Sunday, December 28, 2008

Time for Timer: Sunshine on a Stick

Time for Timer was the collective title for a short series of public service announcements broadcast on Saturday mornings on the ABC television network starting in the early 1970s. The animated spots featured Timer, a tiny (often ranging on microscopic) cartoon character who promoted healthy eating and personal hygiene for children, using clever songs and animation.

Sunshine on a Stick


  1. I never did that but I must have watched it a hundred times. It was a short between cartoons. I will bet Mom sure was pissed when she counted her tea cups and found one missing.

    She will never believe what really happened to it! “Honest Mom, that little guy made it go *POOF*!”

    I think this one must have been my least favorite Timer short. I like the stuff about the digestive system more.

  2. Thanks so much for posting this; I loved this little guy but I could never remember what he was called! The one that sticks in my head is another episode about healthy snacks, where he puts cheese between two crackers. "Look, a wagon wheel!"

  3. I loved Time for Timer.

    I remember trying to do this one. The plastic wrap wouldn't stick to the frozen ice trays and so the toothpicks couldn't poke through the wrap.

    I was so young then I didn't know why it worked for Timer but didn't work for me! LOL

    Anyone remember the one where Timer told us, "Don't drown your food!" He showed salads with dressing poured all over it, etc.

    I still think of that one whenever I eat a salad! Goes to show kids do learn through TV.

    Born 1966