A kitchen timer and a preschooler

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on April 28, 2011

in Activity Boxes, Egg Timers, The Value of Play

Last week, I bought this little egg timer. My plan was and, still is, to add it to one of my activity boxes. I hadn’t decided what else to include with the egg timer yet so I left it sitting out on my counter…

My little friend Tristan found the egg timer on my counter and for the rest of the day, he carried it around. He used it to tell everyone what “time” it was. He would turn the dial and say, “Hurry up, it’s time to go,” and then make the bell ring. “Too late time is out” he would announce…

He used his fine motor skills to turn the dial back and forth…

He had me listen to the ticking sound and often reminded me, in his own words, how time was of the essence!

All of this play, motor development, and exploration of time was far more than any game I could have planned. So now I know what to add to the activity box – just more egg timers!


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