Motivate your children with an activity tracker for kids.
Table of Contents
It can be hard to motivate your child to move more. Statistics say that more and more kids are increasingly inactive and use a lot of time in front of computers and iPads that are not good for their health. Fitness trackers for adults are selling a lot these days, and more and more people see the advantage of using one. Why not the children too?
It’s smart to begin early and make the young ones aware of how much they move and build healthy habits. Running, jumping and moving with kids is fun!
There are just a few devices for kids on the market today, but there will probably come more very soon. The most interesting one, in my opinion, is the KidFit from X-Doria. X-Doria usually produces smartphone covers and accessories but has also made this gadget for kids.
I’m a gadget freak, and I think it’s a fascinating product for a new market.
Read on to learn more about this product below the picture:
Some children, like my son, have an enormous amount of energy and a device like this suits him great. It’s awesome for him to have his personal gadget to check his activity levels. He knows I use fitness wearables and is constantly asking about them.
- Disney Princess kids fitness tracker with interactive app experience
- Swim-friendly band features a customizable color screen and user-replaceable battery that lasts 1+ year; no recharging needed
- Parents can access chore management and reward tools on the parent-controlled app
- Motivates kids to achieve active minute goals that unlock adventures, games and icons featuring Disney Princesses Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Mulan and Rapunzel
- Estimates steps, sleep and 60 minutes of daily recommended activity
- Reminder alerts and task timer keeps kids on top of chores such as homework, practice time and brushing teeth
Previous Post: How To Select the Best Fitbit Product For You
Features and Design
The KidFit Activity and Sleep Tracker is a low-cost wearable for children from five to thirteen years of age. It is designed as a silicone wristband with ‘one size fits all’ snap band functionality that is easy to put on for kids.
It comes in four different colors that are blue, pink, black and yellow, so I suppose picky children have at least a small variety to choose between. The design fits children very well and looks a bit like a sturdy, serious toy.
The tracker piece itself can be removed from the band for charging with a USB cable.
On top of the unit is a button next to a small display with an LED indicator that change color regarding that it does. When the tracker is recording activity, it lights up green when it syncs it’s blue and when it is red it’s charging.
When the indicator is orange, it means it tracks sleep which is a neat feature for a cheap gadget like this. I reckon it can be used as a ‘how to get my kid to sleep’ tool as well. Say that “Let’s see how much sleep you can do tonight and let the tracker monitor it, and then we’ll check tomorrow morning” – Make it a bit of a competition. The button is used to activate and deactivate sleep mode.
Nice to know:
The band is rated splash proof which means there is no problem with walking in the rain or running through water spray, but it’s not completely watertight so it can’t be submerged in water.
Daily Score to Reach
Instead of splashing out with how many steps you have taken, how many calories you have burned and how far have you walked, for instance, like ordinary trackers, the KidFit has a point system based on goals set individually to accommodate each child. It’s clear that the device tracks steps and distance as a pedometer, but the point scale is easier to understand.
When the point meter reaches a 100 points, the goals for that day is reached, and the kid can get an agreed reward. The goals, points, and other info are viewed and changed in the smartphone or tablet app.
I like the point system since it makes the whole thing easy to understand, and the training is becoming a fun challenge with a reward in the end.
Smartphone and Tablet App
I don’t know any five years old’s that has a smartphone, but children these days are adapting and getting their own smartphones much earlier every year. My point is that since you don’t see the points and numbers directly on the bands display the kid are dependent on watching this on a smartphone that they might need to borrow from their parents.
Using an iPad mini is perhaps a better way of viewing this data for them since kids tend to own those before phones, but then again they can’t run around with the iPad all the time either. Wasn’t one of my points from earlier to take a break from the smart devices and get out and move? 🙂
If the goals are too easy, just adjust them in the app for tougher challenges.
By the way, the KidFit app supports both iOS and Android. And it’s free.
KidFit Product Video
Here is the official commercial from X-doria.
Read my verdict below:
Is this the best activity tracker for kids?
There are just a few activity trackers for kids on the marked available. I bet there will be many more in the future. Among the few trackers, there is, I consider this one the best both in regards to design and enough functionality. There are reports of different problems like that they are uncomfortable to wear and doesn’t charge right, but since it’s a low-cost device for kids that are probably not that serious as we adult are when it comes to these fitness trackers, I don’t think you can expect more.
I guess someone will have to make a top of the class quality tracker for kids soon.
I give it my thumbs up even if the product gets just above three stars rating by customers on Amazon. It’s also a great birthday gift idea for kids at a decent price.
Check out: Top 10 Fitness Trackers
Pros and Cons
What is good and what is not:
|Pros +||Cons –|
Find out where to get this fitness tracker for the best price, below the specification chart:
|Materials||Silicone band, plastic sensor piece|
|Size||One size fits all|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable with USB|
|Colors||Black, Blue, Yellow and Pink|
|Flight of Stairs||-|
|Sleep Duration and Quality||Yes (Simple only hours)|
|24/7 (All day)||Yes|
|Rewards||Yes – point system|
|Silent Vibration Alarm||-|
|Wireless or USB||Wireless|
|Device Compatibility||Android and iOS|
|Mobile App||KidFit App (Free)|
What’s In The Box?
- One KidFit Wristband in chosen color
- Charging Cable
- QuickStart Guide
Where Can I Buy KidFit Activity Tracker For Kids?
US: Purchase this gadget on Amazon.com.
UK: Purchase this gadget on Amazon.co.uk.
If you are in or close to USA click the button to check recent price and additional info. If you are in or close to United Kingdom, click the bottom link.
More Info or Questions
Here are some comments from other buyers on Amazon.
“Fun for the kids – the app could use a little update :)” – By Bethany
“Love this product!” – By Tonya P
“Great birthday gift” -By Carol Richardson
Do you have any questions or comments on my KidFit review, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.
I think this is a superb idea, especially given that we are having an obesity epidemic in the Western economies. It starts when we are kids and I would consider these excellent educational tools. Much more practical than this talk about sugar taxes etc.
I just hope the US’s NSA aren’t hacking into them and monitoring our kids before they even begin to start to think protest. Minority Report on steroids lol
Hi Eoin! Thanks for your comment. Didn´t think of the tracking and monitoring of kids with these. Not possible now, but good point. Maybe that´s the whole point of getting everyone to wear these activity trackers – so the Government can keep track of people. lol. 😉
I just realize that with GPS in these trackers for kids it makes it possible to find them if they are lost.
This looks like a great incentive to get kids moving and hopefully they will get to like moving! This is a reasonable price considering how it could improve your child’s health dramatically and the fact that it measures sleep too seems like many parents worries will be relieved.
Hi Vanessa! I totally agree it´s a good tool for getting kids to move more. I was for some reason more skeptical to put these kind of gadgets on kids, but now I see it as a harmful simple tool that makes playing and moving even more fun.
This looks like a fun device for kids. I know my friend uses their phone a lot with his kid and she is learning how to use technology a lot, though I don’t think she is super active. I’m sure this would be a good incentive for her, and probably the parents as well to do more
Thanks for the comment Vince. Fun is the right word for this activity tracker. It´s not a serious training tool, but only a helpful playmate that will encourage kids to build healthy habits. Kids take new technology very easy these days. My own kids knows more about computers than me, which is a scary thought. 🙂
I just loved your post because I have a little daughter who likes to do any kind of activity, but now I know how to keep track on things 🙂
Thanks and I wish you a good day!
I’m happy that you loved my post. 🙂 I’m sure this is the perfect product for her. It’s cool to see how active some kids are.
What a really cool gadget. Not too expensive either. I think my girls would love to wear something like this and would keep them a bit more active than they already are. They are both very technology curious and only 4 and 5. Also, maybe a good way of keeping an eye on them?
Hi Carl! Thanks for your comment. I’m sure they will love the KidFit activity tracker. Kids nowadays love technology and gadget. Mine does too. :
Where can I find the pin# to attach to bluetooth if we threw out the box by accident?
Hi. Do you mean for the KidFit Activity Tracker or another product? I’m not sure I understand which pin you mean.
This is probably the first time I came across one of these. The kidfit activity tracker looks like a great gadget to use when you want to make sure your kids are active.
Technology have put them in the house and hopefully technology can them out again. The price of $49 is also not that much if you ask me. So many parents can benefit from something like this.
Thanks for your comment. I agree that the price is not very expensive. I suppose some parents think it is a bit controversial to track their children, but in my opinion it is a cool gadget that make the kids aware of how much they move.
An activity tracker can have some good points, although at first I thought the whole idea of having to motivate a child to be active is ridiculous. What child does not want to run around and play sports and games?
You do make a good point though that we now live in a world of less activity, with the computer activity growing daily. For that reason I think an activity tracker is very useful.
Also, I can see the benefits with very elderly. Would these tools be of use in nursing homes?
Thanks for the comment. I agree with your points. 🙂 Activity trackers for elderly people are a tremendous idea. I’m not sure if any nursing home use products like this but they should. It would be a good tool for the motivation of movement.
I am also of the opinion that kidfit is just the best for our kids. Considering the experience my daughter had with it. Its a great companion for them. This article would never be written better than this. Thanks
Appreciate your comment. 🙂 Thanks.