Disclosure: I received a Stoplight Golight Timer to facilitate my Stoplight Golight Timer review. Regardless, all opinions are my own and those of my family.
Do you have kids that are visual like mine? Saying “you’re in timeout for 5 minutes” means hearing “can I get out of timeout yet?” constantly. I set timers, and they know it’s not over until the timer goes off, but since they can’t see it, it doesn’t matter. This doesn’t just apply to timeout, either. It applies to doing specific subjects during our homeschool day, cleaning their rooms, brushing their teeth, etc. There are so many things during the day where we need a visual reminder. Even bath time can be a challenge – except in that case they often don’t want to get OUT!
When presented with the opportunity to review the Stoplight Golight Timer my first thought was “what a great idea!” Finally a way to manage time in a way that makes sense to our kids as well as many others. It’s the ideal children’s timer. I’m not sure about you, but I was also thinking that sometimes *I* need a more visual reminder to manage my time as well!
As soon as we received our Stoplight Golight Timer we were ready to put it to use!
The way the Stoplight Golight Timer works is you set the time for whatever is needed. In the picture it is set for 5 minutes. The light stays red indicating it is time to be still or stay on task until it’s time to GO to the next activity, get up from time out, put down the toothbrush, etc. – whatever the task may be. The idea for the Stoplight Golight Timer first came about as a way to help little ones stay in bed. You can see, though, how it can be used for multiple purposes!
It really is exactly what we needed in our home. All three of our kids are very visual, and it is finally helping them to understand time as well as helping with the transition between activities. Our homeschooling days can sometimes be short or sometimes be long depending on how many lessons we’re doing that day, and using the Stoplight Golight Timer has helped with the transition between lessons throughout the day. It can be set so that when the light turns green it also sounds an alarm, so there is both a visual and auditory reminder.
Of course, it has also helped with the kids’ daily routine. Because they all have special needs, our daily routine is important, but again, having a timer that isn’t visual has been more helpful than not having one at all, but it hasn’t really been very effective for our family. The Stoplight Golight Timer has really added that aspect that we needed to help our kids grasp the concept of time and time management.
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