Good old walkie-talkies! Doesn’t everyone have a fond childhood memory of playing with these fun gadgets? Whether it was sneaking your parent’s fancy set to play with or just two cups and a string, walkie-talkies were always a good time. To help you find the perfect set for your kids, here is a list of the best 7 sets we found for this generation, and let me tell you they have come a long way from cups and string!
Best Walkie Talkies for Kids
(Best family fun & durability — $$$)
Why it’s great: Of all the sets we have seen over the years, this is among our favorites. This family pack is the most expensive on this list but is worth every penny since it includes: 4 walkies, belt clips, lanyards, chargers, and 12 rechargeable batteries. You won’t have to worry about buying batteries after every use, but keeping some extra charged batteries close by has proven to be a good idea. These walkie-talkies also have a lamp, or mini flashlight built into each one, which is wonderful for the kids to feel more secure outdoors.
Keep in mind: This is one of the more advanced sets and could be tricky to learn for some little ones, and maybe for the older not so tech-savvy people like grandma. However, there is plenty of help online to walk you thru it step by step and teach you and your family to enjoy all the features these great walkie-talkies have to offer.
Good for: The whole family with long lasting strength to endure the use of all ages
(Best quality, & gift giving — $$)
Why it’s great: These colorful walkie-talkies are smaller in size and convenient when kids want to wear them as a wristwatch or necklace. With 22 channels to choose from, the quality and long range of these kids’ walkie-talkies is even better than expected. The led lights and cute animal faces are always loved and well received by the little ones. Charged by a USB port on the bottom, the internal battery lasts longer than most smartwatches. Much better than yelling across the park for the kids. They will love to use and wear these fun accessories.
Keep in mind: Remembering to keep these turned off when the kids are done with them is always a good idea to preserve battery life. Also, the long-range is great but can pick up other chatter from time to time, so scanning the channels to find a clear one is urged.
Good for: Highly active children who are prone to losing toys
(Best easy use — $$)
Why it’s great: This fun bunny design is on the easier side to use and can reach up to 3 miles! The set includes 3 walkie-talkies with built-in flashlights and matching easy clip-on lanyards. These walkie-talkies are lightweight, soft to the touch and perfect for indoor and outdoor use. Guaranteed to get an “aww” response from the kids and get them excited to put them to use right away.
Keep in mind: This set is not a rechargeable set and requires 4 AAA batteries in each walkie-talkie. If the kiddos forget to turn them off, or just get a lot of use out of them, you might want to stock up on AAA batteries.
Good for: Active kids who work better with less buttons.
(Best set for under 5 years old — $$)
Why it’s great: The easy two-button design is made so even the smaller toddlers can enjoy playing with walkie-talkies. The kids go crazy when they open this awesome set, and who can blame them. It does come with their very own tent! The walkie-talkies are just the beginning of this complete camping playset. Let your toddler’s imagination run wild with over a dozen toys in this special set. The smiles on their faces are priceless the more they play with all the fun included here.
Keep in mind: The walkie-talkies in this set are short-range and might not pick up nearly as far or clearly as some of the others. More on the playset side of things, this is not the recommended set for a rugged family camping adventure, but backyard use is great fun! Also, be sure to give the kids a water bottle since the canteen is just for play and cannot be opened. Overall, the number of items you get for the price is impressive.
Good for: Younger toddlers with a shorter attention span.
(Best teens set — $)
Why it’s great: Like some of the other more advanced kids’ walkie-talkie pairs, these have a VOX function. This allows you to speak without pressing the button. There is also a lock feature so younger kids can’t change channels by accident. This pair is durable enough for the rough teens and easy enough for the young kids. Good set for ages ranging from 3 to 13.
Keep in mind: This pair requires 3 AA batteries that are not included, make sure to have some on hand. The battery life seemed to last a couple of days, but if using the flashlight, the battery life drains much quicker.
Good for: Children and teens who love camping.
(Best value — $)
Why it’s great: Boy and girl-friendly, this set comes equipped with matching bandanas, clips, a built-in flashlight, and whistles. The fun accessories are a hit with the kids and the durability for the low price is nice for the buyer. The 10 call tones include 5 animal sounds which always make the kids giggle. This pair is cheaper and still solid quality.
Keep in mind: Another battery set that requires 4 AAA batteries that are not included; however, the LCD display gives you a low battery warning in enough time to replace. We recommend checking out rechargeable battery kits if your child goes through batteries quickly. It’s worth it for the long-term savings.
Good for: Pairs of children who enjoy matching sets.
(Best long term use — $$$)
Why it’s great: These 3 walkie-talkies have unique designs and a USB port on the bottom for universal charging that lasts up to 18 hours. Equipped with all the great features of the others on this list listed before and then some. This Eco-friendly set is perfect for all occasions. The clear sound, durability, and if nothing else, outstanding customer service, should ensure a great walkie-talkie set for a long time to come.
Keep in mind: There have been a handful of defective reviews online, which is why great customer service was mentioned. Any problems seem to be resolved very quickly and free of charge. Overall great reviews and is still a best seller.
Good for: Most ages that love fun designs and those good at keeping electronics charged.
FAQs about Kids Walkie Talkies
1. Are walkie-talkies safe for children?
Overall, yes. Some walkie-talkies have choking warnings for children under 2. But with proper supervision, it will be good, safe fun for the whole family. There is even one on this list made with eco-friendly plastics.
2. Can you pick up other people’s conversations on children’s walkie-talkies?
Yes. It does not happen very often, especially with short-range walkie-talkies. However, some of the long-range sets can pick up other frequencies and you will hear other people outside of your walkie-talkie group. Just change the channel until it sounds clear, and you should be good to go.
3. How does walkie-talkie play benefit children?
No matter how you put walkie-talkies to use, it is always beneficial to get kids away from the digital distractions of the world today. Walkie Talkies are a great way to do that while still feeling connected to technology. For the younger children, it is great for hand coordination and keeping tabs on the toddlers in a fun way.
4. How do I choose the right walkie-talkie set for my kids?
Start with a couple of simple questions. How old are the children that are using them? How many do you need? And finally, Disposable or rechargeable batteries? Once you answer those 3 questions you will have really narrowed down your search, and hopefully, this article can help you make your final decision.
5. Are kids’ walkie-talkies expensive?
Relative to the current cost of toys, not really. Ranging anywhere from 20 to 60 dollars in price seems very reasonable when you see the amount of fun and perks that come along with your child’s first walkie-talkie set.
Lots of friends and families still play with walkie-talkies no matter their age. Whether we are at home, on vacation, or just a day at the park, walkie-talkies come in handy plenty of times. Useful for parents and always fun for the children, walkie-talkies are here to stay. Adult accepted and kid-approved! We hope this helps you pick the best set for you and your tribe. Over and out!