I have, over the years, used all of these cases either on my iPad at home or school, or for my phone. This list of recommendations is in no particular order.
1. Griffin Survivor Extreme-duty Military case:
The Griffin Survivor Extreme-duty Military case is probably one of the safest choices you can make. It is liquid spill proof, the ports are covered, and it can handle a decent drop…and by decent drop I mean the test for it was a 6 foot flat drop onto a concrete surface. If it can protect an kids iPad case during a test like that, I am pretty sure it can survive your kids! I use this case on my phone and I love it! I have even drove over my phone while it was in this case and it came out in one piece…that story is for another day.
The GRIPCASE is made of shock absorbent foam that cover the sides and back, with built in “crumple-zones”. While this is a great case, it is best suited for school age children as it is not spill-proof and the screen and ports are not covered. The frame around the edges has handles that are the perfect size for little hands which can be a lot of fun when using games that work on hand eye coordination such as Motion Math.
3. Winpartner Travellor Silicon Case:
The Winpartner Travellor Case is very similar to the Griffin Survivor Extreme in that they both went through the same level of testing. This iPad case is another great option as it is spill-proof, ports are covered, and it can handle rough use. The only real difference is that there are slightly more color choices from this brand and the price is a couple dollars cheaper.
4. Speck Products iGuy:
I love how adorable the Speck iGuy is. He is fun, friendly, and super inviting. This is the current case that I have on our iPad at home. While the ports and screen are not covered, making this case not safe around spills, we have really loved this case. He can also handle a decent drop. This case is super easy for kids to stand up and his arms are the perfect grip size for little hands. Recently when we drove cross country I discovered that his arms fit perfectly between two captain seats. This makes it easy for kids to share the iPad during those ridiculously long trips. The only complaint I have on this case is that it is a bugger to get the iPad into. While this does mean the iPad is in the case good and snug (won’t fall out), it does make cleaning the case a bit of a chore.
5. Trident Kraken Case:
The Trident Kraken case is very similar to the other cases that are spill safe, drop safe, with covered ports. What makes this case different is that it comes with an A.M.S. attachment port. While the attachments do need to be bought separately, this is a very neat feature to use for children with limited motor abilities. Don’t know what an A.M.S. attachment port is? Check out these Trident Kraken YouTube videos to see what it can do.
When it comes to heavy duty iPad cases, Otterbox is by far my favorite. It shares all the same basic features as the other heavy duty cases, but is not as bulky as the Travellor or the Griffin. When we used a heavy duty case on our iPad at home, this is the one I chose to use. My choice to use this brand was completely based on its ability to easily slide into my purse. While that seems like a silly reason to choose a case, when Livia was little I needed something heavy duty yet easy to bring along. This way my hands could be free and I always had our homemade social stories with. The other cases will easily fit into larger purses and diaper bags. It is all just a personal preference.
7. Big Grips:
Big Grips latex free squishy frame (no back) is an affordable solution to protect your iPad with school aged children. Since this case is around 1 inch thick, it is a bit of a challenge to plug in and charge. However, this case is very simple to put on and take off.
8. HHI Kids Fun Play Armor:
The HHI Armor is a playfully bright case for school aged children. It’s extra thick layers provide quality shock absorption. While the front of the iPad is not covered, the raised design around the corners provide drop protection for the screen. This case is awesome for the iPad Mini, I would not recommend it for a full size iPad.
9. i-Blason ArmorBox Kiddo:
The i-Blason ArmorBox for Kids is an amazing case! This thick light weight case will protect your iPad from dings and dents and has covered ports. The kid friendly handle doubles as a versatile stand. The only downside for this case is that the stand props the case completely vertical when standing up. This is great for helping kids see, but can cause a strain for adults when playing on the iPad with kids.
10. mEDGE SuperShell Foam Frame:
The mEDGE Foam Frame is very similar to the Big Grips. What makes this case special is that the foam covering wraps around the back with openings for the camera and speaker. The texture around the edges provide an extra grip making the case non-slip.