How to choose coding robots for your kids?

It’s easy for parents to spend a ton of money on seemingly great toys that quickly end up in the trash. Instead, look at some of the great robot toys that you can get for your aspiring inventor. These robots for kids can introduce kids to STEM concepts, activate their inner “maker”, and even teach them some coding. Plus these toy robots are also, you know, a hell of a good time.

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Plus, they can help kids learn cognitive skills like critical thinking and problem solving. When choosing robot and coding toys, parents should make sure they’re age-appropriate, first and foremost, because if you get them something that looks really good but is far too advanced, they’ll only get discouraged. And bored. Some coding toys require apps and screens, while others do not, so choose whatever option works best for you and parenting style. You’ll find that some of our robot toys are modular, meaning they pair well with existing toys like Legos, so their shelf life by definition will be longer.

No, there’s no one toy that will magically make your kid smarter. But robot and coding kits can teach them about creative problem-solving and instill in them a love of science and math. So if you’re looking for a high-tech robot toy for your high-tech non-robot kid, look no further. We’ve rounded up a bunch of cool robots kits for kids that are beloved Fatherly staff and their offspring alike.

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Kids get bored with toys. That’s especially painful when said toys are on the pricier side. Here’s a coding kit, for kids five and up, that aims to keep them engaged by giving them 23 parts to build their dream ‘bot. Oh, and best of all, this set works with Lego bricks, thanks to adapters supplied with the kit. Lego builders ready to up their game can combine the blocks with the interconnecting rods and parts, and build ever more functional and complex robots.

It’s a gorgeous classic toy train, but with smart features for savvy young kids. Younger children play screen-free, just like with a regular toy train, and learn to control the smart train’s navigation and speed by using colored plastic tiles that snap on and off the tracks. If you do opt for screens, download the app and they can really go wild with the train.

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Kids eight and up can connect the buggy with regular ol’ Legos, and can turn it into anything from a ladybug to an alien to a sloth. They learn Scratch, Python or Arduino (C++) programming to make whatever they create come to life. And because this is Lego-compatible, it never gets old or boring.

This pocket-sized coding robot toy can follow you, play music, or escape using its sensors. Kids can teach him more tricks using the OzoBlockly code. Or else kids (meaning you) can choose to go screen-free and code Evo with color and markers. We like that you’re not tethered to a device when using this robot.

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This is the perfect gift for fans of the NBA or the WNBA. The ChampBot coding kit lets kids program the robot to score points and shoot baskets. It has three servo motors, two DC motors and an IR sensor, and is meant for kids eight and up. A compatible iOS or Android device is needed to work this robot.

Kids three and up enter different codes to control the robot’s movements, teaching kids about early math concepts, colors, shapes, and letters. Plus, kids program the robot to move in different ways. There are three ways to play: free coding, learning challenges, and by using secret codes.

Once kids connect the board, button, and bits, they move their hands to swing lightsabers, levitate X-wings, pilot starships, make lightning, and fight stormtroopers. It works with Apple and Android products. It’s great for kids six and older. You need a tablet to really get the max use out of this coding toy, so if you’re not into screen time, think twice.
The idea is simple yet brilliant. Kids love music, and now, they can can compose their own tunes by arranging Osmo’s coding blocks into patterns and sequences. It’s great for kids six and up. Worth noting: This doesn’t work without the Osmo base, which is sold separately.
Kids can play games with Cozmo, sure. But what’s really cool is switching him into explorer mode and guide him to places, and see what he sees on a smartphone or tablet. He’ll even greet people on command. He’s great for kids eight and up.

Kids built the robot of their dreams with these cubelets. They are little blocks of software inside little blocks of hardware and because block has a special function, how kids assemble their robot changes its behavior. Every single time. It’s great for kids four and older.

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Kids eight and up can construct the construction truck of their dreams, and then code it to do whatever they want. They can create buildable, codable robots like Dozerbot and Dirtbot or design their own. They then download the app and get step by step instructions on how to build the thing and make it work. They use the Blockly coding platform, which lets kids build and code these robots to perform programs and tricks.

This great set teaches electrical circuits with conductive and insulating dough, letting kids squish, mold, and sculpt the dough while learning about engineering and tech. This is better for older kids, because you need to be somewhat careful when using it.

Great for kids five and up, Botley is a fantastic solution for parents concerned with screen obsession. Botley is operated via a remote and kids have him navigating obstacles, moving in patterns, or completing simple tasks. They can also build their own challenges. The one caveat is: Botley looks cute. Botley is fun. Botley is also a lot like a remote controlled car.

Suitable for kids eight and older, the Bolt is the size of a baseball. It has an LED light matrix that lets kids program the robot to show characters, vector graphics, sensor data, or play games on the matrix itself. Coolest of all is BOLT’s built-in compass that allows kids to drive the robot, and program it to follow real-world directions on a map.

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