Children thrive in environments that provide fun ways to learn new concepts. Their minds are more open and they seem to absorb knowledge like a sponge when they're smiling and making new discoveries. One of this year's most popular educational toy is a robot. Several different toy and technology manufacturers offer these enjoyable and creative toys that help to stimulate the imagination and a child's inner creativity. Here are the five best educational toy robots on the market today.
Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach 'n Tag Movi
This is a cool little robot that encourages children to move around with it and get a little exercise as he rolls around the floor. He teaches preschool age kids to use their bodies and their minds while he gives them directions and tells them about the world that is all around them. This toy comes with three game modes and it includes six different games for preschoolers to choose from. The robot issues prompt and it teaches youngsters to use their critical thinking skills while they're playing a fun game with him. He asks them questions that make them use their brains while engaging in a host of different dancing and silly activities. The robot uses sights and sounds technology for ages 6 months and up through the preschool years. It takes size C batteries which are included.
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids
The robot building set and educational coding kit is an award-winning STEM toy that features 847 pieces for kids to construct their own robot. It teaches building skills as well as robot programming and learning about technology. The pieces in this set can be used to build up to 5 different robot models with multiple functions. It features color, distance and tilt sensors. One of the robots can be constructed and coded to dance, another is a multi-tooled rover and there are many more IQ boosting robots and activities that are too numerous to list here. Instructions are included on how to build each of the five robots and while kids aged 7 to 12 are playing, they're also learning about science. This toy is ideal for children and even teenagers love it. A mobile phone or tablet is required and this robot is compatible with iOS, Android, Kindle, and Windows 10 devices.
NSI Smithsonian Science Education Toys Robo - Robo Spider Building Set
This is one of the most reasonably priced educational robot toys of the season. The NSI Smithsonian Science Education Toys Robo Spider Building set lets kids build their very own robot spider. The Spider features eight legs which are multi-jointed and it duplicates the same walking movement as real spiders. When fully assembled, the spider robot operates on batteries which are sold separately and it comes with a 23" x 17" color poster. Your child will learn building skills along with the science of movement.
WowWee® MiP™ Robot - White
This cute little white robot is intended for children ages 8 years old and up. The toy robot features built-in GestureSense technology that can read hand motion controls. It has a two-wheel motorized motion and it comes with a free app that is used to program the motions and drive the motions. This unique toy robot is able to express emotions and well as dance and play games. It offers hours of fun for kids and the entire family. The WowWee MiP Robot is one of the best selling robot toys of the season.
Wonder Workshop – Dot and Dash Robot Wonder Pack for Kids
The Dot and Dash Robot Wonder pack is for kids ages 6 and up. It's the ultimate STEM learning bundle that teaches kids block-based coding so they can make their own robots and tackle increasingly difficult challenges. It teaches them how to build on a foundation of learning and increase their knowledge while they're having fun in the process. Dot and Dash are ready to play with kids right out of the box but there is so much more that they are capable of and they can grow with these fun and functional robots that will help them to develop critical thinking skills and develop the block-based coding skills that they will need when they reach the ages of middle school and high school.
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