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A visual timer for kids Answered


I would like help figuring out how to make this special type of clock.   I need some for my daughter, but don't want to shell out the $30 plus dollars for each one.   It is basically counting down time in a visual way for children who are too young to understand numbers counting down.

I know there are computer based ones online, but it is not always convenient to have the computer on.

Thanks for any help!
Karl

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caitlinsdad (author)2011-08-28

You might be able to make one with the mechanism from a wind-up kitchen mechanical timer or a cheapo clock (IKEA or dollar store). The trick is to replace the minute "hand" with a disk that is partially painted red. You then have a mask with a pie portion cut out for say "15 minutes - 1/4 of the pie". This is mounted as the clock face. 1/4 of the minute disk is painted red. You then have to match it up so the quarter segment fills up with red or the red disappears when it turns. I guess make have different clock faces for different time intervals and slide it in a holder on the clock face.. Good luck.

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