What kid doesn’t want a drone? They are a blast to fly for sure but not all drones are created equal. Some are better for kids than others. We have tested countless drones, and we picked a few that we think would be ideal for kids to learn on. These drones are much safer and easier to fly than some of their larger counterparts. If you are looking for a Christmas gift make sure you check out this article.
For Younger Children
The Force1 Scoot is a unique drone and one that my children absolutely love. Right now it is the best selling drone on Amazon. Instead of using a remote it is a drone that is controlled by you and your hand motions. It uses oobstacleavoidance sensors to keep it from crashing into people and objects. As a drone guy, my inital thought was this drone would be a gimmick. However ,I’ve caught myself toying around with it. It is a blast and an excellent drone for kids of all ages.
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You want to keep the fingers on your first-time pilot nice and safe, and that’s why we recommend the little Snaptain H823. This little quadcopter has its propellers completely enclosed to keep little fingers away from spinning propellers. It is small and lightweight. We crashed this little guy quite a bit and it handled the bumps and crashes we subjected it to without a problem. It can do flips with the push of a button and you can make navigation easier by flying it in headless mode. The altitude hold makes it a lot more stable and easier to fly.
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For the Kid that Can’t Put Down Their Smartphone
The Tello is an excellent starter drone, but we wouldn’t recommend it for a younger child. We are thinking maybe 12 years old and up. You will need a smartphone to operate the Tello. It has a fantastic 5MP HD camera. The Tello has impressive flight modes, is incredibly stable and can even help teach coding and programming. Can you pass this off as an educational toy? Sure, why not? Learn more about the Tello here.
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For Kids of All Ages
We really like the Eachine E011 and the Red Pawz R010. These drones are almost identical, except the E011 carries a Lego Man on its top cover, while the Red Pawz was designed to look more like a racer. The ducted design features a built-in propeller guard that helps the drone bounce off the walls and keep fingers away from the propellers. This little quad as a lot of zip and can do some fun acrobatics with the push of a button. The best part about this drone is that is can be upgraded to carry a camera to fly FPV. So when you child grows bored with flying circles around the living room, you can add a camera and some goggles and teach your little pilot to fly FPV (first person view) like the pros. Both of these drones are pretty easy to upgrade.
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For the Gamers
If your child is into video games you may want to consider one of these two drones. Flying these FPV (first person view) drones feel a lot like playing a fast-paced video game. The difference is that this is real! The Red Pawz R011 (also known as the Eachine E013) is an all-in-one FPV package that is a blast to fly. You’ll get the drone, remote, and a pair of FPV goggles so you can get a live view from the camera while piloting the drone. This is how the pilots you see on ESPN race in the DRL (Drone Racing League). So if you have a budding drone pilot at home you should definitely look into this one.
This is a crazy good deal and is the least expensive way to get into FPV flight. Make sure you pick the option with goggles if you don’t have any yet. They are smaller than most other goggles on the market but we were very impressed with their performance given their small size and low cost.
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