20 Best Coding Toys & Coding Robots for Kids
20 Best Coding Toys & Coding Robots for Kids
More and more kids are learning to code at an early age, so what’s better than playing with coding robots that teach the basics of programming?
Robots are the type of toy that brings children together to play. Mums, dads, brothers and sisters can all have fun playing with cool coding toys.
Like many of the educational toys on the market, robots offer a fun and engaging way to get hands-on with learning. Interactive toys encourage children to get involved, solve problems, and make quick decisions, developing their skills through play.
Every year there’s a new wave of programming toys on the market, and they’re getting more advanced, but easier to use as time goes on. From building robots from lego to more advanced robot kits, there is something out there for everyone. There are simple robots for beginners who want to get an easy hands-on feel, and more advanced coding robots for kids and coding drones that require more attention.
To point you in the right direction, here is our pick of the newest and best coding toys for your budding little programmers.
Best Coding Robots for Kids
1. Lego Boost
Lego is one of the most creative learning toys that children love. Some of the more advanced kits, like the Lego Boost toolbox, also come with excellent opportunities to get creative and learn to code. Kids can build different styles of robots that will connect with the app to allow them to unlock special levels, and get new building instructions.
2. Kano Coding Kits
The Kano kits are excellent toys to teach kids about how computers work by building their own device. The latest in the range include the complete Computer Kit Touch and the new Harry Potter Coding kit. Potter fans can make their own coding wand and watch on screen as their spells come to life.
Botley is a new coding robot from Learning Resources that is well built, easy to use and is great for younger kids. He also comes with an activity pack so kids can make him a playground. There is no screen required, you code him with the remote which is straightforward to operate. Botley can move in a straight line, turn or follow any thick black drawn line. Read my full review of Botley where we printed a unicorn shape for him to follow.
4. JIMU Robots Mythical Series: Unicornbot Kit
Nothing escapes the current Unicorn trend, not even robots. UBTECH JIMU Robots have released their ‘Mythical Series: Unicornbot Kit’. Using Blockly to code, kids make their very own robotic unicorn and program it to do all sorts of cool things. You can change the magical horn color, make sound effects and code your creation with the app to move around obstacles.
5. Sphero Bolt
Sphero Bolt has now joined the family with a colorful animated LED Matrix display. This fantastic little robot is one of the best STEAM learning tools on the market. The fun and quirky design from Sphero has been a quick hit with kids of all ages. Interactive activities with the robot and app show kids the fun side of programming, with many creative games to keep them entertained.
6. Cozmo Coding & Anki Vector
One of the most highly rated coding robots on the market, Cozmo has a lot of tech crammed into a very tiny body. With the release of the Cozmo Code Lab, kids can use block-based programming to get their robot moving. From displaying emotions on his screen to recognizing faces and exploring his environment, this robot will make any child more curious about technology. The interactive robot will share plenty of hands-on learning games to keep kids entertained for hours. Anki Vector is now available with integrated AI technology.
7. Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
Dash, Dot and Cue are fun-looking, coding robots for kids that come to life with a tablet. The Wonder Workshop Robots teaches kids the basics of programming, critical thinking, reasoning, and much more. Moreover, kids will have a lot of fun while programming their first robot to race, dance, light up, make sounds, avoid obstacles, and even react to their voice. Read my review of the Dot Creativity robot kit for crafty kids.
8. littleBits Kits
littleBits have released a number of exciting electronic kits to suit a variety of interests. Superhero fans can have fun with the Avengers Hero Inventor Kit, Star Wars fans can build their own R2-D2 Droid, musical kids can make guitars and there are other inventor kits to explore. Kids can design and build any number of things imaginable using the colorful littleBits electronic pieces.
9. Osmo Coding Jam
Osmo Coding Jam is the ideal toy for girls and boys who learn best through hands-on experiences. The game comes with multiple different puzzle pieces, that can be used in conjunction with the app to create new fun sounds and beats. Using the coding blocks, kids can layer beats together, design their own songs, and improve their creations.
Bloxels is a great choice for kids that love building games, featuring a blank tile board that kids can use to design unique game levels. The Star Wars kit is similar to the original but with different colored blocks. Kids can make their favorite characters come to life to engage in their own unique Star Wars game levels.
11. Meccano MAX
The latest programming robot for kids has hit the shelves! The Mecanno M.A.X is a cool little sidekick controlled with a Smartphone, Tablet or directly with his in-built keypad. M.A.X combines Artificial Intelligence (AI) with customizable coding, resulting in a robot that can talk, tell jokes, play games and respond to voice commands. His infrared sensors help him to navigate around objects as he moves smoothly around on wheels.
12. WowWee Coder MiP
Coder Mip by WowWee is another great robot themed coding toy that offers interactive play, drag and drop coding, and a selection of fun games. This unique robot is controlled using an app, can balance items, and compete against other robots, all while responding to a kid’s hand gestures.
13. Dance Code featuring Disney Princess Belle
Learning with the help of your favorite TV and movie characters can make the experience much more enjoyable for children. Dance Code Belle introduces coding in a charming way, with the doll able to help children create their own dance routines. With fun songs and well-known movie references, it’s the perfect coding princess toy for kids over 5 years old. Read my review of Dance Code Belle.
Jewelbots is a new coding wearable toy that kids wear like a watch. Unlike other coding toys, there’s no easy drag and drop coding, kids learn real C++ by connecting their Jewelbot to a computer. What’s cool is how the friendship bracelet reacts to other Jewelbots, they can glow different colors when kids wearing them are nearby. This will be an interesting one to watch out for!
15. Technology Will Save Us Mover Kit
The Mover Kit is a unique DIY wearable that kids can create themselves using the child-friendly instructions that come with the kit. Kids will love sharing their new creation with their friends, and showing them how the light-up bracelet reacts to the way they move and jump. The kit also comes with special activities via the app, where kids can create their own code for the Mover Kit.
16. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar
Code-a-pillar is a great toy designed for younger learners, providing an interactive experience away from a screen. This cute colorful coding toy has multiple light-up sections that can be taken apart and placed back together to create a new movement sequence. A great choice of toy to introduce the idea of programming to children from 3 to 8 years old. Read my review of the Code-a-Pillar.
17. Ozobot Evo
Teach your children to code with color using the tiny Evo robot from Ozobot. The Ozobot Evo is one of the smallest robots for kids on the market and will respond to a special kind of code that children can draw on paper. The robot has more advanced features when combined with the app, introducing drag and drop programming in a way easily understood by children.
Bring coding into the real world and present the language in a way that children as young as 3 years old can understand. The Cubetto Playset by Primo Toys is one of the most hands-on coding toys available for little learners. Cubetto combines the classic style of a wooden puzzle game, with fun new coding concepts and colorful puzzle pieces. Read my review of Cubetto.
19. FurReal Makers Proto Max
Combine the fun of an adorable interactive robotic puppy, with easy to understand coding. The build it yourself kit comes with 8 separate parts that kids can use to build an interactive robot dog, with different coding activities in the app used to customize their puppy. Coding toys that look like dogs are unique and FurReal Makers Proto Max will be a most wanted toy this holiday season.
A successful Kickstarter project, the CoDrone from Robolink is a flying coding drone that kids and teens will love. Learning to code with a toy drone is pretty awesome and this little guy can be controlled with hand gestures and voice commands. You can get additional add-ons to make it roll on wheels or add in a camera.
Last update on 2018-11-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API