Robots are a fascinating subject for children and, with a robotics kit, kids can build their own robots while also developing a number of important skills that translate into other areas. Working on a robot can have incredible benefits when it comes to understanding basic scientific concepts and spatial relationships as well as overall fine motor development and comprehension of instructions. We’ve chosen the best robotics kits based on how they help children develop different skills while also providing them numerous benefits to their overall cognitive development.
The KIDWILL robot kit offers incredible variety with more than 200 parts that can be used to transform the robot in numerous ways. These include building your own dog complete with a wagging tail or a beetle that scuttles across the ground. While batteries can be used with this kit, it can also be powered by the sun, providing an opportunity to teach children about alternative forms of energy. Reading the included instructional booklet will also help kids learn new vocabulary words. This kit is recommended for children ages 10 and up.
With this Lego Mindstorms robot kit, kids not only learn the finer details of building mechanical objects but also learn some of the basics of coding. This can be a great option for children interested in learning more about computers and technology. The 17 robotic designs included with this kit provide children with many different ways to play with their robot. This kit is recommended for children ages 10 to 15 years old.
With the CIRO Solar Robot Kit, children have the opportunity to build a robot that operates 12 distinct ways. Playing around with these different modes not only gives children ample opportunities to develop fine motor skills, but also helps them learn engineering basics and an understanding of the way machines work. The 12 available modes come in two different skill levels, so kids can begin working on more complex designs as their skills grow. This robotics kit is recommended for children ages 8 and older.
The Makeblock mBot Robot Kit allows children to quickly and easily assemble an adorable robot design in around 15 minutes. While being one of the simpler options to build, it still introduces kids to fundamentals of construction and engineering. Playing with this robot kit can help young children build fine motor skills. Kids can follow the guide provided or make their own adjustments and modifications to create a robot that is truly one-of-a-kind. Kids will learn basic coding, as well, using an included iOS/Android-compatible app. This robotics kit is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
The Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst kit includes everything needed for kids to come up with their own robotic designs. The included cards feature challenges such as “Create something that can make a loud noise” or “Build something that can launch a wheel across the room.” These cards are great for helping kids build their critical thinking skills as they experiment with their robots. The cards also contain slightly more complex vocabulary, which can help build reading and spelling skills. This kit is recommended for children ages 8 to 12.
“If your child is hands-on and into building things, take them to the next level with these toys. Robots and AI are the future of our economy and it’s important to start planning ahead. These toys are bound to fascinate your hands-on child and hone their interest in robots, engineering and science.”
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