Great Learning Tablets for Kids
Child playing with iPad.

Tablets are great educational tools for kids -- and they're becoming increasingly popular with the younger set.

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If your wee ones haven't put their hands on your iPad already, they may be begging for one soon. Tablets -- bigger than smart phones, smaller than laptops -- are an excellent learning tool for inquisitive young minds. Apps are available offering everything from e-books to math games, to subject-specific programs about animals or mythological creatures, and creative tools from finger-painting to photo retouching. Plus, videos, movies and music can help entertain youngsters, whether you're taking a long road trip or just running errands around town.

There's no escaping the fact that tablet usage is spreading like wildfire among the younger set. According to a study from Nielsen, about 70 percent of children in households with tablet computers use them. About 77 percent use tablets to play games, while 57 percent use them for educational purposes. Around 55 percent use the tablet for entertainment while traveling, and 43 percent use it to watch television shows or movies [source: Reuters].

The good news? Your kids don't have to run roughshod all over your iPad to enjoy using a tablet. Read on to learn more about five great new tablets that are ideal for kids.