Looking for a visual timer for young children?
A colleague I work with (thank you Gail for this great find!) found this great free visual timer – Kiddie Countdown Activity Timer Free – for the young students she works with.
The Kiddie Countdown Activity Timer counts down using visuals of the stop sign.
It provides a yellow forewarning signal -!- at a time prior to the descending countdown time which is customizable with about 15 sounds to choose from ranging from animal sounds, to horn, applause, bells, school among others.
It ends with a stop sign and a time’s up sound at finish that can be customizable with the same sounds as described above.
A button or X to stop the time’s up sound is provided that can allow the student to engage in the process of being “done” with the current activity. The warning sound can also be customized using the same choices of sounds as the time’s up.
You can set the countdown time only in minutes with a range from 1 minute to 23 hours and 59 minutes.
There are two different choices in the display settings for the visual timer – Shapes or Sweep. The sweep shows the time lapsing as shown in the outside rim of the picture above. The Shape choice presents circle when time starts, diamond for the warning picture and stop sign for time’s up.
There are other great apps for visual timing, however this provides universal signs for young children along with a forewarning sound and visual Stop at the end that are familiar to them.
Kid friendly with universal signs recognized and used with most young children the Kiddie Countdown Activity Timer app is available for iPod, iPhone, iPad Free or $.99 if you want the ad removed from it.
Thanks Gail – this is a great find!