Best watches to get your kid excited about telling the time

We’re keen on teaching our kids to tell the time properly. This is so they know when it’s time to go to school, when it’s time to go to bed, when it’s time to go upstairs and play and let us finish our coffee before it gets cold for once… To do this, a child-friendly timepiece they will be excited to wear is essential. From butterflies to dinosaurs, we have clocked up a tidy selection of watches to get your little one up to speed with all things temporal.

Early learning

Timex Kids Analog Watch

Staff Pick

This classic Timex design reminds us of watches from our childhoods. The easy-to-read dial has fun, colorful numerals on a clean white background. On a practical note, it’s water-resistant, and the adjustable strap is washable.

$16 at Amazon

Welcome to the jungle

LED Camouflage Sport Watch

Brave little explorers will love this camouflaged design. The tough-enough looks are backed up by shock-proof and water-proof credentials. The large LCD lights up at the press of a button for time-telling in the dark.

$15 at Amazon

Time is a myth

Dodosky 3D Unicorn Watch

This pretty timepiece features everyone’s favorite mythical creature — the ever-popular unicorn — in 3D relief. The soft, silicone strap measures just 14mm wide, so it’s perfect for little wrists on kids as young as three.

$12 at Amazon

Little black number

Kids Analog Learning Time Wrist Watch

If your child is a little more high brow than high fashion, this no-nonsense black option might be of interest. With a traditional analog face, it’s lightweight, practical, comfortable, and durable for school and play.

$13 at Amazon

Game on

Ball Game on the Wrist Watch

This adds a fun dimension to wearing a wristwatch with the built-in ball game. The teeny-tiny colorful spheres run around the face of the watch. It has an all-in-one design with a scratch-resistant strap and — handy if it’s a present — comes gift boxed.

$10 at Amazon

Watchasaurus

3D Silicone Dinosaur Watch

Shock-resistant

Everyone loves dinosaurs. Add some pre-historic fun to your little one’s accessories with this colorful option that features friendly 3D dinos on the strap. Available in different color-ways, we like this bold red choice.

$12 at Amazon

Don’t be alarmed

Timex Digital Watch

Stopwatch

Kids will adore this watch’s magical “Indiglo” button below the face that lights up the display so they can tell the time in the dark. Aside from that, there’s a stopwatch, alarm and date and an easily removable elastic strap.

$25 at Amazon

Mice watch

Minnie Mouse Analog Watch

Minnie is an enduring Disney character loved by generations of kids. But what we love about this watch is that it has “HOUR” and “MINUTE” written on the hands to help children differentiate between the different units of time.

$10 at Amazon

Rainbow on your wrist

Colored Lights Kids Watch

You had us at “rainbow,” but this watch is a distinctive timepiece for older children. It has sleek good looks and a clean digital display, but obviously, its big selling point is lighting up that cool, colorful watch face.

$13 at Amazon

Time flies

Dodosky 3D Butterfly Watch

Another 3D option, this has a soft silicone strap embossed with beautiful butterflies. The second hand is a flower icon that ticks round — fun —but also helpful to any child confused about too many hands to read.

$10 at Amazon

The color of time

Timex Analog Black Watch

There’s just something funky about this Timex that brings out the kid in us. Relatively grown-up looking, it brings a splash of color with the fun numerals. The durable resin case and washable nylon strap take care of the practicalities.

$30 at Amazon

Sprinkles with that?

Watchitude Slap Watch

One size fits all

Finally, it’s not exactly a Rolex, but just a fun, casual design that kids will enjoy playing with. This has a “slap band” action that wraps the flexible strap around a wrist, adjusting to fit any size.

$22 at Amazon

Time’s up…

Any of these watches will help your child learn how to tell the time, but if you want to give them an extra boost in that department, the official Disney Minnie Mouse watch with units on the hands will help the hours and minutes message sink in.

Learning how to tell the time on a digital interface is just as crucial as analog time-telling. And the camouflaged-themed LED sport watch offers a large, clear display which your kid should find easy to read.

We’re going old school with our most recommended option though. The blue and red Timex kid’s watch is a timeless option that thousands of children have learned how to tell the time on. Why not consider carrying on the tradition for another generation?

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