The best drawing tablets for kids

It's a great idea to encourage your kids to be creative. And even better when there's no mess to clean up afterwards! With drawing tablets for kids, you get the best of both worlds. 

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Pen display tablets are essentially monitors with a pressure-sensitive surface. You draw on them with a stylus, with the results appearing instantly on-screen, making them nice and intuitive for a child to use. However they need to be connected to a PC or Mac (complete with a suitable drawing or painting app), and they generally work out more expensive than graphics tablets.


Graphics tablets plug into computers and enable kids to draw and paint naturally. They are usually a bit cheaper than tablet PC devices. The drawback is that they often don't display what's being drawn, which is instead shown on an external screen, such as the monitor of the PC it is plugged into. This can make using them a bit tricky for kids at first.


Tablet computers, such as the iPad, are usually the most expensive option, but they're also the most versatile, being able to run all manner of apps and games. They come with bright, high-resolution touchscreen displays that work well with styluses, and most tablet computers offer a huge range of drawing and painting apps that enable your child to explore a variety of art styles easily.

Matt Hanson

Matt has been a technology journalist for over 15 years, writing for publications such as T3, MacFormat and Creative Bloq. He's a managing editor of TechRadar, Creative Bloq's sister site, where he can be found writing about and reviewing laptops, computers, monitors and more. He often writes for Creative Bloq, helping creatives find their perfect laptop or PC.

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