Learning Resources Time Tracker Mini Visual Timer
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- Simple timer with three colored lights and an optional alarm with visual and auditory cues for timed activities
- Facilitate independent time management skills
- Easy to operate with just 2 dials: total alarm time and warning time
- Adjustable volume and visual cues
- Ages 3+
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From the manufacturer
The Time Tracker Mini is great for quick tasks and longer sessions alike. You can set the total alarm time from 5 minutes to 2 hours, in 5-minute increments.
Simple to Set
Even kids can quickly learn to set this timer, using the large manual dials. One dial allows you to set the total time, the other sets the warning time. Easy.
Lights and Sound or Silence
The time tracker glows green when there’s plenty of time, yellow when time is getting tight, and red when time is up. Volume can be adjusted or turned off.
Mini Size, Max Performance
This compact timer measures 4.75”high by 3.25” across, and is easy to see from any angle with its 360 degree light-up top. Great for home or classroom use.
The timer runs on 3AAA batteries (sold separately) so you can move it anywhere you like in the classroom, art studio, science lab, or your own home.
Learning Resources offers a huge selection of early learning toys and games to help children develop key skills through play. We have toys that promote alphabet awareness, shape and color recognition, fine motor skills, imagination, and more.
This timer aids the development of transitional skills by providing a warning cue to indicate the end of an activity, helping students predict and prepare. Can be set to give both an auditory and visual cue to indicate time – a bonus for students who have deficits in hearing or vision.
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The green band sets your total time. If you only want 5 min then the timer will go from green directly to red after 5 min no yellow. For 15 min, the green band is on 15, etc.
That's not so bad, I would have thought that the green band set the time of the green light but nope, green band is the total time.
The yellow band sets the duration of the green light. So illogical, but if you want 10 min of green and 5 min of yellow you have to set the green band to 15 and the yellow one to 10. Rather than the yellow band setting the duration of the yellow light, you have to do the math and subtract the green band which is really the total time from the yellow band which is really the green light to get the yellow time. Confused? Yep, we were too.
I hope this helps lessen the confusion, it really is a great tool and works wonders, but is so frustratingly illogical to use. I'm happy to have it but wish it were more intuitive.
CONS: Smaller increments of time (less than 5 minutes) would be more useful (at least for the "warning" light). The minimum amount of time you can set that has a warning light is 10 minutes with a 5 minute warning. If you wanted to do a 5 minute task with a warning with only one minute left, you are out of luck with this item. I can't imagine what I would use this for set at a two hour time limit.
GOOD TO KNOW: The green is total amount of time. The yellow is the amount of time until the yellow light. This was a bit confusing at first as it would seem that the yellow dial would be the length of the warning/how much time is left. So if you want a 15 minute total time with a warning at 5 minutes left, you would put the green on 15 and the yellow on 10.
OVERALL: It works as described, but would be 5-stars for me if the warning light had smaller increments. It would be bonus if the yellow dial was for the amount of time left when the yellow warning comes on. I'd purchase this again as there isn't anything out there that works better for our needs.
This product works well for kids who need a little help focusing and managing their time, and the visual signals are better for our kids. It also has a sound alarm but you can turn it all the way down if you want to avoid it. So far, we have not had to use the sound, and the warning light option is a great feature. We have basically eliminated morning tardies at school and it's great for structuring the afternoon and mixing homework/chores/practice in with periods of play.
We have tried sand timers, alarms, the Timed Timer, etc. and while those all worked a little (except for sound alarms, they caused too much anxiety), this Time Tracker is ten times more effective for us.
Areas that need improvement:
1. You can only set both lights in 5 minute increments. So far this hasn't been a big problem for us, but it would be nice to set a 2-minute warning instead of a 5-minute warning. Perhaps a more expensive model offers this, I'm not sure.
2. Better construction. The first one arrived broken. It was packaged to withstand a trip to Mars, yet the trip from warehouse to house rendered it useless. Even though the second one works, I'm afraid to let the kids attempt to set it for fear that it may self destruct. I can't imagine having to go without it until another working model arrived!