Our grand kids love flashlights. Leave one laying around and it’s sure to show up in a child’s hands. They love using flashlights or headlamps to go on great adventures, both real and imagined. So with 6 young boys on our hands we go through a lot of kids flashlights and kids headlamps, and pretty much a lot of other stuff. We are always on the search for the best kids flashlights.
As you know, kids have an amazing knack for losing and breaking stuff. So when it comes to hiking and camping, we are looking for the trifecta! That means we want cheaper children’s headlamps and flashlights that are also durable and of good quality. You also want a lot of color choices – right? Then everyone can have their own flashlight with no fighting. (Yes, you just heard a big sigh!)
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Here’s some things we’ve learned in the process and several amazing choices for children’s flashlights.
Choosing your Kids Flashlight and Headlamp
Choosing the best headlamp for kids is not an easy process. If you’re looking for cool flashlights for kids, there are a number of features to consider; weight, durability, waterproof, power sources, burn time, cost price, lumens, beam distance, red lights and more. Take a look at the list of features in our overview of how to choose the Best Ultralight Headlamps for Hiking and Trekking.
Best Kids Headlamp Descriptions
Foxelli USB Rechargeable Headlamp Flashlight – Economical Rechargeable Battery
Energizer LED Headlamp for Kids – Durable and Bright
PETZL TIKKID – Best Quality For Busy Kids
The PETZL TIKKID has a great hybrid design that works with AAA batteries but can be replaced by the CORE rechargeable battery. It’s the best headlight for kids as the phosphorescent reflector helps you keep an eye on them when they’re looking for critters at the edges of the campsite or out in the back garden in the dark.
COB LED Headlamp Flashlight – Ultra LightWeight and a Super Deal
At just 1.35 oz, your kids won’t even feel it on their heads. Plus at under $20 for a set of 4, you won’t mind too much if your kid uses this headlamp for target practice or as a weapon (not that it ever happens that way lol!).
Dinobryte LED T-Rex Dinosaur Headlamp – For the Truly Adventurous Child
The kids dinosaur headlamp is IPX4 waterproof and there’s a protective lens over the headlamp that prevents breaking. Kids just love them; be it for camping, playing fort, hiking, reading, exploring or as a night light. Better make sure you’re okay with the noise before buying it, because it really has a mighty roar!
More Animals in the Zoo! Here’s a couple more fun headlamps that kids will love:
Best Kids Flashlight
Dorcy 55 lumen Floating Waterproof LED – Floating Flashlight
EverBrite 9-LED Flashlight – Lightest Torch
Your children can use them to tell ghost stories around the campfire, for reading in bed, evening walks on the beach, or for scavenger hunts in the dark. At just 12 cm in length, this children’s flashlight is pocket friendly too! I personally carry one of these in my purse because of it’s super small size. I’ve been known to find a little boy hiding in the closet hugging this perfectly sized flashlight that he quietly borrowed for exploring. You can also get the EverBrite in an 18 pack that would be perfect for a camp out party!
LUX PRO LP395 Gels Glow-in-the-Dark LED Flashlight – No more lost kids flashlights
EverBrite Kids Flashlight, Mini LED Torch – Easy to Grip
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Giddy Buggy Flashlight – No battery drain
The Sunny Patch Giddy Buggy Flashlight is Designed by Melissa & Doug, known for their high quality children’s toys so you are certain have a flashlight that will survive your next trip! The only thing you won’t like is the weight on this little joy coming in at 3/4 of a pound it will be great for camping, but not so much fun to carry home on a long hike.
VTech Spin & Learn Color Flashlight – The perfect toddler flashlight
Best Kids Camping Lanterns
Vont 4 Pack Camping Lantern Flashlights – Nearly Indestructible
No matter what children’s flashlight you give your kids, potty runs might prove to be a problem. That’s when a headlamp or a lantern comes in more handy. Cue the Vont Camping Lanterns! Having your hands free to reach for that tissue roll does make a difference!
These collapsible flashlights are made from a waterproof metal alloy and are water and weather resistant. The 146 lumen flashlight can be opened more or less depending on the amount of light you need. They weigh 5.3 oz, and are sturdy and durable. At $14.99 for a set of 2 they are perfect for adults too!
Wakeman 3 in 1 Lamp – The perfect toddler flashlight
While you are out, don’t forget to take carry of your furry children too! Check out this list of the Best Lighted Collars for your Dog.
And check out our reviews of the Best Hiking Headlamps for adults too!
So that’s our list of the best headlamps and kids flashlight that your kids and grand kids might love. We know ours do!
This article was originally published September 19, 2019. We updated it on June 22, 2021 to provide the most current information.