One of the questions we get asked frequently by our friends that have children is what we recommend as a good iPad case for their tot. In a nutshell they want a case that will prevent damage and help the child to better use the device, while at the same time not being ugly so that the child does not try and remove it from the case. Since we are pretty sure they are not alone in their desire for a case that fits this criteria, we've curated some of our favourites that we believe will fit the bill.
- Speck iGuy: This case has been one that has been popular with both the kids and adults that we know. The bright colours and fun shape make this case a winner (it's very sturdy as well) and we have been known to use it when shooting a video on the iPad 2. This case works for both the iPad 1 & 2 and has accommodations for the rear camera. $39.95
- M-Edge SuperShell: Made out of foam to absorb shocks if the iPad is dropped, this case was created with small hands in mind. iPad 2, $29.99
- Speck PixelSkin HD Wrap: This case has proven to be a big hit among the 10-12 year olds that we know. They think it's cool and their parents like the fact that the rubber surface helps prevent the case from being dropped. While it is not as heavy duty as some of the other options out there it's one that the kids like enough not to remove. iPad 2, $49.95
- TRTLBOT The Shell: One of the most unique and versatile options that we've seen is this Pad 2 case built for kids and we hope that this Kickstarter project gets funded. The case will be made out of eco-friendly materials and will have a variety of carrying and usage options. Sadly it looks like they are still pretty far away from their goal which they need to meet by the 20th of October. iPad 2
- Trident Kraken Hybrid Case: Another sturdy case for the iPad, this one with a decidedly Transformer-ish look. iPad 1, $31.75
- Speck PixelSkin: We know quite a few elementary school kids who are big fans of this case. The grownups like how washable the case is and the kids think the rubber texture is neat and makes gaming easier because of the grip. iPad 1, $25.97
- Speck HandyShell: The beauty in this case is that the hard back makes it fairly durable and when coupled with a screen protector makes it a good fit for older kids who want something slim in their backpacks that is also versatile. The handle makes the case easy to hang and offers one of the sturdiest viewing options available. iPad 2, $54.95
- Case-mate Hybrid Tough Case: With dual layers of silicone and a polycarbonate hard shell this case was built to withstand abuse. While it is not the sleekest option, this might be a good choice for children who are known to be a little rough on their tech. iPad 1, $19.99
- Griffin LightBoard: This polycarbonate shell iPad case was built with kids who love to draw in mind. Griffin designed a free app to complement the case that serves up more than 35 different things to draw. The case has a place for a child to slip a paper in to draw and trace the images in the app. iPad 1, $19.99
- Big Grips Frame & Stand: Hands down the largest iPad case we've seen this is definitely not a good option for kids concerned with how much space the iPad takes in their bag. Designed for very young children the foam case adds a large amount of bulk in order to ensure a large area for the child to grip. iPad 1 & iPad 2, $49.95
What are some great tablet cases that your child loves?
(Images: Joelle Alcaidinho)