When it comes to your youngsters and gaming its like walking a tight rope. You don't want them to have access to games that are too violent and contain adult content or want them to be addicted to dopamine sucking mobile games. Fortunately there is some middle ground that can be covered in this scenario. If your child is already asking about or playing video games then this list intends to help you figure out some gift ideas for them that reside safely in this middle ground.
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All-New Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, 7" Display, 16 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case
A tablet is a great way to keep your young ones in check while allowing them to enjoy some of what having a tablet has to offer. With great parental control apps out there its super easy to control what you child can and cannot do on their tablet. A tablet also lends to the ability to get your child interested in educational games, puzzles, and activities that will lend to their intellectual growth.
Although there are many options in the children's tablet market there is one that stands out as offering the biggest bang for the buck. The All-New Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet comes jam packed with features that are great for kids and adults alike.
First and foremost, when speaking about the Fire 7 Kids Edition, its important to note that this is not a tablet built for kids, rather it's a normal Fire 7 Tablet which will deliver you the quality product customers have come to expect from Amazon's line of electronics. What sets it apart from the run of the mill Fire Tablet is that it comes pre-loaded with all kinds of goodies oriented towards your child.
When purchasing the Kids edition fire tablet, you will automatically be enrolled in a free one year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. FreeTime Unlimited is a first of it's kind all-in-one subscription that brings together many different types of content, including; over 15,000 children's books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games. To clear up any confusion, the tablet comes with FreeTime Unlimited installed which is essentially a play store. Meaning no games or apps are already installed, but you have access to download thousands of them for free which is great because not all of the content is going to hold your child's interest.
The Fire 7 Kids Edition features Amazon's best in class Learn First parental controls, which allow for quite a bit of customization on how your child is allowed to use their tablet. The parental controls allow up to four individual child profiles making it great for those who intend to use this as a shared tablet between siblings. With Learn First's parental controls you can set a bedtime, curfew, or even just time restrictions over the whole day. You can also control the content your child is allowed to view, easily blocking access to videos and games, and allows you to set educational goals that must be met before unlocking these things.
The Fire 7 Kids Edition sports a kids-safe browser that is included on it. In conjunction with Common Sense Media, Amazon has curated over 56,000 website, videos, and YouTube videos that are appropriate for children. When inside the kid safe browser these are the only things your child is able to view, however it is easily possible to add any website you would like in case there is something not included in the browser that you want your child to have access to.
Finally, what really makes this a kids tablet is the kid-proof case designed to be a perfect solution to parents who are looking for worry-free protection against the average destruction a child is capable of imparting. The case has a nice rubber texture to it that sticks to hands, it fits well in a child's hands, all while only adding a minuscule amount of weight to the whole get up. Last, but absolutely not least and going hand in hand with this being a kids edition is the two year no questions asked replacement plan. If your child breaks their tablet, return it and Amazon will replace it regardless of the circumstances of the break.
As for the specifications, the Fire 7 won't let you down. Featuring a Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor that is capable of handling just about any mobile task that can be thrown at it. It has a built in microphone which is pretty good quality. It also sports dual-band WiFi which is an upgrade from the previous edition. Finally it has both a front facing and rear facing camera, both are 2 mega pixels and are able to record videos at a slightly under par 720p.
Altogether the Fire 7 Kids-Edition-Tablet is an awesome bang for the buck, offering so much all while maintaining a reasonable price. This tablet will make introducing your young ones to technology a breeze. No worries about them stumbling across things they shouldn't, no violent games, and you can stop watching your kids every move to make sure they don't break expensive electronics! If your in the market to get you kid a tablet this Christmas, The Fire 7 Kids edition packs quite a wallop of preferable features and that warranty is really worth the money.
Side Note: For just 30 more dollars you can get the Fire 8 Kids edition. This edition features the same processor and GPU with double the storage space, an 8 inch display, and slightly longer battery life. All while laying out the same offerings as the Fire 7 Kids edition.
Silicone / Rubber Tablet Cover
Already own a tablet that is hardly ever used? Well why drop the cash to buy a tablet specifically for your child, when you can just childproof the tablet you already own? It would be impossible to list all of the tablet covers that exist for so many different tablets out there, so this list will present two options for a couple of the most popular tablets on the market. Tablet covers of similar build and quality can be found for just about any tablet that has been produced. Remember that in case you don't own one of these tablets there is more than likely options for the tablet you do have.
Fintie Galaxy Tab 8 Case
Although there is not a whole lot to say about a tablet cover, they are a necessity when it comes to tablets that are going to be handled by children. The Fintie Galaxy Tab 8 cover is no exception. Made entirely from silicone it does a great job at making the case very grippy and easy to hold. It features a honey comb design on the backside which further adds to the grippability. The silicone also serves the purpose of padding from the shock of drops which it does quite well. It also sports a nice overhang on the front side, so if the tablet was to be dropped on its face it would keep the screen from making contact with the ground. The button covers are pliable and easy to push, while not actuating the button on accident by putting pressure near them. Finally it comes in a variety of colors, which could be fun to let you kids pick out the color they want.
Ipad Pro 9.7 inch Silicone Case
As with the Fintie case the Ipad Pro 9.7 inch silicone case is also pretty standard and there is not much to say about it. It also is made entirely from silicone rubber, providing it with great grip and substantial shock protection for drops. It too covers all around the back and sides including the buttons, but has a slightly less pronounced overhang on the front. The overhang will still keep the screen from making contact with a surface, but it is a bit smaller and could be bypassed by a small pebble however this is not hard to over look after applying the included screen protector. The buttons can be somewhat stiff and hard to press, but are definitely still usable and wont cause any problems. The buttons also avoid any accidental actuation by pressing or holding near them. One of the things that sets this case apart from others is that it has a built in handle, this could be very handy for your child when doing something like walking from the house to the car.
When it comes to tablet covers its hard to find much to complain about. A nice silicone cover is going to provide you with two things, regardless of the brand; 1 – They are going to provide you with more grip to help with any potential slipping from the hand. 2 – They provide protection for the tablet from scratches and drops. As long as these two criteria are met than you have found a good cover for your tablet. That said the two cases that were covered by this list are tested, highly reviewed, and have proven to be good options. If you already own a tablet and are looking to make it your child's new toy, this is a no brainer. For the price, why wouldn't you want to spend around ten bucks to protect a couple hundred dollar investment? You should be doing that with your expensive electronics, let along your kids!
New Retro Classic Mini Video Game Machine 600 Games Inside Childhood Dual Control Game Console
If you played the first generation consoles growing up, chances are your looking to relive some of those experiences with your child. Likewise when Mini NES Classic was announced you were probably very excited and wanted to get one. Unfortunately as usual with Nintendo they under produced units for the demand leading the way for trolling re-sellers to buy them all up and sell them for double and even triple retail price on eBay. Most likely your not gonna want to pay this much for a little gaming system that has a rack of games you have most definitely already played. This is where the New Retro Classic Mini Video Game Machine comes into play.
The new Retro Mini Classic Game Machine, is essentially a knock off Mini NES. It features the same form factor as the original Nintendo, but in a much smaller package. On the front side is sports a power switch, a reset button, and two ports for player controllers 1 and 2 just like it's big brother. On the backside you will find the same setup as the original as well; a port for the power supply and a single composite AV jack. Unlike the Original Nintendo the two controllers that come with the Retro Classic Mini while maintaining the same form factor have two additional buttons for X and Y because this system is not exclusive to NES games, but also has some from the SNES.
When it comes to the New Retro Mini Classic Game Machine there is some downsides that are worth mentioning. First off the Box and title on Amazon suggest this console has 600 games, the backside of the SAME box says it has 540 games, the Amazon product page says it has 500 games, and when you finally get the thing booted up your looking at a list of 400 games. This really is not that big of an issue because 400 games is still a lot of games, but it is worth knowing going into it that your not getting exactly whats advertised. Second, remember that audio visual composite cable that was mentioned earlier? Well that might cause some problems for you unless you have and older TV sitting around, as pretty much any newish display is not going to have composite, but it seems like most people have an old TV sitting around their house somewhere. Finally shipping is a nightmare you can expect up to a month waiting to get this thing in the mail, but that still leaves you time to get this one in before Christmas!
Altogether for the price its hard to nit pick on the Retro Mini Classic. It cost 30 dollars and comes with enough games to keep your kid occupied for many hours. Aside from the shipping the other downsides to it are negligible and can be looked passed when your having a great time reliving your childhood with your child. What are you waiting for? If you were looking forward to getting the Mini NES and then cringed at the price, here is your opportunity to get what you were looking for at a quarter of the price! Christmas is approaching fast and the slow shipping means you should get this ordered quick and then you can start digging through that pile in the storage room looking for that old TV that you threw in there 10 years ago!
Snug Play+ Kids Headphones Volume Limiting and Audio Sharing Port
Have you ever been driving down the road slowly getting more and more irritated and then all of the sudden you realize whats been bother you is that stupid song from the stupid mobile game your kid is having the time of their life playing on the tablet in the back seat? Well the solution is obvious and its highly likely that you have already put this one under consideration and its where Snug Play+ comes to the rescue.
The Snug Play+ Kids Headphones are one of very few headphones being made specifically for children, and they host a range of features that are clearly aimed towards them. The headphones are lightweight and sized perfectly for small children's heads, while providing enough flexibility to grow with your child so you don't have to worry about buying new headphones for a while. They come in a range of bright fun colors so your youngster can pick out their favorite.
The cushioning on the ear cups and the the headband is very plush, feel great, and the material used is very easy to quickly wipe down and clean off which any parent can appreciate. The headphones also feature a fairly thick braided cable that does a great job of preventing tangles, because what young kid is going to go through the trouble of untangling a cord on the bus to school? They do a great job of canceling sound both from the headphones and external noises. This means your gonna get that well deserved peace and quite, but will need to monitor the content your child is taking in before letting them go under.
The 40mm drivers housed in the headphones are capable of producing sound of a much higher quality than you'd really require for your kids headphones, in fact these headphones sound good enough for you to want to use them to jam out to some music. You don't have to worry about them blowing their ears out though as these headphones come with a volume cap that is well within a safe level for your kids ears. Finally, and great for those who have more than one child the Snug Play headphones feature an aux in port opposite the ear cup that has the wire. With this port you can daisy chain other headphones in, allowing multiple children to be listening to the same audio from their own individual headphones.
When it comes to downsides the Snug Play+ Kids Headphones don't have all that many, but those it does have are important. First off if your child wears glasses these headphones might be problematic. When wearing the headphones and glasses it slightly loosens the snug fit and allows them to slide forward when looking down. However this is easily over come by re-positioning the glasses before putting the headphones on or just removing the glasses altogether. The only other complaint relates to quality control, as some of these headphones just aren't up to snuff and will need to be replaced fairly quickly. In the age of Amazon this really isn't that big of a deal though, because you can easily get them replaced.
Altogether this one is a no brainer, if your fed up with hearing your kids play games, watch, movies, or listening to music and need some peace and quiet then you need a set of headphones your child is going to be comfortable in. These do that well, all while offering a myriad of features that are beneficial for both you and your child. The downsides are heavily out numbered by the upsides and if your in the market than these are going to be a game changer for your sanity on road trips.
Crew Furniture 512090 Classic Video Rocker Black/Blue Mesh Racing Stripe
If your kid is already into gaming or is interested in getting into it, than they are going to need a space to call their own. There is no easier way to go about this then to buy a gaming chair for them. Giving them a gaming chair will give them a set place to sit down and play, rather then them taking up the hole couch to play on a cellphone. It will also help instill the old adage “there is a time and a place for everything” which any parent knows is an impossibly hard thing to tell a child. Most importantly though a good gaming chair will give your child a comfortable place to sit and enjoy not just gaming, but also watching TV or movies, listening to music, playing board games, or just hanging out with the family.
Though there are almost endless amounts of gaming chairs to choose from out there the Crew Furniture Classic Video Rocker brings some key features to the table that set it apart. First of all its a rocker! Looking at it as adult it doesn't look that appealing, but seeing it from a child eyes it looks amazingly comfortable and fun. Not only can they rock till their heart's content, but it could be flipped over and become a mini jungle gym, a small slide, or even an impromptu hill to race their hot wheels down.
Though being a rocker alone doesn't make it unique it does offer some benefits, one such being that it was designed for children and recommended for ages 4 to 18. It also has a wooden frame that has a fairly durable build quality. The ample foam padding is very soft, comfortable, and does not allow a child to pass through to the wooden frame easily.
The padding is upholstered in a mixture of a mesh fabric and faux-leather that have a pretty high quality feeling to them and are easily wiped down and cleaned with a damp cloth. The chair comes fully assembled so there is no hassle for parents. To wrap it all up the price is hard to argue with. At a very affordable 27 dollars whats the worst that could happen?
For the price the Crew Furniture Classic Video Rocker is inevitably going to have some downsides, but they are pretty manageable. First off and quite possibly not even viewed as a problem in your child's eyes, the chair can easily tip all the way backwards causing the child to roll off when getting too rambunctious with the rocking. The Video Rocker is not going to be a chair that you can sit in occasionally. Its pretty much just for your child and is super uncomfortable for anyone much bigger than 5 feet.
It really is not suitable for hardwood without some sort of modification to the bottom, it will undoubtedly scratch it. Finally the build quality is sub par. It will hold up to young children's weight even if they are somewhat rough with it, but it is not a chair that is going to be around for an exceedingly long time and is a classic case of you get what you pay for. Though this shouldn't matter all that much, kids grow so fast even if it was a long lasting product they will quickly out grow it.
All in all the Crew Furniture Classic Video Rocker gaming chair is a pretty good bang for the buck, albeit a small bang. For a mere 27 dollars you can get your child their very own gaming chair. No, its not going to last long, but at that price if they get 6 months of enjoyment out of it than that is money well spent. If your looking to get your kid a cool new rocker style gaming chair this is a great one to test the waters without spending too much money.