More and more kids are learning to code at an early age, so what’s better than playing with coding robots that teach the basics of programming?
Robots are the type of toy that brings children together to play. Mums, dads, brothers and sisters can all have fun playing with cool coding toys.
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Like many of the educational toys on the market, coding robots for kids offer a fun and engaging way to get hands-on with learning. Interactive toys encourage children to get involved, solve problems, and make quick decisions, developing their skills through play.
Every year there’s a new wave of programming toys on the market, and they’re getting more advanced, but easier to use as time goes on. From building robots from lego to more advanced robotics kits, there is something out there for everyone. There are simple robots for beginners who want to get an easy hands on feel, and more advanced coding robots and coding drones that require more attention.
To point you in the right direction, here is our pick of the newest and best coding toys for your budding little programmers.
Best Coding Toys & Coding Robots for Kids 2017
1. Lego Boost
Lego is one of the most creative learning toys that children love. Some of the more advanced kits, like the Lego Boost toolbox, also come with excellent opportunities to get creative and learn to code. Kids can build different styles of coding robots that will connect with the app to allow them to unlock special levels, and get new building instructions.
2. FurReal Makers Proto Max
Combine the fun of an adorable interactive robotic puppy, with easy to understand coding. The build it yourself kit comes with 8 separate parts that kids can use to build an interactive robot dog
, with different coding activities in the app used to customize their puppy. Coding toys that look like dogs are unique and FurReal Makers Proto Max will be a most wanted toy this holiday season.
3. WowWee Coder MiP
Coder Mip by WowWee is another great robot themed coding toy that offers interactive play, drag and drop coding, and a selection of fun games. This unique robot is controlled using an app, can balance items, and compete against other robots, all while responding to a kid’s hand gestures.
A successful Kickstarter project, the CoDrone
from Robolink is a flying coding drone that kids and teens will love. Learning to code with a drone is pretty awesome and this little guy can be controlled with hand gestures and voice commands. You can get additional add-ons to make it roll on wheels or add in a camera.
5. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar
Code-a-pillar is a great toy designed for younger learners, providing an interactive experience away from a screen. This cute colourful coding toy has multiple light-up sections that can be taken apart and placed back together to create a new movement sequence. A great choice of toy to introduce the idea of programming to children from 3 to 8 years old. Read our review of the Code-a-Pillar
6. Ozobot Evo
Teach your children to code with colour using the tiny Evo robot from Ozobot. The Ozobot Evo is one of the smallest coding robots for kids on the market and will respond to a special kind of code that children can draw on paper. The robot has more advanced features when combined with the app, introducing drag and drop programming in a way easily understood by children.
7. Sphero SPRK Edition
This fantastic little robot is one of the best STEAM learning tools on the market. The fun and quirky design from Sphero has been a quick hit with kids of all ages. Interactive activities with the robot and app show kids the fun side of programming, with many creative games to keep them entertained. Sphero make a range of robots including the Ollie and their Star Wars droids
8. Meccano MAX
The latest programming robot for kids has hit the shelves! The Mecanno M.A.X is a cool little sidekick controlled with a Smartphone, Tablet or directly with his in-built keypad. M.A.X combines Artificial Intelligence (AI) with customizable coding, resulting in a robot that can talk, tell jokes, play games and respond to voice commands. His infrared sensors help him to navigate around objects as he moves smoothly around on wheels.
9. Cozmo Coding
One of the most highly rated coding robots on the market, Cozmo has a lot of tech crammed into a very tiny body. With the release of the Cozmo Code Lab
, kids can use block based programming to get their robot moving. From displaying emotions on his screen, to recognising faces and exploring his environment, this robot will make any child more curious about technology. The interactive robot will share plenty of hands-on learning games to keep kids entertained for hours.
10. Dance Code featuring Disney Princess Belle
Learning with the help of your favorite TV and movie characters can make the experience much more enjoyable for children. Dance Code Belle introduces coding in a charming way, with the doll able to help children create their own dance routines. With fun songs and well-known movie references, it’s the perfect coding princess toy for kids over 5 years old.
11. Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
Dash and Dot are fun-looking, coding robots for kids that come to life with a tablet. With hundreds of amazing projects, challenges, and coding adventures, The Wonder Workshop Dash Robot teaches kids the basics of programming, critical thinking, reasoning, and much more. Moreover, kids will have a lot of fun while programming their first robot to race, dance, light up, make sounds, avoid obstacles, and even react to their voice.
12. littleBits Code Kit
An exciting new release from the popular educational electronics company, is the littleBits Code Kit. The kit contains tons of coding activities and lessons, and teachers have access to important resources. Students can design and build any number of games imaginable and code them using simple drag and drop programming. littleBits design colorful electronic pieces that attract kids and encourage them to learn.
13. Kano Pixel Kit LED Coding
This is an excellent toy for kids that may be a little unsure about where to start with programming. Mixing the fun of vibrant lights with the chance to get creative, the Kano Pixel Kit introduces LED coding, so kids can code different light displays. With 16 million colours at their fingertips, coding doesn’t get much more colourful than this.
14. Osmo Coding Jam
Osmo Coding Jam is the ideal toy for girls and boys who learn best through hands-on experiences. The game comes with multiple different puzzle pieces, that can be used in conjunction with the app to create new fun sounds and beats. Using the coding blocks, kids can layer beats together, design their own songs, and improve their creations.
Bloxels is a great choice for kids that love building games, featuring a blank tile board that kids can use to design unique game levels. The kit contains 320 different blocks that can be used to create colourful varying game rooms that can either be simple or complex, whilst working on their vital STEM development.
16. Technology Will Save Us Mover Kit
The Mover Kit is a unique DIY wearable that kids can create themselves using the child-friendly instructions that come with the kit. Kids will love sharing their new creation with their friends, and showing them how the light-up bracelet reacts to the way they move and jump. The kit also comes with special activities via the app, where kids can create their own code for the Mover Kit.
Bring coding into the real world and present the language in a way that children as young as 3 years old can understand. The Cubetto Playset by Primo Toys is one of the most hands-on coding toys available for little learners. Cubetto combines the classic style of a wooden puzzle game, with fun new coding concepts and colourful puzzle pieces.
18. UBTECH Jimu Robots Buzzbot and Muttbot
Build and learn to program your own robot with the Jimu Buzzbot and Muttbot. Choose from one of two coding robots to build and follow the in-app step by step 3D instructions. This kit has two hundred and seventy-one snap together parts with six smooth motion robotic joints. When you’ve built your robot, you can program him within the app or make your own program moves.
19. Parrot Mambo
Kids will be excited to get a drone that can be fully controlled by any smartphone. The Parrot Mambo
can fly both indoors and outdoors and using the Tynker
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.
Cubelets is one of the coolest coding toys for kids familiar with building block games. The blocks can be used with many of the mainstream brick building kits, allowing kids to build their own robots and devices using the 16-different interactive Cubelets blocks that can be collected. The cubes have magnetic faces that easily snap together.
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