What’s The Best Tablet For A 4 Year Old?

What's The Best Tablet For A 4 Year OldFinding the best tablet for a 4 year old can be a little rough, because four year olds are known for having a lot of questions and being able to speak their minds.

So, finding the best tablet for them should be a cinch, right?

All you have to do is ask them exactly which tablet they want and presto….

…you know which tablet is the best one for their age group. Quick. Easy. Done. Only if it were.

If you have a 4 year old, then you know picking out something they will not only like, but actually use is hard enough:

Picking out something that they will use that can really benefit their education, keep them entertained, and help them develop key skills that are crucial to their age sounds like an impossibility.

Thankfully, it isn’t. It’s actually pretty easy and it boils down to just one question…

What Should You Look For?

Okay, so, let’s cover some of the basics of snagging up a great tablet for your 4 year old:

First, you want it to be educational, right?

Next, it needs to be durable….oh and don’t forget about fun!

Finally, it should be able to grow with your child and:

Handle the demands that upcoming apps and games place on it too, correct?

Yep, and it also shouldn’t require you to take out a second mortgage in order to pick it up.

There ya have it:

Exactly what you have to look for when trying to find the best tablet for your 4 year old.

So, what if I could save you a few steps and a lot of time?

Would that make your life a little easier?

I hope so….

….and that’s why I’ve taken the time to take a look at several different tablets and pick out the one I think is the best tablet available for 4 year olds.

Ready to find out which one is the best tablet for a 4 year old?

Well, you’re going to have to wait a second. (or scroll on down the page for it LOL)

Why do you have to wait? Because I want to explain to you first why this tablet was chosen.

Why I’ve Selected This Tablet As The Best Tablet For Four Year Olds

Four year olds are a different breed than both their younger and older peers.

This is because they are just starting to combine the elements of school with what they’ve learned at home.

From morals to math, tv to reading, your 4 year olds interests are going to change a lot as they begin to hit the school age years.

Why is this? Well, to be blunt and short, it all comes down to one thing:

Peer influence! The good news is, that in most cases, at this age peer influence can be a really good thing.

4 year olds are often exposed to the interests of other children at preschool and among play groups. For example:

Your child may head out the door on Monday morning thinking that Bob the Builder is the coolest thing since sliced bread and come back on Thursday claiming that it’s a baby show and now Ninja Turtles or Spongebob is the greatest.

Should this worry you? No, generally it’s a pretty safe thing. The important thing is to encourage your child to always have their own identity away from their peers.

So, I’m sure you’re wondering how this relates to tablets….

….in short, you need to find a tablet for your 4 year old that is going to allow you to be able to always adjust their likes and desires with the apps and programs that are available for the tablet.

For example, let’s jump back to that Bob the Builder deal:

If you buy a tablet that features Bob the Builder on the case, Bob the Builder games and apps, and Bob the Builder videos, but doesn’t have anything related to Ninja Turtles……

….you guessed it, when your child’s interests change, they aren’t going to be spending a lot of time with the Bob the Builder tablet you just shelled out $149 for.

Now, they want the Ninja Turtle tablet that’s going to set you back another $119!

The good news, there’s an easy solution to this:

Buy a tablet that can be adjusted for your child’s age and educational skills lol.

The Best Tablet For A 4 Year Old

So, now that you understand the reasons that I have chosen this tablet as the best tablet for a 4 year old, let me reveal which one it is.

The best kids tablet for four year olds in my opinion is the LeapPad Epic.

There are actually a few additional reasons that I have made this choice.

First, it’s made by LeapFrog, a company known for their innovation and educational influence with their toys. They’ve won countless awards for different products from both Teachers’ and Toy Associations.

Second, the LeapPad Epic includes protections and parental controls that get updated frequently. This means that you can rest assured that your child isn’t looking at inappropriate material online.

Third, the apps and games available on the LeapPad are specifically designed to adapt to your child’s individual skill and not their age.

What Do You Think About My Choice For The Best Tablet For Four Year Olds?

Would you agree that the LeapPad Epic is the best tablet for a 4 year old?

I value your feedback of you think about my recommendation. If you agree, please reach out and let me know below.

If you don’t, please let me know why and which tablet you believe would make a better selection.

If you have any additional questions, I urge you to leave them in the comments section below as well. I will answer them as soon as I’m available.

Thank you for taking a bit of time out of your busy day to visit with us here at Kids Tablets with Wifi and I hope that I’ve helped you decide on the best option available to help your child continue to learn, play, and grow.

14 comments

  1. Does this tablet help them learn to read also?

    • Hey Xiomara,

      Yes, there are several different reading games and apps that can be used with the LeapPad for reading. I will come back and add a link once I gather some of them up! Thanks for asking!

  2. Do you need internet in the home to use this tablet?

    • Hey Delbra,

      In order to download new apps, games, videos, etc… you will need internet. If you have internet access elsewhere, you may go there to download new content for your child to use at home.

  3. Thank you for this great review. My 4 year old often borrows my tablet and I am really worried about him dropping it and breaking it; it’s been close many times, therefore one of the most important properties has to durability.
    I do wonder though about the moral dilemma of giving teaching my young child to use a table, instead of giving him books.

    • Hey Xena,

      First, thank you very much for the kind words. I understand exactly where you’re coming from with the concern you have about your tablet getting broken. That was one of the reasons that I first got my kiddos tablets a few years back.

      Honestly, when it comes to reading, there are few things that can help your child learn to read as quickly as a good tablet. This is especially true if you decide to combine it with programs like ABC Mouse, or Hooked On Phonics. I plan on getting reviews of both of these programs up on the site in the near future, as well as which kids tablets will work with each one.

      Again, thanks for reaching out and I hope that this recommendation for the best tablet for four year olds has helped you out!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  4. Hello,

    Tablets, iPhones, etc. are being used by very young children now adays. I am a male in my mid-twenties and it is quite scary how they are so engaged in them! Mainly because I didn’t when I was under 5 years old. I was playing Mario Kart on a Nintendo 64 though. 🙂

    Having high quality tablets that highly consider the needs of a young child is so important now. With you providing information about different tablets that are available not only for 4 year olds but for children a little older is great.

    It shows that you really care about families!

    Thanks again!

    Sincerely,

    Roman G. Rys, MSW, LCSWA

    • Hey Roman,

      Thanks for the feedback. I can also remember being a young child and enjoying different video games.. However, I was already almost 10 when Mario Kart first hit the shelves. I know, giving away my age a bit, LOL.

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the article and hope that it’s helped you choose which tablet would work the best for your child and family. If I can be of any further help, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

      Thanks Again,
      Tony

  5. Interesting post – and a logical choice for a 4 year old. Leap Frog make great educational devices for young kids, and they have a wealth of downloadable material, games, books, videos etc. that you can be sure will be age appropriate for your child.

    Of course, for a slightly older child, tablet prices are so low these days that you can just choose any entry level tablet – and make sure it goes inside a kid-proof case (if there is such a thing). There are still plenty of games, books etc. – but you will have to take a more proactive role in finding them.

    However, Leap Frog products are always a good call for very young kids.

    • Hey Jim,

      Thanks for the feedback! I have to agree with you about the LeapFrog tablet lines being a good choice for very young kids. Thankfully, the LeapPad Epic I talk about in this post has the ability to also use the Amazon App Store for downloads. I’ve criticized them a bit in the past for requiring every game, book, app, etc.. to be an additional fee while other tablets always have SOME type of free additional content.

      While you really can just grab an entry level tablet and slap it in a kid case, one key thing that these and other tablets designed for younger kids have is the ability to rest assured that your child isn’t able to jump on inappropriate content, thanks to their stringent parental control features. With all of the crazy stuff uploaded to YouTube and the Internet in general, this is something that, in my opinion, is EXTREMELY important.

      Thanks again for reaching out, and I hope that this has helped you along on your tablet journey!

      Best Wishes,
      Tony

  6. This is a very genius idea for kids. To have one device for all different types of games and programs for kids is super convenient, fun, and cost efficient. If I had kids, I would for sure buy this for them, and the games are probably very interactive as well.

    Great review!

    • Hey Ariel,

      Thanks for reaching out! The amount of technology available for kids today is pretty impressive, to say the least. Glad you enjoyed the read and remember where we are the next time you’re looking for some great tech for children!

      Cheers,
      Tony

  7. I have 4.5 year old twins. They had Nabi Jrs but lost them during a move a year ago. So i am once again shopping for tablets. This review gives me one more option to look at in addition to Nabi, Gizmotab, and Kindle. I want something with all the features you mentioned but also easy to use since my twins have different learning levels and abilities. Do you have reviews/comparisons on these? U

    • Hey Allison,

      I will be updating the site in the next few days with those reviews. With all of the additional features that this years Kindle Fire Kids’ Edition tablets include, I think that they’re hands down the best tablets on the markets for kids overall.

      They offer a lot of great educational apps inside of Amazon Freetime, and they also include the 2 year worry free warranty. Also, they don’t look too “babyish” as my kids used to say about the Leapfrog tablet that I mention in this review.

      With the Kindle Fire Kids’ Edition, you can also side load the Google Play Store for more app options as well. I hope that this helps you out some, and I will be updating this post with this information as well as getting the reviews of the Nabi Jr, the Gizmotab, and the updated Kindle review online. I have already reviewed the devices. I just haven’t had the time to get them onto the site yet.

      Cheers,
      Tony

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