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    14 Of The Best Tablets For Keeping Kids Entertained (And Maybe Giving You Some Much-Needed Quiet Time)

    Not just another screen, these tablets will actually teach your kids a thing or two.

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    1. An Amazon Fire HD Kids Pro with the power to make the constant lament of "I'm bored" disappear. Want your child to spend more time reading and less time playing games? You can do that through parental controls, which include time limits.

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    For ages 6+, parents will also have the power to set goals and restrict certain content (down to what episodes your child watches). You also have a free year of access to Amazon Kids+ content.

    Promising review: "This is everything I’ve wanted in a tablet for my child. He has an iPad but has literally not used it since he got the Fire. The battery life is great and the fact that it only displays downloads when we are somewhere with no Wi-Fi saves me one million questions. The parental controls are easy and I can pick and choose which ones he can use." —Laura Beth

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99 (available in four colors and bundled with a headset, screen protector, and tablet sleeve).

    2. A portable kids' tablet for avoiding a dreaded case of the "Are we there yets?" when traveling. The young ones can enjoy a mix of educational games that should keep them entertained for the whole ride.

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    Give your child (ages 3–12), all the access you want using the parental controls. Easily personalize the tablet’s screen time limits, set educational goals, filter age-appropriate content, and also expand the kid-appropriate web, or download new apps and manage their playtime as your child grows.

    Promising review: "A great kids' tablet at a great price. Comes preloaded with great age-appropriate games, but still gives you the ability to download your favorite learning games. Holds up to even the most irrational of toddlers. It's as good as a kids' Kindle, but for a fraction of the cost." —Katherine Morales

    Get it from Amazon for $69.49 (available in two colors).

    3. A sit-and-play tablet your preschooler just might stay in one place for. Before they run off and get into things they shouldn't, they can watch 60 storybooks unfold before their eyes while learning their numbers and letters.

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    Keep it on the included stand for hands-free enjoyment, or go mobile and carry it around. It was also designed ad-free, subscription-free, and comes with free updates. The brand recommends this for ages 12–36 months.

    Promising review: "My 21-month-old daughter and her 13-month-old younger brother love their AILA. She had a lesson on circles and when it was time for a snack, she recognized the orange in my hand as a circle. We started using the read-aloud book just today and my wife used it as an opportunity to read to the kids. Both of us are very impressed but are also excited to see how this will play out with our younger child. At his younger age, we use the broadcast mode only. Hopefully, as his attention span grows, we will graduate him to the learning sessions. Definitely consider this as a helpful preschool tool!" —Ethan Lopez

    Get it from Amazon for $169.

    4. A LeapFrog LeapPad to make playtime more educational. If they find classroom learning boring, this tablet can sneak some interactive math, writing, reading, and more learning games — much like when you slip those veggies into their dinner unnoticed.

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    Ideal for ages 3–8 years old, you'll receive three free months of LeapPad Academy, which offers even more content. If you're an Android user you'll be able to download and add more content.

    Promising review: "This was a great alternative to the iPad. My six-year-old loves the educational games and the camera features. The durability of the product is just what we were looking for in an age-appropriate device. The comfort that we have when she is on the device is priceless! We know she is spending time learning while having fun with material that is age-appropriate, minus the worry of clicking on a video or gaming app that is not suited for her to watch. Thank you for maintaining the integrity and innocence of a child's learning experience with technology." —Veronica

    Get it from Walmart for $119.99.

    5. An Amazon Fire Kids Tablet so you can quickly slip away and finally finish that one task you've been putting off. Don't worry though, this tablet has access to Amazon's endless library of audiobooks and learning content for educational fun (it's a thing, trust us).

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    Much like the Amazon Fire HD Kids Pro, this comes with most of the same features just with a smaller screen and shorter battery life. The brand find this model suitable for ages 3–7 years old.

    Promising review: "I purchased this for my daughter who is two years old and I was so impressed. I did not want to get her just any tablet where she was just stuck on YouTube, I wanted a tablet that would have her learning as well and this exceeded my expectations. My son wants to ditch his iPad for the Amazon tablet. Now, for Christmas, I have to purchase an extra one. Highly recommend!" —lisette lopez

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes and three colors).

    6. A LeapFrog My First Learning Tablet designed for the parents who aren't ready to let their kids loose on the internets. They can giggle with wonderment as they push the educational buttons and learn sounds, letters, numbers, and more.

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    Violet the dog can help guide your toddler (12-months+) on their learning journey as they play with the pretend camera and listen to short stories. It even comes with batteries, so you don't have to rifle through any junk drawers. 

    Promising review: "My 1-year-old loves everything touchable from the remotes to the phone to iPad, so there is no doubt in my mind when she opens this she is going to love it. The best part about the Leapfrog line is that it's all educational! So it's pushing her little brain to develop the knowledge to excellence from an early age." —Monica

    Get it from Amazon for $15+ (available in two colors).

    7. An iPad Pro that the whole family can enjoy! While you're doing the dishes, you can keep your child entertained and hopefully avoid any drawing on your precious white walls.

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    This tablet would work best for children ages 11+, with its long-lasting battery and wifi capability, you'll be able to control when the kids have access since it comes protected with face ID.

    Promising review: "We're so happy with this purchase! It's a beautiful new iPad with so many cool features. The camera is excellent and the shipping was super fast. Our daughter loves it and we were able to download all of her school apps and many more games and programs she can use! Best birthday gift ever because it's practical and useful. Highly recommend this product and the seller!" —MrsMangis

    Get it from Amazon for $899.99 (available with or without cellular and two colors).

    8. A tablet for toddlers protected with an adorable penguin case they won't want to put down. They'll be able to unleash their creativity with drawing activities, mini-games, and educational videos. And yes, the handles are its wings!

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    Recommended for children ages 2+, you'll have the power to adjust the parental settings so they have more access to apps, browsing, videos, and more as they get older.

    Promising review: "We’ve really enjoyed this tablet. The case provides a lot of protection, and it has good battery life too. It’s easy to use and navigate, and there are lots of games and apps to choose from. I like that you can set up a kid’s profile too. We’ve tried more expensive things like the kid's Kindle, but I feel like this has all the same benefits." —Demi-Anna Loos

    Get it from Amazon for $64.49 (available in two colors and for 5% off when coupon is applied before checkout).

    9. A Samsung Galaxy Tab A the big kid in your life won't be able to resist. On top of learning activities, they can browse the web, watch their favorite shows, and even chat with friends (and maybe even family too).

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    Kids ages 11+ can enjoy the long-lasting battery, which is prepared for all-day fun. For parental controls, you can add a passcode to the device to limit their access. You'll also have access to the Google Play Store full of endless app options.

    Promising review: "It's easy to apply parental controls to this device by setting up a Google child account and loading it onto the device, then download family link to set control parameters. My kid is loving the freedom to download Google Play Store apps and games that weren't available to him on his Amazon Fire tablet, which he got last year. Needless to say, this is his new favorite toy and he chose it over Robux." —QA Manager, Elias

    Get it from Amazon for $159.99 (available in two colors and two storage sizes).

    10. A kids' tablet ideal for the children that love to be your mini-me. They can feel all grown-up to an extent as they take goofy pictures and watch *parent-approved* videos

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    This tablet arguably is one of the many useful products every parent should know about for kids ages 3+. Made for both toddlers and older tikes, it comes equipped with teacher-approved learning apps and games to get stimulate your child's even when they're home from school.

    Promising review: "This little tablet is perfect for my 3-year-old. This is his first one and although it's a new experience for him, this tablet couldn't be any more perfect for the occasion. The case it comes with is a great safeguard for his age, it's super easy to navigate, age-appropriate, and offers an awesome variety of educational and cognitive apps that he already loves." —Sandra

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in six colors and for 5% off when coupon is applied before checkout).

    11. A kid-proof tablet ready for any "oopsie" moments. Choose between a pink or blue drop-proof case that's prepared for any bumps, slips, or throws that are sure to happen.

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    Whether they're watching cartoons or playing games, kids ages 6+ can watch HD pictures that will provide a crisp and clear image they can sit back and enjoy. Parental controls also include the ability to hand-pick apps, personalize screen time limits, manage web browsing, and filter age-appropriate content.

    Promising review: "Honestly, when we bought this we thought it might not be an amazing product because of the low price. We've been pleasantly surprised though because there are a lot of really good learning apps built-in that engage our son very well, and seem to advance his understanding of toddler-level learning topics. Overall, good value!" —Cristian

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in two colors and for 5% off when coupon is applied before checkout).

    12. A kids' tablet with pre-installed content because you know the instant they open this they'll want to immediately play with it. Thankfully, this device will already come preloaded with Disney audiobooks so when they say "gimme gimme" you'll be free to hand it over.

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    Children ages 2+ can carry their tablet in the provided pink carrying sleeve to protect and take with you on the go. The endless supply of games is the one gift meant to keep your kids busy for hours.

    Promising review: "This is definitely a tablet for kids. I really like that it comes ready to play out of the box with very little setup needed. It has lots of preloaded games that my son enjoys playing and a kid-friendly case. The screen and touch quality are actually better than I expected for a children’s tablet but the battery life is not, unfortunately. It seems it always needs to be charged after just a couple of hours of intermittent use." —parkers

    Get it from Amazon for $82.99+ (available in four colors).

    13. An internet-free bilingual tablet for kids to master two languages (entry-level Spanish and English) while teaching them letters, numbers, and more!

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    Your child (ages 3+) can go from English to Spanish or vice versa for toddler entry-level teachings on language. 

    Promising review: "My 5-year-old niece showed interest in learning other languages, so I found this tablet on Amazon. SHE LOVES IT Y'ALL — like wants to keep playing with it. Now, there is a lot crammed on the tablet, so you do have to interact with your child a bit to get the full experience at least in the beginning, so they understand how it works. But all in all, I am VERY pleased with the product and it’s brought so much joy into her life." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    14. A Baby Shark tablet for kids that's internet-free and will most certainly harpoon "that song" into your head, over and over again. So, much like shark-infested waters, enter at your own risk with this one!

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    Your child (ages 2+) can now sing along to Baby Shark’s Big Show! theme song (ughhhhh) whenever they want while also learning numbers and their ABCs. It's sure to be that one gift under $50 that'll probably make your kid smile.

    Promising review: "This is an amazing learning toy for tour little one. My son plays with it every day and teaches me the alphabet and his numbers — and I definitely know the Baby Shark song by heart." —Janelle Stubblefield

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two colors).

    That feeling you get after seeing your child's face light up:

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