Give your kids the best hands on learning experience with these robot kits for kids. Each kit allows your child to personally build their own robot from the ground up. This allows them to learn about how working parts fit together and how moving parts can interact with each other. Being able to make your own robot gives students and kids a great sense of achievement, with the added bonus of allowing children to develop patience, imagination and problems solving skills. Building a robot is also a creative a process, where kids can utilize their design skills to come up with interesting robot designs.
Once they have built their dream robot, they can spend hours playing, programming and giving commands with a controller or smart device. Not all of these robots are programmable, some are only equipped to follow simple controller commands. Most of these robots are easy to build, while others are a little more time consuming and difficult. Here are 17 of the best make your own robot kits for kids in 2017.
Build your own robot from a tin can with the 4M Tin Can Robot. You don’t actually get a tin can with the kit, you have to recycle one yourself and use the available robot parts to build your creation. Once built, your little robot guy will move around the room and you’ll have a great sense of satisfaction, so keep that next soda can somewhere safe.
Build a robot or a robot dog with this kit. The Jimu robot has six smooth motion robotic motors that when in use allow your robot to have fluid movements. This robot kits for kids set comes with over two hundred and fifty pieces, that easily snap together. Once you have built your robot, open the associated app on your smart device to program Jimu or manually control him. This is a great toy that teaches kids the robotics of movement and programming.
One of the best robot kits for kids are Cubelets, interlocking robotic cubes that click together using magnets. Each cube has its own purpose and by joining them together you can make your robot do all sorts of things. You can get brick adapters to connect your cubes to lego bricks for even more artistic robotic building, and even add a Bluetooth Cubelet to make your robot remote controlled.
The Geckobot is a great robotics learning toy for new to building kids. The pieces easily snap together to form the Gecko robot. Kids can learn about how his moving parts make him walk and move like the real animal. Gecko can walk up glass surfaces with his suction cup feet. You can also take him apart and build six other fun robot toys.
The Makeblock mBot is designed for STEM education and teaches kids how to build a robot and program it to move. Using a visual programming language based on the drag and drop Scratch program from M.I.T, kids and students will enjoy learning how to put this little robot together.
Let your creativity take the wheel with the ZOOB Bot Builder. This exciting kit comes with forty-nine unique ZOOB pieces that allow you to create various shapes and allow joint movement. Each piece has a round connector and some have a middle round connector space, you can connect each piece together with grey balls that allow rotation. Included are instructions to build four rolling ZOOB Bots and multiple other bot creation designs. This robot has light up action and a pull back rolling motor for going places.
The Meccano MeccaNoid G15 is giant 2-foot-tall robot that is controlled by an iPhone, iPad or Android device. Once completely built, this robot can be voice programmed to dance, memorize movements and record audio. Designed for ages 10 years and up, the Meccano robot has an uncanny resemblance to Johnny Five from Short Circuit, for those of you who remember that.
Build and dance with your new Micronoid robot best friend. Once built, this robot will respond by simple button programming. He can answer yes or no questions, he will dance whenever he hears a beat and when in autonomous mode he will wander on his own, sometimes giggling or passing gas.
Meet M.A.X, he is the curious little robot that is ready to interact and play with your child. This build it yourself robot comes with easy to use and assemble parts. The designers created M.A.X. to be easy to build so that your child can begin playing with him the same day. His large face shows funny expressions and is used to play games like Pong with you. He is curious and asks questions, looking for keywords that will relate to you, then later he will bring it back up in the conversation.
The Lego brand is famous worldwide and popular among the young and old. Team it together with the technology to make a programable robot and you have a recipe for success. The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot kit, lets you program your robot to dance, move, pick up objects and do a multitude of tasks. Connected to a smartphone or tablet, users can easily use the drag and drop coding language to bring their robot to life and share their creations with the Lego Mindstorms community.
Decide, build and code with the Lego Boost set. This kit allows you to pick one of five robots to create and bring to life. You can build a robot, a cat, a vehicle, a 3D printer or a music playing guitar. The associated app will allow you to bring your creations to life with coding. You can code your robot to interact and do tricks. When you have mastered the five creations, you can decide to build something all your own and then program it.
Build and create your own OWI robotic arm with this extensive robot building kit. There is no soldering required. This kit comes with over two hundred pieces that allow you to build the robot, add in the control power, fit the motor and run the cabled through him. Included is a remote control to operate the robotic arm. This kit is geared towards older kids, since it is mainly focused on learning how to build and put together the robot versus short build and long play time robots.
Three bots included in one box give kids the ultimate robot experience. Robot kits for kids that are made from simple items are often the most popular. The box it comes in converts to the Micro:bot’s body. You can create and program three different robots like an artbot, that carries a colored pencil around a piece of paper, a golf bot that changes position every time you score and a roombot that mimics a Roomba vacuum.
The MOSS Modular Robotics kit is a really easy to use build your own robot kit that has the simplicity of lego. Developed by the same company that made Cubelets, these pieces click together using magnets and metal ball bearings, allowing kids to be even more creative with their robot designs.
The Tinkerbots robot kit is a modular building set consisting of many cube-like modules that can be combined in various forms and shapes. The robots can be controlled using a smartphone or tablet, and kids can even program the robots themselves using the C programming language, as Tinkerbots are Arduino based. So, as the name suggests, kids can tinker with bots and have a great time learning how to do it.
Another amazing robot kit is the KNEX Beasts Alive Robo-Smash Building Set, which comes with 156 K’NEX pieces together with a battery powered motor. Kids will have great fun building this robotic beast which is part of the K’NEX Beast Alive range.
The HEXBUG VEX IQ Robotics Construction Set is a 750 piece robotics construction kit. Using the Modkit drag and drop visual programming language, kids can control their robots and build anything they can imagine. Hexbug are a well known brand that make the Nano Micro Robotic Creatures, that are very popular with children.
Samantha Kotey is the editor for AvatarGeneration and has a background in educational technology and virtual worlds. A mom of two, she is passionate about all things related to toys and technology.