How To Use The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition To Help Kids At School

kid using amazon fire HD 8

If you are thinking of buying a safe online tablet for your children I don’t think you can go far wrong with the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition.  We are a very tech family, so I can say that with a great deal of confidence.  My daughter’s were recently sent the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for review, and I was excited to see what they thought of it. They are both very confident using tablets at age 3 and 5 so they were the perfect choice for putting the Amazon Fire HD 8 to the test.  I’m going to share what we learned in this HD8 Review including setting up a kindle fire for your child.

How to Set Up The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

When the Amazon Fire first arrived I was keen to get it out of the box to set it up.  First of all, I added my own Amazon account and added a password to the tablet to keep my account locked when the kids are using it.  All of my Amazon apps appeared automatically after adding my user details and password to the Kindle Fire. It took literally seconds to do so don’t worry if you are not very confident with tablets or computers generally.

Amazon Fire for kids HD 8 Review in pink with app screen

Setting up the kids unlimited accounts was really easy as well.  It’s as simple as selecting the Fire for Kids app and popping in a few details.  You can add up to 4 child accounts or profiles to the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition with completely separate profiles and parental controls.  All you need to do is add their name, gender and date of birth.  This information is used to show your child the most appropriate apps and videos for their age.

We easily added a separate picture to each profile so that each child account was easily identifiable when the kids are using the Amazon Fire HD 8.

I also added some child safe apps from my own account for the girls to use.  This is a good function for things like YouTube Kids or Netflix.

Pink Amazon Fire Tablet for kids with various apps on screen

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition also includes access to Fire for Kids Unlimited for 1 year.  This gives your children access to over 5000+ videos, games, books and apps for entertainment and educational purposes. Here’s a few apps we’d recommend you add to your Amazon Fire to get them started:

Kids Free Apps From Amazon 

YouTube for Kids

This free app provides the best videos from YouTube for kids! Thousands of fun and safe cartoon videos. Kids channels, cartoons, games, songs and music, dance and a wide range of learning videos to help get rid of that rust that comes from a summer of fun. There’s lots of tips for setting up YouTube for Kids on the Amazon Fire here.

Disney Junior Play – Free

Welcome to the magical world of Disney Junior Play featuring your favourite Disney Junior characters all in one place! Loads of exciting games, puzzles, sing along videos, dress-up fun and sticker book scenes. The ‘Disney Junior Favourites’ pack is free with download and features four games and a sticker book. Play jigsaw puzzles to encourage problem solving, placement games to support logical thinking, and dress-up games to inspire imaginative thinking.

Best Educational Apps for Amazon Kindle Fire

Anitales – Free

Anitales is a unique and exciting app which encourages children to create story by use their imagination and get their creative juices flowing!?? Immerse yourself in the Anitales world as you choose your story location, add personalised characters, record voice-overs, and add animation to bring your story to life. This colourful and beautifully illustrated world is fun for the whole family and allows you to connect and share your stories with friends.

How to Draw: Cartoon Characters – Free

Drawing various Cartoon Characters from different films and animated movies like Sponge Bob, Fairy Tinker Bell, Superman, Spiderman, Dora and many more, has never been so easy.

Each drawing lesson is divided in 10 to 20 steps, and it’s extremely easy to follow. Have fun with this application at home, in school, while drawing on paper, or with chalk on pavement – do it everywhere!

Mathletics Student

Mathletics has evolved… right into your hands. This isn’t a free app but you can still get Mathletics on Kindle Fire – click here for the latest price.  The multi award-winning e-learning platform is available on selected Android tablets and is now better than ever! Use in the classroom, at home – or anywhere. Use online or offline – Mathletics can now truly be access ANYWHERE!?? Mathletics is the world’s leading educational resource for mathematics, created by the team behind the World Education Games. Over 4 million students in schools across the world are a part of our global learning community.  If you need help installing Mathletics visit the help page here.

Blogging Like Mummy – Priceless

My kids have showed interest in starting their own blog, creating content and making videos which makes me so happy! They will be able to start with videos and photos with the Fire tablet but I think we’ll wait until they get better at writing before we set an official blog up for them.

child using amazon fire HD 8 - playing app on the screen

How The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Can Help Kids At School

As soon as Indie went back to school we were asked to download an app called ‘Teach Your Monster To Read’.  It’s a fantastic app that helps build reading skills in Early Years school children.  We found out we could download it to the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition and she could get started straight away.

Her teacher is monitoring her progress at school so we want her to use the app, and other educational apps like it, regularly.  The Amazon Fire HD 8 is the perfect tablet for setting educational goals and ensuring kids are using educational apps as well as for playing games and watching videos.

There are some great parental control settings on the Amazon Fire HD 8 that are super easy to set up.  You can set goals for how much time your child spends using the books, videos and apps.  This uses timescales so you can tell the tablet to allow 15 minutes for watching videos, 30 minutes for educational apps and 20 minutes for books, or however you would like to set it up.

By ticking a simple box you can tell the tablet to block any entertainment apps until the educational goals are met.  This is a great way of offering a child rewards for completing school related work.

Another fantastic setting is that you can tell the tablet when to shut down the account at bedtime and when it can be turned on in the morning.  This takes so much stress out of the ‘turn the tablet off it’s time to go to bed/get ready for school’ conversation.

The other setting we loved was that you can set up different goals and times for the weekend compared to weekdays.  If Indie has done well with her educational goals over the week, it’s really easy to allow her more time at the weekend to play games as a reward.

Key Features of the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

There’s lots of things going for the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition so I’ve put them into a comprehensive list for you.  If you were on the fence about buying one, by the time you’ve read this I think you’ll be convinced.

  • 8″ HD display and 32 GB memory space
  • Sturdy kid proof case in choice of blue, pink or yellow provided
  • No in app purchase access for children
  • No social media access
  • 1 year subscription to Fire for Kids Unlimited included with 5000+ books, videos, games & apps
  • 2 year worry free guarantee – this is really awesome!
  • 12 hours of battery life
  • Easy to use parental controls with curfews, screen time limits and content control settings
  • You can share apps from your own library
  • Can add up to 4 child profiles
  • Perfect tablet for ages 3-12 years
  • Child accounts can only access appropriate content approved by Amazon

We have really enjoyed having the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition and can see why it’s the best tablet for kids at the moment.  Indie is making real progress with her reading with the help of the Amazon Fire and it really helped keep Brook busy when she was waiting in the hospital for her operation recently.

It’s super easy for us all to use and the features definitely set it apart from anything else on the market at the moment.  The battery life is a really big deal as well.

You can buy the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition for just £129.99 which we also think is excellent.  Considering all the features that are included, as well as the year subscription to Fire for Kids Unlimited, this is excellent value for money.  It means no more buying apps here and there that your kids want to use, as they will probably have access to them directly with the Amazon Fire.

We were provided with the  Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition in exchange for this review but all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Amazon Fire Kids edition step by step guide. This review looks at the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition including tips for setting up the tablet and key features

Amazon Fire Kids edition step by step guide. This review looks at the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition including tips for setting up the tablet and key features

Amazon Fire Kids edition step by step guide. This review looks at the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition including tips for setting up the tablet and key features

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

Related Posts

14 Discussion to this post

  1. Stacey says:

    This is a really good post and very useful, it’s something I’m going to save for when my little girl is a bit older. Thank you for the tips!

  2. Mary Abbott says:

    That sounds really good – the kids need a new tablet so might invest!

  3. Sidrah Ahmed says:

    This would be wonderful for my kids and would help them out a lot

  4. Ashleigh Allan says:

    Sounds great. Love that it block other apps till the educational work is done

  5. Kara says:

    It looks like a fab tablet. The kids have started asking for their own ones now so planning to get them one for xmas
    Kara recently posted…My Sunday Photo – 24th September 2017My Profile

  6. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Definately consider one of these for a Christmas gift
    I know my nephews are on the hunt for one!!

  7. These free apps sound good. I didn’t realise they had a free mathletics. Mine did it for school in year 2 by have just been given another programme to use for maths homework. We have ipads for the girls. I haven’t tried an amazon fire before but it seems good.
    MELANIE EDJOURIAN recently posted…Recreating Emma Stone’s and Ryan Goslings Red Carpet LookMy Profile

  8. Jeanette Leighton says:

    I am getting one for my daughter Sheriah 5 for Christmas it looks great I think she will love it

  9. I have a Kindle Fire that my daughter ‘borrows’ but I would love her to get a children’s version with suitable apps
    Musings of a tired mummy…zzz… recently posted…I can cross off 2 things from my bucket list! Yay me!My Profile

  10. Kira says:

    My daughters kindle has broken and she wants a new one for Xmas, this one looks good – and all the free apps that you can get for it , bargain 🙂
    Kira recently posted…BlogOnXmas-My First Blog Event [THE UNCONVENTIONAL DIARIES]My Profile

  11. Kayleigh Watkins says:

    Megan had one for her 5th birthday in august and absolutely loves it, we all have kindles and they are fantastic devices, she loves all the apps on it, the only downside is her memory is now full, but I’m sure Santa will get her a memory card for Christmas xXx

  12. Hannah says:

    Hi can you use mathletics app on the kindle fire hd8 kids edition? Do you have to download it from the amazon app store? thanks

  13. Nat Garratt says:

    I’d also love to know how to get mathletics reed theory and spellodrome on the kids amazon fire tablets

  14. Cathryn says:

    Hi, this is a great article but I’m really struggling to find a way to make mathletics work on my kids kindle fire, I would value your advice? I’ve tried adding the website to their devices but each page requires unblocking.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Latest Stories

Search stories by typing keyword and hit enter to begin searching.

%d bloggers like this: