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17 Best Build Your Own Robot Kits for Kids (Updated 2017)

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

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.

2. UBTECH Jimu Robot

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.

3. Cubelets Robot Kits for Kids

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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.

4. Geckobot

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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.

5. Makeblock mBot

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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. Kids can learn about electronics and robots at the same time!

6. ZOOB Builder

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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.

7. Meccano MeccaNoid G15

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.

8. Meccano Micronoid

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.

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

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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.

11. Lego Boost (coming soon)

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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

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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.

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 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.

15. Tinkerbots

tinker botsThe 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

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.

17. HEXBUG VEX IQ Robotics Construction Set

The HEXBUG VEX IQ Robotics Construction Set is a 750 piece robotics for kids 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.

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