Once upon a time, a watch was one of the first pieces of technology a young person could own. These days, children are far more likely to have tablets and other tech, and many adults don’t bother wearing a wristwatch. However, letting kids tell the time can help with forward planning and task management, and other new utilities, such as GPS and cameras can help you out too.
Timex Time Machines, $25, 4+
In a world of smartwatches, Timex’s Time Machine’s simple, analog watch sets itself apart by making kids learn to tell the time with a round watch face and two hands. These colorful timepieces have an easy-to-read dial, minute markers and adjustable elastic band, and Timex offer a pretty good kids warranty, replacing lost or broken watches, more or less no questions asked.
Disney interactive watches, $35 4+
These interactive watches are branded with different Disney franchises, including Marvel superheroes, Frozen princesses and Toy Story characters. Whichever one you choose, the watch offers different watch faces and wallpapers, as well as a photo and video camera, games, a fitness tracker, a voice recorder, and a stopwatch.
Fitbit Ace 2, $58, 6+
This wristwatch and activity tracker for children isa available in a couple of colorways, is water resistant to 50 meters, offers sleep tracking as well as activity tracking, and has parental controls too. And you can hook up Fitbits to RoosterMoney, via IFTTT. Find out more about that here.
imoo Watch Phone Z6, $259, 3-12
This smartwatch lies at the upper end of the market, but it brings a lot of utility with that price tag. The Z6 offers video and phone calls, a chat facility, a stopwatch, cameras, and a GPS service, letting you know where the wearer is, and enabling you to set geographical boundaries. It’s also water resistant, and can be muted during school days.
Apple Watch, from $199, 12+
Lots of kids love Apple tech, though the brand isn’t necessarily that child friendly. A user needs to be thirteen or over to get an Apple account; if they’re younger, a parent will need to create an Apple ID on the child’s behalf. Get over that obstacle, and your kids can enjoy a world-class, surf-proof watch with great messaging, health, exercise and sleep tracking and more.