- 1 Which children’s/kids tablet models are recommended?
- 2 The best models
- 3 Kindle Fire “Kids Edition” – interesting model for families
- 4 The sensible use of kids tablet devices
- 5 My choice: The Kindle Fire Kids Edition
Not only because Christmas is coming up, I am currently working on the topic of “kids tablet”. As a technology-savvy person, I’m of course also a role model for my offspring (a cough, cough …), and Junior wants, how can it be otherwise, the same as the daddy have: a tablet. Of course, it is not an option to read one or the other test without researching it, and without worrying about just buying any device. That’s why I want to share my thoughts with you today.
Which children’s/kids tablet models are recommended?
In the children’s tablets, one can make a fundamental distinction: There are devices that are designed only for child use, others can be switched between the child and the adult attitude. Both systems have advantages and disadvantages:
Pure Kids Tablets:
These devices are basically child-friendly optics and usually have less computing power than the “adult tablets”. But here are the details:
- These kids tablets are visually designed for the needs of children and also withstand a coarser treatment.
- They only have explicit features, buttons, apps, and games for kids.
- The children have their own device.
- Both parents and children can be on their own kids tablet at the same time.
- If the kids have outgrown the tablet, something new must come from.
- The functions cannot be extended arbitrarily.
- The displays are often rather small – “Retina” is a foreign word there.
Converted “normal” kids tablet devices
This refers to tablets like the Apple iPad, which are protected by a cover. Sometimes there are even iPad cases, which are specially designed for use with children: they hide certain controls and have a child-friendly appearance. Examples are not presented in detail in this post, but if you are interested in this variant to retrofit your iPad (2, 3, 4 and Air), then take a look at these models: Eva Kids Case , Cooper Cases Dynamo Kids case for iPad Air (also available for other iPad models and Samsung Galaxy Tab) or Fintie Kiddie Case .
- Theoretically, you only need one device for the whole family, saving resources. The emphasis is on theory. When the child uses the tablet, it gets a rubber sleeve (the tablet, not the child). So it is protected from shocks.
- Also theoretically, such a tablet can accompany a child into adulthood. Today, these devices can watch almost everything, from games to reading to movies, taking pictures and videos. Again, with emphasis on theory, because you want to keep up with the current development. Nevertheless, such a tablet will be in use longer than a pure kid’s tablet.
- If you pick up a new iPad, the old can still be easily used for learning games with 5 years on the back. How far that applies to other tablets, I can not say, but my old iPad 2 is still the hit with the kids.
- Everyone at his tablet, that’s not possible. This is not a direct disadvantage because the kids are not supposed to use the media unchecked anyway, but it can lead to conflicts, especially when there are several children in the house. For example, you can still watch a movie together.
- If the tablet breaks down, nobody can use one more. Here Amazon has a great idea with his “Fire Kids Edition “, which I’ll talk to you soon.
- The biggest drawback, however, is that it is not easy to restrict children’s websites or Youtube videos that can be visited by children. Exception: With the Apple iPad, however, you can turn on both a “Parental Control”, which restricts several functions as well as activate in an app a “guided access” ( see Apple website ), which holds the user in this one app. The home button is disabled and you can only get out of this mode if you know a code.
Are the devices pedagogically valuable?
Basically, it can be said that the use of tablets for children trains the coordination of hand and eye and that child-friendly apps and games are conducive to cognitive development. Children can playfully discover the world and prepare for a life in which technology plays an important role.
However, whether or not children are pedagogically valuable depends primarily on which apps are installed for the children. Here, the parents should proceed with common sense and select accordingly.
The best models
Let’s start with the pure kid’s tablets, which are relatively cheap to get. This model is striking:
Kids Tablet VTech Storio Max 5 – from 4 years
Tech is known for its high-quality electronic educational toys, so it’s no surprise that the Storio Max 5 also convinces all along the line. It has a touchscreen and is easy to understand for children. For those who do not like pink, there is. The customer reviews are only very good. Here is an excerpt from Amazon:
This kids tablet by VTech is made for small mice. No risk of coming to wrong pages. There is a parent area where you can set everything, even a time limit. My little girl is totally excited. She gets along perfectly with the tablet and started immediately. I hardly need to explain anything. She has a lot of fun and is always laughing.
The VTech Storio Max 5 learning kids tablet at a glance
The main innovations to the previous model are that this device has a web browser and a power cord for convenient charging. With 20 pre-installed apps and 3 games, children are provided with sufficient entertainment and support. The access to the network can be completely controlled by the parents, also the establishment of time limits is provided.
The danger of getting on unsuitable or paid sites is excluded from the outset. This makes this kids tablet ideal for children. The device can be expanded with additional learning games, and of course, also includes a read-app so encourage parents playful small on reading skills. This kids tablet is raining for children from about 4 years – but parents know best what they can trust their child.
The next model is designed for older children, is considered the safest kids tablet on the market and promotes children in many ways:
The Kurio Tab 2 motion 17.78 cm (7 inches) – from 5 years
The [amzon link=”B00KZ3XZKO” title=”Kurio Tab 2 motion tablet”/] for children with a large screen of 7 inches and many child-friendly apps and games is ideal for children between 5 and 10 years. This is also the common playing promoted, especially in the numerous sports games can be changed to the 2 Player mode. Not only is body awareness trained, but children also learn to work in a team.
The advantages of the Kurio Tab 2 motion at a glance
The Kurio Tab promotes technical understanding and prepares children for the world of tomorrow. At the same time, it strengthens body awareness and coordination with appropriate apps. Via HDMI, the tab can be connected to the TV and thus becomes multidimensional.
The selection of games and apps was done with the utmost care. These are not only supported by TOGGO, the Kurio Kids Tablet has been certified by Google for its security performance. Countless e-books read, count, listen to music and solve logical tasks – all this is easy with the [amzon link=”B00KZ3XZKO” title=”Kurio Tab 2 motion tablet”/]. I have to say that this is a real favorite with the Pure Kids Tablets.
Kindle Fire “Kids Edition” – interesting model for families
Also, “combi models”, so converted for children Tablets must not hide behind the other models, quite the opposite. Especially Amazon stands out with its child- and parent-friendly offer from the crowd:
Amazon Fire Kids Edition – more is not for kids from 3 years
Here parents can be completely worried because the children get with the Fire Kids Edition (7 inch display, WLAN, 8 GB or 16 GB) not only a fully equipped Kindle Fire but also a year free time for free and a full two-year warranty. the device should be damaged.
I do not need to mention that the specifications of this kids tablet convince. With a quad-core processor, a memory with 1 GB of RAM, 8GB or 16 GB of storage space, which can be expanded to 128 GB, optionally 6 or 7 inches display, a battery life of about 8 hours and the optional use of the W-Lan leaves the Fire HD Tablet in the Kids Edition leaves nothing to be desired.
This is data that also apply to the normal “Fire kids Tablet”. In the Kids Edition, however, Amazon puts it on top again. The practical case protects the tablet against bumps and rough handling and fits optimally in small children’s hands. [Amazon link=”B01NCACJQR” title =”Of course”/], this “kid proof case” is also [Amazon link=”B01NCACJQR” title =”available in pink”/]. Of course, the device can still break if dropped, and then the 2-year warranty comes into play, which I find really convincing. Here Amazon lowers the inhibition threshold for parents to provide their child with such a kids tablet.
Amazon Fire Kids Edition: maximum fun and safety
The key advantage of the [Amazon link=”B01NCACJQR” title =”Fire Kids Edition”/] is the ability to expand its contents.
- On boring car rides, a movie can be watched, or a radio play can be heard. Both can be downloaded and saved beforehand so that it works without WLAN.
- The first literary successes are supported by countless eBooks for children ( see here ).
- Taking pictures and videos and thus promoting your own visual perception and creativity is already possible with this tablet for small children.
- Even created and decorated pictures can be printed and given away. Not only does the mother’s heart laugh!
- With the annual license for Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Junior has access to thousands of child-friendly eBooks, videos, educational apps, and games.
- Everything, of course, configured by the parents, limited in time and with maximum security.
The price-performance ratio is absolutely convincing in this version. Of particular importance to me is control over the content or websites to be accessed. That can be configured perfectly from my side.
Also important: The Fire Kids Tablet is easy to use – it is divided into children and a password-protected adult site. From the latter, all settings are configured – the children have no access here.
The sensible use of kids tablet devices
The sheer limitless technical possibilities make tablets so fascinating – so that their use has only positive sides for the children, we as parents naturally have to set some rules. This includes limiting the useful life of the tablet from the outset. If we do not do that, the child dives into the world of play and learning and voluntarily stops. You know that from yourself … 😉
On the other hand, the positive aspects of learning games may not come to fruition if you watch movies all the time. So, as parents, we have to be clear on what we want to achieve by leaving a tablet, which competencies we want to promote, and they can direct the user accordingly.
Usefully, a kid’s tablet is a little jack-of-all-trades that combines reading, playing, learning, and promoting creativity in one device – that I have a kids tablet for my junior and junior on the Christmas slip will not surprise you now.
My choice: The Kindle Fire Kids Edition
I have to admit that I am more convinced of the real tablets than the pure children’s tablets. These usually have quite limited functionality and often come with a technology that has been around for a few years. The Kindle [Amazon link=”B01NCACJQR” title =”Fire Kids Edition”/] (I have the 7-inch version in mind), however, has a pin-sharp touchscreen with a resolution, as you know from the Apple Tablets (“retina”) and a multi-core processor that is very fast. And at a price that is well below the cheapest iPad.
In addition, I’ve had an for years anyway, which of course perfectly “harmonizes” with the Kindle Fire: There is much free content I can use, and the possibilities offered by Amazon FreeTime are simply very good for parents and kids designed. It is even possible to block “games” for children there until the children have reached certain learning goals in other “learning apps”. That’s something you can not even find on the Apple iPad.
More about my choice and my experiences with the children’s tablet from Amazon I share with you but in one of the next posts, because that would go beyond the scope. If you do not want to miss it, sign up for my newsletter!
How is it with you – what experiences have you made with tablets for children? I look forward to your experiences in the comments!