As the proud owner of my brand new shiny new “New iPad” (did I mention it was new?) I have recently spent a lot of time (way too much time) researching the vessel in which it will travel… Yes, much like people do not wander around in the buff, it seems that mobile devices must also be suitably ‘attired’ for a journey outside the home.
On this quest I have looked at every case Amazon has to offer (453,457 by last count) and run through every possible scenario my zippy little tablet will encounter. In the end I went for the ever-popular OtterBox Defender Series Case as it ticked every box for me, but what I did not expect to find was the huge number of iPad cases for kids. Not just your regular case with a picture of Elmo, these are designed from the ground up to engage, entice and endure play with children of all ages.
[UPDATE] Since upgrading to the iPad Air I have gone with the Snugg iPad Air (iPad 5) Case. It pretty much does everything!
So, as I waded through the thousands of options to smartly dress my iPad, I collected the 9 most fun, practical and (in some cases) insane iPad cases for kids. See what you think!
iPad Cases for Kids
You could pretty much launch your iPad off the roof in this little baby (please don’t try it). Built to withstand anything a little one might throw at it, the ArmorBox Kido Series is a really neat design that not only protects the device, it also acts as a cute carry case and a portrait/landscape stand.
With models for all generations of iPad including iPad Air 1 & 2 and iPad mini, this case is a real winner if you think your device might have rough times ahead.
Built for for durability, the Gumdrop Drop Tech Color Case is made for little hands that are still a little clumsy with expensive devices. Coming in a series of colors, the Gumdrop case has an outer silicone skin that absorbs shock and vibration. The case has reinforced bumpers corners, protecting the most fragile part of the device as well as a textured finish making the device easier for small hands to grip.
I’ve always wished my iPad had arms… Well now it can. The iGuy is one of the more fun and colorful iPad cases for kids.
With short legs that allow the iPad to stand free as well as cute foam arms to help small hands grip the device, the case does a lot more than just protect your iPad from drops and knocks. Coming in three colors, the iGuy comfortably fits all iPad generations.
[UPDATE]There is also now a version for iPad mini!
The KHOMO DUAL Super Slim Cover is one of the most popular choices of iPad cases for kids because of its simple design, high quality build and exceptionally good price. The iPad case is virtually identical to cases provided by Apple but is less than half the price. It protects the iPad on all edges, back and front as well as containing the inbuilt magnetic strip that allows the iPad to wake automatically when the case is opened.
The KidBox iPad Case is the real deal of iPad cases for kids. Don’t let the pink fool you (it comes in three other colors too), this thing is tough as nails and built to protect your iPad.
With a foldable flap acting as both luggage handle and a portrait stand, the case allows your child to take the iPad just about anywhere and safely prop it to watch movies and play games.
Comes in sizes for all iPads, including iPad 2, 3, 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini/iPad Mini Retina, iPad air 2 (2014).
The AmazonBasics Tablet Sleeve is one of the best options if you are looking for protection that will not stay fixed on the iPad. This can be especially useful if the device is being used for multiple purposes or for taking the device from place to place. Recommended for older kids, the tablet sleeve comes in a range of sizes for different devices and is perfect for students who need cheap and simple protection for carrying their iPad in their bag or backpack.
Now the Digital Kids Drawing and Activity Case really should be classified as an activity case that happens to fit an iPad. Enabling children to switch between apps on the iPad to a dry-erase marker board, the case even has drawers to store markers and anything else needed to get creative.
Now if this does not quite fit your child’s needs, I encourage you to check out the company’s second offering in iPad cases for kids – The Digital 2-in-1 iPotty with Activity Seat for iPad. Yes it really exists!
Created by everyone’s favorite toy company, Fisher-Price, the Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case is made for much younger children.
One of the larger and more durable iPad cases for kids, the frame includes beads and handles to engage younger children as well as hiding all clickable iPad buttons (including the home button) to prevent any accidental clicks.
What kind of ‘iPad Cases for Kids’ list would this be without a mention for Dora. The Dora the Explorer Activity Tray is surprisingly one of the more thought-out iPad cases for kids.
The tray itself both securely holds the iPad and can also be attached to strollers, high chairs and car seats. As well as this, the tray includes a plastic screen cover to protect the device as well as a water-resistant layer to protect from any ‘liquid’ spills.
[BONUS] HappiTaps Huggable Case
The BONUS… The whole way through this list, I have had an adorable teddy bear staring at me saying ‘put me on the list… pwease…”. Well, I can’t say no to anything that cuddly, so dammit bear, you win.
The HappiTaps Huggable Case is not actually an iPad case. It is a cute little case for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Paired with the HappiTaps app from the App store, the case claims to be next-generation teddy bear. Not quite as cushy as the teddy I grew up with, the case is proving a massive hit with tech-loving kids everywhere.
So, what iPad cases for kids have caught your eye while on the lookout for iPad outfits? Which of these eight could you see appealing to your children. Let us know in the comments below!