Best Kids Pedometer Watches in [2020]

Today, many kids spend most of their free time watching TV, playing video games or on their smartphones. Sports and outdoors activities are becoming increasingly rare.

Children, however, like competition. That’s why they get so obsessed with video games. They just can’t stop until they reach the next level. You can use this inner drive of your kids wisely to get them motivated and playfully raise the level of physical activity.

That’s where the Pedometer Watches for Kids come in. They combine electronics with physical activity.

Pedometer Watch: Fitbit Ace 2

6+ years

Garmin Vivofit and Fitbit are competitors in the market for grown-ups. Now both are competing in the pedometer market for kids as well.

The Ace 2 is Fitbit’s second kids pedometer watch and offers the functions of a premium activity tracker.

The Fitbit Ace 2 primarily addresses a serious shortcoming of its predecessor. It is now waterproof and can also be used when swimming, although swimming activities are not recorded. The device has the same water resistance as the Fitbits for adults: Up to 50 meters.

The Fitbit Ace 2 has also become significantly cheaper than the previous model.

Fitbit has also opted for a more entertaining design for the new model, whereby the core tracking functions have largely remained the same.  Some extras have been added such as dials and cheers after goals have been added.

The Fitbit Ace 2 is suitable for children from the age of 6 years.

There is a 3-axis accelerometer sensor on board that records steps and active minutes. It also offers automatic sleep tracking.

Another big plus is the new bracelet, which makes the tracker feel better for small wrists. A new feature of the Ace 2 is a screen bumper that offers an additional protective layer.

The battery life is also pleasant for use in the family: the battery lasts for 4-5 days and can be conveniently charged at the weekend.

With the Fitbit app, parents can monitor their children’s movement and sleep activities. For this purpose, special children’s accounts are set up on the app, which only parents have access to. However, this security feature has the disadvantage that children cannot share their data with each other.

Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2

+ 7 years
One of the bestsellers in this market is the Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2.

The Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 kids pedometer watch is specially designed for children between 7 and 14 years of age.

The second generation of Vivofit contains two important upgrades. First, there is now a color screen, and second, Garmin has teamed up with Disney to deliver a range of colorful designs. The device is now also waterproof.

The great thing about the Vivofit series is that parents and children can interact. The child can use the color touchscreen to call up a clock, display the number of steps in the day and call up the number of active minutes during the day.

Parents can monitor the same information with the Vivofit app on their smartphone. They can also assign tasks that appear on the child’s watch; Brush your teeth! Tidy up your room! Or Go for a walk with the dog! After completing the housework, the child can earn coins. The app is available for iOS and Android.

When the kids reach their daily 60-minute goal, fun facts and a mobile adventure trail will be unlocked. The tracker uses a movement bar to remind children to stay active and even monitors sleep.

The data is synchronized via Bluetooth so that parents can only access the data when they are close to the child.

Kids Finest Pedometer Watch

A new kid on the block ist the Kids Finest Pedometer Watch. It promotes regular exercise and physical activity in a fun way by featuring vibrating reminders for physical activity, silent alarms and notifications.

This step counter for kids is IP67 rated waterproof. It is specifically designed to give parents and children the opportunity to work together by setting goals for physical fitness, sleep hours, and exercise activity.

And, it’s much cheaper than the Premium products from Fitbit nad Garmin.

It fits also small sized wrists, which is a problem with a lot of fitness trackers that are promoted as suitable for kids but are too just large for small wrists.

Use this chart to make sure it fits:

It is a secure and comfortable fit for wrists that measure 5.3-7.3 inches in circumference (13.5-18.5 cm).

iGank T5 Sports Fitness Bracelet

A simple and cheaper version for Kids is the iGank T5 Sports Fitness Bracelet. With this fitness tracker for children there is no need to install an app and synchronized it with your smartphone.

You do not need to worry about data privacy for your kid, the data is just stored on the device, the steps are reset automatically at midnight. It simply counts the steps, calculates the distance and burned calories and acts as a nice watch.

The bracelet is robust enough for children’s activities. The fitness tracker can be easily recharged via a USB Cable. From our perspective the iGank offers the best value in this price range; below 20 US$.

The iGank Fitness Bracelets are available in various colors including a girly pink and a cool blue for the boys

Conclusion

Pedometer watches and step counters for kids are nice stylish electronic gadgets that combine physical activity with electronics. They motivate kids to move more and remind them of their daily activity level.

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money a bracelet like the iGank is a safe choice: You don’t need to worry about data privacy and even if the kids lose it or break it (.. and they eventually will, don’t they) it is not a big deal.

If you want to share data over an app with your kid on a budget: Kids Finest is a good choice

The Premium products Garmin vivofit Jr. 2 and Fitbit Ace 2 on the other hand are more than just step counters, as they also acts as a communication device between parents and their kids. It might however be that the kid feels supervised, so you need to make sure that it’s used in a playful manner.

In terms of data privacy, using a Garmin or Fitbit product is way better than just buying a cheap no name product where you don’t know onto which Chinese server your data is uploaded to.

Garmin and Fitbit are a well known company with decades of experience. A 2016 data privacy test by the German Stiftung Warentest confirmed high standards of data protection in Garmin Vivofit Products.