Tablets for Tykes: Our Top 5 Child-Friendly Tablets for 2017


Shopomo brings you the best kids tablets that'll not only help entertain and educate your little ones but give you the best parental controls

Shopomo brings you the best kids tablets that’ll help stimulate their little imaginations.

You’ll need to think carefully about what your child will use their tablet computer for. Is it to keep them occupied during long journeys? Do you want them to use it for learning and school work?

Whatever their needs, we’ve brought you a round-up of some of the best tablets for kids. Our selections cover a range of age groups. For younger children, we’ve got tablets that contain parental controls to restrict internet usage, music, videos, apps and games to the appropriate age level.

Don’t forget to think about the screen size too, as some are much bigger than others and you’ll need to pick one that can be handled by small hands. Storage is another issue you’ll need to consider. If the tablet you’re considering has no micro-SD card slot, you’ll have to start deleting apps, music, photos and more when the internal storage is full. It’s worth having a micro-SD card slot as they’re reasonably cheap.

  • Fire Kids Edition 7-inch Tablet
    Fire Kids Edition 7-inch Tablet

    Price: £79.99

    Was: £99.99

    We love the kids edition of Amazon’s own tablet. It strikes a perfect balance between being fun, educational and giving parents the peace of mind of knowing that they can control their child’s screen time.

    The Kids Edition includes 1 year of Fire for Kids Unlimited. This is a subscription service that includes over 5000 kid-friendly games, educational apps, videos and books that are all tailored to the age of your child. This includes content from the likes of Disney, Nickelodeon, Aardman Studios and many many more!

    Parents can rest easy knowing they can select all the content their child sees and even limit their child’s screen time by content type. For example, you can choose to limit videos and games but make reading time unlimited.

    Kids also have controlled access to thousands of hand-selected age-appropriate websites and YouTube videos through the child-friendly web browser.

    The Fire Kids Edition also comes with a 2 year ‘worry free’ guarantee. If your child breaks their tablet, Amazon will replace it no questions asked.

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  • Kurio Tab 2
    Kurio Tab 2

    Price: £79.99

    Was: £89.99

    Like the Amazon Fire Kids Edition, the Kurio Tab 2 is solidly built and comes with a plastic bumper so it’s protected from being dropped or knocked about.

    The Kurio 2 comes with a load of games pre-installed like Fruit Ninja, Subway Surfer and Cut the Rope 2. It also has motion controlled games so that even when gaming your kids are being active.

    Adults can also exit the child-friendly Kurio Interface and switch to a full Android tablet without restrictions. You can have up to 8 profiles on the Kurio 2, making it ideal to be used by the whole family.

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  • Jellipad® Android Kids Tablet
    Jellipad® Android Kids Tablet

    Price: £62.00

    Straight out of the box the Jellipad has everything your child needs to get the most out of this tablet: a free stylus, screen protector, earphones and more!

    KIDOZ Pro, a digital content service for kids, is preloaded on the Jellipad and has a wide selection of fun and educational videos, apps and games, all hand-picked specifically for children! The tablet also has all the usual safety features and can be locked down so you can choose exactly what you would like your child to access.

    The Jellipad also comes with the Google Play Store pre-installed so you can install apps like Minecraft or YouTube.

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  • LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum
    LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum

    Price: £79.99

    Was: £99.99

    The LeapFrog is a great learning tablet for nursery aged children. It’s essentially an iPad for little tykes that comes with good quality content that your kids will love and find engaging.

    Although it’s made for younger children, the LeapFrog comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and a kid-friendly browser that ensures your little one is safe while surfing the web.

    This tablet is also the toughest we’ve come across with a shatter-safe screen and a wrap-around bumper. According to the manufacturers, this tablet has been thoroughly drop-tested, impact-tested and compression-tested. Basically, it’s going to take a lot to put a dent in the LeapFrog Platinum.

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  • Apple iPad
    Apple iPad

    Price: £239.00

    While this is the most expensive tablet on this list, it’s a great option if you’re looking to buy a tablet to be used by the whole family and don’t mind spending the money on a truly exceptional product.

    It may not be the most child-friendly tablet on this list but it has the widest selection of apps and games – many of which are free. You can also buy child-proof iPad cases, disable Safari (to prevent web browsing) and restrict music, videos, apps and games to the appropriate age level.

    You can get an iPad Mini for as little as £239.00. Check out the latest iPad deals here.

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