6 days ago by C. Howell
Best way to get my kids to realize how much time is actually left for any activity. The only way to keep them to a time limit that has worked for us.Published 21 days ago by Tangotrip
A wonderfully simple yet effective product, but one with an inane name.Published 22 days ago by Yogi Mom
I loved this product as a teacher and I love it even more as a mom to toddlers! They respond very well to this timer and transitions have been much easier since purchasing!Published 24 days ago by Maureen Donnelly
I use it for a lot of things...schoolwork, piano lesson, time out, taking turns on toys, break time etc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mama Mia