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An Hour-Glass

“You may delay but time will not!” Time is precious and it flies. It is the only thing that none of us are or rather will ever be able to hold. Why not give our kids a life lesson about a precious aspect of our lives by a simple, easy, and interesting activity. The activity is to

make their personalized hourglass creatively


The foremost thing that a parent expects from their child is to be disciplined, not only in the actions but also in a timely manner. It is very futile for us to expect from them to cooperate with this expectation as they don’t know or understand the concept of time. This activity will help them to at least initially understand the worth of time.


  • 2 small water bottles or small jars

  • Sand

  • Transparent Tape

  • Band-Aid

  • Decorative Items


  1. Fill sand in one of the water bottles up to ¾ of the way

  2. Cut a 2 cm hole in the middle of the band-aid and center the band-aid hole over the opening of your sand-filled water bottle, secure it to the bottle

  3. Now, place the second water bottle upside down on top of the sand-filled water bottle

  4. Wrap tape around where the two water bottles are connected

  5. Now, decorate the hourglass as you wish

Learning Opportunity:

  • An hourglass, also known as sand clock helps to keep time

  • It helps to understand the changes and transitions fairly

  • It is rather a visual as well as a practical equipment integration which makes it easier to grasp the concept of time and avoid procrastination

  • It also is beneficial to learn problem-solving, reasoning and cooperative skills

  • An hourglass reinforces positive behavior management

Time Required: 15 minutes

Cost: < $ 5

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