The robot companion has captured the imaginations of kids, and adults, for generations. While we’re not quite on the edge of a fully sentient AI buddy, there have been some amazing advancements in robotics technology, especially for children. Robot buddies used to be remote-controlled robots that made a few noises and did some basics actions such as move their arms. Now, they are much more complex and can be fun for a kid, as well as teach them about STEM and other valuable skills. Here are some great robot buddies for that occasion.
What To Look For In A Robot
When buying a robot, here are some features to look out for:
Age appropriateness. A younger child may not want a robot you have to code or build. Meanwhile, and older child may not like a robot that doesn’t do much.
Battery. Does it require a battery, or can you recharge it.
Cost. How much bang do you get for your buck? Obviously, more advanced robots can last longer.
Education. Can it teach your kids STEM skills or how to listen to commands?
Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
As technology improves, the need for coders has skyrocketed. It’s best kids learn early if they are interested, and what better way to learn than with a friend? Meet Dash. This robot teaches kids how to code with its app. You can program that robot to movements and light up.
This is a toy that doesn’t use dry learning, either. It uses games and all sorts of fun techniques to disguise its learning. Your kid will enjoy every second as they learn. Best of all, you can recharge the robot and don’t need more batteries.
This is a great robot pet buddy. It always is updating, so it gets more advanced with time, and it always demands the kids to play. It’s a bit expensive, but a fraction of the price of owning a real pet. It’s a good way to ease a kid into owning a real pet down the road. This pet can recognize faces, has an adaptable behavior, and it can respond to your demands. It’s great for everything.
WowWee MiP Robot
This is a robot that responds to hand gestures. This means that the WowWee is a great way to teach your kids about sign language and nonverbal cues. It can pick up items as well. This isn’t a new feature in toy robots, but it can do it much more advanced than some of the robots you had as a kid.
Zoomer Dino Boomer
Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? They’ve captured the imaginations of kids and adults alike. Zoomer is one such dino that is so real, you’ll think Jurassic Park is finally happening. It’s a robot that can chomp, get angry, can be tamed, and can be controlled. However, he can resist the controls as well. It’s a dino that has the mind of its own. We believe that any kid who is interested in dinosaurs will love this.
Meccano Robot M.A.X
This is another AI robot that promotes STEM techniques with kids. First, your kid has to build the robot. For some kids, this can be annoying, but other kids will love the challenge, especially if they use Legos and whatnot. Once assembled, it can be programmed, can play games with you, and do all sorts of cool AI techniques. It’s a good way for your kid to have a buddy they will love for a while.
RED5 14-in-1 Solar Robot
This is a robot that is powered by sunlight. If that doesn’t sound cool enough, it’s a robot you can build, and there are 14 designs in total. You can make it like a crab, turtle, beetle, and other animals and shapes. It’s not an advanced robot, since it’s more quantity over quality, but the sunlight and all the build options make it a toy your kid will love for a while.
Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach ‘N Tag Movi
Many of these robots are meant for older kids. Which is great and all, but when your kid is younger, you need something from Fisher-Price. This is a robot that can play games and even think critically, and it’s quite cheap, too. It can help your kid develop thinking skills and social skills, and it’s great for teaching them how to follow directions. If this sounds great, then we suggest good old Fisher-Price.
4M Kidz Labs Tin Can Robot
When you think of kids and tin cans, you may imagine them making a phone from the can using a string, or doing something similar in simplicity. You may not have imagined a tin can robot. This robot is easy to put together and teaches kids the value of recycling. It’s not that advanced, but it’s affordable and good for younger children who like the novelty of something. Because of that, we recommend you try this toy out.
4M Doodling Robot
Kids love doodles. However, some kids are bad at art, or want to learn from someone else. Why not learn from a robot? This robot can doodle, and kids can watch. You can adjust the pen’s angle, and this can make various patterns and whatnot.
It’s not an expensive robot, either. You can buy the robot for quite cheap, and it’s a small price to pay to teach kids art skills they wouldn’t have learned otherwise. It’s a robot that is great for younger children. Older kids may find the novelty wears off, but younger kids should love it. We say give it a chance and see what it can do for you.
You almost want to be a kid again as you look at some of these toy robots. They can do many advanced features, like some simple AI and responding to commands. You may wish you would want some of them. Luckily, you can play with them too.
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