Best iPad Cases for Kids

In the name of trying to get stuff done, you gave the iPad to your child. Because you know that playing educational apps is a sure-fire way to get at least thirty minutes of uninterrupted time to finally fold that laundry or pay those bills. You’re minding your own business when you hear it: the distinct sound of a smart device hitting the floor…again. Suddenly, flashing through your mind are images of shattered screens because the case couldn’t possibly have absorbed the shock of yet another meeting with the floor because it’s already been broken in multiple places. You go to investigate and discover, much to your relief, that the only thing broken beyond repair was the case.  But now, you’re faced with the dilemma of needing another case. There are so many options out there and you have no idea which one to choose. But one thing you do know, it needs to be kid proof.

1. PEPKOO Spider iPad Case

Our favorite case that we got to review.  This case was durable – almost to the quality of the Otter box (see below) but at a fraction of the cost.

Pros: Shatter-Resistant frame with shock-absorbing silicone.  From the company:  “This case is designed from the inside out to protect your iPad from extreme conditions, dirt, sand, rain, shock, vibration and a host of other environmental factors. ”

Cons:  Bulky.   Some have said the kickstand breaks.

Features:  Has stand clip-ons.  Built-in screen protector, plugs seal the ports and controls.  Can mount to vehicle or bikes, etc.

The Three-Year-Old test:  “My 1 year old poured and entire bottle of water on my iPad! Thank you so much for actually working like you said! ” — Niicckiey  “It has protected our Ipad 2 from our 2-year-old. It has survived drops, light spills, scratches. Washes off easily.”  — Kalyn

Devices Supported: iPad 2, 3 & 4

Price Range: under $20

2. HDE Kids Light Weight Case

We personally bought and own this case.  It’s terrific for toddlers.  The foam does start to give with time.  Expect to need to buy a new one 6-9 months after your original purchase.

Pros: Shock-proof.  Very easy to hold.

Cons:  No screen protector.  The colors scuff after extended wear.  Is not water resistant.  headphone jack is hard to fit.

Features:  Durable foam case.  Has a handle that rotates to act as a stand.  All buttons are accessible.

The Three-Year-Old test:  “We have owned one for several months and have three year olds.  Our triplets love their screen time.  This has held up to repeated abuse and protected our device.”  — Rachel

Devices Supported: Apple iPad 2, 3 & 4

Price Range: under $20

3. Otterbox iPad Case

Made by iPad this case is probably the best out there (the pink one pictured above), however it is PRICY!

Pros: Durable, Durable, Durable.

Cons:  It is not waterproof – should handle splashes, but be careful.

Features: Triple layer case and retina display this case offers excellent protection.  Comes with a stand.

The Three-Year-Old test:  “With a 5 year old and a 3 year old I recommend this case. No more cracked screens or damage. It has been dropped, thrown, stood on, and kicked.” –Perez.

Devices Supported: iPad 2, 3, & 4 – not the iPad Air.

Price Range:  over $50

4. Griffin All-Terrain Case

After the Otter box, this case is the second, most-reputable case in regards to the protection offered, but again, you pay for it.

Pros: Durable, Durable, Durable.  Designed to withstand dirt, sand, rain, shocks, vibrations and more.

Cons:  It is not waterproof – but it is water resistant.

Features: Triple layer case and retina display this case offers excellent protection.  Comes with a stand.

The Three-Year-Old test:  “My iPad has been dropped and banged so many times with this on and still works great. My daughter even dropped it from about 3.5 feet on a hard grocery store floor and it just keeps on going.” — Erin.

Devices Supported: iPad 2, 3, & 4 – not the iPad Air.

Price Range:  over $60

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