A timer is not only useful in the kitchen. It is a great tool for teaching children…
- Sharing time. Help children learn to take turns sharing by setting the timer. He plays with the toy for 10 minutes and when the timer goes off, it’ll be her turn.
- Quiet time. Tell the kids they have to play in their rooms or have a set quiet time. When the timer rings, quiet time is over. Do they have a timer that can set time to last more than an hour?
- Clean up time. Make picking up toys a game by setting the timer. See if the kids can pick up their toys before the timer goes off.
- Dinner time. Kaye has the hardest time eating her dinner. It takes her over an hour to eat a small plate of food. She is too busy talking and playing around with her food. To help her learn that dinner time doesn’t last 2 hours, we set the timer and when it rings, dinner is over. Her plate gets taken away.
- Homework time. Break up homework time for the kids. Set timer for 20-30 minutes then allow for a little break. Then get back to work for another 20-30 minutes. Like the Pomodoro Technique.
How about you? What do you use a timer for?