10 Unusual Small Animals That Make Great Pets for Kids

Guinea Pigs:

They enjoy human interaction and can bond closely with their owners, making them great companions for kids.


They are highly trainable, enjoy human interaction, and can form strong bonds with their owners.


With proper handling and care, they can become quite tame and enjoy interacting with their owners.

Sugar Gliders

While they require specialized care and attention, they can form strong bonds with their owners and enjoy being carried in pouches.


Chinchillas are soft and fluffy rodents that are active and playful. They require spacious enclosures and regular dust baths.


They enjoy interacting with their owners and can be trained to perform tricks, making them engaging pets for kids.

Hermit Crabs

They require a suitable habitat with shells to hide in and enjoy climbing and exploring their environment.


They require a specialized aquarium setup but can be fascinating pets for older children interested in aquatic animals.


Tarantulas are low-maintenance and fascinating to observe, but they require careful handling and should only be kept by children who are responsible.


They require ample space to play and explore but can be affectionate and social pets with proper training and socialization.