Best tablets for kids

In an age where we're constantly connected and the young generation are learning their stuff at an early age, many kids will no doubt either already be using their parents tablet computer, or crying out for their own.

Tablets for kids

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If you're in the market for a child-friendly version, here are our top picks of the tablets available for the little ones.

iPad Mini
The ever-popular tablet from Apple also comes in a handy child-sized version with 7.9 inch display. Small and lightweight, it's not for the very young ones, and if your child is the type to easily drop or knock things, this £269 tablet is not for you. What it does have is the familiar and easy-to-use Apple OS, more than 375,000 apps available, including educational tools as well as games.

VTech InnoTab 2
A great starter tablet for kids, priced at just £55, the InnoTab 2 now includes a swivelling camera lens that enables children to take regular snaps as well as 'selfies', not to mention a video mode for budding film makers. It's robust enough to take a few knocks, has a built-in MP3 player, eReader and art studio, and the Learning Lodge Navigator site from VTech offers a wealth of educational games, ebooks and music that parents won't mind their little ones downloading.

LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra
The LeapPad regularly tops the list of top toys for Christmas, and with good reason. Aimed at four to nine-year-olds, it's an ideal tool for young computing novices, and is packed with educational goodies. As well as the 11 apps that come preloaded, there are more than 500 available to download, and each one maps the user's progress, so mums and dads can see just how their child is doing. Better still, you won't have to worry about online dangers, as it's loaded with Zui, designed specifically for safe, child-friendly browsing. It retails at £119.99, and the apps can be quite pricey.

Fuhu Nabi 2
You may never have heard of it, but the nabi is all about education. Over 2,000 maths, science and English lessons, as well as a 'chores list' are packed into this £129.99 tablet - and to encourage the kids to learn, each completed chore or good grade earns them 'nabi coins', which can be exchanged for games, music and apps.

Acer Iconia Tab B1
A more grown-up tablet for older children, perhaps the most appealing feature of the Iconia is its price. For just £104, you get a proper tablet with seven-inch display, that runs Android Jelly and boasts a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. A special corner grip is an added bonus where there are sticky hands or butter fingers about.

Have you invested in a tablet for your child? Which brand or model would you recommend to others? Leave your comments below...