Once you’ve purchased your iPad, be ready to invest about $50 more on a protective case. There is no way around this one. If you are using the iPad with younger kids, you will want the peace of mind that comes from protecting your new investment from sudden doom.
What you choose is entirely up to you. Choose a color and style that appeals to you and your child. Just double check that the case you have picked out is compatible with the iPad you have purchased. An iPad 1 requires a different case than the later versions. The iPad 2 and the iPad 3 have similar dimensions and both require access to the front and back cameras. Most cases designed to fit an iPad 3 will also fit an iPad 2, but read the fine print to be sure.
In no particular order, here are some of the top choices of parents and educators:
The Gumdrop Case is a great bet. Great protection, nice colors to choose from. They offer one in particular in red/black that offers good visual contrast if low vision is an issue. About $50.
Otter Box is a favorite of many. They cover all the basics with their rugged design but they also offer a cover that doubles as a stand. The cover is really handy to have when the iPad is not in use. These start at about $60.
The Trident Case will also do the trick. Priced at about $50 with an array of colors to pick from.
And if you want to spend $100, apparently you can protect your iPad from both unexpected falls and an unexpected dip in the pool. If you really think your iPad might meet up with a fate like the one at the top of this page, then maybe Lifedge is the choice for you.
Really, there are many, many options available. A quick google or Amazon search of “best iPad cases for kids” will bring up more than enough to choose from.