Drones are all the rage and it’s no wonder they are one of the most requested kids toys today. On TV, in the park or even their friends are flying, either way they are hard to miss. Drones can be an engaging toy that allows children to develop their motor skills as well as learn in a STEM enviroment about physics, robotics, electronics and mechanics.
Most parents will appreciate the fact their kids are playing outside as drones are a excellent electronic game alliterative. So what makes these little flying copters so appealing?
With nano technology increasing at rapid rates and the ability to pack un thinkable computing power in tiny devices, drones have evolved exponentially. Powerful computer processors and a host of on-board sensors allow these flying robots to basically fly themselves. This enables flyers with very little skill to get airborne in minutes with little to no learning curve.
Any young child would be thrilled with one of these amazing flying copters. However not all drones are suitable for children. Some require a steep learning curve or are very susceptible to damage. Also, some have powerful motors and large propellers that can cause serious harm if not operated in a safe manner.
For kids starting out we recommend nano sized drones or small drones with propeller protection. Most of our best kids drone suggestions below have included propeller guards. As stated above larger drones have powerful motors and sharp propellers that can cause serious injury. It’s is advised that all drone flights are accompanied by an adult or responsible spotter.
Generally drones larger than a nano size may also fall under current regulations restricting flight in certain areas. Visit our drone safety and 101 pages for more information. Also local aviation authority sites such as FAA and Transport Canada are a good resource for the latest regulations in your area.
The more advanced drones with autonomous features such as position hold, altitude hold, GPS, proximity sensors, although higher priced will be easier to operate than the basic toy grade quadcopter. If you budget allows we recommend buying a copter with either altitude hold, position hold, IOC (Orientation Control), GPS position hold or even better all the above.
There are new drones hitting the market at a constant rate. We have compiled a well researched list of the very best drones we would buy our own kids. The following list of current drones is in no particular order but identifies the current top contenders and their features outlining our recommended drones for kids.