The 10 Best iPad Cases for Kids of 2022

The Gumdrop HideAway case is as appealing to kids as it is protective

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When you invest hundreds of dollars on an iPad or other tablet for your family, you don’t want to live in fear that they’ll shatter it to pieces. Getting a good, kid-proof iPad case ensures that you’ll be able to enjoy the blessings (Easy travel! Educational apps!) and even the curses (so much screen time) of handing a tablet over to them. A case will not only personalize a kid’s device, but will also protect it from any accidental drops and scratches in the hands of a busy, learning child.

Reviewed & Approved

For our best overall tablet cover for kids, we picked the Gumdrop HideAway iPad Case for its durability, kid-approved colors and design and overall toughness. For travel, both in the car and in the air, we love the durable and easy to position Otterbox Trusty Case.

“Having a child with an electronic [device] usually does increase the risk of it being dropped, banged and the glass cracking,” Delene P. Musielak, MD, FACP, FAAP, ABOM, host of “The Dr. Mom Show,” tells Verywell Family. “iPads at this time are really not made for durability for child use.”

Of course, you want to know the case you choose for your child’s iPad or tablet will stand the test of time and secure their expensive device, but it should also be practical, fun, and suit your child’s taste. We also spoke with a few experts with an eye on tablets that will help keep kids upright, as heads buried in laps is not great for their posture. 

We’ve put together this list of the best iPad and tablet cases for kids.

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Best Overall: Gumdrop HideAway iPad Case

4.8
Gumdrop HideAway iPad Case

Amazon

Pros
  • Built to withstand high drops

  • Includes screen cover

  • Colorful options

Cons
  • Not waterproof

For the price, and all the toughness, it’s hard to find a better cover for kids, especially ones that play hard, which is why the HideAway case is our top pick. It has a heavy-duty tire tread-style case cover and a rigid internal frame meant to keep your kid’s iPad safe—even the screen and port covers. The case is shockproof and impact-resistant. The brand promises it can be dropped from heights of 4 feet and dragged for 4 feet, without being damaged. This is thanks to a thick silicon bumper skin and a polycarbonate casing. The case also features a built-in protective screen to prevent scratches and dings, though it’s not waterproof.

This case comes in a selection of kid-friendly colors—black, black/red and blue/green—and has a pretty cool stand that blends seamlessly into the back of the case when not in use. The stand is easy to engage with just a flip and click. After the stand clicks into place, kids can view their favorite shows while sitting more comfortably than they would with the iPad sitting in their lap. 

Price at time of publication: $35

Materials: Silicone and polycarbonate | Screen protection: Yes | Sizes: Fits Apple iPad 10.2 inch (generations 7, 8, and 9)

Best for Travel: Otterbox Trusty Case

Otterbox Trusty Case

Amazon

Pros
  • Tough protection

  • Fun color options

  • Easy to clean

Cons
  • No screen protector included

  • Stand detaches easily

This case has a durable exterior for exuberant users, a stand, and a handle that also attaches to the back of a car seat headrest for long road trips. The stand and hanging features that keep tablets out of laps prevent hunched backs and necks.

Available in three jaunty colors—pink, blue and teal—with a gray handle, this case is infused with silver-based additive that the brand claims blocks microbial growth. It also has a wide ridge around the edges for easy gripping. 

Another thing we love: The polycarbonate exterior is easy to clean and won’t stain. Just wipe down with a damp cloth or a Clorox type wipe, and it will clean right up. 

And we can’t emphasize enough how durable this case is. According to reports from parents we know, you can pretty much drop this while running out of the room, and it won’t get a mark or scratch. 

Price at time of publication: $60

Materials: Polycarbonate | Screen protection: No | Sizes: 9th, 8th, 7th Gen iPads

Best Lightweight: ROATZ iPad ​​Slim Fit Smart Rubber Coated Folio Case

ROATZ iPad ​​Slim Fit Smart Rubber Coated Folio Case

Amazon

Pros
  • Uncomplicated

  • Great price

  • Fits in small pockets and bags

Cons
  • Not as protective as other cases

This familiar-looking lightweight case style called a folio, has been on the market in some version or another since the iPad debuted, and it’s a favorite for kids and adults because it’s so easy to use. The cover protects your tech without adding a ton of bulk, making it easy to stash in backpacks or your vehicle’s side pockets. 

This cover also serves to prop up the screen into a good hands-free viewing position on a table instead of their laps, sparing their posture, which is why Grant Radermacher, DC, a chiropractor at Ascent Chiropractic in Wisconsin, recommends it and uses it with his two daughters.

The screen cover stays in place with magnets, and when closed, it puts the iPad to sleep, saving your battery. When kids are ready to use it, they can fold the cover into a long triangle that will prop the tablet up for viewing. It’s available in a whole rainbow of colors, and you’re sure to find one your kid will like. 

Price at time of publication: $17

Materials: Microfiber, polyurethane, and rubber | Screen protection: Yes, when closed | Sizes: Available for all Mini, Air, Pro, and full-size iPads

What Our Experts Say

“It's lightweight, durable, and the front cover can fold into dual standing positions to get their iPads up off their laps and into more posture-friendly positions.” — Grant Radermacher, DC

Best Budget: Dynex Black Soft Touch Folio Case for iPad 10.2

Dynex Black Soft Touch Folio Case for iPad 10.2

Best Buy

Pros
  • Polyurethane provides good grip

  • Folio style stands up easily

  • Slim profile

Cons
  • Less sturdy than some of our picks

The reality is, most of these cases are pretty reasonably priced, but sometimes every dollar counts, and you may be looking for a cheap case to protect an older, hand-me-down iPad your kids use as a backup. So we talked to parents to find out what was great for under $10. 

This super simple case, which only comes in navy at the moment, is made from polycarbonate and polyurethane, and the inside of the screen cover is lined with microfiber. The magnetized cover fits over the screen and can roll up into a simple stand for the case. Again, this is a great choice for keeping a screen from cracking for a very good price. 

Price at time of publication: $6.50

Materials: Polycarbonate and polyurethane | Screen protection: Yes | Sizes: Fits Apple iPad 10.2 inch (generations 7, 8, and 9)

Best for Younger Kids: Speck Case-E Run

Speck Case-E Run

Amazon

Pros
  • Soft but protective

  • Anti-microbial coating

  • Fun handle/stand can also fit over car seat headrests

Cons
  • Bulky

  • No screen protector

This case isn’t just adorable to look at, with its handle that looks like a pair of headphones. It’s also very protective. Built from EVA foam (just like your Crocs), it’s been tested to withstand drops from 6 feet off the ground. Plus, the whole case is coated in Microban, which prevents germs and dirt from sticking to the surface. 

That cute handle is great for little ones who want to tote it around themselves, and it also works as a stand and a way to hang the iPad from the car seat headrest for entertainment on the road (assuming your kid doesn’t get car sick!). One drawback is that this case doesn’t have a built-in screen protector, so you’ll have to buy it separately. And the handle makes it a bit bulky when you’re trying to squeeze it into small bags. 

Price at time of publication: $45

Materials: EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) | Screen protection: No | Sizes: Available for all iPads and other major tablet brands

Best for iPad mini: Otterbox Kids EasyGrab 360° Antimicrobial

Otterbox Kids EasyGrab 360° Antimicrobial

Otterbox

Pros
  • Antimicrobial coating

  • Multi-purpose handle/stand

  • Screen protector included

Cons
  • On the pricey side

Otterbox has long been the go-to brand for heavy-duty device protection, and the brand knows how to step that up even further for kids. The “360” of this case’s name refers to the fact that it includes a screen protector along with the hard plastic shell to protect the sides and back of the iPad from drops and bangs. This latest version also includes an antimicrobial coating (on the case, not the screen protector), which will go a long way toward keeping things clean. The handle is a big selling point here, as it’s suitable for both kids and adults to carry, works as a stand on tables, and cleverly attaches to headrests in the car. 

Price at time of publication: $45

Materials: Not specified | Screen protection: Yes | Sizes: For iPad Mini 6th Gen

Best for Older Kids: SEYMAC Shockproof Heavy Duty Protection Sturdy Protective Case

SEYMAC Shockproof Heavy Duty Protection Sturdy Protective Case

Amazon

Pros
  • Looks more mature

  • Screen cover activates sleep mode

  • Easy to install

Cons
  • Cover flap may break

For tweens and older kids who want a case that doesn’t look childish, this case, which comes in black with varying accent colors like pink, blue, green, and more, is the best choice. 

What we love is it looks like a simple magnetic cover that many adults carry, but with a lot more protection. The body of the iPad mini is protected from drops and more by an inner hard polycarbonate border and an outer soft thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) bumper. The border will also protect the screen from scratches and dust.

The magnetic tri-fold cover is detachable, and can also be folded to create a stand. Precise cut-outs and openings enable full access to screen, camera, charging, headphone jack and all buttons and ports, without having to remove the case. Note that this case is for older models of the mini (4th and 5th Gen). For the 6th Gen, you’ll need this version.

Price at time of publication: $24

Materials: Polycarbonate and TPU | Screen protection: No | Sizes: 4th and 5th gen iPad Mini

Best Heavy-Duty: MoKo Heavy Duty Case for iPad

MoKo Heavy Duty Case for iPad

Amazon

Pros
  • Built-in screen protector

  • Shock-absorbing construction

  • Stand works for multiple angles

Cons
  • Not very attractive

We all know that one kid who really can’t but drop everything. Whether they’re clumsy or busy, they’re just accident prone. If that’s your kid, well, we have found the most rugged iPad case just for them. 

This case from Moko is seriously tough and will take everything your kid can dish out. How? It’s got an anti-slip body and rigorous shock absorption: The case features a two-layered structure that combines a polycarbonate shell with a TPU frame.

The MoKo case also includes a screen protector that snaps onto the front of the case, keeping the iPad insulated from scratches and dust. The design also conveniently bundles in a built-in stand that works for both portrait and horizontal angles. It comes in pink and gray, dark blue, and black, though none of these colors makes it look exactly pretty. 

Price at time of publication: $18

Materials: Polycarbonate and TPU | Screen protection: Yes | Sizes: iPad 10.2 (other sizes also available)

Best for Typing: Logitech iPad Keyboard Case

Logitech iPad Keyboard Case

Amazon

Pros
  • Less expensive than a laptop

  • Comfortable to use

  • Connects via Bluetooth

Cons
  • Coin batteries will need to be replaced eventually

Though little ones quickly adapt to their touch screens, we eventually want our kids to be able to type on a computer keyboard. But laptops are expensive—and our old hand-me-down computers get out of date too quickly. Which is why we love the idea of using an iPad case with a built-in keyboard to get kids used to typing. This slim folio case from Logitech is more expensive than a regular case, but less expensive than buying a new device, and it works so easily, via a Bluetooth connection. The soft keyboard is also quite comfortable to use—certainly better than the giant, monster keyboards of the PCs of our youth!

Price at time of publication: $98

Materials: Not listed | Screen protection: No | Sizes: Fits iPad 10.2-inch models

Best Amazon Fire Case for Kids: Amazon Kid-Proof Case for the Fire HD 10

Amazon's Kid-Proof Case for the Fire HD 10

Amazon

Pros
  • Strong protection

  • Adjustable stand

  • Made with 27% recycled material

Cons
  • Bulky look

The Fire (formerly known as the Kindle Fire) is a fantastic tablet that allows kids to watch their favorite TV programs, play games, learn, read, and listen to audiobooks, all for a fraction of the price of an iPad. And to protect it, we’re sending you straight to the source: Amazon's Kid-Proof Case for the Fire HD 10 is the same one that comes with the Kids Edition version of this tablet, but it’s removable, which is a nice feature if you want to share the tablet with your kids.

The case comes with a built-in kickstand in the back, along with curved edges to provide a better grip for little hands. Available in colors like aquamarine, sky blue, and lavender that are sure to delight your child, this case’s simplicity and durability are really its strong points. There’s also a kickstand on the back that allows for the tablet to be propped up high or low. 

Price at time of publication: $35

Materials: Plastic (27% post-consumer recycled) | Screen protection: No | Sizes: 11th Gen Fire HD 10

How We Selected the Best iPad Cases for Kids

For this process we looked primarily at iPad and tablet cases for newer models that are built for tough use and rugged play, but also have handles and other functionality that made them kid friendly. We prioritized cases with kickstands and other ways to use hand-free, as our experts emphasized that “tech neck” from looking at something held in their laps can be damaging for kids' posture.

What to Look for in iPad and Tablet Cases for Kids

“As a dad to two girls under the age of 5, I've seen the way they treat their iPads (and basically everything else) and wouldn't dare hand their devices over without a protective case,” Dr. Radermacher tells Verywell Family. “I definitely recommend a quality case to safeguard your tablet from accidental spills and drops.”

Here are some of the key attributes to consider:

Materials 

You want a case made from materials that can stand up to heavy use, but that are also not too heavy. Certain types of plastic, rubber, and foam, such as EVA, provide the right balance of shock-absorption, softness, and comfortable grip for little hands. Some cases, like the Moko Heavy Duty, use layers of more than one material for protection.

Screen Protection 

Outside of shielding your tablet screen from scratches or worse, a screen protector can also help decrease eye strains, says Dr. Musielak.

“A screen protector does help with light transmittance from the [device] that is not as bright. This can help decrease eye fatigue and straining of the eyes,” she explains.

Size 

There are a lot of different tablet sizes and different generations, so be sure to read the fine print on which models a case fits. We focused most of our picks on the most recent models of iPads (9th Gen), minis (6th Gen), and Fire tablets available, but want to note many of our selections are also available in sizes that will fit older models if your kids are getting a hand-me-down.

Kickstands

To protect kids’ posture and make viewing more convenient, choose a case with a stand that will let them prop the device on a table instead of holding it in their laps. We’re very charmed by the Spec Case-E Run’s headphone shaped stand, which also fits around car seat headrests.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I protect my child’s iPad?

    The best way to protect an iPad is to get the right case made from plastic or rubber that will keep it covered from damage from dropping, scratches and dust.

  • Do iPads need screen protectors?

    Not necessarily. About half of our selections have screen protectors, but many don’t. If the silicone or polycarbonate that frames the screen is thick, it should shield the screen during drops and falls. That said, you can buy an inexpensive screen protector in addition to the case if you feel it’s necessary.

  • What kind of case is most protective?

    For smaller kids who tend to drop things, a thick case made from plastic is going to be the most protective. For older kids who might knock it into something, or worry about dust, look for a thinner case with a screen protector. You know your kids the best and should choose according to their needs.

Why Trust VeryWell Family

Tanya Edwards is an experienced parent, food, beauty, and health journalist who has been writing and editing parenting stories for over a decade. To research this article, she spoke to experts and several parents to find out which cases they choose for their kids and why.