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Invent Boston designs and develops original products to add science + whimsy to  every day tasks at home.   Our first product is a Two Minute timer, Two Minute Turtle, a visual timer. The Two Minute Turtle helps children and adults focus on two minute tasks such as brushing teeth, physical therapy, taking a shower and speaking (practicing a presentation or learning a language).

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Designing to add whimsy to the every day at home from experience.  First product? A visual timer, Two Minute Turtle.

How do Children Learn?

Virginia Berman

Children are visual learners-they see everything for the first time. They see colors, shapes, pictures.   They respond to visual cues and intuitive ones too.  Toothbrushing is not an intuitive task but we ask 4 year olds to do it every day, 2 times a day for 2 minutes and when they are waking up or tired and going to bed. 

How do children learn new habits? In response to how our kids learned, we designed a two minute timer for them to watch, follow and enjoy, to make toothbrushing more appealing.  Children need visual cues especially learning something they don't want to do. And when it's bedtime--they are tired and parents are tired too. 

Learning is hard work. Sometimes it doesn't have to be as hard and that's why we created the Two Minute Turtle. And while we are on the turtle ocean topic and how to make learning more fun, a message from the Ocean to all of us...

How we learn

Two Minutes To Make Your Day

Virginia Berman

Forming healthy habits is not easy but 2 minutes is-we can do anything for 2 minutes!   Use the Two Minute Turtle to take 2 minutes to start a new habit.  What new habit will you choose? Two minutes-you can do that!  Get your today. Choose the color, press the button, let the turtle guide you. Go slow, steady...win.

How can a Two Minute Turtle timer help you to speak?

Virginia Berman

 Preparing for a brief Two Minutes takes hours of practice

Preparing for a brief Two Minutes takes hours of practice

How can the Two Minute Turtle help you to speak? 

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1) Practicing for a pitch or presentation. Often 2 minutes is enough. Visual cues at each quarter of the talk, helps pace the talk.

2) Facilitating meetings. A visual timer helps the facilitator stick to an agenda while allowing participation. The Two Minute Turtle timer neutralizes the cut-off too so it's not a person but the Turtle telling when it's time. 

3) Learning a new language.   Try talking straight for 2 minutes in that language with someone. 

Why use a Two Minute Turtle when you have a phone or a clock to keep time?

1) It's colors work well for visual learners.

2) It's quick and easy -just a press of a button, no downloading or setting times.

3) It's fun-engaging and playful with the quiet countdown.

4) It works--people respond to the quarterly visual cues and no one has to be the "bad guy" reminding someone their time is up.

Breaking the 2 minutes into 4 even parts helps a speaker to pace herself.  The Two Minute Turtle timer takes the responsibility off of the instructor or facilitator and gives it to the participants-each one is using and following the same colorful lights.   Bring a Two Minute Turtle timer to your next meeting or classroom or pitch to help you pace yourself and engage the group.