The 12 Best iPad Cases for Those With Kids
You have purchased a new iPad for your kids (or given them your old one) and now you are wondering how long it will last before they destroy it. You want an iPad case that give you some peace of mind that the iPad will be (somewhat) protected from all the things kids can get into. The good news is that there are lots of amazing options in terms of iPad cases that are really perfect for children. These cases range from slim rubber sleeves to military grade monster cases the kids could never destroy all the way to super cute soft cases that are fun and bounce back from big falls.
We researched and reviewed over a hundred iPad case. We whittled it down to about 2o cases and then tried where possible to put them through some real world tests by dropping them from kitchen counters, spilling milk on them and even dropping them in sand to see how well protected the ports would be. Finally, we also looked at hundreds of parent reviews on Amazon to see what actual owners had to say about the iPad cases we thought should make our recommended list.
The great news is that every children’s iPad case is awesome and highly recommended. With that, here is our list of the 12 best iPad cases for kids.
- Summary: Thick, soft case creates a shockproof barrier around your iPad
- Devices: iPad Mini
- Price: $15.99 on Amazon (Free Shipping for Prime Members)
Description: Kids drop stuff all the time and iPads are no different. This iPad Mini case is made of a great silicone material that grips onto the iPad very well and creates a shockproof barrier around your iPad. If you’re looking for a case to protect your iPad from tosses, drops, and just plain kid negligence, this is the one for you.
The Kid-Test: We drop-tested this kid-proof tablet case but dropping it 10 times on the hard floor. We tried dropping it down the stairs, against tile floors and outdoor concrete patio. It really stood up well. The soft case didn’t even get a scratch on it and the iPad mini seems totally fine.
Pros: We love this case. It has super-fun colors that kids will love and it appears (at least from our testing to be kid-proof). Not only does the case look good with the colors and the functional handle, it is thick and actually causes the device to bounce when it’s dropped.
Cons: More colors would be nice, but we’re being picky. It would also be nice to have this case for older model iPad models since most parents give their children their old iPads as hand-me-downs. Also, the charging port is a little hard to get to, it is deep and sometimes it is hard to get it in there.
Verdict: Perfectly fits your iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini Retina Display and iPad Mini, this soft-case shell is the perfect kid-protecting cover around your tablet. Fall damage and scratches are largely a non-issue. We recommend this to anyone looking for a fun and effective iPad mini case.
- Summary: Shock and impact-resistant iPad case that can take a real beating
- Device: iPad 2, 3 & 4
- Price Range: $15.98 at Amazon
Description: PEPKOO Spider case is built on a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame clad in rugged, shock absorbing silicone. A built-in screen protector seals your Multi-Touch display from the outside environment, while hinged plugs seal the dock connector, camera lens, headphone port, hold switch and volume controls. The included stand clips on, then folds open for landscape viewing and typing. Nearly every square millimeter of the iPad is protected by this case, and it even provides a built-in screen protector. All ports are concealed by silicone flaps.
The Kid-Test: We dropped, scratched and beat up this child-proof iPad case by giving it to a room full of energetic toddlers. They spilled milk on it, dropped it outside on the sidewalk and even threw it across the room in an act of defiance.
Pros: Shatter-Resistant frame with shock-absorbing silicone. Every port is protected by silicon flaps which did a great job of keeping out all the dirt, sand and milk (yes, milk) in our kid-tests. We love the stand clip-ons that make viewing in vehicles or bikes easy. The case feels like it could take a beating, and we love that the stand comes off if I don’t want to use it.
Full access to all ports, buttons, and cameras without the need to remove the case. Easily recharge the iPad without removing the case and the kids can take pictures and use it with all of their apps with the case intact. The built-in stand is very convenient and gets a thumbs up from the kids. It is great that it folds into the case so there is no risk of misplacing a separate item.
Cons: It is a little bulky versus some of the other cases we tested, but nothing crazy. We had the kickstand break on one unit we tested. We tested a few others and didn’t see this issue though, so it may have been a one-off situation. Also, the plastic screen in the front scratches easily (but it does protect the iPad screen very well). The little flaps used to cover the plug in parts were somewhat annoying because one may not stay in place as it should and one covers the speaker part so you can’t hear it very well.
Verdict: We loved this case and it withstood all the drops, liquid spills, scratches and other torture we threw its way. Very high quality case but at a fraction of the cost of some of the expensive brands.
- Summary: Handle and stand work great. And it’s a foamy case. So no hard impact if dropped.
- Device: Apple iPad 2 New iPad 3 3rd 4th Gen Tablet
- Price Range: $13.98 at Amazon
Description: Designed specifically for Apple iPad 2 New iPad 3 3rd 4th Gen Tablet, this great kids iPad case is one of our favorites. Access to all features and controls is easy. It is constructed from impact-resistant polycarbonate and double-enforced with a shock absorbing silicone inner-sleeve. This is one strong case. Corners feature double-thick silicone for outstanding protection against drops and other impacts.
Pros: Constructed from impact-resistant polycarbonate and double-enforced with a shock absorbing silicone inner-sleeve. Corners feature double-thick silicone for outstanding protection against drops and other impacts. Lightweight, durable Hazard Free Material Perfect for Kids of all Ages. We love the ability to watch movies on the go with convertible stand that converts into easy to use carrying case.
Cons: There is no screen protection built in. The folding handle is also very useful for propping the tablet, but we found it a little finicky to use.
Verdict: Would recommend this to anyone with an iPad and young children. This is totally kid proof and awesome for the tight budget us teachers often have. I’d recommend to any teacher or parent!
- Summary: Soft protective carrying case for Apple iPad Mini
- Device: iPad Mini & iPad Mini 2
- Price Range: $15.99 at Amazon – Free Shipping for Prime Members
Description: This children’s iPad case is made of treated foam that creates a shockproof and Kids-proof shell around your tablet, preventing fall damage The soft grip handle folds over to turn the case into a stand so your child can prop their tablet on a desk while they watch their favorite episodes of Spongebob Squarepants or Adventure Time.
The Kid-Test: The tough silicone outer case had excellent shockproof ability. We dropped it 10 times from kitchen counters onto tile floors and the iPad remained totally unharmed.
Pros: Full access to all ports and functions, case is soft and durable, grip allows the case to be stood upright for tabletop tablet viewing. It is easy to put on and just as easy to take off (for an adult), but not easy enough for a younger child which is perfect.
Cons: A little too cutesy for most kids, but that’s really a matter of taste.
Verdict: The iPad was easy to put in and it stays put. It protects the iPad if repeatedly dropped on the ground, yet is easy to handle and soft to touch. Well worth the price.
- Summary: This versatile carrying case is the inexpensive solution to your child-proofing worries!
- Device: Apple iPad 2, 3 & 4
- Price Range: $14.99 on Amazon
Description: This is the perfect soft protective carrying case for Apple iPad 2, 3, or 4 if you have youngster running around. The case is made from high-quality, non-toxic EVA foam material with rugged surface for a firm grip. It provides extra shock absorption and protects the tablet from scratches, dust, and smudges. The cool 180-degree rotatable grip allows the case to be stood upright for tabletop tablet viewing.
The Kid-Test: We have this one at home so it had lots of real world tests over the last 6 months. My two boys love their screen time as much as they love destroying things. This case has held up to repeated abuse and protected my iPad.
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.
Verdict: 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.
- Summary: It is the military strength case for extra tough kids.
- Device: iPad 2, 3, and 4th Gen
- Price Range: $81.46 & FREE Shipping on Amazon
Description: This case could handle a hurricane. The company’s own comment is that this kids iPad case is ridiculously over-engineered. Simply put, the Griffin Survivor All-Terrain Case is the most protective case Griffin has built. Tested and certified to meet or exceed US Department of Defense Standard 810F, Griffin’s Survivor All-Terrain Military-Duty Case is designed from the inside out to protect your iPad 2 from extreme conditions … dirt, sand, rain, shock, vibration and a host of other environmental factors.
Survivor All-Terrain is built on a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame clad in rugged, shock absorbing silicone. A built-in screen protector seals your Multi-Touch display from the outside environment, while hinged plugs seal the dock connector, camera lens, headphone port, hold switch and volume controls. The included stand clips on, then folds open for landscape viewing and typing.
Survivor All-Terrain is independently tested and verified to meet or exceed environmental testing standards for blown rain, blown dust and grit, vibration, shock, temperature and humidity.
The Kid-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.
Pros: Shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame clad in rugged, shock absorbing silicone. A built-in screen protector seals your Multi-Touch display from the outside environment, while hinged plugs seal the dock connector, camera lens, headphone port, hold switch and volume controls. The included stand clips on, then folds open for landscape viewing and typing.
Verdict: The Survivor All-Terrain is independently tested and verified to meet or exceed environmental testing standards for blown rain, blown dust and grit, vibration, shock, temperature and humidity. They put a lot into this case, which is reflected in its price. You pay for it.
- Summary: It is the military strength case AND at a reasonable price point.
- Device: iPad 2,3,4 and iPad mini
- Price Range: $39.95 at Amazon – Free Shipping for Prime Members
Description: If you’re looking for the most rugged, durable yet ultimately affordable protection for the new iPad, you found it in the Drop Tech Series Case for the iPad. Shock absorption, drop protection, extreme ruggedness and hard-core readiness for all adventures, the Drop Tech Series Case for the iPad specifically conforms to the shape of the iPad and offers multiple layers of protection. This iPad case features a unique, Snap-On integrated screen for maximum protection.
The Kid-Test: This iPad took a beating in our tests. The kids were extra sugared up after a birthday party and fought over the iPd all afternoon. They dropped it, got slimy cake fingers on it and even managed to spill milk on it. Case (and iPad) held up fine.
Pros: Coming in a series of colors, the Gumdrop case has an outer silicone skin that absorbs shock and vibration. The case has reinforced bumpers corners, protecting the most fragile part of the device as well as a textured finish making the device easier for small hands to grip.
Cons: It was really difficult to get the case on (like really hard). The pink part applies too much pressure near the charging port. We also kept getting dust in between the iPad and the screen, which normally isn’t a big deal but because this case is so hard to get on and off, it became a real chore. It is also a heavy case which annoyed my children.
Verdict: The kids iPad case you feel like you can throw this across the room (we don’t recommend this). For the price, I would totally recommend it.
- Summary: Create your own iPad case
- Device: All devices
- Price Range: Depends
Description: A wonderfully creative project for kids, caseable is a super cool site that lets you design your own iPad case. From color, to printed text, to images and designs, every aspect of your case is completely customizable.
Pros: From color, to printed text, to images and designs, every aspect of your case is completely customizable. Whether you want to select a design from the huge caseable collection or upload your own artwork or photos you can visualize and preview the whole process right there on the site.
Cons: Not cheap.
Verdict: Spend hours messing around with your child to create their very own personalized iPad case.
- Summary: A fun, freestanding foam iPad case with tons of personality
- Device: iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or iPad Air 1
- Price Range: $33.80 on Amazon – Free Shipping for Prime Members
Description: Meet iGuy – the freestanding foam case for 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 or iPad Air 1 with tons of personality! Every bit protective as he is a blast to use, iGuy is the perfect accessory for 9.7-inch iPad Pro or iPad Air for kids and grownups alike. He’s lightweight, easy to hold, and he can stand on his own two feet, even while holding up your 9.7-inch iPad Pro or iPad Air 2 or 1. He may look like he’s all about fun, but his soft, squishy body disguises tough EVA foam protection. iGuy iPad Pro or iPad Air covers will help you feel more secure as you hand your 9.7-inch iPad Pro or iPad Air over to your baby or small child!
Pros: Protective, fun and functional case. Easy for small hands to manipulate and carry the iPad. Cute designs and shape make it a child favorite. Available in a lots of colors.
Cons: Not as many options and angle as some of the other cases reviewed here. Annoying to pack on trips due to its shape.
Verdict: The iGuy is one of the more fun and colorful iPad cases for kids. With short legs that allow the iPad to stand free as well as cute foam arms to help small hands grip the device, the case does a lot more than just protect your iPad from drops and knocks.
- Summary: Perfect case for the iPad 1 hand me down to your kids
- Device: iPad Air 1 and 2, iPad Mini, iPad Air
- Price Range: $24.99 on Amazon – Free Shipping for Prime Members
Description: This case fits iPad Air 1 and 2, which is perfect for the iPad you donate to your kids when you upgrade to the latest and greatest iPad. With a user-friendly design this iPad case allows full access to all ports, buttons and cameras. It is shock, drop and kid proof case will give you – as a parent reassuring peace of mind. Large ergonomic handles to give your child secure control and manipulation of the iPad.
Pros: All four edges of the iPad are equipped with large ergonomic handles made from durable cushioned material, making sure your iPad is fully protected while still allowing for perfect viewing in both portrait and landscape mode. The cases are made from premium eco-friendly, non-toxic EVA foam which is a highly durable yet cushioned material.
Cons: Doesn’t have a stand.
Verdict: The Snugg Kid Proof Case is one of the best iPad cases for kids who need a little extra grip holding such expensive devices. The Snugg Kid Proof Case comes with a lifetime guarantee.
- Summary: Fisher-Price’s Case is perfect for those with much younger children.
- Device: iPad, iPad 2 or iPad 3, iPad Air
- Price Range: $16.99 on Amazon – Free Shipping for Prime Members
Pros: One of the larger and more durable iPad cases for kids, the frame includes beads and handles to engage younger children as well as hiding all clickable iPad buttons (including the home button) to prevent any accidental clicks. You can set it up flat, as an easel or flip out both legs for a rocker base
Cons: No access to any of the ports or buttons while the iPad is in the case, which means you can’t turn it on/off (or recharge it) without removing iPad from case. It is also quite heavy which goes against it being designed for the littlest kids.
Verdict: This case protects your iPad very well from younger children. It’s super cute and your child will love it. Very durable.
- Summary: It’s not a case, it’s a sleeve.
- Device: All tablets and devices
- Price Range: $9.99 on Amazon – Free Shipping for Prime Members
Description: Evecase Ultra-portable Universal Neoprene Carrying Case is a lightweight, portable sleeve that is great for protecting your device from scratches and minor impacts. Made of water resistant neoprene, this durable, shock absorbing sleeve is ideal for taking your device on the go. Easily carry your device using the dual handles, which can be easily folded down for easy storage or raised up for your carrying convenience. Front pocket enables quick accessibility to accessories and the zipper closure provides ease of access and ample security.
Pros: Water resistant neoprene exterior, soft microfiber interior. Safe, durable and lightweight for when travel or home. Tons of colors and patterns to choose from.
Cons: It is a case, so it doesn’t have any stand or viewing angle features.
Verdict: It is a wonderful case. Attractive, tab fits perfectly, the extra pocket in the front is nice to carry extras like the charger and the handles make it easier to carry.
So, that’s it for our list of awesome iPad cases for kids. Did we miss any? Did we did any wrong? Let us know in the comments below!