For youngsters growing up today, a toddler tablet is every bit as much a part of their reality as stacks of picture books. The Internet is an inescapable part of their lives. And since you can’t stuff the genie back in the bottle, when it comes to learning tablets, what you can do is be as picky as possible and choose the best toddler tablets packed with the most robust features, along with built-in tools to protect them from unsavory content. That’s especially true since remote learning, in some form, is a reality for most toddlers these days.
Every parent handles screen time differently and it’s worth noting that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children ages 2 to 5 have no more than one hour a day of screen time and that the hour be limited to high-quality programming. These modern preschool tablets for toddlers disguise STEM learning, reading, and even music in packages and apps that your children will love. As such, they’re a great way of imparting foundational learning by way of fun and games.
The Best Tablets for 1-Year-Olds
Another tablet in name only, this one lets kids press buttons and hear sounds and music. The camera is a pretend one, and the tablet has color, number, and shape learn modes. Kids can also create their own music, which is a pretty nifty feature.
This sweet little 'tablet' won't get your kid online, and that's a plus since kids this young don't need it. It plays 48 melodies and introduces your child to three different languages. Ironically, this tablet is actually screen-free. Kids learn about colors, shapes, and numbers. And there's no danger of the screen cracking.
The Best Tablets for 2-Year-Olds
Fans of this budget-priced tablet are effusive: It packs a lot inn an afforable package. With an Android backbone, parents can control a host of areas, including access, apps, screen time, and more. Kids stay enthralled in a suite of games that are scalable as they grow, as well as dual cameras, bluetooth, and WiFi. An impact-resistant silicone protects the unit from scratches, dirt, and drops.
This looks like a tablet. But wait! When kids press the buttons, they hear one of 100 plus stories. So the payoff is pretty sweet. And there's no internet connection.
This kids' tablet comes pre-loaded with more than 40 games, and has WiFi capability, allowing (older) kids to send secure text messages, photos, and voice memos to a parent-approved list of contacts. Plus it has solid passcode-protected parental controls that let you set screen time limits and add your own list of approved websites. The battery life is roughly five hours. Do note that you have to use the KidiConnect app to send the aforementioned texts, and the app can be glitchy.
Think of this tablet as a kind of virtual preschool. Its content focuses on cognitive development, early literacy, numeracy education, social skills, and emotional growth. Kids sing, dance, learn their letters and numbers, figure out shapes, hear new words, and listen to music. The tablet keeps track of curriculum milestones and makes sure the content levels up with your child.
For young kids who dig PBS, this tablet comes preloaded with 23 educational games and 120 video clips. You get a seven-inch screen, roughly 6.5 hours of battery life, 16GB internal storage plus a microSD slot, and, of course, parental controls. You can download apps, games, movies, music and eBooks from Google Play.
The Best Tablets for 3-Year-Olds
If you own a Fire tablet from Amazon, get thyself this kit. It's loaded with preschool lessons, teaching kids letter formation, numbers, phonics, and colors. Kids follow along with the app, but then get hands-on learning using the Osmo pad and the sticks and rings. For example, a cute character on the app tells kids that M is for mouse, and they create a mouse on the Osmo pad. Plus, they can play dress-up with gender-neutral characters, and a ton of other great stuff.
The newest member of Amazon's Fire family, this 10th generation tablet has an eight-inch HD display. It comes with 32 GB of storage, expandable by up to 1 TB. The battery lasts up to 12 hours, and the CPU is an upgrade: Quad-core 2.0 GHz. It also has Dolby Atmos sound, the same as the 10 inch model. Don’t be deceived by its cutesy exterior; this is a proper Fire device, and as such, you’ll enjoy watching your own Netflix after hours, returning it to its child-friendly settings for your kiddo the next morning. Finally, with internet access, your child can connect to the company’s FreeTime Unlimited (the first year is included), which offers 20,000 popular apps and games, videos, books, Audible books, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and others.
The standout aspect of this Fire tablet is its battery life: Kids get up to 12 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching videos, and listening to music on one charge. The newer version of the beloved Fire Kids has a larger display, better battery life, and at 1920 x 1200, much better resolution. The Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet gives your kids access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, audiobooks, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and other kid-friendly channels. Because it's significantly heavier than its predecessor, weighing 27.4 ounces as opposed to 16.7 ounces, we think it's better for slightly older kids.
With a sizable eight-inch screen and 13 hours of battery life, this is another worthy option. It weighs only one pound, so it's easy for little kids to carry around. Parents can monitor screen time and what their kids can access online.
This Android-based tablet is pre-loaded with 20+ educational apps and creativity tools designed by LeapFrog learning experts, and gives kids access to LeapSearch, LeapFrog’s kid-friendly browser. You get a three month trial of the learning program LeapFrog Academy. The tablet has 16GB storage plus a MicroSD slot for expandable memory up to 32GB. Parents can go in and set time limits and choose which apps or websites can be used on up to three profiles. You get seven hours' of battery life.
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