Best Drones for Kids (2020)

Drones are simply awesome and can be a great way to teach kids some new concepts!
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Let's face it. Drones are awesome pieces of technology. They're growing in popularity every year and are likely going to populate our future. Now's a great time to introduce kids to drones and drone technology, not only because they are super fun, but also because they teach some basic concepts like:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Programming (for some drones)
  • Altitude
  • Remote functionality
  • Robotics
  • Photography
  • Mechanics

As drone technology advances each year, those cutting-edge updates trickle down into the drones made for kids. You can buy kid-friendly drones with high-definition cameras, powerful processors, high top speeds, and more.

We wanted to put together the definitive list of drones for kids in various categories to make selecting one a breeze for a parent. We kept a few things in mind when creating this list:

  • Safety (Each drone we selected features propeller blade protectors to protect eyes and limbs.)
  • Ease of operation (Kids want something they can easily put together and use.)
  • Affordability (This is not simply a list of the most expensive drones for kids.)
  • Durability (You don't want something will break the first time it runs into a tree.)
  • Fun (Each drone has lots of features that will excite any kid!)

Without further ado, we give you our selection of the best drones for kids!

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Ryze Tech Tello - mini drone

The manufacturer, DJI, is well-known for being a leader in civilian robotics and drones. And they're drones specifically designed for kids and young adults do not disappoint!

The drone comes with an excellent 720p camera and supports the easy sharing of media to various social media accounts. Built into the drone is a 14-core Intel processor that can be plugged into a computer via a USB. Once kids get more advanced with the drone, they can develop software applications for Tello using the Tello SDK.

girl playing with ryze done

This was a close contender for "best educational drone" due to its built-in Scratch programming support. Kids can command Tello to perform movements by dragging coding blocks on their smart mobile device. They can also develop programming skills by playing games and completing levels with their drone.

While we don't recommend this drone for small children, we highly recommend this drone if you want top-of-the-line features in a kid-friendly drone.

Max Control Distance Max Speed Camera Connectivity Battery Life Dimensions Weight
N/A 17.9 mph 720p Bluetooth 13 minutes 3.9 x 3.6 x 1.6 inches 2.88 oz

Makeblock Airblock

A true DIY kid's dream! It's no surprise that Makeblock has won so many awards for their toys aimed at maker-kids.

There are literally hundreds of ways to build the Airblock and customize it via Makeblock's unique coding app. Kids will be learning to program at the same time as they're learning about aerodynamics and robotics.

Makeblock App

The Airblock can be made into many things, from a modular flying robot to a speed car to an amphibious hovercraft. It's nearly impossible to run out of projects with this drone!

Max Control Distance Max Speed Camera Connectivity Battery Life Dimensions Weight
50 ft. 1.5 m/s No Bluetooth 6-8 minutes 9 × 8.75 × 2 inches 5 oz

Potensic upgraded A20 mini drone

Budget definitely does not mean bad with this little guy!

Parents who bought this drone for their kids cited the drone's ease of operation. The drone comes with a hover-hold feature that removes the z-axis from having to be controlled, once the drone reaches the desired altitude. This makes it super easy for a young child to learn to fly!

kid playing with drone

It includes shock-absorption design because even the best navigator will likely crash into the floor from time to time. It's one of the most durable and well-made drones to come in at under $30, making it an affordable option for budget-conscious parents.

Max Control Distance Max Speed Camera Connectivity Battery Life Dimensions Weight
N/A N/A No Remote 5-6 minutes 3.5 X 3.1 X 1.25 inches 6.7 oz

SANROCK H818 drone for kids

Don't let your kids get into any spying mischief while flying around this drone with a 720p mounted wide-angle camera. But do let them have fun!

Camera Drone at Beach

The drone itself has a single-button for both take-off and landing, making it fairly easy to fly. It comes with many of the bells and whistles that kids appreciate too—like the ability to do 3D flips.

There are also some unexpected surprises for kids, too, like an FPV (first-person viewing) mode and the ability to control the camera with gestures—if you're looking to take a selfie with it from far away, for instance.

Max Control Distance Max Speed Camera Connectivity Battery Life Dimensions Weight
131 ft. N/A 720P HD Wi-Fi 11 minutes 7.09 x 6.69 x 1.46 inches 4.23 oz

ATTOP mini drone for kids

All the drones on our list are safe for kids. However, this agile little drone was designed specifically with safety in mind, which makes it our top pick if you're buying for a small child.

The propellers get further protection in this model, making it hard for a small kid to even stick their fingers into them.

kid throwing a drone

It includes other features like altitude holding and 3D flipping. Best of all, once the drone has been calibrated, it can simply be tossed into the air to get it flying, where it will hover until controlled by the remote. Little kids will find this very cool!

Max Control Distance Max Speed Camera Connectivity Battery Life Dimensions Weight
N/A N/A No Remote 18 minutes 7.1 x 4.4 x 2.8 inches 15.2 oz

SNAPTAIN H823H portable mini drone

What makes a drone specifically great for the indoors? How about one that does not scratch the furniture and is durable enough to hold up against repeated slams into the wall.

Meet your new best friend in the fight to keep your home scratch-free! The added covers for the propeller blades ensure that the blades are extra safe for both your kids and your furniture. It's built like a bumper car, as well, which helps keep it from getting damaged when slamming into a wall.

kids save adventure drone

It also comes with many of the great features that kids want in a drone, like Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, One button take-off and landing, and 3D flipping. What makes this drone even more fun is that easily fits into a pocket and be taken anywhere. (Sorry, parents!)

Max Control Distance Max Speed Camera Connectivity Battery Life Dimensions Weight
N/A N/A No Remote 21 minutes 2.8 x 3.0 x 1.0 inches 8.5 oz

Force1 Scoot hand-operated drone

Look, mom! No remote!

With the Scoot hand-operated drone, all kids have to do is put their hand near the UFO-shaped drone to make it move in any direction. The Scoot comes equipped with motion sensors that essentially push the drone in the opposite direction of the hand.

how to fly scoot drone

It's also great for indoor use, as it comes equipped with obstacle-avoidance sensors that prevent collisions before they happen. It comes with LEDs that make it look extra cool with the lights off.

Force1's Scoot drone has been the gold-standard for hands-free drones since the Scoot was released. We highly recommend this drone as a first drone for kids!

Max Control Distance Max Speed Camera Connectivity Battery Life Dimensions Weight
N/A N/A No Auto Sensors 8 minutes 7.17 x 6.69 x 3.46 inches 5 oz