Understanding time is a major concept for kids to learn. The best watches for kids help kids learn to read both a digital and analog clock and make sense of time, which can help with hectic schedules and long days.
To help out, we found all the best watches for boys and girls, including teaching, digital, and even smartwatches.
|Best Watch for Kids||Why It's Best||Mom Rating|
|Timex Time Machines Digital Watch||Timeless Design and Easy to Read||♥♥♥♥♥|
|DC Comics Batman Kids' Analog Watch||Batman Theme and Labeled Arms||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Disney Kids Watch||Elsa and Anna Theme and Labeled Arms||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Eleoption Waterproof Kids Watch for Girls Boys||Tons of 3D Patterns and Colors Available!||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2||Disney Themed Smartwatch||♥♥♥♥♥|
|XINYIXING Kids Analog Watch||Neutral Colors for Boys and Girls||♥♥♥♥♥|
Best Watches for Kids
Timex Time Machines Digital 35mm Watch
For a classic and clean style for boys, try the Timex Time Machines Digital 35mm Watch. It’s simple and comes with an adjustable varied colored nylon band with four color combos. The price is slightly higher but comes with the well-loved Timex name trusted for years for high quality and a ten-year battery
It utilizes a chronograph, an alarm, and a day-date calendar, and a backlit digital display. Kids can easily read the day of the week, time, and seconds with a clean, beautiful display. The watch can even handle a little bit of water, including swimming, but not diving or snorkeling.
Finally, the watch even comes with an app to help kids learn to tell time. It uses a velcro strap for easy closure, even for children. All with a classic adult style with a little bit of kid color for fun.
Kids Watch by Kids Gift
Little boys who love fire trucks will love the Watches for 3-12 Year Old by Kids Gift because it’s adorable and easy to read. The watch is water-resistant but cannot go in the pool or tub. It also has easy to read numbers with the 3, 6, 9, and 12 in a bright red for easier viewing along with seconds all around the outside.
The simple design offers 3D firetrucks on the silicone outside for kids with an adult face. It doesn’t have a second hand but does use different colors for the hour and minute hand. Moreover, the watch uses Japanese movement for precision and accuracy and a long life without all of the other possibly confusing features.
Marvel The Avengers Kids’ Watch
The Marvel The Avengers Kids’ AVG3508 Watch is perfect for fans of the Avengers including Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor. The watch works for older kids, too, with a non-childish design in black with simple icons on the side and the fun, colorful picture on the watch face.
Little kids will have a harder time reading the analog face with only the 3, 6, 9, and 12 presenting with the other numbers represented by circles.
As this is a stylish watch, with a plastic case, plastic window, and rubber band, it’s not water-resistant, but it is perfect for fans and advanced time readers. It’s the right price, easy to adjust, and perfect for older children who don’t want to appear too childish. It doesn’t utilize extra features or any fun functions, but kids can use it as a pretend walkie-talkie to act like an Avenger too.
Tonnier Kids Sports Watch
Some boys love camouflage, and they will love the Tonnier Watch Kids Sports Watch that comes in either army green or blue camo print. Like most kids watches, it uses waterproof material so kids can continue living. They can bath, swim, and sweat without any damage to the sporty watch.
Moreover, the watch includes the time, date, stopwatch, EL light, alarm, hourly chime, and a second stopwatch. It’s the perfect option for active boys on the go and in sports. Boys can even keep track of the day and operate the watch buttons themselves so they can learn time without trouble.
Lacoste Kids’ TR90 Quartz Watch
If you don’t mind the high price, the Lacoste Kids’ TR90 Quartz Watch comes with the iconic crocodile. The numbers are easy to read, and the hour, minute, and seconds hands are all different colors and easy to see. All this with a simple to read design and smooth watch face.
The silicone strap offers comfort and water resistance up to 50 meters, although kids should avoid swimming with the watch. It’s a gorgeous watch in a navy blue perfect for young and older boys to learn how to read an analog clock. No bells and whistles, just a watch with high-quality material and a strong battery.
Batman Kids’ Analog Watch
The Batman Kids’ Analog Watch by DC Comics is a teaching watch that looks like an adult watch with an epic Batman logo inside. Moreover, as a teaching watch, it has “hour” and “minute” written on the correct arm so kids can learn to read analog time correctly. Although, if the world made sense, the minute hand would be shorter than the hour hand.
A textured band provides both style and comfort, while the face is metal with seconds on the perimeter and a dial to adjust the time. It’s not non-toxic but not waterproof and doesn’t come with lots of bells and whistles. Sorry, the watch does not display a Batman signal in the sky or act as a walkie talkie to call Batman, but boys can totally pretend it does!
Marvel Boys’ Touch-Screen Watch
Kids who prefer Spiderman to Batman need the Marvel Boys’ Touch-Screen Watch. It’s also digital, unlike the Batman watch, and it displays the full date, including the day of the week. That’s not all of the benefits, either, as this watch comes with a few extras.
For a very reasonable price, the watch acts like a smartwatch with a selfie cam, voice recorder, games, pedometer, alarm, stopwatch, and a calculator, all with easy access. Parents can upload any photos or videos kids take and enjoy a long-lasting battery for uninterrupted usage.
However, the watch is not water-resistant, so kids with an active lifestyle need to pick a more durable option.
Last of all, the watch can work as both an analog or digital option with multiple backgrounds to choose from, all Spidey related, of course. It’s a little on the flashy side, just like it’s inspiration. Sorry, the watch does not shoot out spiderwebs like some of the best spiderman toys, however, this doesn’t stop boys from pretending!
Timex NFL 38mm Recruit Watch
Sports lovers rejoice! The Timex NFL 38mm Recruit Watch is a kids-sized watch for pint-sized fans. The grownup styled watch will have sports fans cheer as they quickly pick their favorite team from over thirty different options, including all of the NFL options (just remember Tom Brady is no longer with the Patriots).
Each watch sports the team’s icon only on the faceplate, making this a very low key style perfect for teenagers.
The nylon strap comes in black and gray with the Timex symbol on each side. It’s also a FastWrap using hook and loop for an easy velcro closure. On the face, kids get large clear numbers and easy to see (even in the dark) hour, minute, and second hands.
All this with water resistance up to 50 meters for short bursts of water use, but not for snorkeling or diving. Let teenagers and younger kids enjoy an analog quartz wristwatch while supporting their favorite team in the process.
Disney Kids’ W001679 Cars Plastic Watch
The Disney Kids’ W001679 Cars Plastic Watch is a teaching watch ready to teach young boys how to tell time. First, though, the watch sports a fancy image of the car from the movie Cars, which Disney fans will love. Even the band is checkered like a racing flag.
Children ages 3 to 7 will love this watch, and the easy to read seconds in a red border all around the face of the clock. The minute and hour hands are easy to see in contrasting colors and clearly marked. It even comes wit ha second hand to further the time-telling teaching.
Lastly, the watch is water-resistant to 99 feet to withstand rain and splashes but should not be submerged into water. The nylon strap comes with velcro to make it easy for kids to put on and adjust. It’s time for racing!
Disney Kids’ MK1080 Mickey Mouse Watch
If your kid likes Disney but not Cars, how about the Mouse? Yes, theDisney Kids’ MK1080 Mickey Mouse Watch is an adorable and classic watch with some modern embellishments ready to help your kid learn time. Even better, the watch uses Mickey’s actual hands as the minute and hour hands.
The seconds are displayed on the outer silver-tone face while the minutes and hours are on the inside. Mickey himself looks vintage with a couple of vivid splashes of red and yellow to break up the silver and black watch. A simple twist knob adjusts the time too.
The silicone rubber band with buckle closure will fit comfortable and won’t slip around your child’s watch. All this with quartz movement on the analog display. Do notice though that this watch isn’t water-resistant and shouldn’t be worn in water.
Timex Girls Time Machines Analog Resin Watch
The Timex Girls Time Machines Analog Resin Watch offers the brands renowned name and quality to your child. With a classic design and easy to read clock, this unobtrusive watch blends in with girly decor. It’s designed with pale blue, purple, and white to work with girls without all the pink some girls don’t lean towards.
Next, the 16mm elastic fabric step fits wrists up to 6 inches in circumference. It’s also has a resin case with acrylic lense to provide some water resistance. While it can handle a little splash, this watch should not be worn in a swimming pool. Also, make sure they take the watch off before bathing.
Finally, the numbers are easy to read – for an analog clock – with clear numbers and lines for the seconds and minutes. It also has a second hand in a different color than the minute and hour hands. Girls will love this adjustable and comfortable watch to keep track and learn time.
L.O.L. Surprise! Watch – LCD
Girls who love L.O.L surprise dolls will love the L.O.L. Surprise! Watch with an easy-to-read LCD screen. It simply tells the time, but in style, with two different color options, including purple and pink. Girls will love the shimmer and sparkle of the watch and, of course, the brand.
The silicone band sparkles as does the watch head with faux diamonds and a doll on the front. Moreover, the watch is easy to operate and read even for the newest time-tellers. The watch is not waterproof, though, but it is pretty!
Disney Kids “Tinker Bell Time Teacher” Watch
The Disney Kids’ W000074 “Tinker Bell Time Teacher” Watch was made with quality and teaching time in mind, which is reflected in the expensive price. It’s in pale pink with a leather strap and a special easy-to-read face. Tinker Bell is sitting on the face, ready to help little girls understand the hour and the minute hands, which are clearly marked, so kids don’t forget which is which.
Why don’t they have this for adults? Sadly, it’s only recommended for children between the ages of three and seven, but seriously, learning analog isn’t natural for many people, and this watch makes it so much easier. However, the watch sticks with the basics and doesn’t come with the date or day of the week. Nor is this watch waterproof, but it can handle a little water, not just showering or submersion.
Finally, the watch provides accurate Japanese Quartz movement and scratch-resistant mineral crystal. This is one of the few watches made for little kids without silicone plastic for kids with sensitive skin or allergies. Moreover, it comes with a little guide to help kids understand time better and how to use the watch, making it an exceptional value.
Disney Kids Watch
The Disney Kids Watch is very similar to the Tinker Bell watch above, but it features Elsa and Anna from Frozen and comes with a different band and face. What’s the same is that the hour and minute hand are clearly marked and easy to see in contrasting colors. Furthermore, the seconds and minutes are easy to read for an analog clock to help kids learn to tell the time in style.
What’s truly great about this watch made for children between the ages of 3 and 7 is easy to put on and adjust nylon strap with a hook and loop closure using velcro. It’s water-resistant but not waterproof, so keep it out of tubs and pools, but a little water here and there is okay. Also, this watch includes a punch-out instruction card to help teach your child time, just like the option above.
Olazone Girls Digital Watch
Girls ages seven to ten might fall in love with this sporty Girls Watch Kids Digital by Olazone. The watch comes in three colors, including pink, purple, and red, with a chunky silicone design and easy-to-read screen with multiple displays to know everything possible about time from a small machine.
The watch displays the day, the time, the date, and seconds. Not all watches show am or pm, but this watch does on the digital display. You can also pick between 12 hour or 24 hour time, which is great for military families.
Lastly, the watch can handle a little water, but not submersion. The band is made of plastic, and it uses Japanese Quartz for precision. This is a 2019 model ready to help your child learn to tell time the digital way that is as up-to-date as the watch.
Tonnier Watch Nebula
Older girls who have a decent history reading analog will fall in love with the gorgeous and modern Tonnier Nebula Watch. It comes with a simple white band and a rainbow galaxy face. You need to make sure your daughter reads time well and knows her numbers, as this watch uses lines like a fancy adult watch instead of digits to display the time.
The low price makes this watch a great buy for older kids and teenagers. It comes with environmentally friendly rubber material in a beautiful box for easy storage and gifting. Also, it won’t turn yellow, and it’s water-resistant but not submergible. Give the gift of time and elegance.
Disney Kids’ Ariel Watch
The Little Mermaid is still a favorite princess, and now you can get your daughter the Disney Kids’ W000958 Ariel Watch to help her enjoy the princess and time at the same time!
This is a teaching watch with the hour and minute hand clearly marked to make learning to read analog time so much easier. Ariel is the focal point on the watch screen with pink numbers encircling her and seconds marked around the perimeter.
A simple twist of the knob adjusts the time, but girls may need a little help. What they won’t need is help to get the watch on their wrist as it’s a simple hook and loop closure with velcro. Moreover, the strap is simple and durable pink nylon for comfort and flexibility.
Finally, the watch uses analog quartz and is water-resistant up to 99 feet but should not be submerged underwater. It’s perfect for girls ages 3 to 10. Sadly, the watch does not allow little girls to transform into mermaids.
Wolfteeth Kids Analog Watch Waterproof
Little girls who want a little bling need the Wolfteeth Kids Analog Watch Waterproof. It’s colorful, girly, and has 3D decorations on the band with a cute shape on the band to boot! From hearts to flowers, and cutesy butterflies, the watch will appeal to any girl into nature.
The silicone band is adjustable, and the face is easy to read. All of the numbers are in pink with contrasting colored minute and hour arms to make telling the time easier. The seconds surround the outer edge, but there isn’t a second arm on the watch.
Lastly, the watch uses an analog quartz movement and doesn’t come with any extra features. It’s also water-resistant but not waterproof, so keep it out of the pool and tub. Girls between the ages of 3 and ten will love this adorable watch and learning to tell time!
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2
Parents looking for a smartwatch for their child should check out the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2. It comes in blue, pink, or black and offers so many functions it’s not even funny. Children between the ages of four and twelve will love the touch screen and the tons of fun options like a camera and so much more.
Yes, your child can learn to tell time, not just from the time on the watch, but also from fun games on the app. Although some of the games have nothing to do with time and are just fun to play. It also offers active motion games to get your kiddo moving with dance, jumping, and more with sound effects, step tracking, and a pedometer.
The fun doesn’t stop there as the watch comes with two cameras and photo effects. Connect to the computer using the micro-USB cable for charging and loading photos to the computer. It also has a built-in rechargeable battery with 256 MB of memory.
Finally, kids can still splash and get a little water on it but need to avoid taking it into the pool. The band is adjustable and made durable with the ability to do so much, and yet you, the parent, can still control all the settings. This isn’t just a watch, it’s a mini-computer for the wrist!
Smart Watch by Lsflair
For a lot less money you can get your child the Smart Watch by Lsflair. It comes in black, aqua, and pink with and an adjustable and ultra-sturdy band that flexes really well. This watch does it all! With a digital display, it can tell the time, the date, and the day of the week.
What’s super great about the watch is that your kids can make and receive calls, including emergency calls, if necessary. The watch can also play music, take pictures, act as an alarm clock, and play games. It can even record voices, work as a calculator, and it has a do not disturb function too.
You will need a SIM card to use the phone functions. Also, it doesn’t have a GPS, so if you are looking to track your child, this isn’t the option. Otherwise, children ages 3 to 12 will love this fun little addition to their wardrobe.
Garmin VivoFit Jr. 2
If you want a watch that also functions as an activity tracker, you need the Garmin VivoFit Jr. 2. It comes in tons of different patterns and colors, including this one, which features an icy blue with Elsa and snowflakes. The band on this device is silicone and waterproof, and the face can call also go in the water.
However, what you will love about this smartwatch is the time date, auto daylight savings, alarm clock, timer, and stopwatch functions. It can store history for a full month. Also, it comes with one-year battery life, Bluetooth, and it functions with iOS or Android.
Furthermore, you can monitor sleep, steps, and movement while also setting goals. The watch wants kids to be active for 60 minutes a day, do chores, and more all with rewards for their work. Get audible alerts and set up the watch from your smart device for a fully-functional watch ready to improve your life.
Fitbit Ace Activity Tracker for Kids
If you have a Fitbit and want one for your child, you can get the Fitbit Ace Activity Tracker for Kids. Not only does it function as a clock to help your child keep track of time digitally, but it also tracks steps and promote a more active lifestyle.
The battery lasts for about five days, and it is waterproof so your child can swim as part of their activity. Even better, the wrist device tracks sleep, sends bedtime reminders, and silent alarms. Pick from three band colors of silicone, including red, blue, or purple.
Mind you, this option is for children ages six and up.
Finally, you can sync the device wirelessly with a parent view. It also has an app dashboard, fun incentives, and so much more, making this an awesome device that’s simple to use and stylish for children. Get your kids moving and tracking time now!
Gizmowatch by Verizon
The Gizmowatch by Verizon is another smartwatch that also functions as a clock on your child’s wrist. It’s more expensive by a landslide compared to the other options but comes with a GPS setting to find your child whenever you need them. It also comes with 4G LTE to work as a 2-way voice phone, and you can even message your child.
Moreover, you can set goals, reminders, track steps, and more with this device. It encourages children in fun ways to make and keep goals. You can literally track your child from your phone, but you will need to pay for the service to do so.
Lastly, the device can go in the pool or anywhere else and stay strong even when your children play hard. Use with iOS or Android to work with any phone you have. If you want to track your child, this smartwatch can do so and teach them to tell time in the process.
Themoemoe Kids Smartwatch
If you are looking for a watch that also functions as a LBS tracker, get the Themoemoe Kids Smartwatch. It’s not only exceedingly affordable but also multi-purpose, so you get more for your money.
First, though, pick from pink or blue to suit your child’s color preferences for a smartwatch.
Not only does the smartwatch function as a tracker but also as an SOS emergency phone with three contact numbers on the app so they can call mom or dad in an emergency. They can make calls and even voice chat with a sim card installed.
Next, kids can use the classroom mode when in class to make sure they don’t get calls while they are learning. This watch does it all as it also has a phonebook, alarm clock, camera, games, and more. When it’s not doing anything else, the screen can display the time all from a comfortable, non-water-resistant, adjustable band that’s also breathable.
Jojo Siwa Touchscreen Watch
The Jojo Siwa Touchscreen Watch comes in one color – pink – with a host of impressive features. The price is nice too considering all the features like a selfie-cam, voice recorder, three games, pedometer, alarm, stopwatch, and a calculator.
Share priceless pictures with friends and family with the built-in security messages. Also, Jojo fans will love the long-lasting battery that lasts for hours.
Furthermore, the watch acts as a digital clock that also displays the date and day of the week. The whole watch is pink with pictures of Jojo and her signature style. It’s not waterproof though, so keep it away from water.
USWAT Kid Watch
Both boys and girls will love the Kid Watch for Boy Girl Child Multi-Function by USWAT. The watch comes in twelve different colors, including options for boys and girls, although there are more neutral colors to suit anyone with several shades of blue. Each one also offers a different backlight so kids can easily see in the dark.
Furthermore, the sporty watch shows the day the time, the day of the week, and can even serve as an alarm clock. The digital clock shows time very easily, and you can even use European time if you prefer a twenty-four-hour clock over a twelve-hour clock. It’s also waterproof up to 50 meters, along with all of the options like an hourly chime.
Finally, the watch is safe and comfortable, thanks to a silicone strap that’s been thoroughly tested. The watch is adjustable and fits children up to thirteen years old. All these features with shock-resistance and even a stopwatch, although parents will need to set all of the settings, as setting the watch is a little difficult for children.
Timex Children’s Digital Watch
Another great unisex watch option for children is the Kids Digital Watch by Timex because it comes in a few colors including our favorite camo which both boys and girls love. The strap is adjustable and high-quality, made to fit a wide variety of wrists sizes. The watch uses a digital LED screen to display time easily, but if you want a watch to teach analog time, then you will need another option.
Children can learn to use the many other features, including the backlight, stopwatch, calendar, date, alarm clock, water-resistant, shockproof, and anti-drop. It’s perfect for fashion, casual usage, outdoor use, and even sports. Kids ages 3 to 15 can use the watch, although it’s probably a better style for children 13 and under. Easy to use buttons make it a cinch to change any of the settings.
Also, it’s safe in the water for up to 30 meters so kids can sweat, wash their hands, and even shower with it on. You may not want to take it in the pool, as this is more water-resistant than waterproof. If your kid likes to take items apart, then pick another watch, as this one has four screws noticeable on the front, and curious kids with access to a screwdriver may take it apart.
SOKY LED Waterproof Digital Sport Watch
The SOKY LED Waterproof Digital Sport Watches offers a bulk watch ready to make your child’s wrist look amazing. It’s a digital sport watch that’s water-resistant up to 50 meters and comes in seven different colors. All the features you want for your child are right there on the watch, all for a low price.
Although it says water-resistant, it can go in the pool, the shower, and anywhere else your kid goes like puddles. Moreover, it was designed with kids in mind with four easy-to-press buttons directly around the watch face. They can set the time and date all on their own and improve their independence and understanding of time.
Kids will love the easy-to-read screen and the target at the top for a fun look. Moreover, the watch can teach good habits with a stopwatch, date, hour, minutes, calendar, alarm clock, and more. It also comes with an LED backlight for easy sight in the dark.
Eleoption Waterproof Kids Analog Watch
For younger kids who want a little more fun and style, check out the Eleoption Waterproof Kids Analog Watch. Pick from festive colors and tons of designs like dinosaurs, butterflies, sports themes, hearts, monkeys, and more with this adorable watch. Kids will love the adorable cartoon silicone styles with a cute picture inside the watch as well.
The watch comes in a gift box with watches for boys and girls. Next, the watch is both durable and shock-resistant, so your kids can live an active life without breaking the affordable watch. It also offers a low profile, so it won’t overwhelm the wrist of your child between the age of 2 to 10.
Last, the watch does offer some water resistance but should not go in the shower, bath, or in the pool. It can handle a little rain or splash. Parents will need to set the time for their kids, but it’s easy to do as the watch focuses on telling time with large easy to read numbers and different color minutes, hour, and seconds hands.
The watch may not have tons of extras, but it tells time with flare.
LaeLs Kids Analog Watch
With the Kids Analog Watch, you get a colorful and comfortable watch ready to teach your child analog time. The watch comes in five colors with options suitable for both boys and girls, including blues, black, pink, and purple. Moreover, the watch has almost an art deco silicone design with decorative edging added around the sides of the face.
Extra thick silicone over the face keeps it protected from falls, which is a good thing, as the face couldn’t be cuter with bright, easy-to-see numbers. The only problem is the hands are white, making them a little more difficult to see. Also, the seconds form a circle around the hour and minute numbers for easy viewing.
Lastly, the watch is water-resistant against rain and splashes, making it a perfect option for children between the ages of 3 to 12 years old. It comes with an adjustable strap made of environmentally-friendly PU material with an ergonomic design for comfort and flexibility. It’s also durable with quartz movement for precision. It comes in an adorable gift box.
Kids Watch Analog by Pinghe
Children who want a sophisticated watch will love the Kids Watch Analog by Pinghe. The watch is basic with one color but with several color options. It’s safe and comfortable with a water-resistant strap for durability, elasticity, and flexibility.
The letters come in gold in this version with the full black, simplistic face. You may need to set the time for your child since the small dial on the side may not make sense to children. The glass on the front is made from a highly clear resin material that tolerates a lot of pressure, making it safe for children.
Furthermore, its the right size for children ages 3 to 15 as you can adjust the band to fit most wrists. Too much contact with water can shorten the life of this watch, so make sure kids take it off for swimming and bathing. It comes with easy to see arms for minutes, hours, and seconds.
CKE Kids Digital Sports Watch
Kids love bright lights and neon colors like the Kids Watch Digital Sportsby CKE. This option comes in three bright and transluscent colors, including blue, purple, and a red/yellow combo. It’s an adorable watch children will want to look at over and over again with a few bells and whistles.
The digital display shows the time, am/pm, the day of the week, and seconds. Next, you can choose from military or standard time and use the watch as a calendar, alarm, and stopwatch. It’s also shock-resistant, waterproof, making it perfect for kids with an active life, but do not press any buttons underwater.
Buying Guide for Best Watches for Kids
Before deciding which watch to pick for your child, here is a buying guide to help you determine the functions you are looking for in a child’s watch.
If you simply want an analog watch to tell time, then you probably have one in mind and are all set. However, those looking for a watch with a few more functions, read on.
Kids are messy, and they break things because they are young and still learning how to care properly for their stuff. Make sure to buy a watch that is durable and easy to maintain. Also, even though watches for kids are made to survive life, it’s best to teach your child to care properly for the watch upfront.
Most watches are water-resistant but not waterproof. However, a few of the watches on this list can survive laps in the pool or playing in the bathtub. If your child plans to wear the watch continuously, then make sure to get a waterproof option. Otherwise, a watch that can handle a little rain or a few splashes should work fine so long as you remind your child to take the watch off before going in the water.
Every child has a different preference when it comes to style. Some want a watch to serve as a fun fashion statement while others want one to sit quietly on their wrist and disappear until they need to know the time. Make sure to know what colors and styles your child wants before making a purchase.
If your child doesn’t like the pattern, design, or character on the watch, they probably will not wear it, which makes it a waste of money. When in doubt, pick a neutral color with a simple design based on function instead of choosing the wrong character or pattern.
Also, keep age in mind as younger kids won’t mind as much color while other kids may want an older style.
Let’s face it, children don’t do things they don’t like. For example, wear something uncomfortable like an itchy wristwatch.
Most watches are made with either nylon or silicone, both of which are very comfortable for most people. Some people have allergies or sensitivities to one or the other, and you may need to consider a leather band.
The face of the watch can cause discomfort for kids, too, if it slides around a lot. Make sure the watch fits snuggly but not too snug, or it may be tight or uncomfortable. Try to get the band to fit with the ability to move, but only just barely.
The younger the kid, the more likely they will need a simple watch with fun designs and colors. Older kids will want more sophisticated styles and colors leaning toward neutrals and simple patterns. Preteens will want adult looking watches without velcro because that’s too childish.
Try to find a watch with the most notches for younger kids and avoid watches for children under the age of three.
Type of Watch
Watches come in five basic styles: analog, digital, sports, multi-functional, and smart.
- Analog refers to a simple watch with arms.
- A digital watch tells the time with visible numbers instead of moving hands.
- A sports watch usually has a bigger face and band and is waterproof to withstand sweat or swimming.
- A multi-functional watch tells time, date, and often has an alarm and stopwatch features available too.
- With a smartwatch, you get extra features with a mini-computer screen. Smartwatches tell time, but it’s the least important features as they can act as cameras, phones, GPS trackers, games, and more.
Which you choose depends on your needs and if you want your child to have other functions better or just keep track of time. Reading analog is a dying art form, and most kids can learn digital much faster.
Ease of Use
Kids do not like messing around, figuring something out. If it’s too difficult to use, they will leave the watch in some random place and never touch it again. Find a watch that’s easy to use or one that you can set for them to make your life easier and your money better spent!
Questions About Best Watches for Kids
Can silicone irritate my kid’s wrist?
Silicone is a mix of synthetic rubbers and plastic polymers. Anyone who is allergic to either rubber or plastic could react to silicone. The only way to know for sure is to try skin contact with silicone and see if your child has a reaction.
If your child does have a reaction, it will likely be contact dermatitis, which can cause a red rash, itching, bumps, blisters, swelling, burning, or tenderness. Anyone who has these options should stop wearing silicone immediately and seek medical attention for severe symptoms.
Is giving a kid one of my old watches an option?
You can give your child one of your old watches, but they may damage it or not like the watch.
Furthermore, the watch may not fit their small wrist and fall off. Kid sizes watches also have safer parts and fun designs you don’t often find on an adult watch.
If, however, you have a watch from your youth or from an older child, you can pass it down to your younger children. Always keep watches away from children younger than three years old. Always check over any watch for damage, falling of pieces, or anything that could scratch their skin before giving it to a kid.
Should I get a smartwatch, digital, or analog for my child?
All three are good options and depend on your needs.
A digital watch is the easiest to read, but smartwatches are the most fun and have more functions. For the most part, analog clocks are disappearing, but not analog watches because they are beautiful and make exceptional accessories.
If your goal is to teach your child to read time, stick with a simple analog watch to ensure they can read the time. After, you can move on to a digital watch or even a smartwatch. Some smartwatches have the option to display time in both digital or analog time, which gives you more options.
Final Thoughts About Best Watches for Kids
The best watches for kids help them to learn to tell time. You need to decide if you want them to learn digital or analog time.
Although, a smartwatch can teach both and offer a ton of other functions that will appeal to children. If you prefer a smartwatch, we suggest the Garmin VivoFit Jr. 2 because it comes in fun patterns and you can control the settings easily.
Now it’s time for you to make a decision about your child’s timepiece.