Learning to tell time and getting that first alarm clock is a magical step toward growing up for any child. The Discovery Kids Rocketship Projection Alarm Clock can make bedtime fun for your child and easier for you. The Images displayed on the ceiling will make bedtime something to look forward to instead of a nightly battles of wills.
First of all, it’s shaped like a spaceship with a black body and bright blue trim. The shape and color will appeal to kids. The main display will show the current time, the month, day and year, the time format of either 12 or 24 hour , and the day of the week. Pressing the Down button or the Alarm Off button will light the main display so you can read it in the darkness and it will shut off again in a few seconds. Pressing the Alarm Off button does not turn off the alarm except when the alarm is actually sounding. You must enter the alarm setting functions to disable the alarm completely if you don’t want it to ring on a daily routine.
You may choose to display the time in the traditional 12 hour format or in 24 hour military time. Pressing the Up button will toggle between the 2 formats. Touch the Time button the clock will display the time in a soft green light on the ceiling or a wall. That’s great for checking the time in the middle of the night with as little light as possible. Touch the button again and the time display will turn off again. If you do nothing, the display will automatically turn off in about 10 minutes.
I’ve read that even the small amount of light from a bedside clock can interfere with restful sleep but most clocks don’t allow you to turn off the light display completely. The Spaceship clock allows you to see the time when needed and then return to full darkness for beneficial sleep. Many children like a light on until they fall asleep. Pressing the Image button will display one of several included Space images on the ceiling or wall for about 10 minutes unless it is turned off manually by tapping the Image button again. Select an image by turning the wheel at the top of the spaceship. Images can be focused by turning the lenses as you would a pair of binoculars.
The alarm clock feature is easy to set and there is a large button on the front of the Rocketship for turning off the alarm. The included manual will explain how to set the alarm, time and other features of the Spaceship clock.
Just like a spaceship in the movies, the clock sits on 3 fins as it stands upright on the bedside table. Standing about 8.5″ tall and 4″ deep, it takes up little space which is a good thing but it also is a bit easy to knock over when reaching for it in the darkness. A future design with 5 fins instead of 3 might make it more stable.
The Spaceship clock was probably designed with boys in mind but it would certainly make a good gift for a girl as well. There is also a similar product for girls called the Daisy Bloom Alarm Clock. The features are similar with a more feminine theme of flowers.
You will need 3 AAA batteries to set up the clock. The clock has a place where you can plug in a power adapter which is optional and not included in the box. They recommend using only a UL-certified OUTPUT DC 5V, 500mA AC Adapter with the clock. Batteries are easier.
Both the Discovery Kids Rocketship Projection Alarm Clock and the Discovery Kids Daisy Bloom Alarm Clock are available from Bed Bath & Beyond online as well as in many of their stores locally.
Best Buy also shows the Rocketship available at their stores in Columbia, Annapolis, and Arundel Mills in Maryland. They also list the Daisy Clock as being in their stores in White Marsh, Golden Ring and Towson, Maryland.
Amazon lists the Spaceship clock and the Daisy Clock at the highest prices but the purchase will be eligible fore free super saver shipping.
Prices for the Spaceship and Daisy clocks range from $12.99 to $29.97. Either clock would make a fun and educational gift for kids 3 and up.