Learning how long it takes to do things can teach your child about time, help him plan for various activities, and build his attention span. Try these ideas:

  • Watch a clock with a second hand with your child. Count aloud together as each second passes by.

  • Try to complete different tasks within 30 seconds. For example, how many times can your child clap his hands? How many times can he jump up and down?

  • Estimate how long it will take to do various things. Then check your guesses by using a timer. For instance, how long will it take to eat breakfast? Get dressed? Take a walk?

  • Decide to do something for a specific amount of time. You might read a book for three minutes one day, then increase it to five the next day.

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