The Best Pedometers for Kids - Guide and Review
There are many important lessons that we need to teach our kids. From how to tie their shoes to what types of food they should eat to maintain a healthy diet to the importance of exercise.
By instilling in your child at a young age the importance of staying active throughout the day, they will take it with them throughout their life. The easiest way to show them how active they are is to do just that, show them.
The following are some of the best pedometers for kids to get started tracking their movements:
1. IPRO TW64 Werable Smartwatch Activity Fitness Tracker for Kids
The price point of this product makes it the perfect first fitness tracker for your child, one of the main downsides is that certain features are only supported by Android.
This wearable activity fitness tracker will count steps — ultimately tracking distance measured, track sleep, tell you the time and you can set reminders to drink water, take medicine or other types of messages.
While this device is considered life proof, this activity tracker is not waterproof. It is, however compatible with Apple devices that are running IOS6.1 and above and Android OS 4.3 and above and comes in a variety of colors that will not fade.
The band is made up of polymer composite materials that makes it lightweight on your wrist and makes it highly damage resistant.
The app seems rather straightforward and easy to use for a kid, which makes this a great health companion to help show your child how active they are by tracking their steps and activity levels, as well as giving them a way to track their calories and water consumption.
- Smart reminders - drink water, wake up alarms and more
- Light weight and durable
- Works with both Apple and Android devices
- Standby time with normal use is up to a week
2. ELEGIANT Wireless Fitness Pedometer Tracker
This fitness tracker comes in three colors and is super lightweight, which makes it perfect for all day wear.
The display shows the battery level, the Bluetooth connectivity and time, but with one click it will display the number of steps taken.
As with many activity trackers, it is not entirely accurate and will potentially lose Bluetooth connections periodically, if your child is just using this device to track their steps this will be perfect for them.
Even though it is not entirely accurate this fitness tracker is not easily tricked by the wearer simply moving their arm around. The packaging is extremely simple.
The tracker comes in a small plain looking packaging with directions that are not exactly the clearest, but you can learn quickly by simply using the product. This device is a great reminder that the wearer is working towards walking 10,000 steps each day and vibrates once the target steps have been achieved.
The device itself is a USB, allowing for easy charging or easy data transfer, if you need to take the information off your device that way.
- Made mostly of silicone
- Battery lasts about a week with normal wear
- Charges in about 30 minutes
- Pairs easily via Bluetooth to Apple and Android devices
- Notifications displayed — i.e. text messages, incoming calls and others
3. Happy Hours® 3D LED USB Digital Unisex Sports Bracelet
With a built-in 3D acceleration sensor, which has high sensitivity to movement, this sport bracelet works as a more accurate pedometer.
Coming in bright colors — red, orange, green, blue, black and white— this is great for a younger kid.
Something unique about this product is that it features a “plug and play” feature, meaning that you have to plug it into a computer to download the collected data. While you are taking the data off your device and putting it on your computer, it will be charging at the same time.
This sports bracelet comes from China, meaning that if you need something right away you should probably look elsewhere.
If you are not in a huge rush to get the product, this price point makes it the perfect thing to give to a child to teach them about the number of steps they are taking each day as well as the distance they have gone.
- Tracks steps, distance and calories burned
- Auto sets time and date based on the computer it is synced with
- Lightweight and comes in a bunch of bright colors
- Plug and play technology - must connect to a computer to get the data
4. OZO Fitness Pedometer SC1
This fitness pedometer is perfect for the kid who does not like having something constantly around their wrist.
This device clips onto your waist and is designed to be used both indoors and outdoors.
Unlike many pedometers used today, it does not have an app that goes along with it to track your progress on a smartphone, but don’t let that deter you. This feature makes it the perfect fit for your child, as it takes away the need to have a smartphone to constantly track the progress they are making.
The buttons on this pedometer are recessed on the back of the device which helps to prevent accidental resets. The small size of this device makes it less intrusive and the full screen display makes it super user friendly.
However, the device does feature an auto-off function and will not turn back on if you take less than 10 steps.
The build-in clock and seven day recall memory help to record steps and daily walking time for up to a week at a time. In the box you will find the pedometer with build-in spring coil action belt clip, a battery and a user manual.
- Clips onto your waist
- Compact size and full screen display
- 7-day recall memory
- Auto-off and low battery warnings
5. Garmin vívofit Fitness Band
The Garmin vivofit Fitness Band will actually tell you when you are being inactive.
Motivating you to be active throughout the day by displaying a red “move” bar after an hour of inactivity and adding additional segments for every 15 minutes of inactivity after.
This water resistant device is perfect for a kid who likes running around outside even while it is raining. Another major plus is that you do not need to worry about changing the battery, as it will stay on for more than a year without dying.
Through the use of Garmin Connect™ you can save, plan and track your goals and progress. It also pairs with other great Garmin products like their heart rate monitor.
This fitness tracker learns about your activity level and what you will need to do to achieve your goals.Ultimately, the vivofit makes it easier to create lifelong habits by helping you set achievable goals.
- Long battery life — stays on for more than a year without having to change the battery
- Stylish and comfortable to wear 24/7
- Motivates you to be active through the use of the red bar
- Tracks steps, distance, calories and sleep
- Personalized goals
If your child is just starting to track their activity levels, I would suggest going with the OZO Fitness Pedometer SC1. It is the most simple out of all of the options and takes away the need for them to be on another electronic device for more time.
It tracks all of the necessary information without all of the extra features. If your child is past their first pedometer, I would suggest the Garmin vívofit Fitness Band because of it’s ability to learn and create individualized goals.
Really it all comes down to teaching your child the importance of being active and what they need to do to achieve their exercise goals.