My 4-year-old daughter, who is autistic, received an iPad 2 loaded with apps this summer. To protect the iPad, I purchased an Otterbox Defender Case and Utility pack, which was recommended to me as must-have protection when my child inevitably dropped--or threw--the iPad. The Defender Case comes in three parts that interconnect with each other and the iPad, and I believe that my daughter got a lot of satisfaction from the noise and commotion it made when it hit the floor... so much so that she started throwing it when she became frustrated. We didn't use the iPad much this summer.
But recently, I looked into iPad cases again with hopes of finding something more suitable, and the M-Edge SuperShell for iPad 2 is it! The iPad fits very securely into the shell, which feels like a super dense foam. The shell has some ridges molded into it and covers the on/off and volume buttons so that they're protected but still usable. The back of the M-Edge SuperShell is concave so that any force when dropped is concentrated on the edges of the shell away from the iPad.
So simple. And for some reason my daughter has totally taken to the iPad housed in this shell. She can carry it around easily, and indeed she runs around with it sometimes but never drops it. Her frustration levels when learning new activities on the iPad seem much reduced--she no longer drops or throws the iPad except very, very rarely (once or twice a week maybe). And this solid iPad shell just kind of bounces slightly and stops with the iPad clearly unharmed.
With the addition of this M-Edge SuperShell, the iPad 2 has become the communication assistance and interactive learning tool for my daughter that it was given to her to be. I highly recommend this product for young iPad users.