Robotics for kids is an area that covers a wide range of subjects, giving children hands on experience in learning math, engineering and creative design. These robot kits for kids let you build your own robot from the ground up, and discover how moving parts fit together.
Robotics kits are educational and they help develop patience, imagination and problem solving skills. Being able to build robotic toys is a past time that kids enjoy and it combines the offline and online world of apps.
Most robot building kits are controlled by smart devices and some are even programmable. The process of building and finally seeing how your creation moves, is what drives the excitement. Kids get a great sense of achievement when they complete a robotics project and see it come to life.
Robots have been around for a long time and even parents enjoy building them. So why is robotics for kids such a hot topic?
Robots are undeniably the most impressive toys around that have that ‘WOW’ factor. They combine everything from building skills to teaching kids code, and even teachers love them for STEM learning. A cool gift or a family project, you can’t go wrong with robot kits for kids.
This article was originally published in 2016 and was last updated July 2017.
Best Robot Kits for Kids 2017
1. 4M Tin Can Robot
2. UBTECH Jimu Robot
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.
3. Cubelets Robot Kits for Kids
5. Makeblock mBot
6. ZOOB Builder
7. Meccano MeccaNoid G15
8. Meccano Micronoid
9. Meccano M.A.X. (coming soon)
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.
10. LEGO Mindstorms EV3
11. Lego Boost (coming soon)
Decide, build and code with the Lego Boost robotics for kids 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.
12. OWI Robotic Arm Edge
13. Micro:bot – Technology Will Save Us
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.
14. MOSS Zombonitron 1600 Kit
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.
16. KNEX Beasts Alive Robo-Smash Building Set
17. HEXBUG VEX IQ Robotics Construction SetModkit 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.
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