Parents know the incessant whine as a child begs to use the family tablet. Parents also know little hands will immediately drop electronic devices, spill things or otherwise wreak havoc the second their fingers touch the screen. Even if you happen to have an extra tablet for Junior, you’ll want to invest in a case that keeps the kids entertained and protects the tablet from certain destruction. Here is our list of top kid-friendly cases that should offer you some peace of mind.
Available in red, purple or yellow, the Speck iGuy is made of flexible EVA foam that protects your iPad Air against drops and other impacts. He stands at attention on his chubby little legs, and his arms make squishy handles. Plus, he's super cute.
Made of heavy duty, dense EVA foam, the HDE Kids iPad mini Case is ready for your baby's fists of fury. The grip handles are perfect for little hands, or mom and dad. Also, the kickstand means you can prop the tablet up for hands-free use.
It's a stuffed animal AND a tablet stand, what more could your child possibly ask for? The Tabbeez stands up for hands-free tablet use, which will help prevent aching little arms from simply dropping the tablet. It can also be comfortably held in a lap for car trips. It will hold most all 8- or 10-inch tablets.
Your little cherub deserves the very best, including an angel-shaped iPad mini case. The RoboArmor is made from impact-resistant polycarbonate that's reinforced with shock absorbing silicone on the corners. The raised screen protects the screen, and the cut-outs maintain access to all the ports, speaker grills and buttons.
Fisher-Price, known for high-quality educational toys, is ready to put your iPad mini to work as a learning tool. It works with regular apps, but you can also download the Create & Learn app to teach Junior all sorts of stuff, including how to write the alphabet using the attached stylus. The clear protective screen keeps the tablet free from scratches while a pop-out arm holds the slate in horizontal orientation. You can choose from blue or pink designs.
Mini conductor's in training (get it?) will get a real kick out of this train-shaped Xodo case for the iPad mini (1, 2 or 3). It's constructed of impact-resistant plastic with a silicone inner sleeve that absorbs the shocks of bumps. The pop-out stand can also double as a handle, while the raised bezel protects the screen from face-down drops. There are big cut-outs for the buttons, controls and camera.
What kid (and what adult, really?) doesn’t love legos, the interlocking blocks that let you create structures, creatures and all kinds of other imaginative things? Made by Belkin, the Lego Builder Case for the iPad mini (1, 2 or 3) protects the tablet from bumps and bruises. Plus, it has an official blue LEGO backplate your child can use to build cool things. Choose from yellow, red or green shells.
For younger kids, animal prints tend to be a big hit. Griffin’s KaZoo case for iPad mini (1, 2 or 3) transforms a tablet into a giraffe or a panda. The KaZoo case has wide feet that let the case stand up on its own to make watching videos easy. This stance also gives a slight angle when laying down so that it’s easy for your child to draw or interact with on-screen content. A matching stylus, sold separately, fits neatly into a hole at the bottom of the feet so your child doesn’t lose it while playing.
Fire trucks are a hit with boys and girls alike, so why not make a tablet case that looks like a fire truck from behind? That’s what Incipio did with its fire truck case for the Fire HD tablet, which is made of high density silicone that will offer basic protection against bumps and drops. With the Firetruck case, your child may just play with the back of the tablet more than they do the front.
If you decide not to opt for the Fire HD 6 or 7 Kids Edition tablets, but still want to share the new family tablet with the younger members, opt for Amazon's own FreeTime Kid-Proof Case. It's designed with little hands in mind, and is made of a durable silicone for protection from bumps and bruises.
Cute cases are great, but you also need protection. The Big Bang case from Logitech maintains a kid-friendly weight and a slim design but still offers impact protection from falls from up to 4.6 feet. That's thanks to the shock-absorbent material that lines the edges and the screen cover. It's helpful that the liner, which activates the iPad Air's sleep/wake function, is wipable for the inevitable spill.