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My son had been nagging me for an alarm clock for ages although I have no idea why because he doesn't ever wake up later nor need an alarm clock! Still, I saw a cool science museum rocket alarm clock whilst searching for Christmas presents last year and I thought he would like it so I bought it as a gift. This is my review of the product.
The alarm clock came packed in a rectangular cardboard box with a picture of the clock on the front as well as the science museum name. Inside the box the alarm clock is securely packed and you are provided with an instruction sheet in there as well which offers basic instructions but also some facts about space and rockets as well which is interesting to share with your child I think.
The alarm clock would appeal to most boys I would say due to its cool design. It comes on a hard plastic base but features a white and black foam topped rocket on the base and so when the alarm is set instead of just beeping like an ordinary alarm clock it begins a countdown from ten before the rocket shoots off the base and it begins a loud beeping. My son thinks that this is brilliant as it is such a fun way for a child to wake up but I don't think it is so wonderful if I am trying to sleep and my son decides to press the "test me" button because it is pretty loud when it beeps and to stop this the rocket must be slotted back on to the base and my son finds this a bit tricky as there is only one correct way in which is slots back on!
The clock on the front of the product is quite a small digital clock but it is not difficult to see the time on it when you need to when it is next to your bed. I like the fact that it features a snooze/light button as my son can easily check the time in the morning and know whether it is ok to get up or whether it is still silly o clock in the morning! The light isn't too bright and only stays on for around ten seconds so it isn't likely to disturb other children in the room if your children share but obviously if the alarm were to go off it would wake everyone up!
What I have found to be useful with this clock was I was able to use it during the Christmas holidays and we set the alarm for 8.30am and my son knew he should stay in bed until then. He was allowed to read a book or what not if he woke a little bit earlier but he needed just to spend some time relaxing in bed. I fully intend to use this in other school holidays to hopefully start getting him to sleep in a bit later as he does wake pretty early but then can be tired as the day goes on then.
The alarm clock is really good quality and the bulk of it is made from plastic which does feel really sturdy. The top of the rocket is made from a foamy material but even this feels really good quality and shows no signs of damage despite numerous launches across the room! The clock has been reliable too and kept the time well.
The clock is very simple for an adult to set the time on but I would say just make sure that you have the time on the alarm clock set to am not pm as a couple of times my son has been in bed at night and I'll suddenly hear "10, 9, 8...." And then a mad rush upstairs will occur whilst my son sits in bed looking a tad dazed!
The clock requires 3 AA batteries which are not provided but these have lasted well so far. You can pick up the science museum rocket alarm clock for £20.00 from the science museum website but I actually bought it for £15.00 from littlewoods before Christmas but it doesn't seem to be available for that price now. I do think at £15.00 it was a good buy which will last my son a few years at least as it has a fun yet cool looking design but I am not sure I would pay the full £20.00 simply because as yet my son doesn't really have any need for an alarm clock he just thought it would be cool.
Thank you for reading my review!