You’re probably tired of your children filling up your device with apps, calling and texting all the contacts in your phone, and hogging your device it when you need it. Maybe it’s time to get them something of their own. What are the best tablets for kids?
There’s a lot of good options, the best for you depends on your child’s age, how much control you want, and how much you’re willing to pay.
Amazon Tablets for Kids
Kindle tablets are great because you can get a little more bang for your buck (Amazon is eager to get you on their ecosystem). If you’re willing to pay a bit more for more features and a nice case then you can’t go wrong with the Fire 7 Kids Edition, Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, Fire HD 10 Kids Edition. If you want to save even a bit of money, look into the Fire 7 Tablet, even cheaper if you don’t mind the “special offers” (ads).
The Kids Edition tablets included 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited that gives your kids access to tons of popular apps, games, videos, books, Audible books (soon?), and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more.
By default Kindle tablets only have access to the Amazon app store, but it’s actually pretty easy to get Google Play store set up too so you can access a much greater selection of apps.
Amazon Parental Controls
Kids Edition tablets have parental controls which allow parents to personalize screen time limits, set educational goals, filter content, and manage web and content usage. You can set parental controls on the device or online through the Amazon Parent Dashboard.
While it’s not as feature-full you can also set up some level of parental controls with any Kindle, which helps prevent certain things like accidental purchases or browser usage.
iPads for Kids
iPads can be great but also quite expensive. You may want to save one of these for your older kids or teenagers, because at the typical price points they may be a bit pricey to let your youngest children lug around and accidentally break.
But if you’re an Apple fanboy or maybe you just got an old one lying around, iPads can be a great choice for kids and have a variety of great apps to pick from.
LeapFrog has bunch of tablet and devices made specifically for kids and early learning. They are great, though you may find your self wishing there was a greater selection of games for your kids to play (though the ones they do have are pretty fun and decent quality). With a bit of googling you may be able to find ways of adding the Amazon app store or Google Play store, depending on the device.
When it comes to the best tablets for kids, another good option to save even more would be to buy a used or refurbished tablet. You take the chance of it having more issues out of the box though so it’s important to make it includes a decent return policy.
A case is must with getting a tablet for your child is a case because it’s important to protect it from the inevitable drops, bumps, and knocks. This is a must if you’re opting for the cheaper Kindle Fire 7. A small investment in a case can greatly increase the life of the tablet, especially in the hands of our rough, dirty, and cute 😉, little monsters.
Paperless Notepad Tablets
Is a full featured heavy duty tablet overkill for your needs? Check out these nifty erasable notepads tablets, kids love to doodle on them and they act like mini whiteboards. They’re great especially when on the go and you don’t want to lug around or waste a bunch of paper. They don’t have any apps or software but they sure are a lot of fun and are great teaching tools!
Don’t forget to go outside!
After you find the best tablet for your kids it might be hard to convince them (and yourself… let’s be honest here) when it’s time to stop. Learning how to use technology is a necessity these days but the world out there is exciting, so don’t let it pass you by!