The timer on my stove gets used daily, sometimes three or four times a day. It tells me to check on the fish filets that I have in the oven or that the wine I’m chilling is ready to drink.

Here are some uses for your timer from

* Use the timer in the bathroom to teach children how long they should be brushing their teeth (at least 2 minutes).

* Replace the sand timer in a board game. (Sand doesn’t ding to let you know that time is up.)

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* Time exercises. Who can look at a watch while holding a yoga pose?

* Set it when you first call the family to dinner. When the timer rings, they must stop checking e-mail and come to the table, pronto!

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