First off, you may want to take a peek at my Toy RC Helicopter page since it talks about toy helicopters which is a good place to start most children off with - especially younger children (under 8 years of age). That said, there are limitations to toy type RC helicopters and for not much more money (sometimes even less), you can actually get your youngster/s a better quality hobby grade RC helicopter that they will not only have more overall fun with; but it will also last longer.
Unlike toy/mall kiosk/big box store RC helicopters, hobby grade RC helicopters are almost always better in quality and fly much better; but the very best feature they have going for them is you can easily get replacement parts for them when something breaks or wears out. This is something that you usually can't do with a toy heli. Once a toy heli breaks (and they all will break eventually), chances are it's headed for the landfill and I've seen first hand how upset a child gets when this happens. No question, they will still get upset when they break a part on their hobby grade helicopter, but at least you can explain to them, "we'll get it fixed and it will be good as new". To me, that is worth a few extra bucks over throwing money down the drain on a disposable toy.
Hobby grade helicopters also allow you to purchase extra flight batteries for back to back flights. Most toy grade helis have built in battery packs and you have to wait after each flight to recharge them.
The other benefit with hobby grade is you can get knowledgeable help from the hobby shop or the manufacturer should you need it for problem's, repairs, or even recommendations. You rarely if ever get service like that with the toy/mall/box store stuff. In fact, it's rare the person selling them at such places even knows the difference between a coaxial helicopter or multi rotor never mind how they actually work and which one is the best match for your particular child or beginner RC helicopter pilot.
In short, before making that impulsive toy/mall kiosk/box store RC helicopter for kids purchase, do a little research or pay a visit to your local hobby shop or on-line hobby shop to see what they have for not all that much more money.
No longer are all hobby grade RC helicopters super expensive, hard to fly, and meant for enthusiasts only. With all the micro coaxials and micro quadrocopters, you can get easy to fly quality hobby grade RC helicopters now for under $100 dollars. In fact, some are in the $50 range so they are not much more expensive than most of the toy stuff at all, yet offer superior value and most importantly, superior fun.
How Much Will A Hobby Grade Helicopter For Kids & Beginners cost?
I'm trying to adhere to an under one hundred dollar budget since most people who contact me with this best RC helicopter for kids or beginners question want to keep the price under $100 bucks or less.
I do have a few more suggestions that cost more if your budget is a little more flexible or you are purchasing one for a BIG kid at heart. That is the one thing to be aware of. You may be purchasing this RC helicopter for your or someone else's child, but chances are you or other adults are also going to be having fun with it too.