The best iPad cases for kids

Kids iPad cases are colourful, fun and most importantly protective. Keep your tablet safe whilst your children are using it with one of these iPad cases for kids.

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iPad cases for kids

iPads are powerful educational tools. And in moderation, and with careful supervision, an iPad - particularly an older model you don't use much any more - can be a great way to distract, entertain and stimulate the brain of a child, and there are some amazing iPad apps just for kids.

That doesn't mean that you want your iPad to be covered in jam or used as a cricket bat, neither of which can be ruled out when kids are involved.

Happily, an industry has grown up to cater for this market, and there are lots of protective iPad cases to choose from. We'll try to help you find one that will both appeal to, and survive, your child's sense of fun.

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iPads are powerful educational tools. And in moderation, and with careful supervision, an iPad - particularly an older model you don't use much any more - can be a great way to distract, entertain and stimulate the brain of a child, and there are some amazing iPad apps just for kids.

That doesn't mean that you want your iPad to be covered in jam or used as a cricket bat, neither of which can be ruled out when kids are involved.

Happily, an industry has grown up to cater for this market, and there are lots of protective iPad cases to choose from. We'll try to help you find one that will both appeal to, and survive, your child's sense of fun.

 

DeeMall Thomas Multi Function Child Shock Proof Case

Tripling up as a stand, a handle and a protective case, this is a good and colourful - eight options are available - budget choice for parents of young children. It's simple but sturdy, and the textured grip makes drops less likely.

It's been pointed out that charging the device while encased is sightly awkward, so you might like to take it out on those occasions.

For: iPad mini 1-4; iPad 2-4; iPad Air 1 & 2 (and, we suspect, iPad Pro 9.7in too, although it looks like the flash will be blocked - so steer clear if your child is a keen photographer)

 

Cooper Cases Grabster iPad case

The Grabster is cheap and tough: a good combination when handing things over to children. There are four handles around the edge of the iPad, making it easy to grab for small, clumsy, sticky hands.

Available in blue and pink.

For: iPad mini 1-4; iPad 2-4; iPad Air 1 & 2

 

iBallz Originals for iPad

Crazy name, crazy product. iBallz is four soft balls on an elasticated band that you stretch around the perimeter of your tablet; these protect the vulnerable corners and screen from drop damage, while the cord can be used to hang the iPad on the back of a car seat and similar vantage points.

Available in black, aqua blue and pink.

For: iPad 1-4, iPad Air 1 & 2, iPad Pro. And there's an iBallz Mini that fits smaller tablets.

 

Kids Cover iPad case

Simple, sturdy. You get good protection from drops and a handle that folds over and doubles up as a stand. 

Prices for the mid-size iPad models are a little higher than some in this roundup, but they do come with a stylus in the shape of a crayon.

For: iPad 1-4; iPad Air 1; iPad mini (different models for each)

 

Koooky Penguin iPad Case

This is another one that's only likely to appeal to younger kids, but they should appreciate the cheery design while they're busy finding new ways to smear jam inside the connector sockets.

The Koooky case has a couple obvious benefits over comparable cases: firstly, the feet mean that it's freestanding for when kids want to watch a film or TV show; secondly, there's an adjustable velcro strap on the back for car headrests for the sake of easy viewing options on the go. 

If penguins aren't your thing, it's also available in frog, cat, or slightly odd blue monster varieties.

For: iPad mini models

 

My Doodles Children's Character Universal Case

Who doesn't like owls? No one.

Most of the cases we look at in this roundup are designed to protect an iPad when in use. This is not - it protects the iPad when it's inside the case (and the soft lining is particularly good at protecting the screen from scratches), but you'll need to take the iPad out to use it. It's travel protection: useful if your child likes to take their tablet to grandma's, or has to transport it to and from school.

The ears, wings and feet are made of felt. Adorable.

For: Any 10in iPad: iPad 1-4, iPad Air 1-2, 9.7in iPad Pro

 

Seedling Design Your Own Tablet Case Kit

What a lovely idea this is - and as well as offering an opportunity for your child to exercise their creative impulses and express themselves, it neatly sidesteps the potential pit-trap of buying a Transformers-themed iPad case for a child that no longer likes Transformers. Don't like your iPad case? Well, you made it, bucko. 

You get needle and embroidery thread, fabric and beads, and a blank canvas iPad cover that's crying out to be customised.

The vendor offers somewhat mixed messages on age suitability, warning that it is both "Suitable from 5 years" and "Not suitable for children under 3 years". Basically, don't give it to a toddler.

For: 10-inch tablets: iPad 1-4, iPad Air 1-2, 9.7-inch iPad Pro

 

Fisher Price Apptivity iPad Case

One for the really small iPad user, this combines a robust case for your tablet with one of those jangly bead things that babies like so much. There are fold-out struts on the back that allow you to set up a 'rocker' base; it can also sit flat or be used easel-style. Fisher-Price makes some free learning apps to go with it, designed to interact with the rocking motion.

Unlike a lot of the cases here, Fisher Price's covers the screen - a thin layer of plastic allows the iPad to be used as normal.

For: iPad 1-4

 

The cases we've looked at thus far have all been specifically designed for the tastes of children, but it may be that you're looking for something more generic: it doesn't need to be bright pink or shaped like a train, it just needs to protect your iPad from strenuous, careless use.

If you're willing to compromise on the looks side of things, you may be able to get a case that's a bit cheaper, or considerably tougher, or something you'd be happy to carry around yourself. If that sounds appealing, step on over to our Best tough, rugged and waterproof iPad cases article. 

Read next: Best iPad apps for kids | Our main roundup of the best iPad cases | iPad buying guide | How to set up parental controls on an iPad

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