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Best Tablet for Kids Who Want to Play and Learn

Updated on March 26, 2014

What Is the Best Tablet for Kids?

When it comes to buying a tablet for a kid you shouldn't just jump into buying whatever gadget you come across. These tablets can cost quite a bit of money which means you should do your research to find the best tablet for kids so you can get the most out of your money.

You do have several options if you plan on buying a tablet for your child and it all depends on the age of your child, your budget and what exactly are you looking to get out of the tablet.

Check out all your options below carefully so you can ensure you buy the best tablet for your kid.

What to Know Before You Buy a Tablet for Your Kid

Before you buy your child a tablet you should know there are several different options that you have when it comes to picking the right tablet.

Kid's Learning Tablets

There are kid's learning tablets that are geared specifically for children in a certain age group. They are durable and designed for children's hands but they usually aren't as technologically advanced as a regular tablet. Most offer games you can buy as well as different apps you can download as well.

Kid's Android Tablets

These are Android tablets that are designed specifically for kids. They offer different parental controls so you can set them yourself as well as offer options for Android based apps from educational ones to watching movies and listening to music. They often times are more durable than your regular Android tablet.

Android Tablets

If you have an older child you may want to skip over the kid specific tablets and instead check out the different Android tablets that are on the market. These tablets offer access to many different Android apps as well as access to the internet (with an available connection). Some offer parental controls that you can use.

iPad

An iPad is your most expensive option but gives your child access to just about anything they could ask for. There are tons of apps (both free and paid for) that you can download as well as access to the Internet and other programs like picture editing software. There are cases and skins offered that will help to protect your iPad that are definitely a good idea if you are buying one for your child.

Learning Tablets for Kids

Vtech Inno Tab 2

VTech InnoTab 2 Kids Tablet, Blue
VTech InnoTab 2 Kids Tablet, Blue

The Vtech Inno Tab is geared towards children between the ages of 4-9, but most 3 years will be able to use the tab let as well.

It comes with a photo/video camera so your child can take pictures and videos with ease. It also comes with interactive eBooks to help promote reading and learning new vocabulary skills. It has a 5" touch screen so kids can easily interact with the tablet without a lot of fussy buttons.

There are also apps that can be downloaded onto the tablet as well as games and more eBooks. You can also buy cartridges with games and apps on them as well that will work with the Inno Tab 2.

Parents can track their child's progress with different milestones throught the Vtech Learning Lodge Navigator.

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LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer 2

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Kids' Learning Tablet, Green
LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Kids' Learning Tablet, Green

The LeapFrog LeapPad 2 is designed specifically for children between the ages of 3-9. It has a durable design and is made for smaller hands.

There is a front and back camera that also takes videos as well. The processor has been updated since the original LeapPad and is now much faster and offers 4GB of memory.

There are over 325 games, apps, and cartridges available for the LeapPad Explorer 2. This includes things like interactive eBooks, creativity studios, editing software, learning games, and music.

When you buy this kid's tablet you get 5 apps included including Pet Pad, Cartoon Director, LeapFrog Learning Songs, and the Art Studio.

Parents can also track their child's progress with the LeapFrog Learning Paths.

The tablet is available in both green and pink.

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Kid's Android Tablets

Tabeo Tablet for Kids

Tabeo 7 Inch Kids Tablet
Tabeo 7 Inch Kids Tablet

This tablet for kids is sure to be one of the biggest sellers this year.

The tablet is preloaded with 50 different apps and there are over 7,000 additional apps that can be downloaded on the tablet. The tablet has a built in front camera as well as a speaker and microphone.

This is a more advanced tablet and has a smaller and sleeker design than other kid's tablets. There are parental controls and plenty of kid-friendly only apps.

This tablet is very similar to a regular Android tablet in that it allows for web browsing as well as has plenty of downloadable apps for music, videos, games, eBooks, and shows. It is much smaller though and great for smaller hands and does offer the parental controls and special features for kids though.

It comes with a soft, removable rubber bumper to help protect the tablet.

Many places have already sold out of this kid's tablet so you better get one as quick as you can

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Fuhu Nabi 2 Tablet

nabi 2 (NABI2-NV7A), Black/Red
nabi 2 (NABI2-NV7A), Black/Red

"Learn. Play. Grow. For Life." is the motto used by the Nabi 2 tablet.

This tablet for kids is designed for kids in grades K-5 as there are educational apps for math, English, science, and social studies for these grade levels. You can monitor your child's activity with the online Nabi report card to see where your child may need some extra help and where they have progressed the most.

There is a Nabi's treasure box which rewards the child with different apps, music, videos and games the more they play with the tablet.

There are over 9,000 albums of kid-friendly songs that they can download as well as over 700 hours of kid-safe TV shows from Cookie Jar TV.

The Nabi 2 tablet was designed to help your child learn new things, engage them and entertain them with child-friendly music and images.

The edges of the tablet are covered in a safe rubber-coated bumper material to help protect the tablet.

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Android Tablets

Apple iPad for Kids

IPad 2 for Kids

Apple iPad 2 2nd generation Tablet, 1 GHz processor, 16GB, Wifi (White)
Apple iPad 2 2nd generation Tablet, 1 GHz processor, 16GB, Wifi (White)

There are literally thousands of apps that a kid can download on an Apple iPad. The iPad2 is the second generation and even though there is a 3 available, I still recommend 2 since it is a lower price and not many differences from the 3rd generation.

With an iPad you have access to the Apple iTunes store and apps which features just about every app you could think of. There are educational games for kids as well as television shows, music, and other kid-friendly activities.

A lot of parents like to get their child an iPad because then they can use the tablet as well. This may be a good option if you have more than one kid or want a tablet for the family. You get a quality tablet that has so many features you probably could never even use them all.

The only thing about the iPad that may deter you from getting for your younger kids is that the parental controls are lacking compared to other tablets. Kids may have free range when it comes to browsing the web. One way you can help deter downloading of anything you don't approve of is to keep the password to the Apple store a secret so you have to enter the password in order for any downloads to happen.

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Must-Have Accessories for Your iPad

If you are going to buy an Apple iPad for your kid, then you definitely want to check out these accessories to help protect your investment.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like the LeapFrog LeapPad for a child's use.

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      aussiejon 4 years ago

      Form the little research I have done, I think the Innotab 2 or the Leap pad would be best suited for kids

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      Bill Armstrong 4 years ago from Valencia, California

      Love the tablets, have some on my lenses, even some for the little ones, I am actually sitting here with a Leapfrog Tablet for my friends little girls birthday present, awesome presents, just wish they were around when I was younger, I may be a little brighter if they were ;) thanks for sharing

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Tablets are becoming a must...

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Wishing you a Thanksgiving day full of blessings!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My little toddler grandson has a Nabi. I am amazed at his level of proficiency!

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      mommyplus3kids 3 years ago

      Nice lens. Good recommendations for the kiddos

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