12 Best Watches for Kids in 2017

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One of the best gifts anyone can ever give to someone is a wristwatch. For kids, this will be memorable especially if they get a truly personalized watch for kids complete with their favorite characters, colors, or even patterns. Aside from teaching kids how to read time, watches also provide them the opportunity to create an identity that is uniquely their own. More importantly, kids’ watches can be very useful instruments in teaching our kids about self-discipline and time management. So, if you want to help your child learn to manage his or her time more efficiently, strengthen his or her self-discipline, and discover his or her true identity, then a wristwatch is simply the best gift to give this coming Holiday season.

And if you are on the lookout for the best-looking, kid-inspired, and highly thematic children’s timepieces, then you’ve come to the right place because we have 12 of the hottest, most popular, and top watches for kids this 2016. Before the year officially ends, get your child any one of the timepieces we have in our list and he or she will love you for it, guaranteed!

Top 12 Watches for Kids In 2016 | Review

1Electronic Sports Watch for Boys by Timsty 

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Need an inexpensive yet truly functional, sporty, and ultra-modern wristwatch for your boy? then you need to get him Timsty’s Electronic Sports Watch complete with several features such as an alarm function, a 5-interchangeable color night vision mode display feature, and a week display which should be perfect for letting your boy plan his schedule. It has Japanese quartz movement, a solid stainless steel cover in the back, a strap made of premium polyurethane, and a battery lifespan of 3 years. But what is really great about the Timsty watch is that it can be submerged in water up to 50 meters. It’s not really a diver’s watch but, given its 50-meter water depth limit, it should be great for any active kid out there.

What We Like about It – Its 5-color interchangeable LED night illumination system allows for personalization. Its water-resistance is also a welcome bonus.

2Swimming LED Digital Sports Watch by AZLAND

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If you have kids who love to swim, then you may want to give them AZLAND’s Swimming LED Digital Sports Watch. It’s lightweight and has a very small watch case profile at only 35 millimeters which should help not create drag as your kid is swimming. The AZLAND is fully electronic and while it is water resistant for up to 30 meters, your kid should not be pressing any of the buttons on the watch while submerged. Additionally, when worn even in the shower, the water temperature should not be higher than 86 degrees Fahrenheit or about 30 degrees Celsius.

What We Like about It – The small profile of the AZLAND is remarkable. At the very least this should help minimize drag in the water so your kid can swim more effortlessly.

3My First Outdoors Watch by Timex Kids

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For a more classic take on the traditional analog timepiece for your kids, give them the My First Outdoors timepiece from renowned watchmaker Timex. It’s one of the most ideal gifts you can ever give to children. It features a fast-wrap strap that is made of Velcro. The strap itself can be easily adjusted and washable, too. The analog dial is protected by mineral crystal encased in a highly durable metal casing dutifully brush-finished. It’s also resistant for up to depths of 30 meters. However, this is not designed for swimming and should not be worn if your kid will be staying in water for sufficiently longer periods of time. 

What We Like about It – The fast-wrap strap system is commendable. Even a young kid can effortlessly wear this himself or herself.

4CZ1008 Time Teacher Watch by Disney Kids

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

What We Like about It – It’s a Disney product so it should be great for kids simply because every kid knows Disney as a fun company. This should be great for enhancing your kid’s sense of identity.

5FZN3598 Frozen Anna and Elsa Digital Watch by Disney Kids

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If your little girl has several Frozen merchandise in her cabinet, maybe you can add to that the FZN3598 Frozen Anna and Elsa Digital timepiece. It features a purple band that has snowflake designs. The case is purplish blue with the face of the watch printed with Princesses Elsa and Anna. It should be noted that this is a digital timepiece so your kid will not be learning about how to read time the classic way. It’s a matter of reading the numbers of the time displayed on the LED diplay. It’s also not water-resistant so this should be fully understood before buying this.

What We Like about It – The FZN3598 is great for helping your girl establish her own identity especially if she is a fan of Disney’s Frozen.

6F108WH Water Resistant Digital Watch by Casio

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Ever since Casio has been making its first F-series of digital watches in 1991, the company has never looked back. In fact, the F-series is one of the most enduring variants of digital timepieces. The F108WH follows in this tradition. It features an auto-calendar that has been pre-set for 28 days, a mineral crystal timepiece dial window, measuring modes, LED light, hourly time signal, and daily alarm. It is also water-resistant for up to depths of 50 meters making it great for swimming as well as snorkeling. Here’s the best part: the F108WH has a 7-year lifespan of its battery.

What We Like about It – The battery life is superb. Just what you would expect from a name like Casio. Even though the F-series has been around for more than 2 decades, it is still very popular. This simply validates its quality.

7Kids’ Star Wars Plastic Watch by LEGO

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Want to give your kid a truly unique watch? Then give him or her LEGO’s Kids’ Star Wars Plastic Watch. No, it’s not made of Lego bricks. Although it’s made of plastic, you can be sure it’s of the highest grade of plastic material we have come to know about Lego. The timepiece comes in interchangeable, multi-colored links and bezels which kids will have no trouble mixing and matching to create their own personalized watch. Get Darth Vader, Anakin, Master Yoda, Luke Skywalker, C3PO, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, or Darth Maul and let your kid relive the power of the Force.

What We Like about It – It’s a classic Lego toy in a timepiece. The customizations are simply remarkable as it gives kids the leeway to create their own signature timepieces.

8BAT4177 Batman Kids’ Digital Multi-color Watch by DC Comics

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Is your kid ready to take on the role of the caped crusader or the dark knight? If that’s the case, then get him or her the BAT4177 Batman Kids’ Digital Multi-color wristwatch. It will be the perfect gift for aspiring dark knights. It features a Batman Lasercut logo emblazoned in the face of the timepiece just above the rectangular time display window. The strap is designed like Batman’s utility belt. A word of caution, though. It’s not water resistant.

What We Like about It – It’s the ideal gift for Batman fanatics, both young and old. It may not teach children how to read time the analog way, but it does help in teaching them about time management.

9Digital Watch by Timex Youth

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Timex has always been known as a reliable watchmaker. Its Youth series is also known for its fashionable and preppy designs and styling. The Timex Youth Digital Watch features a fully elastic, camouflage-designed, fabric strap which gives it superb adjustability and washability. It is also water-resistant up to depths of 30 meters although Timex says it should not be immersed in water for significantly longer periods of time. This means it should not be worn when swimming. It also features an indiglo night light.

What We Like about It – Its trendy styling should appeal well to older children and teenagers. This can help enhance their sense of identity.

10SK1144A Kids’ Novelty Cute Flower Shape Digital Watch by OLA-SKMEI

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Designed for very young girls from 2 years of age, the SK1144A Kids’ Novelty digital wristwatch is just adorable. The casing, made of environmentally-friendly ABS plastic, is designed like a flower with the petals gently radiating outward. The colorful wrist band is made of high grade polyurethane. It also comes with a beautiful flower décor that hangs on the watch’s buckle.

What We Like about It – This should be an excellent tool to help introduce the concept of time to very young kids. At the very least, it can also be a great accessory to children’s fashion.

11Analog Watch by Timex Youth

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Available in a variety of color designs like purple with pink stripes, green with blue stripes, and pink and purple, just to name a few, the Analog Watch from Timex’s Youth series is the perfect gift timepiece for your teenage son or daughter. Timex’s analog timepiece is made of highly durable resin case with a fully washable and adjustable elastic fabric wristwatch strap. The watch’s face come in great contrast to allow for easy reading of the time. It’s also water resistant for up to depths of 30 meters. However, Timex says it should not be worn for swimming.

What We Like about It – Timex is known for making quality inexpensive timepieces. The Analog is a wonderful accessory to help teens establish their own unique identity.

12New Cool Kids Teen Wrist Watch by Zeiger

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If you really want a fashionable and identity-building wristwatch for boys and girls, then you would want Zeiger’s New Cool Kids Teen wristwatch. It is made of high-grade resin case complete with a glass dial window. The strap is made of premium silicon rubber. It is water resistant up to 30 meters but should never be used for extended water time. The analog display is moved by Japanese quartz allowing it precision timekeeping.

What We Like about It – The unique Night Sky design of the watch’s face is something that kids will really love especially if they are going to make it as part of their identity.

How We Chose the Top Kiddie Timepieces in Our List

Honestly, this has got to be one of the most challenging selection we have ever have to make. Watches are considered very precious accessories. Some would even classify these as jewelry and a very important addition to anyone’s fashion. There are also timepieces that can readily run in the millions like the $30 million 1827 Breguet Grand Complication Marie Antoinette or even the $25 million Chopard 201 Carat Watch studded with 874 very rare precious diamonds. Of course, we don’t expect you to shell out millions of dollars or even hundreds of dollars on a timepiece for your kids. That is why we have assigned this task to one of our teams of researchers as they have the best understanding of the world’s timepieces.

As always, our researchers focused on the design ingenuity of the watch. It should, first and foremost, allow children to easily and correctly read the time. This can include the illumination of the watch face, the accuracy of the time, and alarm or notification systems as well as other features that make it easier for kids to read and be updated with time. We also had to look at built-in features like shock-proofing and water-proofing or water-resistance technologies, different time modes, and other features we believe your kids will love.

We then correlated our assessment of each of these products with what the consuming public had to say. We had to look for issues that people may have already encountered related to the purchase of the product, its shipping, as well as its intended use. We then had to factor the credibility of the watchmaker to help establish a more definitive picture of the quality workmanship of these timepieces.

So, this is how we came up with our list of the top 12 kids’ watches you can give to your child anytime and not just on special occasions or holidays. We are optimistic that you found our list helpful in making you feel more confident about your choices.

Teaching Your Child the Importance of Time Management

It’s never too early to start teaching your kids about the value of managing their time in a very efficient manner. Kids can readily benefit from time management especially when they already go to school. Later in life, they will be able to use these time management skills to help them in all aspects of their adult life.

In school, classroom instruction is provided in chunks. Children learn things in a progressive manner and not in one massive take. They learn to accomplish or complete their tasks, assignments, home works, and even projects within the allotted period of time.

Children also learn better if their attention span were taken into consideration. For example, studies show that younger children learn a lot better if their learning activities were kept short because they have relatively shorter attention span. Likewise, an older child can already stand longer classroom instruction sessions of about 45 minutes, again because of their improving attention span. As children grow older their attention span also increases. They are now able to listen more attentively in class for much longer periods of time without getting restless or agitated.

The issue, however, is that they don’t know it yet and they cannot associate this concept with time management. It is not part of the curriculum. It is for this reason that we, as their parents, should help them realize this.

How?

The very first thing we have to consider is the tools or instruments we give to our children. These should be of interest to them as what we would like to achieve is for them to increase their attention span. This can be best achieved by giving them toys, books, playthings, and other instruments that are interesting. It can also include providing them with activities that will arouse their natural curiosity. The point however, is to choose instruments that are perfect for our kids’ learning styles. So, if we have children who are kinesthetic learners, then giving them toys and gift items with touch screens will surely appeal to them.

We can also create a room or an area in our homes or even in our kids’ bedroom as a study zone. We then need to organize and design this particular area so that it allows our children to concentrate and focus on what they are studying, reading, writing, or even drawing. You may have to check if your kid wants absolute silence or one with a background music. The point is for us to create an environment where our children can associate with study and learning.

If we have to teach time management, then we need to use the correct tools. Calendars, alarm clocks, timers, wall clocks, and, of course, kiddie wristwatches can all help. For older children, you may want to give daily planners or even school-provided agendas or even a desktop computer-based calendar application which they can synchronize with their mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It is often a lot better to encourage our children to look at the month view so that time appears less abstract.

We then need to help our children make a schedule of their daily activities. For example, how much time do they think should be allotted for studying, playing, and helping with simple chores in the home? With the calendar you provided your child, he or she can then schedule in time blocks of 30 to 90 minutes. You can then teach your child how to use the alarm function of his or her watch so that he or she will become conscious of it.

Time management is inherently tied to self-discipline. In fact, according to a Canadian study, post-secondary school individuals said that, if there’s one thing they could change in the way they lived their lives as school children and high school students, then that would be more self-discipline and a better grasp of time management. We can help our kids learn self-discipline by giving them the responsibility of managing their school activities like home works, assignments, and projects all on their own. We can help them by explaining to them the benefits or advantages of focusing on their tasks instead of following distractions. We may have to let our children get a taste of what it’s like to mismanage their time. For example, if they failed to accomplish their assignment, they will get poor marks for it in school. We can then use this experience as a learning tool for our children.

Perhaps the best way to teach self-discipline and effective time management is modeling these ourselves. This way, we have a better chance of conveying to our kids how important time management and self-discipline are.

The Bottom Line

Teaching our kids to manage their time well can help them do better in school and prepare them for greater things to come. They will need the correct tools for this and one of the best instruments for teaching time management is a wristwatch. It’s convenient, highly mobile, and full of features. And with our list of the top 12 watches for kids, we are confident your kid will have the perfect partner to develop his or her time management skills, enhance his or her self-discipline, and set out on his or her way to productive life as an adult.

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Selina Marie
Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!
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