9 Amazing Educational Robot Kits For Kids
2016-08-22

 

SUMMARY

Buy for the off spring. Enjoy yourself.

 

Not too long ago, we were lamenting the idea that tech is bad for kids.

 

We told you about just three of our favourite tech toys: Kano Computers, Zippy Kit play things and Cannybot sracecars.

 

Given that May is education-themed, wethought it would be a good idea to revisit the scene, and tell you about evenmore fun and inspiring toys that teach.

 

From 3D-printing pens to coding robots,these are 9 of the best tech toys right now…

 

1) Programme fancy-faced droids with Codeybot

codeybot

 

Created by robotics experts at Makeblock,this roll-around droid teaches kids basic coding language through thedrag-and-drop visual programming app mBlockly.

 

Your kids can draw their own faces using LED lights, make it speak, and learn how to change their Codeybot's colour,play music, and make it dance. Younger siblings who might not be interested incode can also make use of voice commands.

 

If you're feeling brave, buy two, and letyour kids attach LED lasers and enter battle mode.


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2) Dress-up and code robots with Kamibot

In March, a successful Kickstarter campaignsaw the Kamibot team raise £38,000.

 

Combining physical papercraft and practical coding skills, this many-faced toy encourages creativity across the board.

 

Kids can download and print out character'skins' to dress up their bots as everything from Frankensteins to cats, andcan also print blank shells to decorate themselves.

 

Once the bot is dolled up, it can beprogramme with a computer, and controlled from a phone or tablet, featuringsensors to help it follow a track and avoid obstacles, and colourful LED lights.

 

 

3) Design in the air with the 3Doodler

3Doodler – the makers of the world's first 3D-printing pen – this year launched a brand new version designed especiallyfor children.

 

Called the 3Doodler Start, young artistsand designers can use it to create 3D-models by drawing in the air.

 

The new model uses eco-plastic with a muchlower melting temperature, so there's no danger of kids burning themselves, andalso has an internal rechargeable battery, and your offspring can roam freewithout being plugged into a wall-socket.

 

 

4) Move to make music with Phonotonic

Okay, so this one isn't strictly for kids,but that's great because it means you can enjoy it too (plus it's never too earlyto start introducing your spawn to musical creativity).

 

Phonotonic is an incredible connected orb,that you can use to make, listen and enjoy music. Toss and shake the ball aboutand to create unique melodies and rhythms. If you have numerous kids, why notencourage them to start a band together.

 

What's really fab about Phonotonic is howaccessible it is, making it particularly appealing to children who might findit difficult to master the more complex basics of traditional instruments.

 

Don't skim over the promo vid for this –Phonotonic founder Nick Rasamimanana is an expert musician and truly wows inhis demonstration of the product's capabilities.

 

 

5) Build an awasome smart watch with a DIYMover Kit


We've already called out Bethany Koby and Technology Will Save Us in our list of educational leaders,  and this week the tech toy company launchedtheir first new product in 2 years, the DIY Mover Kit.

 

Read more: 13 digital leaders drivingeducation forward

 

This is the world's first wearable thatkids can code themselves, making it part accessory part smart learning tool.

 

Not only will your kid look super cool, butthey can learn about programming, electronics and creative thinking in theprocess.

 

Support the DIY Mover Kit crowdfundingcampaign here!

 

 

6) Teach your toddlers tech with the Code-a-pillar

 

2016 also saw the unveiling of theCode-a-Pillar.

 

Designed for three-to-eight-year-olds thisrather cute grub has been made by toy giant Fisher-Price to introduce yourlittle ones to coding concepts early.

 

Made up of eight segments, each with adifferent command icon to make the toy move, flash or make a noise, and it'shoped that choices made around combining these parts will teach the fundamentals of programming.

 

There's also a companion app, to keep yourkid interested as they grow up.

 

Coming soon.

 

 

7) Print your own toys with the Thing Maker3D-printer

A high-tech upgrade of the 1964 classic Thing Maker set, this Mattel 3D-printer is due to be released in the autumn.

 

Gone are the moulds of the original kit –now your kids can design and 3D-print toys and jewellery from scratch withtheir own printer.

 

Creative kids choose between hundreds ofparts to draw up designs in-app; these get printed off, and can then bemanually constructed using a ball-and-socket joint system.

 

Think Meccano for the modern age!

 

 

8) Get virtual reality science experimentsby post with MEL Chemistry

The new Chemistry set from MEL Sciencepromises to deliver both excitement and education to your doorstep.

 

Young subscribers are first sent a starterkit including everything from glassware and syringes, and even a mini stove.Then, every month, they're posted a further three experiment sets to explore.

 

The twist? You're also sent a pair ofvirtual reality goggles to bring experience to life with snakes, monsters and3D molecules.

 

What better way to nurture the next MarieCurie than long weekends of scientific discovery?

 

Support smart IoT for small hands: Sam Labs

 

Sam Labs is bringing the coding kit intothe age of wireless, teaching kids how to programme and build their own'Internet of Things' devices.

 

First timers might set about lighting up anLED from afar, for example, while more savvy builders are taught to createcomplex home systems, with door buzzers, alarms, and mini motors cars available

 

There are six kits to choose between,suitable for kids aged 7 and up – give your gift after watching a classic likeHome Alone and see what inventions they come up with.