How to Create a One Minute Timer

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How to Create a One Minute Timer
Create a one-minute timer with plastic cups. (accessoire228 image by Jacques Ribieff from

Creating a one-minute timer is a simple project to help children manage time. One-minute timers can be used for a time out, brushing teeth, or any other simple task that children are involved in on a daily basis to help learn time management skills. With indoor and outdoor items, a one-minute timer can easily be made in a matter of minutes.

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Things you need

  • Two clear plastic cups
  • Drill
  • Small drill bit
  • Marker
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Sand
  • Watch

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  1. 1

    Drill holes into the bottom of one cup. Four or five holes should do the trick.

  2. 2

    Place the cup with the holes, on top of the cup with no holes, bottom to bottom. You should be able to see the bottom of the cup with no holes through the cup with the drilled out holes.

  3. 3

    Use a marker to mark the holes on the cup with no holes so each cup can line up with the other.

  4. 4

    Drill holes into the bottom of the now marked cup. Line the cups up bottom to bottom and glue each cup together.

  5. 5

    Cut out two pieces of cardboard slightly bigger than the open end of the cups. Glue a piece to the open end of one side and let dry.

  6. 6

    Place sand into the open end of the cup and use a watch to keep the time of the sand passing through the holes. Once you reach a minute quit pouring sand. This may take a couple of attempts to adjust the amount of sand needed for one-minute.

  7. 7

    Place the other piece of cardboard over the open end of the timer, glue, and let dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Add more or less sand to make the timer for longer or shorter time periods.

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