The bubbles aren’t even moving, and you just want to stare at it. I know.
Of my six-plus years in the classroom, four were spent in an integrated co-teaching classroom. For those who don’t know, an ICT room has two teachers, sometimes paraprofessionals, and children with IEPs and without. One of the perks of teaching special ed is that you’re exposed to all kinds of fun things designed to help kids in different ways. The liquid timer, also known as a bubble timer, is one such tool.
My amazing co-teacher bought one on a whim, because our class was feeling less like this…
And more like this:
Ok, so bringing the strobe lights to school was a mistake, but still. Not good.
The magic that is the liquid timer
These have traditionally been recommended for children with autism, as it soothes and calms in a very visual way. I’m here to tell you that this timer will hook any kid. We literally had six little bodies surrounding this timer, just staring. In silence. All thanks to these guys:
Some ways to use these in the classroom:
- for a calming break
- to calm a child’s body so he or she can attend to a lesson
- as a choice to “play with” in free time
Possible real world uses:
- keep some in the car as an alternative to DVDs or video games
- bring along to a restaurant or doctor’s appointment
- part of a calming bedtime routine
- to keep in the time-out spot if that exists in your home
Can you think of other uses? Post them in the comments!
Here are some other products that have similar affects. These are a great alternative when you’re trying to limit mobile video games and videos. Plus, they’re a throwback to our childhoods!
Check out the “Try a School Tool” page for links to all of these items. Enjoy the peace and quiet!