9 of the Best iPad Cases for Kids

The founder of Fractus Learning, Nick Grantham is an Australian educator living and working in Dublin, Ireland. With a background in education, engineering and digital product development, Nick launched Fractus Learning to connect people with a shared passion for technology and how it can bring education to life.

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

1. ArmorBox Kido Series

ArmorBox Kido Series

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.

 

2. Gumdrop Drop Tech Color Case

Gumdrop Drop Tech Color Case

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.

 

3. iGuy Freestanding Case

iGuy iPad Cases for Kids

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!

 

4. KHOMO DUAL Super Slim Covers

KHOMO DUAL Super Slim Covers

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.

 

5. KaysCase KidBox

KidBox iPad Case

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).

 

6. AmazonBasics Tablet Sleeve

AmazonBasics Tablet Sleeve

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.

 

7. Digital Kids Drawing and Activity Case

Activity iPad Case

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!

 

8. Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case

Laugh and Learn iPad Case

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.

 

9. Dora the Explorer Activity Tray

Dora The Explorer iPad Case

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

HappiTaps iPod 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!

 

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  • http://twitter.com/RGMontgomery RobinGMontgomery

    Did you run into any fantastic iPad mini cases that would be appropriate for schools with large scale deployments in grades 3-5? Thanks :)

    • FractusLearning

      Thanks for the comment Robin. I did see a number of iPad mini cases on my journey :) I probably wouldn’t feel comfortable making a recommendation for such a large roll-out as I don’t own a mini and don’t yet know the intricacies of what makes a good case.

      I would recommend going to Amazon or Newegg and sorting by best review. From there you can at least get a shortlist and perhaps trial a few before pushing to a large scale deployment.

      Hopefully someone can add their own personal advice in a comment below!

  • Audreypapa

    Have you checked Ndevr iPadding? they are using non toxic material with cool design.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maki.young.54 Maki Young
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  • sally

    You can get it on icase-zone.

  • sally
  • lannister

    Steve Jobs thought brushed metal finishes looked great dented and worn, but he could just pluck a free iWhatever off the showroom floor on a whim.

    iphone 5s

  • sarah

    This is wonderful case journey here. I’ve seen your ipad case listed here, they are quiet great. Similar to you, I also wading in the Amazon.com, http://www.eva-product.com/Adorable-Soft-foam-drop-proof-Ipad-mini-toddler-case-for-kids-397.html. they are similar to the case you listed.

  • James

    I’m surprised the e-fox case isn’t here! It’s similar to the first one, but made from much better quality material, comes with a screen protector AND a touch screen pen (and a few slots to put it when not in use). Got the blue one for my son, found it on Amazon. I’ll post a picture of the images they have on their Amazon page.

  • Bob Larking

    You should check out the Snugg Kids Case for the Air or Mini/Mini Retina, my nephew uses it when I’m not on my Air and it does a great job :) – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L2DQDNM

    • FractusLearning

      Thanks for the tip Bob!

  • Mandy

    #like them. I can really see good value in this my child and I were looking at these and likes bonus and 7&8. Looking forward

  • VivSmith Vesey

    I am UK based grandmother to two 6 year old siblings, both autistic, who can not speak and have learned everything they know from iPads. We have to date purchased around 8 iPads over the past 3 years as they are broken beyond use. One of the children also suffers PICA…that is she must chew EVERYTHING for sensory input….she has eaten everything from stones, polystyrene filler of beanbags , carpet to leather furniture, and of course all toys made from plastic. Once she has chewed something or “felt” something in her mouth she THROWS it down. This is why eventually all the iPads become irreparable. This is now becoming an even bigger problem as the iPad is her personal ” go to” chill out object/activity when she is near meltdown, and nothing else can calm her down.
    Apart from the outstanding cost of iPads over the years our biggest problem is that we can not find a CASE which she can not BITE through. Also she dislikes having a case on so will go to great lengths to undo any clips …with her teeth usually… And remove the case…or eat through seams etc until it falls apart.
    So this is our challenge to you…can you help where very one else has failed?

    • FractusLearning

      Hi Viv,

      Thanks for getting in touch and sounds like you have a real challenge. The case I would recommend you consider looking at is the ‘Ballistic Tough Jacket’ (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00IID3P1C/). It has multiple layers for extra protection from bumps and chewing and has re-enforced corners that should protect against dropping.

      If you are looking for other options I would suggest checking out this article too: http://www.phonearena.com/news/10-of-the-toughest-iPad-cases-ever-made_id39215

      Another idea might be to consider cheaper Android tablets so that you are not having to replace expensive iPads so regularly.

      Lastly, if your grandchild is chewing through to the device itself, it may be worth looking at alternatives to electronic devices. Many of the elements and chemicals used in the devices could be quite harmful.

      Best of luck!

      • Annette Foun

        Hello Viv, I also have an autistic son, aged 9 but built like a 13 year old, who has destroyed iPads and cases and chewed through,and/or smashed them all. He eats everything, flooring, car seats, the lot, and when the iPad is out of charge, or not doing what he wants, he launches it at the ground with extreme force. The ballistic doesn’t work, he can peel the layers off and gnaw at the rubber. The fisher price is the best one for him. We haven’t had a smashed iPad since using this case. You lock it at the back with a coin slot, so he just can’t get in to it. There’s a screen cover, so little spills like dribble, don’t destroy the device. The rubber is on the inside of the case, so her can’t bite the protection off. It’s tough, really tough.
        Good luck, Annette, Brisbane Australia.

        • FractusLearning

          Wonderful advice Annette! Thank you so much. (Love Brisbane by the way :))