Robot Toys and Robotics for Kids
As a kid growing up, robot toys never amounted to much, nothing compared to what we see today. Our imaginations soared with possibilities, inspired mainly by big-screen hits like Star Wars and shows like Star Trek. But, unfortunately, the reality was far from what our dreams could come up with at that time. At least when it came to consumer products and toys. I remember hearing about the RB5X, the closest out-of-the-box robot to resemble R2-D2. But for $3300, you could bring home a programable robot that could lift as much as a pound with its arm. While the RB5X may have had some physical limitations, it was programable and quickly gained popularity among educators.
The popularity of robotics for kids only took off as the technology became more advanced. Once toy manufacturers such as Lego combined low-tech toys with high-tech robotics, it became a popular STEM-learning tool.
And now, we can readily find highly interactive, fully programable robot kits that appeal to both kids and the young at heart.
Top 3 Best Robot Kits for Beginners
Alright, so let’s dig into some great robot kits for beginners. Please keep in mind that most of these kits contain small pieces which could be choking hazards. Always exercise extreme caution. Of course, the temptation is to pick the most fun-looking and feature-rich option. However, ensuring that the robot kit is age-appropriate will improve beginners’ overall experience.
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox
Leave it to LEGO to develop one of the best robot kits for beginners. It makes a lot of sense, seeing as their low-tech platform lends itself to a world of unlimited creativity. Moreover, combining the basics of coding, engineering, and robotics allows children to develop and improve STEM and creative-problem solving skills.
The LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox is ideal for ages seven years and up, with a healthy appetite for learning. In addition, LEGO offers a free companion app used to learn basic code and program its five multifunction models. The app is compatible with iOS, Android, and Kindle devices.
LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor
Our runner-up is another robot kit from LEGO. Again, LEGO does a fantastic job of tapping into the creative minds of children and delivers an ideal platform for advancing STEM skills. The Robot Invento Kit is slightly more advanced than the Boost Creative Toolbox and has the price tag to prove it. Ideal for ages ten and up, this robot kit is sure to satisfy the curiosity of even most adults.
This Robot Inventor kit comes with almost 1000 pieces, including an intelligent Hub, 4 Medium Motors, Color Sensor, and Distance Sensor with a break-out interface.
UBTECH JIMU Astrobot Series
And now for a robot kit that delivers exceptional value for the beginner enthusiast. The UBTECH JIMU Astrobot Series: Cosmo Kit is the perfect choice for anyone who doesn’t want to spend the kind of money that the LEGO kits cost. But don’t let the lower price point fool you. Containing almost 400 pieces, including five servo motors, two led lights, and a speaker and IR sensor, the Cosmo Kit is an excellent jumping-off point for any beginner age eight and up.