These child-friendly tablets will keep your mini entertained and educated – and your wallet happy.
We think it’s safe to say that these days kids are attached to technology. If you have an iPad or any other tablet device at home, chances are you barely see it because your kids are constantly on it doing whatever it is that kids do. Now of course to avoid the headache of having to fight with them for your own gadget, you could just buy them their own, but well, tablets aren’t cheap. Some of the more popular tablets can start at nearly $500 dollars and who wants to put such a pricey item in the hands of a destructive toddler or absent-minded teen?
Considering more affordable tablet options can feel super overwhelming with all the options on the market. As a parent you need something cost effective, entertaining, but educational, age appropriate, safe and nearly unbreakable. Seems like an impossible wish list, right? Nope! We scoured the internet and found amazing tablets for your minis that have all of that and more. These tablets provide endless hours of fun and allow you to keep an eye on what they’re doing all for under $200. The best part, these tablets are so cool, that you might find yourself wanting to play with it too.
Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet
One reason parents are hesitant to buy pricey tablets for their children is, well, they’re children. Between spills and tumbles, many of the more expensive tablets wouldn’t last a day. The Fire 7 Kids Edition comes has a colorful chunky protective case that is safe and capable of standing up to almost any potentially destructive childhood adventure. The tablet also comes with tons of age appropriate, curated content through a subscription service that allows you to purchase a year’s worth of TV shows, movies, books, apps and games that fit your child’s age group. As a bonus, the parental controls and 2-year worry-free warranty will give you an added peace of mind.
Lenovo Smart Tab M8
Middle school age minis are in a weird space where they actually need a tablet, but aren’t really old enough to be responsible for the expensive tablet they probably have their eye on. Thankfully SugaMama, you have options. The Lenovo Tab M8 is right up a tween’s alley, with a vivid display, camera, Google Assistant and age appropriate content that will make them feel grown up and cool, while simultaneously providing parents with features like time limits and Kid’s Mode, so you know they are exploring the web safely.
LeapFrog LeapPad Academy Kids’ Learning Tablet
LeapFrog is an OG when it comes to providing children with educational toys, so it’s no surprise that they offer the LeapPad Academy tablet. Specially curated for minis, the tablet features a shatterproof screen, shock absorbent case, a touchscreen interface, 20 teacher-approved apps for math, reading, writing, coding, problem-solving, and creativity skills, access to the LeapFrog App Center and an additional 750-plus learning games, and of course, built-in parental controls.
Kindle Kids Edition
Tablets aren’t only for kids who want to surf the web and play games. If you’ve got a mini book lover at home, tablets like the Kindle Kids Edition is perfect for them. This bare-bones tablet comes with a year’s worth of FreeTime Unlimited, which includes tons of popular books and Audible titles for kids and valuable reading tools like “Vocabulary Builder” using the device’s built-in dictionary, and “Word Wise” which puts simple definitions above tricky words as they read. Like other tablets you can use parental controls to adjust age filters and prevent them from seeing anything they shouldn’t., and you can even add books to your mini’s budding library through the Kindle Store and check in on their reading progress.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A Kids Edition
Other than the price, the best part about the Samsung Galaxy Tab is that it gives little ones over 10,000 hours of content that is made just for them to love. They’ll love being able to browse, watch shows and movies, play games, and more on a tablet that’s light and comfortable in their hands. Parental control features let you monitor screen time and access to content, but with all the content, something tells us the big kid in you might want to take the tablet for a spin too.