Whether your children use your iOS device or they have their own, there’s no doubt you’ll want to protect it from inevitable bumps and scratches so we have taken the time to find several products that will not only child-proof your device but also offer another level of interactivity to the digital medium that is sure to delight all kids, small and big. We haven’t personally tested all of these products but they are from reputable companies that we trust and recommend.
Big Grips Frame
Big Grips Frame™ is a big, squishy, easy to grab and comfortable to hold case for your iPad/iPad 2 made especially for kids from a cushiony foam which will help protect it from inevitable slips, drops and tumbles while in little hands. It comes in pink, blue, green and gray and even though it’s bulky, it still offers unobstructed access to all ports and controls. Available from Big Grips for US$34.95 for the frame only or US$49.95 for the frame and stand.
Meet iGuy! He’s a fun, funky, freestanding case for iPad/iPad 2 that just oozes personality. He’s lightweight and easy to hold but don’t think he’s a softy because he does a great job standing on his own two feet while snugly protecting your iPad. Made for kids but loved by everyone, iGuy comes in three bright colours – blue, green and orange – and will be a surefire hit this Christmas. This guy is made by Speck Products and retails for US$39.95.
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case
Tired of finding baby spit all over your iPhone? Yeah, me too. Here’s a fun way to protect your iPhone from dribble and drool and it’s educational too! The sturdy Apptivity Case has bulky handles perfect for little hands to grip and also comes with busy beads and a mirror for keeping their attention. All parents of iKids know how appealing the Home button is to tiny fingers but this case solves that problem by covering it up so it can’t be pushed. Included are three free Fisher Price baby-appropriate learning apps! You’ll find these at Fisher Price for US$15.00.
Woogie is 50% stuffed animal and 50% protective case and 100% fun! A protective pocket velcroes shut to hold your iPhone or iPod touch, while a touch-through screen protector lets you choose movies, apps, or music for your child. Woogie’s built-in speaker is powered by 2 AAA batteries, or you can plug in headphones. These are available in the US only from Griffin Technology for US$19.99. (Be sure to visit their website to check out the other products for kids!)
Giant Pencil Touchscreen Stylus
Freezing cold outside and don’t want to take your gloves off to use your smartphone? Pull out this chunky red pencil made of electro conductive rubber and it’ll do the job just fine! When the weather is warm, keep using your Giant Pencil and your screen will be free of prints and smudges. Perfect for your favorite neat freak. Works on capacitive touchscreens like your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Android phone. You’ll find this item at ThinkGeek for US$9.99
Disney iPod Nano Slapbands
Wear your iPod nano on your wrist with the Disney Magic Band. It uses a slap bracelet wrapped in soft touch silicone to give you a tight and comfortable fit every time. You can view pictures, listen to music or use it like a watch. Minnie is also available! It’s available at PDP for US$24.99.
MyPhones were designed and built from the ground up by music lovers, so they sound great at any volume level. They’ve mounted tuned 30 mm drivers in a custom designed shell for true sound reproduction. MyPhones’ supra-aural (loosely translated that’s “outside the ear”) design sits comfortably on your kids’ ears and fits snug with soft washable ear pads. Grab these from Griffin Technology for US$29.95.
Sesame Street Character Cases
I don’t think I know any child that doesn’t like Sesame Street and now they can deck out their iPod Touch in adorable cases featuring Elmo or Cookie Monster! The case fits snugly on the 2nd and 3rd gen iPod Touch and is made from sturdy food-grade silicone for added safety. Also available for the iPhone and iPad! Find these at iSound for US$24.99.
CarGo iPad Mount
Transform your back seat into a digital entertainment hub for the kids with Cygnett’s iPad car mount bracket, the CarGo! Perfect for keeping backseat passengers busy (while allowing the driver to concentrate on the road), CarGo provides a safe and stable place for your iPad. The 360-degree rotation and tilt feature allows the iPad screen to be angled vertically or horizontally for perfect glare free viewing by one or more back-seat passengers. RRP is AU$59.95 and visit Cygnett‘s website to find a stockist in your area. You can also read our review here.
This kid and family-friendly foam frame for iPad is the perfect addition to the superhero’s utility belt. The SuperShell is made from ultra-protective closed-cell foam that helps absorb shocks if the iPad is dropped. The case wraps around the iPad and provides access to the rear facing camera and speaker, with push buttons for volume and power. The finely dimpled texture and ridges create an easy, handheld grip while the thick, high-impact corners provide maximum protection. Available in superhero colors like Atomic Green, this case will save the day! You’ll find it at M-Edge for US$29.99.
Crayola Color Studio HD
There are dozens of coloring and painting apps for iPad. But there’s only one that’s amazing enough to be called “Crayola.” The iMarker™ digital stylus is the key. Like a marker, crayon, pen and paintbrush in one, iMarker creates favorite Crayola colors within the ColorStudio HD app. iMarker looks like a Crayola marker, but is safe to use with the Multi-Touch display of your iPad. The ColorStudio HD app automatically differentiates between iMarker and your child’s finger taps and swipes, allowing intuitive, creative play without having to toggle between modes. Your child enjoys the accuracy and ease of a stylus without giving up direct manipulation of the creative space. Available from Griffin Technology for US$29.99.
Not too keen on letting them play with your iDevice? Here’s a fun, plushy alternative. Is it an iPhone? Is it a cushion? These super squishy, super-comfortable cushions are made to look like the world’s most popular smartphone and even feature a small, zippered pocket at the top that’s just big enough to put the real phone inside! You’ll find this at Oh My Geek for AU$19.95.
GameChanger for iPad
The GameChanger is the only game board on the market that integrates with your iPad as an interactive component to bring your device to life! It also helps to bring the family together to play board games the good ‘ol fashioned way. Available on the Apple Store for US$59.95. (Watch this space for our review of this product coming soon!)
Disney Cars 2 AppMates
It’s probably every little boys dream to visit Radiator Springs to meet their favourite Cars and now they can with the introduction of Disneys’ AppMates. After downloading the free Cars 2 AppMates app from iTunes, they simply place the AppMates on the iPad screen to start exploring, interacting and racing with the team! McQueen, Holley, Mater and Finn are all available on the Apple Store for US$19.95 for a pack of two.
Duo Plink for iPad
Another way for the family to connect is over Duo Plink for iPad. This trivia-style game works by placing the Plink on your iPad and placing tokens on it to answer questions. You can have up to six players and Plink does all the score-keeping for you. There are a variety of game apps available for Plink in the App Store and you’ll find the device in the Apple Store for US$29.95.
This adorable little oinker is a portable iPod/iPhone docking station with a 2.1 stereo speaker system for charging and playing your tunes wherever you like! The built-in lithium batter is good for 6-8 hours of continuous play and it also comes with a cute remote control! You’ll find the iHog at Speakal for $149.99.
Product pricing was correct at the time of publishing this article but is subject to change so check before purchasing. Please check the suppliers website to see if these products are available for your country.
You may also want to check out The iMums Christmas Gift Guide 2012- Part 2 - Accessories for Cool kids
Dec 2012 we currently have some great kids gifts being given away including iPad minis so check out our giveaway page.