Parents: Imagine life without kids tablets. The car rides filled with backseat tantrums and “are we there yet?” whines. The Saturday mornings when you can’t get anything done because your bored child won’t give you one second of peace and quiet. The endless arguments about who gets to pick what they watch on TV (because “he got to choose last time, Mom!”). Yikes.
Fortunately, you don’t have to live that cringe-inducing reality—because kids tablets do exist (praise be). More importantly, kids tablets with Wifi exist, giving your child endless hours of apps, games, and movies that give you a much-needed break from time to time. If you’re a busy multi-tasking mama (trying to do Zoom calls while simultaneously homeschooling the kids is no joke), then 30 minutes of peace and quiet is pure bliss.
But kids tablets aren’t all fun and games (pun intended). As a parent, you also have to worry about Internet safety and security. A.k.a. you want some parental controls so you can monitor what your child is watching, how much screen time they’re allowed, and which sites they can visit. Side note: Isn’t it crazy that the kids are at that age when they can have their own cell phone and personal devices?! Mind = blown.
To help keep both you and your little one happy, we’ve rounded up the best kids tablets with Wifi, from the top-rated educational tablet to the wildly popular Amazon Fire. You’ll be able to rest easy knowing exactly what they can (and can’t) do on their new device—which to us, sounds like the perfect excuse to hand them their tablet and sneak off for a little mommy time.
As a parent, it’s natural to want full control over what your child is viewing during their tablet usage. This kids tablet has a parental control system that not only filters content but it also has a time limit and child lock. If you have multiple little ones at home, you can go so far as to create a separate profile for each child. Doing so will give you 100% control over the books, apps, games, and videos that they have access to during recess. It comes in a pink cartoon kid-proof case that will protect against drops on the pavement (or worse). With a battery life that lasts approximately 3+ hours after being fully charged, you’ll be able to get the chores done while they squeeze in some parentally controlled screen time. It’s a win-win, mama.
One Amazon parent weighs in, “Amazing tablet, it’s really simple to use, has lots of child safety features. The case itself is very very solid and sturdy. The colours of the screen are brilliant, set up is really simple. It’s very kid friendly which is great!”
Educational and entertaining? Yes please. That’s what you’ll get with this shatter-proof learning tablet for kids, which offers three free months of LeapFrog Academy, an interactive program that’s part play and part learning. Your little one will also have access to a web browser that only has safe, kid-friendly content that’s been pre-approved by LeapFrog educators.
Not only does the Fire HD 8 boast a vibrant display and tons of entertainment (specifically, 1 year of Amazon Kids+ which gives you access to over 20,000 books), it also comes with a tough kid-proof case and built-in stand. And in the off-chance your little one is able to break their tablet? Joke’s on them—you can get a brand new Fire HD 8 for free if it’s in the first two years.
An iPad for a kid?! Before you say anything, hear us out—your favorite adult tablet can easily be adapted into your favorite kids tablet. With its long battery life and access to every app, game, and video your child could want, it provides hours of endless entertainment with just the swipe of a finger. And of course, it’s all monitored by you, thanks to the parental controls you can customize to your liking.
What looks like an iPad but costs a lot less? This stylish kids tablet which parents rave is great for kids of any age thanks to its large high-resolution screen, pre-installed games and apps, and massive storage space. It even has a camera and video chat function, so you can check in on your kids when they’re home with the babysitter.
Every parent’s worst nightmare is when your kid’s tablet dies in the middle of a long car ride and you’re forced to listen to whining and crying for the next 60+ minutes straight. Avoid that problem with the Amazon Fire 10, which has a long 12-hour battery life so it stays charged until you arrive wherever.
Your kids may love staring at a screen for hours but their eyes do not. This tablet helps with that, though—it has an “Eye Health” mode that filters out those harmful blue light rays to help protect your little one’s peepers. Other perks include customizable parental controls, a shock-resistant case, and a super long battery life.
Sorry not sorry that there’s yet another Amazon tablet on this list. The Fire 7 has over 20,000 (!!) games, apps, audio books, and other fun content and has easy-to-use parental controls that let you do everything from set screen time limits to choose which websites your little one can—and can’t—browse.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is perfect for the kid who thinks they’re already a grown-up (slow down there, buddy). They’ll feel like a real adult while you’ll feel at ease knowing that you have complete control over what they can do and see on their new device. Bonus: Since the Tab isn’t a kid-specific tablet, your child can continue to use it as they get older.
Money-conscious mamas, rejoice! This budget-friendly tablet costs $70 yet doesn’t skimp on the fun factor. Not only does it have Wi-Fi and access to plenty of apps and games, it also comes with pre-installed Disney content (think audio books and flicks like Frozen, Moana, Toy Story, and more!) for your little Elsas and Woodys.
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