Friday’s 5 at 5: Other Uses for a Timer

{image by Tiffany Bird}

A timer is not only useful in the kitchen. It is a great tool for teaching children…

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

7 Responses to “Friday’s 5 at 5: Other Uses for a Timer”

  • Jade @ No Longer 25

    Hehe I use a timer when I’m working at home, I’m more used to working in the office so I need some sort of time keeper. I do a certain time on the computer like 40mins, then 10min paperwork then have 10min doing a housework task. It works quite well, if I sit at my desk all day I get really fed up.

  • jing lejano

    Great idea! I should do that for myself! 10 minutes for Facebook, 20 minutes to bloghop, 40 minutes to write or edit 🙂

  • Tiffany

    I just discovered your blog and love the cute party did for your daughters birthday! I love chinese lanterns for decorations!

    And I just had to comment here, because I love using timers! They make me work so much more productively! I always use timers for cleaning–I can get so much done in a 20 minute power cleaning session!

    • Tiffany

      timer for cleaning. great idea. i need to get on that program. then maybe my house would be a lot cleaner.

  • Janelle

    I use a timer at bath time. My daughter LOVES taking a bath, but would throw a fit when I said it was time to get out. So after getting clean, I set the timer for 10 minutes for her to play. She knows that when it goes off, it is time to get out! It makes bathtime go alot smoother, and doesn’t make mommy the bad guy for telling her it’s time to get out!!!

  • anna

    I’m a babysitter,so I love the idea of having a timer,especially at meal time.I’m going to try this. Thanks for the tip.


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