If you’re looking for the latest technology for your child and you want to be able to track their activity and exercise, you may want to buy a smartwatch for kids. These smartwatches have more features than simple pedometers for kids and help encourage exercise through rewards and games.
Since these smartwatches are designed especially for kids, they’re usually more durable, easier to use, and a lot cheaper than smartwatches for adults. They also have fun features like cameras that make it feel more like a toy than just a fitness tracker, so your kid will want to wear it. These smartwatches make great gifts for kids.
Activity Trackers and Smartwatches for Kids
LeapFrog LeapBand Activity Tracker
The Leapband is a fitness band made just for kids. It makes fitness fun to encourage activity and rewards them with games and points they can use to unlock pets. Once they’ve selected a pet, it thrives on their activity.
The activity challenges are kid-centric, telling them to wiggle like a worm or march like an elephant to make exercise fun. It is a non-touch screen device, which makes it sturdier but may be confusing for kids who normally use touchscreens. It also doesn’t have any advanced tracking features beyond the points. The main goal of the device is to get kids up and moving.
Available colors: blue, green, pink
Age Range: 4 – 7 years old
Notable features: active challenges, customizable pets, analog/digital watch, adjustable band, rechargeable battery, water resistant, LeapFrog connect enabled
Orbo Kids Smartwatch and Pedometer
This smartwatch from Orbo combines fitness tracking with a ton of cool features your kid will love. Meant to be a child’s first watch, this touchscreen watch it almost as cool as Mom & Dad’s Apple Watches. They can learn to tell time and also play fun education based games or use it as a calculator.
While the Orbo does not have a fitness focus, it does include a pedometer to track your child’s steps. Most of the coolest features are not related to fitness, though. The standout feature is the built in camera so your child can take selfies and videos right on their wrist. The watch has the ability to answer phone calls when in short range of the phone, so if you want location abilities or other messaging capabilities, you should try a GPS tracking watch.
Available colors: blue, pink
Notable features: educational apps, answer phone calls, built-in camera, expandable memory (up to 32 GB), charges via microUSB cable
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX
The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX< is one of the most advanced options available for kids on the market right now. This touch screen watch is filled with tons of apps so they can take videos, play games, and tell time with just the tap of their finger. It also features a camera that can take still photos and videos (it's on the side of the camera, so it's not good for selfies). For exercise and activity, the watch has a pedometer to count steps. It also features action challenges, which are recorded using the band's motion sensor. This watch will help motivate your kid to be active. It does not have any phone or messaging capability, but it is one of the best smartwatches for kids. Available colors: royal blue, vivid violet
Age Range: 4 – 9 years old
Tracks: steps, activity
Notable features: pedometer, motion sensor, alarm, timer, stopwatch, calendar, calculator, touch screen, splashproof, 256 MB internal memory, 2-week rechargeable battery, 50 clock faces
Kurio Smartwatches for Kids
If you’re shopping for a smartwatch for an older kid or teen, the Kurio is an affordable alternative to an Apple Watch. It packs a lot of features into it’s under $50 price tag as it’s an actualy smartwatch and not a kid’s toy.
If you’re mainly interested in activity and fitness tracking with this smartwatch for kids, there are some features specific to this. The built in accelerometer can track your kid’s activity. It can also be used for motion detection games that get your kid moving. But honestly, there’s so much going on with this smartwatch that it may be hard to keep your kids focused on the fitness portion. The Kurio has a camera to take selfies and videos (which can be downloaded to a PC or Mac computer). It also features a ton of game apps as well as necessities like timers, alarms, calendars, contacts, music and more.
One thing to note, while this is a standalone Smartwatch, it must be synced to an Android smartphone via Bluetooth to take advantage of the texting and calling features. If your child does not have a smartphone, you can sync it to yours however, they will have access to all of your contacts. If this is not ideal, you may want to consider a a GPS locator watch with messaging ability for your kid.
Available colors: blue, lavender, pink
Recommended ages: 4 to 15 years old
Notable features: high-res touch screen, 256 MB internal memory, 32 GB micro card slot, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, productivity apps, games, Bluetooth connectivity for texting (Android smartphone required)
If you think a smart watch may be too much for your kid, you can still motivate them to be active and meet goals with a fitness tracker or pedometer for kids.
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