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Best Watches for Kids Reviewed in 2019

last updated Mar 11, 2019

One of the best ways to help teach your child how to tell time is by getting them their very own wristwatch. Having a wristwatch can be a wonderful gift because it will be able to teach your child how to use a stop watch, set alarms, and some of the watches on our list even have GPS tracking which can help your child gain some independence.
For children who are just learning how to read a clock some of the watches on our list below come in digital form as well. Many of these watches come with fun characters and styles that will match perfectly to your child’s personality.

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Constructed in the USA

Feature easy to read display with minute markers

Includes second hand

Water resistant up to 30 meters

Boosts cognitive development for long-term benefits

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$19.86
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$59.99
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In depth review top 10
  • Timex Girls Time Machines Pink
  • Disney Kids' Time Teacher
  • Paw Patrol Kids' Digital
  • Timex Purple Floral Fabric Strap
  • Waterproof Swimming Digital Sports
  • VTech Kidizoom DX2
  • Batman Quartz Multi-Color
  • Pokémon Kids' Digital
  • LEGO DC Universe with Superman Minifigure
  • Venhoo Kids Waterproof
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10 Best Watches for Kids Reviewed

1. Timex Girls Time Machines Pink

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95
Timex Girls Time Machines Pink
Design
95
Ease of Use
95
Value
95
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$19.05

Constructed in the USA

Feature easy to read display with minute markers

Includes second hand

Water resistant up to 30 meters

Boosts cognitive development for long-term benefits

Not suitable for swimming, cannot be submerged in water for a period of time

Face size is small, best suited for smaller children

If you are looking for a comfortable, easy to adjust, and analog watch for the little one in your life this is just the one.

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Design

This is a special watch that features an elastic fabric wrist strap with a neat design and can be adjusted to fit their wrist just right. There are 12 different designs to select from making it a great gift idea that can be tailored to their interest.

Ease of Use

Easy to read, made in the USA, and the hands of the watch are marked with a minute hand and an hour hand. The easy to read dial on the watch has both the minute hand and hour hand marked making it easy for the kids to learn to tell time. The rotating second hand is great for timing activities when needed.

Value

Many kids depend on the time display on their phone or tablet, but it is crucial that they also learn how to learn time on an analog watch. There are many long-term benefits of them learning to tell time on an analog watch. The cognitive, hand system interaction and visual are skills that will encourage them to understand more complex concepts as they grow older.

2. Disney Kids' Time Teacher

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93
Disney Kids' Time Teacher
Design
92
Ease of Use
95
Value
92
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$9.99

Rubber linked wristband gives uniqueness.

Labeled hour and minute hands on dial.

Great for playtime and physical activities.

Easy to read analog numbers.

Perfect for Disney movie collections.

The watch is not water resistant.

Numbers on the minutes dial of watch might rub off easily.

For kids who are fans of Lighting McQueen, the CZ1008 Time Teacher from Disney Kids is the perfect gift.

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Design

The strap, made of rubber links, designed to look like the treads of Lightning’s tires while the beautiful 33-millimeter face is emblazoned with Lightning McQueen himself. It features quartz movement which makes for its classis analog display. Now, here’s the thing. The CZ1008 is not water resistant so kids must be taught to take the CZ1008 off if they are going to go anywhere near water, including under the rain.

Ease of Use

The Disney Kids’ Time Teacher Watch is perfect for your child learning to read time. The watch has labeled hour and minute hands on dial to teach your child how to properly read time and the minute numbers (5 min to 60 min) are labeled as well. The analog numbers are easy to read for your child to count as well.

Value

Your child will enjoy the rubber linked wristband that imitates a sports car tires making them feel like they are in the driver’s seat and if your child loves Disney, they’ll love this watch to add to their Disney movie collection. Plus, the rubber wristband is also perfect for playtime and physical activities without concern of the wristband being easily broken or snapped.

3. Paw Patrol Kids' Digital

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.3
Paw Patrol Kids' Digital
Design
90
Ease of Use
95
Value
92
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$9.99

Paw Patrol themed kids watch

Watch display features a 3D character

Comfortable and adjustable strap for a perfect fit

Constructed from kid friendly materials

Teaches responsibility and accountability

Watch is not water resistant

Pin in the watch band can come to lose if pulled on

Digital fun is on the way with this kids watch.

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Design

It features an extra-large design that stands out and is even in 3D. The character Marshall from the show is displayed on the face of the watch and the 3D effect really gives it a cool look. On the red strap of the watch, the Marshall character is also displayed. The watch has been tested in a lab ensuring that it is safe children’s wear and use. Each watch has been constructed with non-hazardous and non-toxic materials.

Ease of use

The adjustable strap makes it easy for them to get on and adjusts for that ‘just right size. The durability and the comfort of this watch will put a smile on a parent’s watch and the large Marshall character smiling back at them when they check the time will keep a smile on any Paw Patrol watching the kid. This watch is best suited for children ages four year old and up.

Value

Wearing a watch is a great way to teach kids responsibility. Responsibility is a valuable characteristic is that child could have. The more they learn as a child the more they will be responsible as an adult. Wearing a watch allows them to establish a sense of time and as they grow older it will help them establish better time management skills.

4. Timex Purple Floral Fabric Strap

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.3
Timex Purple Floral Fabric Strap
Design
90
Ease of Use
95
Value
92
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$19.86

Constructed in the USA

Feature easy to read display with minute markers

Includes second hand

Water resistant up to 30 meters

Boosts cognitive development for long term benefits

Not suitable for swimming, cannot be submerged in water for a period of time

Face size is small, best suited for smaller children

Easy to read, made in the USA, and the hands of the watch are marked with a minute hand and an hour hand.

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Design

There are 12 different designs to select from making it a great gift idea that can be tailored to their interest. The display on the watch has been created with durable acrylic that is crystal clear. It helps protect the analog display. Swimming with the watch on is not recommended, but it is water resistant for splashing around or a brief immersion in water.

Ease of Use

This is a special watch that features an elastic fabric wrist strap with a neat design and can be adjusted to fit their wrist just right. The easy to read dial on the watch has both the minute hand and hour hand marked making it easy for the kids to learn to tell time. The rotating second hand is great for timing activities when needed.

Value

Learning to tell time on an analog watch is a skill that is being lost in this digital world. Many kids depend on the time display on their phone or tablet, but it is crucial that they also learn how to learn time on an analog watch. There are many long term benefits of them learning to tell time on an analog watch. The cognitive, hand system interaction and visual are skills that will encourage them to understand more complex concepts as they grow older.

5. Waterproof Swimming Digital Sports

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.3
Waterproof Swimming Digital Sports
Design
92
Ease of Use
95
Value
90
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$14.99

Easy to use functions

Fashion forward

Indiglo Night light

Has a built in alarm system

The compass is non-functioning; design only.

Not operable (pressing buttons) while submerged underwater.

A durable sports watch with an Indiglo night light for boys and girls ages 5 - 12.

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Design

The Azland watch has a bright LED display, a stopwatch, backlight, a daily alarm, an hourly chime and a day/date calendar. The sleek design makes this a more fashionable sports watch, appropriate for both girls and boys.

Ease of Use

Light and easy to wear, easy to use for play or practical purposes the Azland sports watch is a great night light and alarm complete with a snooze button. Instructions are clear, and all features are easy to set up and use.

Value

The soft rubber band will fit wrists from 4.7”-7” and is available in a variety of fashionable colors. Great for watersports this watch is waterproof to 100’ depths.

6. VTech Kidizoom DX2

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.3
VTech Kidizoom DX2
Design
92
Ease of Use
92
Value
90
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$59.99

Comes with parental control settings

Digital

Durable

Waterproof

some parents noticed their children quickly became bored with the games.

Vtech is a well-known brand for making excellent toys for toddlers.

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Design

This smart watch is perfect for your child trying to learn how to tell time digitally. You’ll also be able to customize it to your child’s liking. It should also be noted that this watch will let your child take pictures and record but there are parental control settings as well.

Ease of Use

This VTech smart watch is waterproof but like most waterproof watches it is recommended that the watch is not used when showering or if it’s fully submerged in water like swimming in a lake or ocean. It does come with motion sensors so that your child can get a bit more excited about physical activity.

Value

It is perfect for your child to feel like they have a “smart watch” just like mom or dad! Having the parental controls will allow parents to also limit the amount of playtime when their child has their watch on so that it can be used as “just a watch”.

7. Batman Quartz Multi-Color

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.7
Batman Quartz Multi-Color
Design
92
Ease of Use
95
Value
85
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$9.99

Great looking

Time teaching

Labeled minute and hour hands

Seconds marked on bezel

No alarms or stopwatch

Not water resistant

DC’s Batman is a traditional kid favorite, and that will probably never change.

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Design

This is a time teaching watch with the iconic yellow and black batman on the dial. The bezel around the crystal shows second markings, too. The Bat is right there on the face to inspire bravery, integrity, and imagination. This is a great looking watch with a band that will fit the wrist of small kids and teens.

Ease of Use

This watch has easy to read numbers and labeled Hour and Minute hands.

Value

The easy to read face and labeled hands allow children to catch on quickly to the skill of telling time. This is not just a plastic toy but a well-made, durable watch, worthy of collecting.

8. Pokémon Kids' Digital

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.7
Pokémon Kids' Digital
Design
92
Ease of Use
85
Value
95
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$9.99

Pokemon character themed watch

Features flashing LCD lights

Includes characters on display and wrist band

Easy to put on adjustable wrist strap

Promotes fine motor skill development

Buttons on the side are confusing and placed to close together

No directions are included for set up

For girls and boys this Pokemon themed watch with flashing LCD display is great for kids young and old.

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Design

It features a digital display that has multiple colored LCD lights that flash. Characters like Pikachu and Ash are displayed on the dial and wrist strap for the perfect flair to the design and kids just love seeing their favorite characters on the watch.

Ease of Use

It is durable, comfortable, and easy to tell time from with the digital display. The flashing lights along with the long lasting battery will keep them telling time for days. This watch is best suited for kids that are over the age of 4 year olds. Pokemon collectors from of all ages will love telling time with this watch.

Value

Wearing a watch teaches kids not only how to tell time, but also boosts fine motor skill development. Putting on the watch it a task that can be difficult at first, but with practice, they will master the skill. The skill set uses both their hands and fingers to manipulate the band and clasp to get it just right.

9. LEGO DC Universe with Superman Minifigure

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90
LEGO DC Universe with Superman Minifigure
Design
90
Ease of Use
90
Value
90
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$14.99

Adjustable

Comes with 2-year warranty

Durable

Easy to read

Vibrant colors

Not digital

If you have a LEGO lover in your house or even a superhero fanatic your child will love this LEGO style superman watch.

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Design

This watch is expandable including 12 links that you can either add to your watch to fit your child's wrist if needed. This watch is recommended for children 6 and older.

Ease of Use

This LEGO watch is water resistant but is recommended that your child does not swim or shower with this watch on. The face out is big and easy enough for your child to read the clock and learn which way the hand goes.

Value

The colors are vibrant and it’s perfect for anyone who loves Lego. It’s long lasting and it’s adjustable so parents won’t have to worry about whether or not if it’s going to be able to fit their child's wrist.

10. Venhoo Kids Waterproof

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.7
Venhoo Kids Waterproof
Design
85
Ease of Use
90
Value
85
best offer for today
$13.99

Waterproof

Helps teach time

Variety of styles to choose from

Shock resistant

Cannot press buttons while in water

Cannot be in water for a lengthy period of time

This Japanese watch is waterproof friendly and comes in a variety of styles to match your child’s personality.

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Design

This kid-friendly watch is shock resistant and will be able to help your child learn to tell time. However, while this watch may be waterproof it is recommended that your child does not go swimming with it regularly as it can have some effect to the battery life.

Ease of Use

This watch is made of environmentally safe materials and passed CE certification. It’s the perfect size for a child’s wrist and rests comfortably. It’s recommended for children 3 & up or for those children just learning to tell time as the face out of the watch is big enough for your child to be able to see.

Value

It’s 100% safe for your child to wear. It’s the perfect gift for your little one who’s just starting out learning how to read a clock!

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Design

Quality materials and good design come together to make a durable product. Active kids can be rough on watches through play and sports and a good watch can take the abuse. High-quality rubber and steel casings are often used for sports watches for girls and boys. It’s important to know that the watchband won’t break or wear out too quickly. Strong watch bands and buckles or good hook and loop velcro are extremely durable closures for a good watch. The crystal needs to be scratch resistant and nearly impossible to break. A good product can withstand shocks and water. Not all of our picks are waterproof, but all are water resistant which means they can take a shower and keep on ticking. Some are designed to withstand short-term immersion and surface swimming and are, therefore, water resistant. The watchband needs to be durable but also kind to a child’s skin. The soft rubber and PU leather in most of these watchbands are non-allergenic and comfortable to wear. If the watch is properly cinched, it shouldn’t pinch, irritate or rub.

The watch itself shouldn’t be so big or heavy that it gets in the way or feels burdensome. Some of our watches would be a better choice for slightly older kids, some more suitable for the very young.

Ease of Use

It’s important that the crystal is scratch resistant so that the watch face remains clear and easy to read. The backlight features help make the numbers stand out more clearly against a lighted background. The backlight feature is more common in the digital than analog watches. It’s important for analog watch dials to have large, easy to read numbers. A good watch should keep time without constant upkeep. It will help get your child used to the idea of being on time. The alarm feature can help kids get up in the morning for school. A good watch can be the beginning of independence and personal responsibility. Backlighting is a cool feature, but it also helps kids keep track of the time in the dark. It also helps mom and dad keep an eye on them as the glow moves around in the backyard.

The calendar can help kids learn the months and the days of the week. It might help them remember what they need to do today or they might just enjoy changing the colors to suit their mood.

Some of these watches are “time teaching” watches for kids that are still learning to tell time. Some of these of watches feature hour and minute hands that are different colors or that have labels making them easier to identify when they are far apart.

Stopwatches are also a useful feature. Kids can use this device during sports and play. They can help an athlete improve their performance or make it easy to compete with others by comparing times.

Most of the watches are waterproof, so they work well for swimmers, and they don’t need to be removed before taking a shower or washing the car. None are technically “diving watches” but most will withstand a shallow snorkeling depth without damage.

Value

We look for products that are well made, durable, easy to read, comfortable, fashionable and useful. Watches with extra features often require a setup which should be simple enough for anyone to do. The watch functions should be easy to use even for children with small hands. We looked for attractive watches that might reflect a variety of personalities and tastes. Some of these products would also be a good start or nice addition to an impressive watch collection. A well-made, attractive watch with useful functions is a good investment if the price is right. While price is no guarantee that things will last, we did consider the cost of a watch before making a recommendation.

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Parents Did You Know

It is better to start your child out with an analog watch because it is easier for them to learn how to tell time. Mainly because a lot of analog watches for children are designed with different coloured hands and numbers

Parents Did You Know

Analog watches can actually help your child learn fractions. In fact, they are also a beneficial tool when your child is learning the phases of the moon in science.

Other Factors to Consider

Style

A watch can reflect a child’s personality and fit in nicely with their interests. Color and shape can make a strong fashion statement for boys and girls, so it's necessary to make a choice that is right for your child.

These watches are attractive in a variety of ways. None of them look cheap or too trendy, but some are more fashion-forward than others. If your child is into the fashion of the moment, there are colorful, sleek designs.

If they’re more into sports they might like something that looks like it’s made for rough activity. There are watches for superhero fans and very small children will like the cartoon characters and colorful. The time teachers are great looking and fun to wear.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: How do I choose a watch for my child?
a:

Start by considering what your child needs in a watch. Very young children who need to learn to tell time will appreciate a “time teaching” watch so select something that will help them learn. Older kids need something that can handle rougher play and strenuous activity. The older they get, the more they enjoy their functions. Pre-teens and teens will appreciate a choice that is in keeping with their interests and style.

q: What’s the difference between an analog and digital watch?
a:

 While manufacturing and appearance are the basic differences the reasons for choosing between analog and digital watches for kids has more to do with function and style than anything else. If kids like the appearance of an analog watch then they’ll likely be drawn to the smaller, less bulky and more fashionable type of watches. While digital watches may have sleek designs, they are often bulkier and come with many more functions. If your child is likely to want a stopwatch and timers then a digital watch is likely to please them more.

q: Why is quartz the most common choice in watches?
a:

Quartz is a common mineral found throughout the world and it’s superb as a tuning device regardless if synthetic or natural quartz is used in the watch. Analog quartz watches and digital quartz watches cover ninety percent of the watch market, can range from inexpensive to very expensive and are the most reliable and accurate watches.

q: What are the benefits of an analog watch?
a:

This is the closest device we have to the original sundial and the idea of the sun’s movement across the sky. Technology and science are easier to learn when children understand how they came about and how they evolved from primitive observations to modern timekeeping devices.

q: What are the benefits of a digital watch?
a:

This is an extremely accurate device. If you need to know exactly what time it is, this is the best option. We can also read this watch at a glance because the exact time is presented numerically right on the watch face. With a digital timepiece, there are no moving parts to wear and slow down.

q: Why is it important for a child to own a watch?
a:

Though most kids use their cell phone to tell time it’s still important to have a wristwatch or wearable timepiece. In most schools, they’re not allowed to have their cell phones on so if they want to be on time or they need to be reminded of the date, they can still have access to this information.

Having a watch can help them develop a sense of independence and responsibility as well. It could be useful for your child to have a watch that can remind them that they have a dentist appointment after lunch and you are waiting to pick them up!

Sources

  1. John P Stevens , What Are the Advantages of an Analogue Watch, Informative Article,
  2. Math Works, Why Every Child Should Wear an Analog Watch, Inforomative Article,
  3. Afternoon Style News, Advantages of a Digital Clock VS Analog Clock, Informative Article,
  4. Thomas Simons , Analog or Digital Clock: Advantages and Disadvantages, Comparison Article,
  5. vnaidoo , Buying child’s first watch is important step to independence, Informative Article,