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Best kids fitness trackers: Fitbit, Garmin and other fun options

We round up the options that will help boys and girls stay on the move

All the big name fitness tracker brands, from Fitbit to Garmin, are turning their attention to getting kids active.

While the features and specs list might differ to the trackers designed for adults, the goal is the same; to keep the user moving and active. That does, however, mean finding more interesting and fun ways to motivate younger ones to count steps and go out and play regularly.

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Tracking giant Fitbit is now preparing to launch its first dedicated tracker for kids, the Fitbit Ace, while the best from the rest are rounded up below.

Got any questions about our selections or fitness trackers designed for kids? Let us know in the comments below.

Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2

Best fitness trackers for kids: Wearables to help keep your children active

Arguably the premier fitness tracker for kids, the second generation Vivofit Jr. 2 is adding help from Disney in order to make counting steps and hitting goals more fun.

How does it do that? Well, when kids hit their goal of 60 minutes of daily activity, they advance in a larger game they're taking part in, which varies depending on which Disney IP you go with.

Parents can also log into the app to keep track of each kid's steps, sleep and activity level. If you want to set reminders for chores, the bands will ring and vibrate and remind the kid what they need to do (for example, a paper and pen signifies homework time). Completing these tasks can earn virtual coins, which can then be redeemed with the adults for agreed-upon rewards.

Essential reading: Garmin Vivofit Jr. 2 guide

There are two sizes to choose from here, a stretchy band intended for children aged four to seven, and an adjustable, buckled equivalent intended for six-year-olds and above. You can choose from three designs, based off Disney, Star Wars and Marvel characters, each coming in two variations.

You also don't need to worry about charging every night, either, with the replaceable battery lasting up to a year, according to Garmin.

$69.99, | Amazon

Fitbit Zip

Fitness trackers for kids: Wearables to keep the little ones active

Fitbit may be in the process of launching the Ace, but kids can also get in on the ground floor with the Zip.

The company indicates that its stable of current trackers are all for use by those aged 13 and above, but the Zip is hardly a complicated experience. And instead of being a wrist-worn device, this is instead a clip-on that will track steps, calories and distance, as well as telling you the time and displaying your active minutes for the day.

There's no sleep tracking or fancy companion app work, but this will still sync to Android and iOS devices to give you a broader look at activity. The Zip also harbours a lengthy six-month battery life, and comes in a number of vibrant colours.

$59.95, | Amazon

Unicef Kid Power Band

Best fitness trackers for kids: Wearables to help keep your children active

Looking to add an extra incentive to the activity tracking, Unicef's Kid Power Band helps provide food packets to children in need around the globe with the more steps your child collects. The more time they spend running around the playground and keeping active, the more food they will send.

But the band goes a little deeper, with completed missions unlocking videos detailing the cultures their activity is helping. A companion app is also available for parents, which provides a look into missions and step monitoring.

There's not the same amount of depth here as other trackers, but it's an initiative worth getting behind. Unicef suggests that you'll need to charge the device roughly once a week, but be aware that it may need more consistent recharging if your child is storming through their activity.

The Power Band comes in five different variations, with three of those being Star Wars limited editions.

$39.99, | Amazon

Nabi Compete

Best fitness trackers for kids: Wearables to help keep your children active

A great option for those with more than one child in the house, the Nabi Compete comes as two bands, encouraging the pair donning them to work as a team in order to reach goals.

These include a distance goal, which can be selected as the equivalent of the Miami boardwalk, and a calorie goal, leading the pair to burn off the intake of food items like a cheeseburger. Doing so consistently will be mean coin rewards, which can then be used to unlock a virtual pet that helps out with challenges.

As with the other options on this list, taking full advantage of the action requires the companion app, and is also a good place for parents to keep an eye on the action. There's no charging required with the bands themselves, but the coin cell battery inside will require replacing after a few months, so keep that in mind.

Nabi is designed for kids aged six and above, with the bands coming in a red or pink style. If you're child is a fan of Hot Wheels or Barbie, there's also special editions up for grabs, too.

$39.99, | Amazon

X-Doria Kidfit

Best fitness trackers for kids: Wearables to help keep your children active

With a design a little different to the more traditional bands on this list, X-Doria's Kidfit is aimed at kids aged 5-13 and, instead of simply tracking the number of steps, operates on its own 0-100 scale.

The daily activity target is customised for each child, with metrics tracked in the background contributing to this overall point total. The device is able to monitor activity, sleep and easily sync across to accompanying iOS or Android smartphones with a push of the button, with parents also able to set goals through the app.

Keep in mind, though, that Kidfit - available in yellow, pink, blue and black - will require charging after around a week of use.

$49.99, | Amazon


Best kids fitness trackers: Activity bands to keep little ones active

As we've mentioned, Fitbit is preparing to officially dive into world of kids tracking with the Fitbit Ace - a tracker for those aged eight and above.

Essentially a smaller, kid-friendly version of the Fitbit Alta HR - but without the heart rate smarts - the Ace tracks your kid's active minutes, steps and sleep time, with all that information then thrown into the parents' companion app for them to view. Interestingly, Fitbit also notes that the device will comply with regulations in place that apply to kids trackers, too.

The device is launching in late May, according to Fitbit, and will be available for $99.99. But if you want an early look at the device and what it offers, check out our hands on with the Fitbit Ace.

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