Once you’ve given your child a tablet, you ought to also purchase a case to protect this new toy. Sure, you can fill a tablet with a ton of games, tv shows and educational material for hours of fun and enrichment, but these sliver-shaped devices are easily dropped, especially if you’re talking about Apple’s latest iPad. This could lead to accidental damage from repeated drops onto the ground. While the Amazon Fire tablets slide right into the $24.99 FreeTime Kid-Proof Case, we’ve found plenty of alternatives that protect other models from the chaos a child can create.
And if you pick one of the cuter or cooler cases, to match your kid’s personality, you’ll be less likely to find the case lying on the floor after your child decided it wasn’t necessary.
Amazon FreeTime Kid-Proof Case
If you decided to buy the $50 Fire 7 tablet instead of the Kids Edition model, you can still get a case made just for your new slate. As its name implies, Amazon’s own FreeTime Kid-Proof Case is designed with little hands in mind, made of a durable silicone for protection from bumps and bruises. If you bought your Fire tablet before May 2017, you’ll probably want a case for 6th (2016) or 5th (2015) generation Fire. Amazon also sells a Kid-Proof Case ($29) for its 2017 HD 8 Fire tablet, which is currently only only available in 32GB configuration, for $89 (a $20 discount).
Fintie 9.7-inch iPad Case
One way to make it a little easier for your child to hold on to a tablet is to invest in a case with a handle. The Fintie Case comes with just that — an easy-to-grab handle — and the Fintie can also be used as a stand. This cover is composed of a heavy-duty EVA foam to endure wear and tear over time. It fits Apple’s most recent $329 iPad, as well as the 2017 9.7-inch iPad, the iPad Air 2 and iPad Air.
TFY Kids Car Headrest Mount Holder
If your kid keeps throwing or dropping their tablet in the car, you’ll probably see this headrest-mounted tablet holder and wonder “where this been all my life?” It’s also useful if you’ve got more than one tyke in the backseat, because now they can’t argue over who gets to use it, and they’ll just have to watch the same show together. Holds most 9.7-inch tablets, including the iPad 2, 3, and 4.
Available in red or orange, the Speck iGuy is made of flexible EVA foam that protects your iPad 1, 2, 3 or 4 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.
Kawayi Protective Defender iPad Mini Case
Here’s one kitty you’ll never have to clean up after. Fits the iPad Mini 1, 2, 3 and 4 and features an easel-style design that allows it to be propped up, so younger users can sit back to enjoy their favorite programming, and not have to hold the device the entire time. Made of food-grade silicone that’s both squishy and shock-resistant.
Okstation EVA Drop-Proof iPad Mini Case for Baby
Amazon’s Fire 7 cases are nice, but we like the look of this honeycomb-patterned case from Fintie. It offers a little extra visual flair vs the Amazon case, and is $15 less expensive, at $9.99. Your kid can find one the precise color of their preference, as it’s sold in 12 colors, including two shades of pink, two shades of blue, two yellows, black and green.
Belkin Lego Builder Case for iPad mini
What kid (and what adult, really?) doesn’t love Legos? Made by Belkin, the Lego Builder Case for the iPad mini (1, 2 or 3) protects the tablet from bumps and bruises. Plus, the case has an official blue Lego back plate your child can use to build cool things. Choose from yellow, red or green shells.
Griffin KaZoo Fox Case for iPad mini
For younger kids, animals tend to be a big hit. This Griffin KaZoo case for iPad mini, mini 2 and mini 3 transforms a tablet into an adorable fox. The KaZoo case has wide feet so that it can stand up on its own. This also gives a slight angle when the device is lying down, so it’s easy for your child to draw or interact with on-screen content ergonomically. A matching stylus, sold separately, fits neatly into a hole at the bottom of the feet so your child doesn’t lose the pen while playing.
TopEsct iPad Mini Case for Kids
The iPad Mini tablet becomes both easier to hold and mount in a car with this case. Available in blue, green, blue and pink, it’s got three handles, so it can be held for landscape-mode content viewing and also carried in one hand like a tiny briefcase.
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 for 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 wipeable for the inevitable spill.