Robots are the type of toy that brings children together to play. Mums, dads, brothers and sisters can all have fun playing with a cool robot.
More and more kids are learning to code at an early age, so what’s better than a coding robot that teaches the basics of programming?
Every year there’s a new wave of robots for kids on the market, and they’re getting more advanced, but easier to use as time goes on. From building robots from legos to more advanced robotics kits, there is something out there for everyone. There are simple robots for kids for beginners who want to get an easy hands on feel, and more advanced coding robots that require more attention.
Featured here are 20 the newest and most popular coding robots in 2017, that will help jumpstart kids into the world of programming.
This article was originally published in 2016 and was last updated June 2017.
Popular Coding Robots 2017
1. Sphero SPRK Edition & Ollie using Tynker
2. Ozobot Evo
3. Parrot MamboTynker visual programming app, you can program the Mambo to do all sorts of things. Kid will learn the basics of sequencing and how to program their drone to obey their commands. Coming soon is the Code this Drone Mambo Kit.
4. Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
5. Lego Mindstorms
6. Meccanno Meccanoid
7. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-PillarCode-a-Pillar.
Show kids what coding is all about with this fun and colorful Fisher-Price Think and Learn Code-a-Pillar Toy for preschoolers. While arranging and re-arranging different segments, little programmers will learn the basics of problem solving, sequencing, critical thinking, reasoning, discovery, and memory through this series of fun experiments.
Encourage kids to use all eight segments to send the Code-a-Pillar robot pet in different directions, all while enjoying the cool sounds and bright lights.
9. WowWee Coder MiP
10. UBTECH Jimu Robots Buzzbot and Muttbot
Compatible with Lego bricks, this all in one set allows you to build and play with various robots. With TinkerBots, you can build a car and drive it via remote control from your smart phone. Or build a crane and move the level to pick up and move items. The possibilities are endless with the included power blocks, motion blocks and sensor blocks.
This robot for kids toy was designed for a younger audience. Directed at four to six year olds, this buildable and programable robot does not use any type of screen. Instead it relies on the included block for arranging, linking together and then scanning by KIBO for its command sequence. Kids can decorate their robot in various ways to make it their own.
New Coding Robots Coming Soon in 2017
13. Lego Boost
Choose from one of five robots to build, code and then play with the Lego Boost play set. This robots for kids set is a great introduction to learning first hand the mechanics of building robots. You can build a robot, a vehicle, a cat, a 3D printer or a musical guitar. You can use your smart device to code the robot to interact and play.
14. UBTECH Astrobot
Build one of three distinct robot creations with the UBTECH Astrobot. This three hundred and ninety-seven piece set lets you build either a humanoid, an anthropomorphic wheeled vehicle or a treaded mobile robot. These STEM based robots for kids are great for teaching various ways to build robots with the same parts.
15. Hasbro’s Dance Code Belle
Take control and interact with Disney Princess Belle. Use your tablet to download the associated app and connect it to Belle via bluetooth. Belle talks, moves and performs dances herself. You can code Belle to perform specific dance routines as you map them out in the app. There is simple coding for younger players and more advanced block coding for when you are ready.
16 & 17. Meccano M.A.X. Robot and MeccaSpider
New from Meccano is the M.A.X Robot. This robot has a digital face for gaming and over time it will learn more about it’s owner. Also coming to stores soon is the MeccaSpider. This red and black spider walks around and is able to shoot water. Both models connect to a bluetooth device for more in-app fun and also come with remotes in case you do not have a bluetooth device.
Expected to be released closer to the holiday season, the Elmoji is aimed at younger kids aged three and up. This robot has been created with collaboration from Sesame Street to make an Elmo based emoji robot that reacts and teaches kids how to code using emojis. While not a lot has been released about this robot, it will be controlled by an app to play games, teach problem solving and react to sounds.
Geared towards younger children, the PaiKodee is one of the newest coding robots for kids that allows your little one to play and learn at the same time. With the supported app you can learn basic coding, personalize the robots emoji face and record funny sounds for PaiKodee to repeat. This robot is a must have for your up and coming little one who wants to learn more about coding.
This Kickstarter backed project is an accessory to the HexBug Spider set. With BotsAlive, you get a decal and various blocks that the newly aware HexBug will interact with. The red blocks are bad, and the spider will avoid them in order to get to the blue blocks. The BotsAlive software creates an organic and thinking robot who hesitates when making decisions and routes different paths to an obstacle. Sometimes he goes left, sometimes right.
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