Kids are constantly learning, whether they’re in school, at home, playing sports, or enjoying their screen time. (Limited screen time, we should say.) One new skill they’ve been learning over the past several weeks and months is how to wash their hands properly.
When a child washes his or her hands, it’s often a full contact sport. Water and soap foam go everywhere. Pair that with all of the sprinkler and water table activity they’re doing in the yard now that it’s finally summer, and watches are usually NOT allowed. Unless, that is, your kid’s watch is waterproof— as they all probably should be. At a minimum, these watches are resistant to hand washing and water balloons. Some of these waterproof watches are even tough enough for running through sprinklers and swimming in the kiddie pool. There are many colors and styles of these youth waterproof sport watches, as well as a mix of digital and analog watches (… even if the kids can’t read an analog watch).
Something we should mention: Quite a few of these waterproof watches for swimming for kids specifically tell you not to press any of the buttons while the watch is underwater, or the watch could fail. F***ing great design. Tell a kid not to do something, and you have a 99.9% chance of having the kid do it within 13 seconds. Hell, there’s even a popular kids book called Don’t Push the Button. (Spoiler alert: The kid pushes the button in the end. Hugely surprising twist.)
We see this as a great opportunity to help the kids learn about time AND about self control. Heck, it might even work better here than it works for screen time. (What possesses a kid to use up all of his or her screen time for the day by 9:15 a.m. and spend the next 12 hours begging for more screen time? Just one of life’s mysteries.)
One problem with picking youth waterproof sport watches is that the average kid is likely to change his or her mind regarding favorite styles and colors every few days. The AXSPT waterproof watch for swimming solves this problem by allowing kids to change the background LED color of the watch face. With seven choices, matching the kid’s mood is easier than ever.
There are also great color combos available. We love the bright orange, green, pink and yellow. If your kid likes a chunky style watch, this one fits, using a 36mm watch face diameter and a 16mm band width.
As a waterproof watch for kids, this model is made for playing in the water, as it maintains its water protection to a depth of 50 meters (about 160 feet). It’ll remain safe during hand washing, bathing, or showering too.
It has a stopwatch function, a day of the week calendar, and shock resistance properties. It even has an alarm clock, so maybe the kid will remember to come to dinner on time. Of course, then the kid would have to remember to set the alarm. We know, we know. It’s asking a lot.
It can be tough to convince kids that they need to learn certain things for their own good. Why should a kid learn how to add, subtract, and multiply by hand when they can use a smartphone or calculator to do the work for them?
In fact, thanks to smartphones, it’s tough to convince kids to learn things like how to tell time on an analog clock. The digital clock on the smartphone takes care of that. (Want to piss the kid off? Download an analog clock app for the smartphone and lock out any other changes.)
Good news: This waterproof watch for kids is made to help them learn how to tell time. The hour and minute hands on the watch face have text labels on them. The face has numbers printed around the outside to help kids figure out how many minutes it is past the hour or until the next hour.
Little kids will like the style options with this round 29mm diameter watch face, as it comes in bright colorful combinations. The 16mm fabric watch band comes in great colors and prints, too, including flowers, panda bears, and teddy bears. There’s even a llama-corn!
A waterproof watch for swimming can encourage kids to go out and exercise. Even though this watch is made for use in the water, kids may also use it for timing themselves while riding bikes or running, thanks to the stopwatch feature.
Versus some kids smart watch options, this SOKY model is pretty easy to use, as it doesn’t have quite as many buttons as some others. (Depending on how much your kid likes tech-y stuff, only having four buttons may be good or bad.)
This kids watch face has both a digital time listed and an analog interface with minute and hour hands, so kids can learn about both ways to tell time. (We’re guessing they’ll stick with the digital readout, or, worse yet, say they’re looking at the analog face but cheating and reading the digital readout. Sigh. At least you can say you tried to convince them that learning how to tell time with an analog watch is important.)
It’s a chunky style watch with a 36mm diameter face and a 16mm wide band. It’s primarily black, but you can choose a bold blue or yellow accent color.
For the older kid who’s looking for a kids smart watch that’s styled a little more like an adult watch, this fitness tracking kids waterproof Fitbit style watch is a nice selection. It has a narrow, rectangular watch face, so it’ll help youngsters feel more grown up. The matte, sleek colors are stylish, too.
It tracks a host of different types of activities, including running, dancing, yoga, and bike riding. This is one of the kids watches with GPS, which helps with workout tracking.
We’d say this is for “older” kids, who are experienced with using a smartphone to pair it with, but we’re pretty sure your 7-year-old has already helped pair mom/dad’s fitness watches, so this will be old hat to them.
Even though this watch claims to be waterproof, it is not made for use while swimming or showering. We’d call it more sweat-proof than waterproof. Gross, but handy.
Some kids can’t resist anything with a camouflage pattern on it (some grown-ups, too). Hats, shirts, shorts, pants, socks, and shoes— you get it.
This waterproof watch for kids comes in a green or dark blue camo print (as well as some great brights).
This is a chunky, solid, waterproof watch for swimming, measuring 37mm in the watch face diameter and 17mm wide in the band. It will operate in up to 50 meters of water depth.
The watch uses a digital time display, rather than using an analog timer. It also shows the time in the dark, so it’s perfect for those backyard camping nights where the kid begs to sleep in the tent until dawn and then ends up asking mom or dad every 30 minutes what time it is. With this bright watch face, the kid can figure out what time it is all on his or her own. Then you’ll only be awakened so the kid can ask how long it is until the sun comes up.
Little kids can be notoriously hard on … well, everything. So if you’re going to buy waterproof watches for kids, you better make sure you find one that’s going to resist whatever the kid will throw at it, including water.
This Turf Life watch is made for use around water, as it’s a waterproof watch for swimming or bathing that’s usable in a water depth up to 99 feet. Additionally, it has pressure resistant glass in the watch face, as well as resistance to various shocks for when the kid bangs the watch into rocks, trees, and every other hard object in a 1,000-foot radius of your home.
The watch band is soft and flexible, consisting of silicone and decorated with little 3D dinosaurs, which will appeal to toddlers and other young children. If your kid isn’t into dinosaurs, there are other characters available such as ladybugs, butterflies and race cars.
It’s a small watch, making it ideal for toddlers, as it has a 27mm diameter watch face and a 14mm wide band. And if the child loses the watch at some point you won’t have to cry about having spent too much money on their first watch.
Sometimes, a kids smart watch with waterproof capabilities may be more than you need. After all, having a whole bunch of data on the screen is overkill for the average kid. Does a kid living on the West Coast actually need to know what time it is in New York City or London? Of course not. That’s just an invitation for the kid to wake you up at 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday because it’s lunch time in London, so he wants a f***ing PB&J. No thanks.
This Timex sport watch for boys and girls gives you an uncluttered screen, so the kid can see what time it is where you live, and that’s it. (Now we’re not going to guarantee the kid won’t wake you up at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday anyway, but there’s always hope.)
The best part of this waterproof watch for kids is the 17mm wide soft black band with flames all over it, which kids will love. The 34mm diameter watch face has a few buttons to handle things like the alarm and a stopwatch feature.
The watch is water resistant for splashing or use in the rain, but it is not recommended for swimming or bathing.
If your idea of the best waterproof watches for kids involves fun colors, this CakCity watch fits the bill. It has multiple colors of 14mm wide bands available, including pink, light blue, dark blue, and purple. The 33mm diameter watch face has blues, reds, purples, and greens, including different colors in the hour and minute hands.
This kids waterproof watch for swimming is perfect for helping kids learn how to tell time on an analog watch face. It has clearly marked numbers all the way around the dial. There’s an outer dial marked with numbers up to 60 that the child can rotate. This is a cool feature, helping the kid figure out things like what time will it be in 20 minutes.
This waterproof watch for swimming is safe to use for brief immersion in water, but it should not be used for diving. It’s OK to use the watch while washing hands. And these days, there’s no point in buying a watch that can’t stand up to splashes from hand washing.
If you’re looking for less tech-y type of toys for the kids, check out our toy guides and find plenty of ideas for gift giving or because they’re actually behaving for a change.