Kids’ watches are one of the most important accessories for the younger years. They offer littlies greater independence and they play a big part in getting those organisational skills on track – which is great news for parents!
Whether your child is still grasping the difference between the minute and hour hands, or telling time like a little pro, there are feature-packed kids’ watches out there for every age, stage and budget.
What to consider when buying a kids watch
Not sure where to start when choosing a watch for your little one? These points will help you narrow down what features to look for:
Clear labelling: The dials of many great kids’ watches have clearly marked hands, hours and minutes, and this can go a long way in helping children to distinguish areas of the watch face and grasp time-telling faster.
Water-resistance: When it comes to young kids, splashes happen – and happen! Whether they forget to take it off before leaping into the kiddie pool or find themselves caught in a downpour, water-resistance offers kids and parents peace of mind and could extend the life of the watch.
Analogue or digital: Digital watch faces are typically suited to older kids who are already familiar with reading the time and just prefer to do things digitally. Analogue watches are excellent for learners because they display the process of time more visually and help younger kids better understand concepts like ‘quarter’ and ‘half’.
11 kids’ watches for the learning stage and beyond
To help you find the perfect kids watch for your little timekeeper, we’ve scouted out 11 winners. In no particular order, here they are:
Marlee Watch Co.
Whimsical watches that capture the hearts of little clock-watchers, they’ll be taken on a magical dream whenever they gaze at their timepiece. Sunflowers, mermaids, rainbows or adventure on the high seas await with custom artwork designed just for these beautiful watches.
Because for some kids (uh-hem, and adults), glitter is life. The sparkly watch straps on these classic kids’ watches add the perfect amount of pizzazz to outfits, whether it’s everyday attire or a very best dress.
Swiss-made and bursting with colour, these are some of the most fun kid-cessories around and they come with all the features you’d expect in fab kids’ watch. They’re shock-resistant, water-resistant and the wristband can be personalised with up to 15 characters.
This timeless classic is going to make a fab gift for the child who likes to step out in style. It has a soft silicone strap for ultimate comfort, clear numerals and subtle branding. There are ten styles in the range, from single colours to fun prints. The only problem is choosing!
Cactus combines functionality with oodles of style in these colourful digital watches. Features include an alarm, stopwatch and handy backlight for when it’s way past bedtime. They’re also water-resistant up to 100 metres.
Why stop at just a name? These super-soft rubber watches can be personalised with up to five lines of text. Subtle learning elements will help kids continue to improve on their time telling, while fab themes add a good dose of fun.
EasyRead Time Teacher
These kids’ learning watches are absolutely packed with features to help littlies learn to read the time sooner, and it comes as no surprise that this brand has scooped up a bunch of awards over recent years. Recommended for kids as young as four years, they can withstand splashes and have washable straps. This is one of the few learning watches around that has every single minute labelled.
They’re crazy-cute, compact and designed especially for little wrists. These fashion-forward kids’ watches are crafted from soft coloured silicone to be super comfy to wear. Numerals are presented in bold colours for ease of distinguishing and they are resistant to water up to ten metres.
Known as the little sisters to world-famous G-Shock watches, these unmissable accessories come packing tonnes of features and a whole lot of style. While technically developed for women, their smaller and lighter build makes them ideal for kids – and there are more than a few magnificent styles to choose from.
These high-quality kids’ Quartz analogue watches come with sleek, timeless, single-coloured bands and they’re definitely leaders in the style stakes. With a long-life battery and subtle learning elements, these are watches that will see the kids through many-a-year.
If it’s water sports the kid’s love, this watch is the perfect fit. It’s water-resistant to 100 metres and built tough enough to handle the most active of lifestyles. Features include dual time display, night vision, an alarm and handy hydro pushers for underwater use. How cool!
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