Fitness trackers aren’t just for adults anymore. There are plenty of options for fitness trackers for kids, but how do you know which one is worth the money? Read on to check out our favorite fitness trackers for kids.
When it comes to fitness trackers for kids, you’ll have a few different considerations than you would if buying for yourself. You want to make sure that each fitness band is fairly hard wearing. After all, your kids probably aren’t too fussed about remembering to take their tracker off before hitting the pool, and they’re likely to knock it about a bit too. You also don’t want anything that needs regular charging because that’s just plain inconvenient.
And, naturally, you want it to be fun so your kids don’t feel like they’re suffering, right? Don’t worry. All these fitness trackers are good for all that. They’re sure to be seen as a fun toy of sorts by your child, rather than a way of you keeping tabs on their activity levels. They might even encourage a few healthier habits along the way too!
Here’s our pick of fitness trackers for kids.
Best For 4-6 Year Olds: LeapFrog LeapBand ($35)
The LeapFrog LeapBand turns active play and healthy eating into a game with virtual rewards tied to it. For each healthy action your child performs, such as jumping, running, wiggling, or dancing, they earn points that they can send on their beloved virtual pet. The LeapBand has 50 active challenges that are perfectly aimed at the younger market such as ‘pounce like a lion’ or ‘wiggle like a worm’, with parents able to set play times so that kids don’t get too carried away.
It’s a bulky looking wristband but thats because of rugged construction (if you’ve ever watched a kid use a LeapFrog toy as an impromptu hammer, you know how durable they build things). On top of all that, it’s water resistant. It also works as an analog or digital watch, so it’s good for teaching your kids how to tell the time.
Best For 6-10 Year Olds: Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 ($80)
The Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 is the kind of fitness tracker that I wish existed when I was a kid. Available in a variety of different guises, including Captain America, Minnie Mouse, Star Wars, and The Avengers, it’s instantly super appealing to kids.
It rewards their good behavior such as when they finish their homework or chores, as well as keeps track of their steps. Once your child meets their 60 minutes of daily recommended activity, they unlock a special themed mission in the companion app, so it’s a pretty neat reward.
Parents can easily set up chores and schedule alerts via the app too. In addition, it comes in a stretchy band option for kids who struggle with clasps, and it’s waterproof like all of Garmin’s other wearables. On top of all that, it rocks a 1-year battery life which completely eliminates charging hassles.