Tico Timer, by Ricardo Fonseca, is a great visual timer for children. It helps manage time on task, and time remaining on a specific task, in a happy atmosphere of colors and shapes. Teaching the concept of time to a young child can often be a difficult task. Tico Timer aids in the understanding of this concept, as well as visually stimulates youngsters to learn how to manage their time. This countdown app can be used for everything from brushing teeth and getting dressed to completing homework assignments or class responsibilities. Tico Timer cleverly shows children the connection between shifting images and the passing of time.
Tico Timer features a subtle color scheme with animations geared for younger children, although the simple shapes and colors are just as appealing to an adult. If you choose the “Hurry” animation, you will see squares that slide off the screen in a random pattern until they’re all gone. With less time given, the squares are bigger. With more time, the squares are displayed smaller. You can choose from 12 different shape animations.
All the movements are timed perfectly to match the length of the timer, which allows from 00:01 second to 30:59 minutes. These unassuming instrumental tracks (eight in all) help accompany the child with the visual countdown. Additionally, if you tap on the screen during the countdown it gives the numerical time remaining in minutes and seconds. Tico Timer uses both audio and visual to represent the concept of time passing to young children. Quite a brilliant little app!
When working with special needs students, time remaining on task can be quite a challenge to readily identify. Tico Timer makes the standard timer seem quite blasé. Students in class have been using Tico Timer to assist them in completing assignments in a timely matter. It also manages reward time beautifully – when the time is up, the student needs to stop. If they do stop, they earn more time the next day. If they don’t, the next day’s reward time will be shorter. Works like a charm!