With the year coming to a close, now is the best time to get you and your family a drone to play with. In a previous article, we talked about the things you should consider before getting a drone for kids. These include certain aspects a drone must have, like safety, battery time, and price.
Now, we make a list on our own recommendations for kid-friendly drones that can definitely point you towards the right direction.
Top Kid-Friendly Drones of 2018
Starting off the list is a very capable drone that can easily bridge the gap between toys and drone technology. The Building Block Drone is literally that – building blocks and drone tech combined into one. Creativity is essential to use here, as much as you would with regular toy blocks. The premise is simple. You build a drone with LEGO-like blocks, and it actually flies! Kids will also learn about weight distribution and wind resistance when designing their very own custom drone.
Not only is the drone kid-friendly, it is safe as well. The spinning rotors have accompanying guards that prevent outer presence from coming into contact with them.
Air Hogs has an appeal in that it looks like a ball. You can pass it around without controllers, giving more playtime over learning controls. Its hand-based motion control will definitely make this a great choice for casual fun-time play, with little to no learning necessary. The Air Hog’s ‘ball’ exterior also provides as a protective shell, both for the drone and the people playing with it. The spinning rotors are out of reach, making this an excellent drone for children to play with.
Kids love playing with Nerf guns. Now, we have a drone that does it too! The Parrot Mambo drone has an attachable toy gun that can launch fun little plastic balls to its targets. It can knock down stacked cards or cups, but not strong enough to hurt or break anything on impact. The drone also has rotor guards to prevent any hand injuries when it comes to the spinning blades. With enough practice, the accuracy of the nerf gun also improves. While practicing shooting, your child also learns the basics of drone flying and steadying the drone for the perfect shot. This, mind you, can be a great foundation for drone aerial photography.
The Nano 2 is a nano drone (you don’t say?) that you can get for under $20. While the battery life is nonexistent, it can be a good gift if your kid wants a drone but you still want to test the waters. $20 for a drone is a great deal, as you have little risk even if the drone breaks, or the child ends up not wanting it. The Nano 2 has decent controls, great range, and it can keep the interest of children for as long as it is flying around. Basically, the main selling point here is the incredibly low price range, which even goes lower during sales. For the price of fast food takeout, what can go wrong?
If you really want a serious drone instead of a toy, the Ryze Tech Tello may be the one for you. It is a fully sized drone, but still has enough built in for safety and user-friendly features. Here, you get to learn the basics of drone control; the flight, landing, and navigation while mid-air. The drone also comes with a standard 720p camera, giving your kids the experience of flying through the air like a bird. You can get recordings, take aerial photographs, and capture moments easily.
While offering all these features, the drone is still under $100 and brought to you by DJI, a brand with history of reliable and safe drones. If you have the extra cash to spare, this could be a great deal. Having one around the house gives them the idea of what drones is capable of, while still being light on your pocket.
What did you guys think of our list? Add a comment below and add your own suggestions on what kid-friendly drones you wish to get for the holiday season!