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Looking for a kid’s drone?
If your child is interested in flying drones and quadcopters, it can be great for them to build their skills early.
But some drones are not at all suitable for children. The potential for damage to either themselves or other people/objects is too large. Those drones require an advanced skill set and strong safety precautions.
However, there are also a ton of toy-grade and recreational drones that are great for children. These quadcopters are usually smaller in size and have less power, but they also come with some cool features for your child to take advantage of (like cameras for taking aerial pictures and videos).
To narrow things down a bit, this article breaks down the best drones for kids for sale in 2017.
The drones are ordered by size with the smallest size first, plus an awesome programmable drone at the end.
You can get an overview of each drone in this list using the table below. Or scroll down to start from the beginning.
The SKEYE Pico is a great drone for new pilots.
It’s a mini drone, making it small enough to fly indoors yet powerful enough to handle moderate outdoor winds with its three speed settings. And it offers trim settings, allowing you to re-stabilize the quadcopter mid-flight if it’s off center.
The SKEYE Pico also comes with a camera for taking aerial images, and it’s controller doubles as a carrying case.
It’s an excellent multirotor for kids to have fun and build their pilot skills safely.
The Cheerson CX-10 is one of the funnest drones to fly.
At a size that’s smaller than the palm of your hand, it’s great for indoor flying. It’s 3 speed levels also allow it to handle outdoor flight in moderate winds.
The quadcopter can perform 360 degree flips in either direction, and you can buy a propeller guard to protect it during crashes.
For the money, the Cheerson CX-10 makes getting in the air extremely affordable.
The GoolRC T10 Nano is one of the cheapest quadcopters on the market. But despite this price, it still comes with a fun set of features.
It’s small size means it can be flown indoors no problem. It also comes with headless mode, meaning there is no need to adjust the drone’s position before flying.
And with One Key Return you can bring the drone back to you with the push of a button. This is helpful for accidental fly-aways, which tend to happen when you’re first learning how to fly a drone.
The T10 can do 360-degree flips in any direction, comes with two speed settings, and it has a 6-axis flight control system to help improve the quadcopter’s stability.
The EACHINE E010 is a fantastic little quad.
For less than $20, it’s one of the cheapest drones you can buy. It also comes with strong propeller guards built into the frame. This helps reduce the impact of crashes when first learning how to fly.
The E010 comes with One Key Course Reversal — with a push of the button the quadcopter returns back to you. But our favorite feature is Compass Mode. In this mode, the drone will change directions as you change the direction of the remote control.
For an inexpensive flying quadcopter, the E010 comes packed with fun features.
It handles nicely, it’s small enough to fly indoors, and it’s powerful enough to fly outside in moderate winds.
The H107C version comes with a camera as its defining feature. The quality isn’t perfect, but it will allow your child to experience what it’s like to take aerial pictures and videos.
Simply input a MicroSD memory card and all of their imagery will be saved and stored.
The Hubsan X4 can do 360 degree flips in either direction, and the 6-axis stabilization system helps new pilots get in the air quickly and efficiently.
This quadcopter is a great option for kids, and a fun one for older pilots as well.
With 4.5 stars and a couple thousand customer reviews, the Holy Stone HS170 Predator is one of the top rated quadcopters on Amazon.
The headless security system lowers the learning curve so that any level of drone pilot can fly it. It’s also powerful enough to be wind resistant outdoors, yet small enough for safe flight indoors. And it has a high top speed for the daredevils out there.
The HS170 Predator‘s three flight modes also mean that as your child’s skills increase, they can continue training with this quadcopter for an extended period of time before upgrading to a new one.
The Syma X5C is one of the most sold drones to date.
It’s a cheap camera drone, so if your child crashes it you aren’t risking a large investment. And it offers aerial image capture with its built-in 2 megapixel camera.
You won’t get the best quality shots, but it’s a fun flyer and a bit larger in size than the previous drones in this list for around the same price.
Because it comes with a whopping 15 minute flight time.
(It was also featured as one of our favorite drones with the longest flight time.)
15 minutes is extremely long for a drone in this price range. Not only this, QCopter put an extra battery in the package, bumping up your flight sessions to 30 minutes. Battery life has long been the number one complaint of drone pilots. QCopter knows what they’re doing in this department.
Other than battery life, the QC1 comes with a camera, LED lights for low-light conditions, and propeller guards standard. These features make it a great quadcopter for children to spend time exploring its capabilities.
A 2MP camera that shoots video in 720P makes the Holy Stone HS110 a sweet drone for children to fly.
Add on top of that FPV capable flight, altitude hold (allows you to release the throttle and the drone will keep hovering at the same height), and mobile device control, and you can’t get much better than this quadcopter in this price range.
With gravity sensor mode, the drone will respond according to how you rotate and orient your mobile device. It also comes with a one-key return-to-home function, which comes in handy if the drone accidentally goes out of sight.
The HS110 is a great all-around FPV quadcopter.
If you child is at all interested in coding or automated drone flight, this is the drone for them.
CoDrone is a programmable drone kit that requires zero prior coding experience or knowledge. After reading the instructions and following a few tutorials, your child can program CoDrone to do flips, fly different directions, and even battle each other.
Not only can you get it to do cool maneuvers, but your kid will learn fundamental coding skills that can be applied elsewhere.
The drone comes with an arduino compatible controller, and it can be controlled with a smartphone as well.
CoDrone is an excellent gift, a learning tool, and a fun little flyer.