My third grader doesn’t want a ticking clock in his room, but we need a clock in there for several reasons, one of which is to tell when story-reading time is over in the evenings, and another of which is because I always seem to be dressing/diapering someone on the changing table in there when we are in a huge hurry and I need to closely monitor Appropriate Panic Levels. So my current quest is for a clock that doesn’t tick.
The problem so far is that there isn’t a good way to tell if a clock ticks or not, unless it says “quiet sweep” or “silent movements” or something like that. The clock I bought for the kitchen is silent—but it didn’t say so on the packaging.
What I might do is move that kitchen clock to the bedroom and get a new one for the kitchen. But the kitchen clock really LOOKS like a kitchen clock. I’ll be looking at actual stores so I can read the packaging, but here are a few online options I’m considering:
Old World Map Wall Clock (photo from Amazon.com). This is the frontrunner right now. I think it’s distinctive and attractive, cute and vintagey for a little boys’ room but just as good later on in a college boy’s room or in an office. One of the few things keeping me from buying it is the shipping cost of nearly $10: that changes it from a $25 clock to a $35 clock, and that seems like a big risk for something I can’t see in person before purchasing.
Seiko Dark Brown Alder Case Rattan Dial Wall Clock (photo from Amazon.com). Do you ever look at something and think, “I can’t tell: Is this awful or awesome?” Well, it’s too hard for kids to read anyway.
Seiko Curved Glass Crystal Wall Clock (photo from Amazon.com). This one would be fine, I guess. It’s just….if I spend nearly $40, I want it to be more INTERESTING.
Telesonic Silver Wall Clock (photo from GalleryOfWorldAccents.com). Again: really nice, but not THRILLING. I do like the thingie on the end of the hour hand.
LaCrosse Technology Atomic Digital Wall Clock (photo from Amazon.com). Digital is easy to read, and atomic is convenient. But. Um. *cough*UGLY*cough*
Olive Kids Dinosaurland Clock (photo from Amazon.com). I almost missed this line of clocks by Olive Kids, because the silentness of them isn’t part of the title. You have to look way down in the description, where it says “silent movements.” I like how it’s easy to read, and obviously it’s great for a kid room. Plus, the 2-year-old who shares a room with the ticking-disliker is dinosaur crazed, so HE’D like it. In fact, we could buy it for the 2-year-old’s birthday in May, which is even better because I’m always looking for gifts that don’t add more TOYS to the FLOOR. The clock comes in tons of other styles too; here are a few samples:
Olive Kids Pirate Ships Clock (photo from Amazon.com)
Olive Kids Heroes Clock (photo from Amazon.com)
Olive Kids Happy Flowers Clock (photo from Amazon.com)
Olive Kids Country Farm Clock (photo from Amazon.com)
Right now I’d say it’s between the old world map clock and the dinosaur clock.