Happy Timer - Handy Timer

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Simple Android timer tool can help kids keep on task.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn important time-management skills with the help of Happy Timer - Handy Timer. Its no-frills graphics paired with its functionality as a countdown timer may help kids with attention deficits better map out their time for a task or activity. Because of its simple design, Happy Timer - Handy Timer can help kids gain independence in setting time limits.

Ease of Play

Because of the tool's simplicity, only three sentences of how-to are included. Kids with fine motor skill issues may struggle with the slider action of setting the timer.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Happy Timer - Handy Timer is a basic countdown timer tool. It represents time both digitally (with a more traditional countdown timer) as well as graphically. Bars of time disappear based on what kids set, which could be problematic for kids with fine motor delays. The simplicity of Happy TimerHandy Timer allows kids with attention deficits to focus on the task at hand and not the timer itself. 

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What's it about?

HAPPY TIMER - HANDY TIMER opens to a simple set of boxes. Users can slide from the bottom to the top of each of the smaller rectangles to add time to the timer. Each box represents hours, minutes, or seconds and are different colors to differentiate time. Once the appropriate time is set, kids can click on the top rectangle to start the timer or select start from the menu. Once activated, the digital timer and the bar for the corresponding time count down. Once time is up, an alarm sounds.

Is it any good?

Happy Timer - Handy Timer helps kids understand the passing of time in a more concrete way. The disappearing graphics within the rectangles help kids to see how much time is remaining in a task or an activity. Because it's so simple, kids with attention deficits can focus on the task at hand and not the timer itself. It offers functionality similar to Time Timer but fewer options.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about setting time limits for specific activities, such as homework or video games. Parents can help kids determine an appropriate amount of time, and kids can practice setting Happy Timer - Handy Timer

  • Ask kids to predict how much time an activity might take. Once an activity is completed, ask kids whether they felt like they had too little time, too much time, or just enough time to complete it. Talk about how their answers might affect how they set time limits for a similar activity next time.

App details

  • Device: Android
  • Skills: Self-Direction: time management
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 28, 2013
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 0.62 MB
  • Publisher: VisTech.Projects
  • Version: 1.0.6
  • Minimum software requirements: 1.6
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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