Add a fun twist to hands-on activities and chores when you use an egg timer! Use these three creative ideas from Francis to get started.
My kids had never seen an egg timer before! Can you even believe it?
They didn’t understand what it was at first, but they ended up loving it.
I explained that it shows how long it takes for 1 minute to go by.
Children have difficulty in getting a sense of time, so an egg timer is perfect to teach them. It helps them to visualize that the time is ending in a countdown.
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3 Fun Ways to Use an Egg Timer with Your Kids
We took our egg timer all around the house recently. Along the way, we came up with many ways of how to use it and these 3 were our favorites!
Get Active with Your Egg Timer
This idea was great to get the blood pumping after a long morning or when the witching hour was upon us at night.
My kids would take turns choosing which physical activity they would do. It could be to jump, hop, burpee or skip.
Once the egg timer started, we would count together how many times they managed to complete the action in 1 minute. With harder ones like burpees, they just tried their best to make it to the end of the timer!
Make Tidying Up Easier with Your Egg Timer
Tidying up is an important part of family life and getting our kids to like it can be a challenge at times.
Using the egg timer was fun and it works! We used more than 1 minute to tidy, but no more than 5 minutes.
We would choose an area that needed tidying and they would organize as much as they could.
It was a great motivator because they were always checking to see what else they could tidy before the time was up!
Storytelling with Your Egg Timer
This is the one we enjoyed the most! We played this as a family and had a good laugh together.
Each person chooses a random object and sits in a circle together. With the timer in the middle, everyone has to create a part of the story using their object.
The aim of the game is to go around the circle telling a made-up story, from the beginning to the end. Everyone says a few words, making sure to work their object in somehow.
The story has to reach the last person in the circle for the ending before the timer finishes.
We had some crazy stories in the end!