Should I buy my child a Smart Watch?
Kids today are all about the high tech gadgets, even little ones. They see parents or older siblings with cool cell phones and watches and they want them too. My two-year old almost three year-old has been wanting a smart watch since she laid eyes on her grandfather’s Apple watch. After doing some research, I found that they do have some really cool watches for young children. Here is kidsplayandcreate’s list of the top three smart watches for young children.
Leap Frog Leap Band
To me this is the best watch for really young kids. It is recommended for ages 4-7, however I think it is good for 2-5 year olds. This is a cute watch that encouraged active and imaginary play. It’s more like a Fitbit for little kids rather than a tell time watch.
Activity tracker: The activity tracker is really cool. The Leap Band is pre loaded with 36 activity challenges for the kids. These challenges are easy for little kids complete. They are asked to pounce like a lion, wiggles like a worm, march like an elephant etc… When the kids complete the challenges they are rewarded with points that are used to unlock new pets and toys.
Promote Healthy Nutrition Habits: In the Pet Chef games, kids help their pet collect food to make healthy snacks and unlock nutrition facts.
Personalize a Pet- Kids get to pick 1 out 8 pets to take care of and nature on the watch
weight 5.6 ounces
Comes in Pink, Blue and Green
Orbo Kids Smart Watch is a great watch to introduce your child to learning about telling time. This is more of an a kids version of an adult watch then the Leap Frog Leap Band which is more of an activity tracker. This watch is recommended for children ages 3-8. In my opinion kids are so advanced today that I wouldn’t buy it for children over 7.
Built in tilt-able camera- This is a really cool feature for those kids who like to take pictures and or video. This watch also has the ability to save the pictures and videos that the kids take.
Displays both analog and digital time. The penguin “Time Master” reads the hours and minutes aloud, so kids can learn to tell time.
Bluetooth enabled- This is a cool feature. The call has to be imitated from a phone, then it can be answered by the watch. The watch call not dial out calls nor receive text messages.
16 different preloaded activities including photo effects and educational, reflex, music and mind games. It also had a speech imitating hippo that will repeat what your child says.
Pedometer- to track activity
Band is durable and easy to clean.
Splash proof, not waterproof. It cannot be worn in the shower, bath or swimming.
Good battery life, comes with a USB cable to charge. For an additional price you can get a wall adapter to charge in the wall.
1GB internal memory, but can be expanded to 32B
Weight 6.4 ounces
Comes in pink or blue
This watch is very similar to the Orbo watch. Both are really great watches. The recommended age for this watch is 4-9, but again I really wouldn’t go over 7 or 8.
1/4 inch color touch screen display
Camera- take pictures and record video
USB port to transfer videos and photos
Splash Proof not water proof- Like the Orbo you cannot wear this watch in the bath, shower or to go swimming
Photo Effects- Built in effects to add frames and fun fillers to your pictures
8 Games including action challenges and motion games. You have the ability to download more at the Learning Lodge
The VTech Kidizoom DX Smart Watch comes in a variety of colors including blue, pink, vivid violet, camouflage, vivid violet with a floral wristband and red
What is a good age to get a child a smart watch?
It is really dependent on the child. If your child shows interest in other gadgets such as tablets or plays games on your cell phone they may be ready. Watches are also small and can easily be lost. If you have a child that is loosing their toys often, you may want to wait awhile. Also, if your child doesn’t like to have things on their wrist or gives you a hard time about wearing certain clothes they might not be ready for a watch. If you have a very young child like two, you may want to stick to the Leap Frog Leap Band, it’s least expensive and it is more of an activity tracker than a watch.
Do any of the smart watches for kids dial out?
None of the watches in this review can dial out. The Flip 2 Smart watch can dial out some programed numbers and is available for people who have AT&T.
Can any of the smart watches get wet?
Unfortunately none of the smart watches in this review can get wet. They are all splash proof, but cannot be submerged in water. That means that they cannot be worn in the bath, shower or to go swimming.
Should my child wear their smart watch to school?
Once they receive the watch, your child will be anxious to show it off at school. In my opinion, it’s probably not in their best interest to bring it to school. This is for many reasons. The biggest reason is that because of the pre-programed activities installed on the watch. They do makes a lot of different sounds and can be distracting to not only your child but other children in the class. Another big reason is that children loose things at school, especially young children. Changes are if you send the watch to school with your child after a couple of days you may not see it anymore. To avoid problems during the school day and on the bus, I’d advise to leave the watch home. If you child wants to wear a watch to school, I’d recommend a regular kids watch.
Are kid smart watches durable?
Yes, the three listed on this site are made from quality materials and won’t break easily.
Are kids smart watches easy to use?
Yes, All the smart watches in this review are easy to navigate for young users. All of them can be used by a 3-4 year old.
In the high tech world that we live in, I think that young children would really enjoy having a smart watch. My daughter really enjoyed trying them out. She told me that she felt cool like her older cousin. After reviewing the watches I find that they are great for preschoolers-2nd or 3rd grade. I think they would be a great Christmas or birthday gift.
Here are some other smart watches available for purchase on Amazon.