What to look for in a robot toy:
Firstly, what’s the purpose?
If it’s just a bit of fun for your child, then a robot toy in the price range of around £10 - £20 is probably going to be fine.
These types of robot kits usually have a few pieces, which are easy to put together – though they usually come with instructions – and generally start to work once the batteries are pushed in.
This is fine for younger kids who like to make things – which is most kids isn’t it? They will understand how parts of a small ‘machine’ fit together and that there is an interesting end result due to their input.
And, we must confess, we love those kits here at Restech. What better way to spend a Friday afternoon then putting these kits together and, of course, hacking them – have you seen our talking line follower kit that’s intent on taking over the world?
These types of kits are not programmable, which is fine as they still introduce kids and students to robots and important concepts. They are recommended for supervised children aged 4 years plus.
On Restech’s shop you will find most of these kits under the robot toys category.
If you’re looking for more sophisticated kits that offer more learning for your child, then the price will go up slightly. You are looking more in the range of £30 - £50. Beyond this we move away from robot toys to what would be normally called robot kits or programmable robot kits for kids.
These types of robot toys come with pieces that still fit together easily, but there are more of them and they tend to be smaller and a bit more fiddly.
The recommended age group for these kinds of robot toys is 8 years onwards.
These types of robot toys are usually programmable, but quite simple and straightforward. Kids will learn lots on building and mechanics and get a useful introduction to programming and logic.