The kid's smart watch with 5,200 4.5-star reviews: 'Wears it every day'

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Fitness watches for kids
Fitness watches for kids are big these days.

Where has this year gone?

It’s now officially the end of December, which means New Year's is just days away.

If you’ve been struggling to find something to get your kid outdoors in the fresh air these days - we’ve found just the ticket.

Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2, Kids Fitness/Activity Tracker, $89.91 - $184.30

This kids' fitness tracker is one of Amazon’s hottest products at the moment.

It has over 5,500 reviews, with an impressive average of 4.4 out of 5.

The watch comes in various fun designs - Minnie Mouse, Spiderman, Captain America, Star Wars and Disney Princess.

If you recognise the name then, yes, that’s the same Garmin that dominates the smartwatch game.

The same Garmin that use innovative tech to monitor your heart rate, control your Spotify and reorganise your life.

Yeah, that Garmin!

The Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 with a Disney princess design from Amazon


Well, this is the kid version of those watches, and it’s just as epic.

The watch is waterproof, tough and durable, with a battery that lasts up to one year.

The band is adjustable to suit growing bodies and the screen can be customised to display your favourite colour.

Making housework a blast

The Garmin Vivofit Jr offers many features that can be found on a typical smartwatch.

It tracks steps, activity and sleep patterns.

Four children hands in a pile,all wearing their Garmin VivoFit Jr

The watch allows you to set up Toe-to-Toe step challenges that will enable friendly competition between anyone with the Vivofit Jr.

They can compete in timed step challenges, as well as tracking daily steps.

The game-like structure encourages children to prioritise moving regularly.

The watch's operating system is Android, and it can sync with a parent-controlled smartphone app.

Via this app, parents can assign their children daily or weekly chores and set alarms on the watch (alarms can also be arranged for tasks like brushing your teeth and homework!).

Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 with a Spiderman design from Amazon

When the chores are completed, your children will receive a predetermined number of coins that can be used to purchase fun virtual rewards on the app.

You can also earn rewards by reaching your daily step goal or exercising for the recommended 60 minutes per day.

The app follows Minnie Mouse as she plans a surprise party for Mickey and features multiple characters from the Disney world.

What people have to say

“I’m seriously in love with this watch!” said one happy customer.

Another agreed: "Love it! The watch is durable and perfect for small children.”

Others described how the watch helped their child become more active as they strived to win the step challenges.

Close up of girl touching her Garmin VivoFit Jr.

Although not many children have an Amazon account, fortunately, their parents are helping to share their opinions.

One reviewer's child “doesn’t want to take it off! He wears it every day”.

Another's son was "thrilled for his Christmas gift".

Another person noted how the watch created fun activities for the family: “We read and do the app adventures together. Love it”.

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