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3-Minute Timers with Colored Sand

21.00 QAR

If you were asked to hand over all your time-related devices such as your wristwatch, smartphone, diary or clock, how would you respond?  But wait, let’s stop for a moment and ask ourselves: why is it expected that children don’t use similar tools to organise and prepare themselves like we do? This is because young children are just beginning to grasp the concept of time.

Top 3 Reasons to Use Sand Timers:

1. It supports a child’s understanding of changes and transitions within their routines.
2. It’s a visual and practical tool that helps them begin to grasp the concept of ‘time’.
3. It supports problem-solving, reasoning and cooperative skills and reinforces positive behaviour management.

Tips to Introducing Sand Timers 

  • Don’t try to negotiate with a sand timer when your child is tired or hungry; at these times, their neurotransmitters are at a deficiency level, which means they’re less able to focus and therefore less able to listen to your reasoning or negotiating.
  • Plan time to introduce sand timers, and don’t expect overnight results. Children need to be taught their purpose and the benefits. Introducing them when you can be consistent in using them is essential, such as school holidays or even a weekend when you don’t have too many time restrictions.
  • The adult must have control of the situation and the timer to ensure that the kid fully understands the meaning and benefits. Children need to understand the rules of using timers: not turning them over once they have started, not moving them, etc.
  • Teach your child how the sand timer works and do a countdown before turning it over again, which also reinforces the development of cooperative skills.
  • Use sand timers according to your child’s age or developmental stage: use a 2-min sand timer for a child aged between 18 months to 2 years, a 3-min timer for a 3 year old, and a 5-min timer for a 4 year old and up.
  • Use the timers according to the given situation. If it’s a very challenging situation then use one that you know they can cope with. If a three year old loves a specific train and you want to take turns, use the two-minute timer and so forth! Remember you’re setting your kid up to succeed, so be patient and above all, remember it’s a learning process!


  • 1 3-minute sand timer
  • colors vary
  • Ages 3+
  • WARNING: Choking Hazard. Adult supervision required.

Vendor : Sensory Souk