Modern tech-savvy kids don’t dream about Legos or toy cars anymore. What they really want is a cool robot toy – an interactive buddy loaded with numerous impressive features. Kids robotics are an educational past time, that children just love to play, and hey, who doesn’t like ordering a robot around the place! Robot toys for kids have come along way since my childhood, nowadays they can be controlled with an iPhone, iPad or Android device and can do all sorts of amazing tricks. Learn more about the best robots for kids whether it’s for school, home or a as a super cool gift.
One of the smallest robots available nowadays, Ozobot can be programmed to dance, run, play, and more. With Ozobot, kids can play built-in games using the free app, download additional activities from the official website, or even create their own challenges, mazes, and games for their robot.
When you are not ready to buy your kid a real pet, the WowWee Chip Canine Home Intelligent Pet is a smart, friendly, and trainable puppy that may be exactly what you need. This kind interactive buddy is the same size as a real puppy and has all the lovable qualities of a real dog. Thanks to advanced sensors and accessories, CHiP reacts to everything that happens around and uniquely responds to all your actions. Each puppy has its own personality and its unique behavior depends on interactions with the owner.
Created by a robotics physicist who worked at NASA, the WowWee Robosapien Humanoid looks like something from a science fiction movie. It works right out of the box and no computer or advanced software is needed. This model has 60+ commands that include picking up objects around the house, running, funny voicing and can be controlled remotely.
The ROBOTIS Mini DIY Robot Kit includes an open source embedded board, battery and customizable 3d printed shell that allows infinite customization options. There is also the Darwin-Mini app that uses button, gesture, voice recognition and messages to control or change movements of your new robot, which has both standard built-in motions and advanced motion options such as headstands or rolls.
Miposaur can respond to the swipe of hand and reacts to your motion. Depending on where you swipe, you can either activate a friendly dinosaur mode or become its target. Its actions also depend on its mood – Miposaur can chase, guard, play, follow, or hunt. The Miposaur interacts with the trackball and can follow it around.
With 7 game modes and a unique app, the WowWee Mip is a responsive, multifunctional robot that can communicate through motion, sounds, and LED eyes. It can follow hand gestures, follow objects around, and navigate his surroundings.
The Sphero SPRK Edition device is accessible for all ages and introduces kids to coding through exploration and play. Using the simple text-based code viewer, kids can teach the robot ball different commands as well as combine them to create more complex unique instructions for the robot to follow.
The Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid is a robot created for all Star Wars fans. The BB-8 droid has the same functionality as the other Sphero balls, but with the Star Wars brand. Additionally it reacts to your voice and obeys various voice commands. It also has an adaptive personality and evolves as you interact with it.
Cute and smart, this responsive funny-looking robot is perfect for kids ages 8 and up. Using the free Wonder for Dash & Dot Robot app, your kids can program the Dash Robot to dance, run, light up, make sounds and even react to their voice. Everybody can make this robot his own, transforming it into a pet, interactive buddy, or an object for endless experiments.
Teach your kids the basics of coding, problem solving and mathematics with this fun and educational SmartLab Programmable Rover. The rover has to be programmed through the touchpad and doesn’t have as many features as other robots for kids, but it’s still an educational tech toy that kids will have fun with.
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.