Today’s children have a lot of things to keep them occupied. But the trouble is, most of these things do not promote an active lifestyle. Video games are immersive and fun but they are played sitting down, and smartphones and tablets are good for nothing but thumb exercise.
Indeed, going outdoors and being active seems novel to many children today. But what if you, as a parent, could make physical activity as fun as a video game? And what if you could get your child to be more active and actually enjoy it?
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Well, that’s the aim of the game with kid’s fitness trackers. Below, we have created for you a list of the top 10 kid’s fitness trackers in [year]. So let’s begin:
Best Fitness Trackers For Kids – Ultimate List
Nabi Compete Band
The Nabi Band Compete is sold in pairs and it promotes cross-training with friends and family. You can take on other people in a variety of fun challenges and children can use teamwork to reach adult-like fitness goals, such as running a marathon.
The device itself is made from silicone and it is available in a variety of colors. It doesn’t need charging because it runs off a regular watch battery which is user-replaceable and lasts 3 months at a time.
At just $8, the Nabi is a fun device that can help encourage everyone in the family to be more fit.
The LeapFrog LeapBand is the chunkiest fitness tracker on our list but it’s also one of the most feature-packed. It goes beyond regular fitness tracking to offer up a virtual pet, which children can play with and nurture.
The device itself is a bit like a Tamagotchi on a strap. It’s designed for ages 4-7 years and it is incredibly simple to use. The device has physical buttons with audio instructions to help pre-readers and it has sensors built into track steps are taken.
By taking part in activities, children can earn rewards which they can spend on their virtual pet. Activities include muscle and bone-strengthening activities and cardiovascular activities (all of which have been approved clinically).
Out of the box, the LeapBand offers 10 games with 40 more games which can be unlocked as the wearer progresses. Kids also unlock more pets and the activities are great fun. Add all of this together, and you have one heck of a kid’s fitness tracker. It’s also fairly cheap to buy at under $25.00.
UNICEF Kid Power Band
The UNICEF Kid Power Band is UNICEF’s first-ever foray into hardware – but it’s a lot more than something to simply promote the charity. With it, children can help poorer and less fortunate children around the world.
Here’s how it works: Parents can purchase ‘missions’ which are like levels in a video game. For each mission a child completes, a parcel of food for undernourished kids is created in other parts of the world.
The missions cost around $4 each and they can only be purchased on the primary account holder’s smartphone. And when your child isn’t helping to feed other children, the fitness band will track the wearer’s steps and activity levels.
To date, there are over 134,000 Kid Power team members which speak volumes for how successful the Kid Power Band has been. The device itself costs roughly $20 and $10 of that goes directly to UNICEF.
Garmin Vivofit Jr 2
The Vivofit Jr 2 is aimed at children aged 4 to 9. It has a swim-friendly design and is available in a range of fun colorways. It boasts a 1-year battery life, which is way beyond what any other kid’s fitness tracker on the market can currently muster.
The Vivofit Jr app – which comes with the device for free – allows parents to keep track of their child’s activity, sleep, and more from the comfort of their smartphone or tablet computer.
Another interesting feature of the Vivofit Jr is Rewards; parents can create, set, and customize specific rewards from within the app, which children unlock by completing daily activities and earning coins. It is up to the parent how many coins it takes to unlock a reward.
Rewards can include movie nights, pocket money, games, and more, and children can easily check their piggy bank right on their wristband. This is a fun and engaging way for children to earn things, and it teaches them the value of hard work and dedication.
Parents can download the Vivofit Jr app and keep track of their child’s activity. From the app, you also have full control over what features your child can access and you can also add individual profiles to the app, so keeping track of more than one child is made easy.
The Fitbit Zip is a great fitness tracker with a user-friendly design and playful interface, especially since it is one of the cheapest entry-points to the Fitbit brand.
One of the key advantages to this over other Fitbit devices is that it runs on a coin-cell battery, so it never needs charging. The Fitbit companion app is available on Android and iOS, and the Zip offers full fitness tracking functionality with the ability to set goals and daily targets.
You can also enter the Fitbit ecosystem, to see how your activity compares to friends and family.
You can get your hands on a Fitbit Zip now in three colors: Charcoal, Midnight Blue and Magenta.
Wrapping Up The Best Fitness Tracker for Kids
All in all, the options on this list offer their unique value and features – and what you choose to purchase depends on your needs.
If you want an inexpensive fitness tracker for your kid, the Nabi and the LeapBand are both really good options. On the other hand, if you have a bigger budget to splurge on, you will get your money’s worth with the Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 and the Fitbit Zip.
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