The 7 Best Tablets for Kids

Enhance your kids' screen time with a tablet designed just for them. With kid-friendly apps, safe web browsing and protective cases, these tablets are ready for your youngest and oldest.

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July 29, 2021

Tablets are fun for kids — loaded up with games, movies and their favorite shows — and they're also a great source for educational advancement with apps that hone their reading and STEM skills and give them research capabilities for school projects, as well as imaginative programs for creating art. When purchasing a tablet for your child, here are a few items to keep in mind.

The Cost

One of the biggest elements to take into consideration when buying a tablet for kids is the price tag. We have tablets that range from $80-$200 on our list with a $27 model for your littlest ones. Depending on if you need a tablet simply for entertainment and basic learning skills or one where they can work on projects and papers, the cost increases with processer, storage and screen size.

The Durability

Often, tablets that are designed specifically for kids come with bumper cases to help protect against accidental drops, and even if the tablet you buy doesn't automatically come with a case, we'd highly recommend investing in one.

The Features

Most kids' tablets have a screen size from seven to 10 inches. A larger screen gives them more space to watch, play, type and read, though a bigger tablet may be harder for little hands to hold. Battery life and storage space are other items to pay attention to. The newest crop of tablets has a pretty good battery life, averaging around 10 hours, and storage space ranges from 16GB to 128GB. Some tablets have ports for additional storage through SD cards.

For entertainment or education, for toddlers or high schoolers, there's a durable, ready-for-kids tablet out there. Take a look at our top picks.

Best Overall Kids' Tablet

$199.99
Amazon

Designed for kids ages 6 to 12, the Fire Kids Pro tablet has a large 10-inch screen, 32GB of storage and up to 12 hours of battery life to explore age-appropriate books, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music and apps. For the first year, your kids receive a free subscription to Amazon Kids+, which renews for $2.99 a month afterward. (Cancel at any time.) Their worry-free guarantee gives you peace of mind. If the tablet breaks within two years, they'll replace it.

Best Grow-With-Your-Kid Tablet

$299
Amazon

The most versatile of tablets, the iPad offers endless possibilities and a range of 32GB to 128GB of storage. While handing over the entire internet and all of its potentials might not be for your young kids, it's a great option for middle and high schoolers. Compatible with the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, it's easy to work on documents, screenshots, PDFs and even create art. With up to 10 hours of battery life, they have access to a world of apps, streaming services and music.

Best Compact Tablet for Kids

$139.99
Target

The Samsung Galaxy Tab has a slightly smaller screen, coming in at 8 inches, but a longer battery life — up to 13 hours. It's a more affordable option that has expandable memory with an external microSD card. The slim, lightweight design doesn't come with a protective case like the Kindle, so you may want to invest in one, but it does have access to Google Play Store's vast array of content.

Best Budget-Friendly Kids' Tablet

$79.99
Amazon

With a kid-proof case, this compact tablet is ready for any drops or tumbles. In addition to being equipped for all kinds of kid-friendly apps and games, the tablet is also a fully functional Android tablet, giving you complete access to all of Google's services. Outfitted with 16GB of storage, with the option of up to 128GB, the 7 inch tablet is perfect for Disney lovers. It comes pre-loaded with 18 e-books and six audiobooks from Disney.

Best Tablet Add-On

$79.99
Target

Amp up the learning quota of your iPad or Kindle with this Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit. Perfect for kids ages 3 to 5, this interactive game guides kids through letter formation, phonics, vocabulary and imaginative learning skills.

Best Tablet for Toddlers

$26.99
Amazon

Get your little ones started early by developing keyboarding skills and playing games that grow learning skills for letters, phonics and numbers. Activities include nine levels of gameplay and 20 mazes, and the flip-out stand makes it easier for little hands to use.

Best Tablet for Preschoolers and Early Elementary

$119.99
Target

This Android-based tablet has more than 20 educational apps and tools designed for kids ages 3 to 8. Choose from 750+ games, videos and apps on the LeapFrog Learning Library, download popular Android apps and allow them to discover the kid-friendly web browser. The 7-inch screen tablet has 16GB of memory with the option to expand it to 32GB with external microSD and a battery life of seven hours.

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