I was seven years old when I had my first watch. The moment my uncle handed me that colorful, faux leather-strapped, analog watch as a gift felt like my passage to adulthood. After all, the timepiece was very similar to what my parents wore. But, my happiness was short-lived. The watch broke down after only a week (due to my “extreme” childhood lifestyle). Nevertheless, it started my fascination for timepieces.
The newer generation doesn’t see wristwatches as a necessary accessory. Why feel the need to wear one when there are phones? On the other side of the coin though, many people (including me!) still believe that watches are worth wearing. In fact, there are many benefits to it.
If you’re one of us, pass on your love and appreciation for watches to your kids. Whether analog, digital or the more modern smartwatch, below are the fifteen best watches for kids within the 5-18 age bracket! Read on and check them out.
Note: There are three Editor’s Choices as we picked one for each watch type.
|Timex Elastic Fabric-Strapped Analog Watches For Boys and Girls||$$||An analog watch suitable for 5 to 12-year-old kids with hours' and minutes" numbers and hand indicators for easy time telling. (Available in other designs and colors)||★★★★|
|Flik Flak Nylon-Strapped Space Dreamer Unisex Watch||$$$||A watch for kids and tweens who love and are fascinated with the space and its marvels.||★★★★
|Lego Buildable Analog Watch (Batman)||$$||A build-able watch that will catch the interest of every kid (younger and older ones) who love to tinker things. (Available in other superhero figures)||★★★★
|Disney Kids' Time Teacher Analog Watch||$$||Perfect for kids who are still learning to tell time, this analog watch comes in different hues and Disney characters to cater to every gender.||★★★★
|Timex Kids' My First Outdoor Watch **EDITOR'S CHOICE**||$$||This analog watch is great for kids, tweens, and teens because of its classic look.||★★★★|
|Nicerio Waterproof Dual-Time Wristwatch (Unisex) **Editor's Choice**||$$||A modern-looking digital watch that's made for younger and older kids. But adults love its design and functionality, too.||★★★★
|Misskt Waterproof/Outdoor Digital Kids' Watch (Unisex)||$$||This digital watch is great for all sexes (as it comes in various color combinations) and best suited for those who love water-related activities as it's waterproof.||★★★★|
|Marvel Kids' The Avengers Digital Watch||$||Cool-looking but very affordable digital watch that features The Avengers and other Marvel and DC Comics' characters.||★★★★|
|SKNBC Waterproof Sportswatch For Kids||$$||A waterproof digital sports watch (it comes in different color combos) great for younger and older kids, even teens.||★★★★|
|CdyBox Unisex Silicone Digital Sport Watches||$||A simple LED sports watch suited for all ages! You get 10 digital watches (in different-colored silicone bands) for the price of 1.||★★★|
|Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch (Unisex)||$$$$||A smartwatch that's filled with games and activities for kids aged 6 to 8.||★★★★|
|Orbo Kids Bluetooth-Capable Smartwatch With Rotating Camera||$$$$||A smartwatch perfectly suited for little ones with ages ranging from 5-8. Features include interactive games, activities and phone-answering capabilities.||★★★★|
|GreaSmart Kids Smartwatch **Editor's Choice**||$$$||The best smartwatch in the list - comes with GPS tracker, camera, games, activities, alarm, flashlight, remote monitoring and a classroom mode so kids won't get distracted when ins school.||★★★★
|SZBXD Waterproof Kids Smartwatch||$$$$||The only waterproof smartwatch in the list. However, it's also the priciest.||★★★★
|Caref GPS Phone Watch||$$$||A GPS-enabled smartwatch capable of receiving/making calls, receiving texts or making SOS calls/messages.||★★★|
The 5 Best Analog Watches For Kids
Analog watches tell time the old-fashioned way. But as much as they are classics, manufacturers found a way to fit them in our modern times. They come in different styles, designs, and even hues to cater to the people of all walks of life including our mini-mes. Below are five of the finest analog watches for kids, tweens, and teens.
The watch is best for kids ages 5 to 12.
They come in styles and colors for both boys and girls, so there are a lot for you to pick from.
The faces are easy to read, and the hands have hour/minute indicators – perfect for teaching younger kids the art of telling time
They’re water-resistant and made by a trusted watch company.
Though they’re water-resistant, the watches can’t be submerged in water for long. They’re not suitable for bathing or swimming.
The watch is unisex and is suitable for boys and girls fascinated with the outer space, aliens and stuff.
Features the hours’ and the minutes’ numbers so time is easily readable. It’s a great watch for teaching kids how to tell time.
It’s shock-resistant, is machine washable and BPA-free.
It has a glow-in-the-dark feature that kids will surely love.
The watch isn’t resistant to water.
A little pricey compared to other kids’ watches.
Recommended for kids ages 5-7 years old
Great for those who are still learning to read time.
Easy-to-read face with minutes’ numbers and hand indicators
The watch comes in different colors and Disney characters that cater to boys and girls
Watch’s band is made of plastic without any BPA-free indication
Water-resistant but not suitable for swimming
Classic look; goes well with older kids/teens and could be unisex
Easy-to-read face with minutes’ numbers for those who are still learning to read time
Water-resistant (up to 30 meters) and sturdy
The strap is adjustable, washable and is fast-wrap making putting it on easy
Not waterproof, so it’s unsuitable for water submersion
Newer versions of the watch don’t have the backlight feature
The 5 Best Digital Watches For Kids
Most digital watches are geared towards those who enjoy being active, adventurous, and love the outdoors. The digital watches that made it to this list all have these common factors:
- Readability – are the numbers visible or readable even in the dark?
- Durability – can they withstand activity?
- Add-ons – what other features do they have? Are they waterproof, shock-proof, and resistant to other things beyond the normal wear and tear?
- Price – of course, we want to give our kids the best. But we also have to remember that kids act their age. Most still don’t have that sense of responsibility when it comes to taking care of their things. So, we want something that would look good and offers modest add-ons yet comes at a cringe-free price.
Dual-time – both an analog and a digital watch
Features include week/date displays, backlight, alarm, horuly chime and stopwatch
Suited for outdoor use; perfect for young or older kids (and even adults!) who love being active and going on outdoor adventures
Water-resistant (up to 50 meters)
Not waterproof, therefore, it isn’t suited for shower, swimming, and diving
Buttons should not be operated when in water
Kids ranging from 6 to 15 years old will find this watch cool
Comes in three different colors – red-blue combo, black, and blue
Is waterproof, so you can wear it even when swimming
Time is presented in a digital format (easy to read) with date display
The wearer is advised not to operate the watch when in water. Doing so would shorten its longevity
Arguably the cheapest watch in this list
Suited for kids as young as 5; characters printed on the watch are very known as the Avengers movies are quite popular these recent years
The time display is easily readable as the numbers (in red) stand out from the background
Comes in different Marvel and DC Comics’ characters, too (Wonder Woman, Batman, Spiderman, and the likes)
Not very durable with buyers commenting about how you get what you paid for
Suitable for kids as young as 6. However, older ones and teens will still find it great to use
Comes in four variants – pink, black-blue, black-yellow, and black-red combos
Perfect for kids, tweens or teens who are active, adventurous and are into sports
Durable, shock and scratch-resistant as well as waterproof
Easily readable numbers with a light-up feature
Other watch characteristics include day display, alarm, stopwatch and the choice between the 12 or 24-hour formats
Some buyers said they find the watch difficult to set up
LED digital watch with a stopwatch feature
Perfect for kids, teens, and even adults.
Meant for those who enjoy sports or have active lifestyles
Bought as a bundle (10 watches per purchase in various colors), so the whole family can sport the same watch, just in different hues
The strap holes are bigger than the button locks that one buyer had to use a hot blow dryer to shrink hers so the watch won’t come off
The 5 Best Smartwatches For Kids
Smartwatches are recent inventions; their birth came with the advent of smartphones. As a parent, I’m not a fan of these types of watches preferring digital and even analog timepieces to give to my kids. However, a few benefits both parents and the children can get from smartwatches are:
- The Entertainment factor – some smartwatches are loaded with games to entertain the young ones without having had to dish out the smartphone or other gadgets.
- Emergency calls – some of these wrist gadgets have the capability to call guardians or people closest to them in light of emergency situations.
Best for kids who are 6 to 8 years old
A games and activities-centered smartwatch – perfect entertainment gadget
Has the capability to take pictures and videos as well as record audios
Analog/digital watch-capable with calendar and calculator add-ons
No GPS tracker
Not waterproof, meaning, the wearer can’t submerge it in water
Suitable for kids as young as 5 up to 8 years old
Teaches little ones how to read time
Loaded with interactive games and activities
Can connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth with phone-answering capabilities
Has a rotating camera for pictures and videos
No GPS tracker
Can’t make calls, only receive them
Best for kids who are 5 to 10 years old
Features include making/receiving calls, one-button SOS, flashlight, alarm clock, camera for videos/pictures, GPS tracker, remote/secret monitoring and class mode (for when the kids are in class)
Comes in three colors – pink, dark blue and light blue
Compatible with most Android phone and iPhones
The set-up is a bit of a hassle
Best suited for kids 5 to 9 years old
Fitted with GPS tracker to monitor your child
Capable of making/receiving calls with voice micro-chat feature
Another great add-on is its remote monitoring ability
The priciest among the smartwatches in this list
Watch needs a monthly data plan for its features to work
Best suited for kids 5 to 10 years old
Has GPS tracker
Capable of sending SOS calls and messages
Can also make or receive calls from the phone as well as receive text messages
Pricey compared to other smartwatches with more add-ons
Monthly data plan is required for this smartwatch
An Analog, a digital or a smartwatch — each type of timepiece have their own advantages and disadvantages. The final choice will always be up to you and what your child wants.
With these said, what watches from the list do you have your eyes on?