We started getting my daughter interested about space and stars recently. My husband even put those plastic glow in the dark stars on her ceiling in the shape of our Zodiac signs. But as you probably know, those don’t shine too brightly and an alternative for this would be a star projector that she can have in her bedroom. Below is a list of some of the best star projector for kids options (or fancy night lights) that will engage, educate, and calm your child.
The Best Star Projector Benefits
While some of the below are strictly for fun, there are some educational or emotional benefits of having a star projector in your child’s room.
- Sense of security – I know a few toddlers who are afraid of the dark. Night lights are great but often light up just one section of the room. A star projector will definitely light up a bit more than that, giving your little one a sense of security.
- Educational – If you choose one of the below star projectors that projects actual constellations, there is the added benefit of learning more about space and stars.
- Peaceful sleep for you – If your kid’s not sneaking into your room, that means you’re sleeping better.
Options for the Best Star Projector for Kids
Our picks that we’ll provide overviews for are the following:
The Cloud b Twilight Turtle projects a starry sky into most rooms. In addition, it projects one of three colors – blue, green, and amber – for additional ambiance. The amber color is the faintest of the three and you may have some difficulty seeing it on darker colored walls.
One of the best features, and one to look for any in kids star projector, is a shut off timer. The Cloud b Turtle will shut off after 45 minutes. This should be enough time for your kid to drift off. On the flip side, many have felt the 45 minute shut off is a negative attribute since their kids wake in the middle of the night wanting the night light back on.
This night light/star projector comes in a few different colors/styles. There is a purple turtle and a green/brownish turtle.
If you’re looking for something with sound integrated this isn’t the best choice for you.
This light uses 3 AAA batteries.
This star projector is another great night light option for kids. It features 4 LED beads of light – warm yellow light, blue, green, and red. You can switch through them using one of the three buttons on the front of the night light.
Please note that this light does have a motor which makes noise when it spins. If your little one is sensitive to these types of sounds, this may not be your best option.
This light does not have a timer like some others. Because of that, you’ll need to remember to turn it off either at night or in the morning. It is possibly you’ll also burn through lights more easily.
This product comes with a USB cord so the light can be powered by batteries or plugged in.
This is a more budget option for a kids star projector so the quality will be on par with the cost. Despite this, kids love this option all the same.
The Can You Imagine projector is a bit more advanced than the previous options. It projects stars onto your ceiling and mimics the turn of the Earth as it slowly rotates around.
Not only does it project stars, but there is a button that when pressed creates a nebula type shape. The light show, as long as conducted within a small enough room, will be pretty spectacular. If you have cathedral ceilings you may need to look for a stronger projector.
This projector has a 4 hour shut off is much more generous than the 45 minute Cloud b option. As with many of the kids star projectors, there is a fan that runs while the unit is on and it can sometimes be noisy.
If you’re looking for a more educational planetarium / kids star projector the In My Room Star Theater Tabletop Planetarium is a great choice. This projector actually protects the night sky onto a ceiling or wall. The constellations displayed are visible. You can choose exact night sky you want to see by selecting the using the toggle at the bottom projector. So if you want to see night sky to be the summer sky everyday of the year you can do so.
Star projector also comes with a downloadable audio tour of the night sky that you can find on the UncleMilton website. The last cool feature is the meteor maker which actually allows you to recreate a meteor that maybe you’d have to wait for decades to see.
The have extra batteries on hand since this projector requires 5 triple A batteries.
The star projector is recommended for ages 8 and up.
The Uncle Milton In My Room Star Theater Pro is a great option if you have the cash. Of all the star projectors, this has the slickest design. It comes with a quality lens and a bright LED light source. I, of course, love the 30-minute and 60-minute auto shut-off options which are perfect when helping lull your toddler to sleep.
With this star project your can either view the sky as a still image or put the star projector on a slow rotation. This definitely gives a more “theatrical” and chill vibe if you plan on using the star project yourselves (greedy parents!).
What I love about the star projector is the different star discs you can use with it. This projector comes with 2 discs Star Field and Earn/Moon/Sun. You can easily load the disc using the tray at the front of the star projector. The discs are slightly larger than a silver dollar. But don’t feel limited by the 2 that come with this projector. You can by skads more
This projector is recommended for an older audience ages 10 and up. It comes with both the option for AC adapter or batteries. Batteries are included so you’ll need three double a batteries if you plan not using power source.
The Sega Homestar Original Star Projector is another top of the line projector. This model projects more realistic star imagery from the two discs provided. One disc shows the northern hemisphere with constellations the other without the constellations. As with the In My Room Star Projector, you can load other star discs for additional views, such as the southern hemisphere.
This is a pretty impressive projector, allowing you to see up to 60000 Stars. This is all due 3 watt LED ultra bright light. It’s recommended that the projector be projected on a ceiling or wall, or really any light/white surface/
The projection angle and focus are all adjustable and the star projector also has a rotation feature. As with the other options, I love the auto shut off timer. Another feature that’s advertised as a shooting star function but some have found that less than impressive.
One thing to note is that if you have a room larger than 12 feet and wide you may need two projectors.
There are two star projectors I recommend, though each is based on what you’re looking to accomplish. If you just want a pretty, fun night light for your child, I’d go with the Cloud b Twilight Constellation Night Light. It has a cute design, it’s affordable, and it gets the job done.
If you’re mission is educational and you want something as close to a real planetarium as possible, I’d choose either the Sega Homestar or the In My Room Star Theater Pro. I like that the life of the star projector is immediately prolonged by the use of additional discs.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! What do you consider the best star projector for kids today?
image from flickr – Emly Shreck, modified