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These decks have been selected as being the least scary and with the least nudity of the decks in my collection. One has been intentionally designed for children (the Whimsical), but the others should be considered as additional possibilities.
The Hanson-Roberts, Hello Kitty and African decks are the most standard to the Rider Waite pattern (and thus a bit more scary than some of the others). The Fenton-Bale deck is standard to the Marseilles pattern. The rest are somewhat more innovative in their depictions, with Voyager the least standard of the bunch. Here are the specific cards that might be problematic:
African (2 3/8" x 3 1/8"): Bare breasts (in cartoon style) on 4 Wands and 3 of Cups and the title card. The traditionally scary cards (devil, 10 swords, tower) are a bit scary perhaps.
Of these decks, the African and Hanson-Roberts are smaller than normal and so are better for small hands to shuffle. The African is so small that with my adult hands I have a tendency to drop cards if I'm not careful. And the Wise Gal, once punched out, is even smaller than the African. Meanwhile, the Voyager is so large that most adults tend to shuffle it by swirling the cards on a table. The Voyager is also thick and stiff compared to the usual US Games deck.
See also New Age and Herbal Decks
Some decks I don't have yet:
An article about using tarot cards with children
Two of the decks shown are books for kids covering multiple fortune-telling systems, with punch-out cards bound in:
Also intended for kids, by the same team who did Wise Gal Tarot, the children's activity kit Ask Babalouie, containing a variety of simple oracular items, including a cootie catcher and a deck of non-tarot oracular cards.
If none of these grab you, you might also consider getting a theme deck for a theme the child is interested in (e.g. cats, dragons, baseball, etc.) Visit a large tarot card site like Solandia's and browse through the decks cataloged to get ideas.
|Deck||Hierophant||Devil||Queen of Wands||Ten of Swords||Nine of Pentacles|
|Hello Tarot (Hello Kitty!)|
|Amazing Fortune Telling Book|