“Just a minute!”

How many times do our kids hear that? Here’s a way to help them visualize just how long that is: make an hourglass. Or in our case, a ten minute timepiece. Here’s what you’ll need to make it.

Hourglass Supplies


  • 2 empty plastic drink bottles, washed and dried
  • 1 plastic drink bottle cap
  • sand
  • funnel
  • duct tape
  • nail or other hole-poking tool


  1. Pour sand into one bottle using a funnel.
  2. Hourglass 1

  3. Use a nail or other tool to poke a hole in the plastic bottle cap.
  4. Hourglass 2

  5. Place the cap on the sand-filled bottle.
  6. Hourglass 3

  7. Invert the empty bottle, position it on top of the other bottle and secure them together with duct tape.
  8. Hourglass 4

  9. Flip the bottles over so the sand flows through.
  10. Hourglass 5

  11. You can use a clock to figure out how much time your “hourglass” measures and add or remove sand to adjust the time. (We used 8 oz. bottles and filled one 3/4 full of sand for a ten minute timepiece.)
  12. Hourglass 6

  13. Use your “hourglass” to keep time. We tried using ours in the morning to help us get out the door on time. It worked!

How will you use your “hourglass?”

Originally written for and posted on the now-defunct My OH! Momma website.