Is your kid begging you for a robot toy? They might be on to something — robots are fun, interactive, and even educational! See our comparison of the best robots for kids on the market today.
I don’t know about you, but I have found myself overwhelmed by all of the coding and robotics choices on the market today. I knew I wanted to offer these options to my kids, but I wasn’t sure where to begin or what to focus on.
After ordering four different kinds of robots, I started by just playing with them. Of course, once the kids saw them, they joined in and played too. At first, we didn’t read the instructions, we just downloaded the apps and played around. Once we felt comfortable and wanted to see what else the electronics could do, we looked at the included instructions and had even more fun getting the robots to move how we wanted to them to.
Some of the robots took some extra time getting used to. The MeeperBot and Ollie RCs were the easiest to figure out how to use. SmartGurlz took a bit more time to play with before figuring out how to get the device going.
Because it didn’t use an app, we found Edison to be the most difficult to use right out of the box, but we did get the hang of it after practice.
We learned a lot about these robots (and coding!) along the way. I have decided that, like most things, it really depends on the age of your child, what they are interested in, and what your main goal is. I made this chart to help you make a decision about which robot might be best for your child. No matter which you choose, be sure to try out the robot with your child. You will both enjoy it!
|Coding||Yes–it comes with some built-in movements already coded, but kids can add new moves with code.||Blended–Can run without coding, but has a section on the app that allows kids to drag and drop moves and then shows them what the code for that would be.||No–remote control||Can run without coding, but teaches basic coding in the app (kids have to use building blocks to create their own course)|
|Batteries||Yes- 4 AAA||Yes- 1 9-volt||No–USB charger||Yes- 1 9-volt|
|Phone||No (but you can use a television remote control!)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Doesn’t run well on carpet (it will skip around a bit, but overall, better on tile or wood floors)||Either!||Either!||Ran well on a thin rug, but not thicker carpert|
|Best for||Those who like to code or want to learn how; Those who know how to drive (wheels aren’t super sturdy/rugged)||Those who like to build with Legos; those who like RC cars AND want to learn to code; Those who like to make vehicles flip||Those who like speed; those who do not want to learn to code; those who enjoy using a joypad type of controller on their phone||Those who enjoy playing with dolls; those who want to learn to code, but also want to drive an RC vehicle; Those who want to create their own maps/paths for their robot; those who like stories to go along with their robots|
|Rating (out of 5)||??? ? (4 out of 5)||????? (5 out of 5)||????? (5 out of 5)||???? (4 out of 5)|
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