Do you have a young builder? Does he often tinker with toys, taking them apart and putting them back together? Does she always wonder how things work? Is he intrigued by how things move without human intervention? Is she fascinated by automation? If you have a child like that, you might want to give him one of these Robot Kits for Kids. When I say Robots, I don’t refer to the ones that are built to move and talk like humans, like Star Wars‘ C3Po. What I am mostly referring to are kits that allow kids to build something, and then automate that creation. Many industries use robots, which are really mechanised machines that are controlled by computers. So exposing kids to building and automation offers a fun, hands-on, play based learning introduction to science, technology, engineering and computer science.
Robot Kits for Kids
These robot kits for kids vary in price range. Most are aimed for kids 8 years old and above, with the last robot kit claiming to be good for a younger audience: 6-12 year olds.
This solar powered robot kit is ranked among the #1 best sellers on Amazon. Kids can build 14 different robot modes, all powered by the sun, which means no batteries are required. The robot moves in direct sunlight and allows children to create and use their infinite imagination. Perfect gift for kids ages 8-15.
A very affordable gift for budding builders and engineers.. This 4M Tin Can Robot allows kids to transform a soda pop tin can into a walking, wobbling, moving robot or a monster. This kit includes parts and instructions. It’s a great, basic introduction for science and engineering enthusiasts. Recommended for 8 years and up.
This is the ultimate robot kit for young engineers and programmers-in-training. Build and create LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots using 550+ LEGO Technic elements. Then command the robots to walk, talk and do anything you can imagine using an easy, icon-based programming interface. This is the perfect gift for kids between the ages 10-15.
The MeccanoNoid G15 uses over 600 pieces and 6 motors, which means your child can construct a 2-foot tall real working, moving, talking robot that is capable of responding to instructions and mirroring movements. It is easy to assemble using the real tools included. Pieces can be taken apart and re-created to anything your child can imagine. Ideal for kids ages 10+.
From the Manufacturer: “The Science of Gyroscopes” – Gyroscopes are used in countless devices. From smartphones, tablets and video game controllers to airplanes and space telescopes, gyroscopes perform tasks ranging from the everyday to the extraordinary. With this kit, children can explore the astonishing powers of the gyroscope by building seven motorized models, including a robot that can balance on two linear wheels and move along a tightrope. Kids will learn about the physical science principles that keep the robot balanced, making it appear to defy gravity. By constructing seven different models with the motorized gyroscope unit, young engineers can experiment with and learn about the science of gyroscopic devices and the indispensable role they play in our lives. The models include the gyroscopic robot, a balancing personal vehicle, a gyro horizon (or artificial horizon), a gyrocompass, a balancing game, a tightrope walker and a flight simulator. A full-color, 24-page, illustrated experiment manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions and scientific explanations. Ages 8 and up. 102 pieces.
This Super Solar Recycler is a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly educational toy kit that stretches your child’s imagination while allowing them to take part in the joy of recycling. The Super Solar Recycler Kit is powered completely by natural light, which means it doesn’t need batteries. In addition to your recyclable items, all you need to get started is included in the kit. A can of soft drink can be recycled into a Street Roller or Walking Robot, a water bottle can be turned into a Bottle Yacht, Drummer Robot and Flying Bird, and an old scratched CD’s into a super cool CD Racer.
Product Description: Build your own motorized vehicles and machines and control them with a wireless remote control unit. A unique six-button infrared remote allows you to control three different motors simultaneously, moving each of them forward or in reverse, with easy-to-activate touch sensors. The three motors can be combined to make complex vehicles and machines in numerous configurations limited only by your imagination. Assemble 10 models demonstrating different ways in which the motors can be used including a bulldozer, car, three-wheeler, crane, antique car, plow, folding car, formula one racer, three-blade dozer, and robotic arm. After you have built the models in the instructions, you can design your own remote control creations.
This kit includes diagrams to build and play with the following: a race car, a knight on a horse, a tank and a six-legged bug. It’s a 127 piece set is an easier kit than many kits being offered in the market, but still challenging enough so your little engineer won’t become bored with it. Build and play with remote-controlled machines using interlocking bricks, wheels and mechanical parts. Manufacturer recommended age: 8+
Product Description: Top Race® Remote Control RC Blocks, 127 Piece Vehicle Building Kit. Build Your Favorite Robotic Vehicle and control it with the Included Wireless Remote, the Top Race RC Blocks kit is fun and in the same time science educational, follow the instructions and build a vehicle, or build your own vehicle and get it to life with the wireless motor and transmitter. Lots of Fun!
From the Manufacturer: The OWI-536 All Terrain 3-in-1 RC Robot Kit – ATR – non solder is a multi-function tracked mobile robotic kit. Utilize different track modules and make your robot transform into 3 amazing variations: the forklift, rover, and gripper. Using the remote wired controller, command the robot to move forward, backward, turn, grip and lift. In forklift mode, the ATR is like a mini industrial fork lift, with the ability to lift up to 100 g in weight. In rover mode, the ATR’s tank-like treads can traverse any type of surface. And in gripper mode, the ATR’s strong arms grab and pull objects into its grasp, lifting anything up to 100g and moving it to your desired location. This kit allows students to create and recreate: Put it together, take it apart, make another module…It’s all about flexibility, and intelligent thinking. But luckily, kids don’t have to be robotics engineers to create and achieve. With the 3-in-1 All Terrain Robot, they learn as they play.
ZOOB BOT is another affordable alternative for those wanting to give their kids a beginner kit on robotics. The kit includes 50 ZOOB pieces, 4 wheels, a pull-back motor, and light-up eyes with a replaceable battery, and instructions to build 4 ZOOB-Bots. The pieces include gears, axels and joints that snap, click, and pop together. With rotating, spinning and extendable parts, you can actually design a toy to play with, instead of just building something to look at. Recommended for children 6 years of age and older.
More Building & Automation Play Experiences
Any of the Robot Kits for kids mentioned will make perfect gifts for your little roboticist. But if your child feels like continuing on and creating more automated things, here are 3 books that can help them enhance their interests along with snippets of their descriptions on Amazon.
Discover the Science and Technology of the Future is a fun and educational introduction to the exciting field of designing, building, and operating robots. Along with background material and clear explanations of how robots work, Robotics features step-by-step instructions for building real robot models using ordinary craft materials and parts salvaged from recycled toys and other household devices.
Budding roboticists will learn how to create working robot hands, hydraulic arms, sensors, solar-powered robots, light-seeking robots and more. A great way to get kids interested in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math), the activities encourage kids to use all their talents to come up with creative solutions to tricky problems and figure out how things work.
- The Robot Book: Build & Control 20 Electric Gizmos, Moving Machines, and Hacked Toys (Science in Motion)
Drones, RC cars, artificial limbs, Roombas—the robots have arrived! Don’t you want your own? Author and physics teacher Bobby Mercer will show you how to turn common household objects and repurposed materials into 20 easy-to-build robots for little or no cost. Turn a toothbrush, an old cell phone or pager, and scrap wire into a Brush Bot, or hack a toy car to hotwire a Not-So-Remote Bot. A small electric fan, several craft sticks, and rubber bands make a Fan-Tastic Dancing Machine, and drinking straws, string, tape, and glue can be used to construct a working model of the human hand.
Every hands-on project contains a materials list and detailed step-by-step instructions with photos for easy assembly. Mercer also explains the science and technology behind each robot, including concepts such as friction, weight and mass, center of gravity, kinetic and potential energy, electric circuitry, DC vs. AC current, and more. These projects are also perfect for science fairs or design competitions.
Making Simple Robots is based on one idea: Anybody can build a robot! That includes kids, school teachers, parents, and non-engineers. If you can knit, sew, or fold a flat piece of paper into a box, you can build a no-tech robotic part. If you can use a hot glue gun, you can learn to solder basic electronics into a low-tech robot that reacts to its environment. And if you can figure out how to use the apps on your smart phone, you can learn enough programming to communicate with a simple robot.
Written in language that non-engineers can understand, Making Simple Robots helps beginners move beyond basic craft skills and materials to the latest products and tools being used by artists and inventors. Find out how to animate folded paper origami, design a versatile robot wheel-leg for 3D printing, or program a rag doll to blink its cyborg eye. Each project includes step-by-step directions as well as clear diagrams and photographs. And every chapter offers suggestions for modifying and expanding the projects, so that you can return to the projects again and again as your skill set grows.
There are just so many Robotics options for kids out there now. The best way to decide is to first know your budget, then go into the specific interests and capabilities of your child. Whatever robot kit you chose, I’m sure it will be a fun, hands-on, play based learning experience for your child and everyone else in the family.
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