The MEEP tablet from Oregon Scientific is one to consider when shopping for a more kid-centric tablet, especially as we near the holidays. It offers the standard features like pre-loaded content (games, eBooks, multimedia), a built-in camera and parental controls. You can also purchase MEEP accessories like a roll-out piano keyboard or steering wheel for gaming that will make your kids even more excited about owning their own tablet. ($149, available now).
We have an original iPad around our house, but the price is pretty steep compared to the $149 for a child’s tablet. If you aren’t going to be sharing this is a great alternative. My son is very careful with his, but I’ve seen other kids not as gentle. I’ve seen an iPad thrown across the room. -Even my 19 year old has broken a screen (iPhone in that case). I suspect these will be hot items for the holiday season this year. I haven’t tried the MEEP, but most of these tablets allow children to use educational apps and add on as they grow. Some even have the android operating system accessible, in case you want a cheap tablet you can share. They are easy for kids to figure out and give them their own educational device to play with. It is more screen time for the kids, but these educational apps can do everything from help a child learn to read to move them forward in math and science. (They also include great music and art apps too!)