10 Best Robot Toys for Kids That Make STEM Learning Enjoyable

 Aug 31, 2023  | Makeblock

In today's digital age, STEM learning has become crucial for their future success. The use of robot toys undoubtedly makes learning fun and engaging. Those fantastic robot toys could foster curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in kids. What's more, whether it's through coding, building and, experimenting, robot toys make STEM learning an enjoyable adventure.

With so many robot toys on the market, choosing the one that's best for children can be a challenge. Here we explore the top ten robot toys that not only captivate young minds with their interactive features but also make learning STEM fun. These toys offer a diverse range of experiences that empower children to explore the fascinating world of STEM while having a blast. Let's dive into the exciting realm of robot toys and discover the ten best options that ignite the spark of STEM learning in kids.

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1. Makeblock mBot Ranger: 3-in-1 Robotics Kit

Makeblock mBot Ranger; coding robot

For Ages 8+

mBot Ranger is a  3-in-1 transformable STEM robot kit with three forms: Land Raider, Dashing Raptor, and Nervous Bird, which can be programming for climbing, rolling, obstacle avoidance, and line following.

Highlights

  • As the advanced version of mBot, it is tailor-made for both indoor and outdoor adventures
  • 3 ways to build mBot Ranger into a Self-balance car, a robot tank or a racing car. (100+ parts building fun!)
  • 8 robotics games ready to play with mBlock5 app.
Educational FocusProgramming LanguagesMaterialPlaytimeAvg. Price for the past year
STEM concepts, coding, problem-solvingScratch, ArduinoAluminum alloy1-2hrs$154.99
robotics kits for 8+kids

Makeblock mBot Ranger: 3-in-1 Robotics Kit for Building Robots from Scratch

$154.99
$199.99

2. Petoi Kit Little Open Source Quadruped Robot Dog Bittle with Remote Control

Petoi Robot Dog

For All ages

Petoi Bittle Robot Dog is a palm-sized Robot Dog for STEM with realistic movements, which is fully programmable for new tricks and actions.

Highlights

  • Pre-assembled realistic robot dog robotics kit with lots of fun plays.
  • Begin with Scratch-like block-based coding and advance with Arduino IDE and C++/Python.
  • Program quadruped Bittle to see, listen, sense the surrounding environment and navigate the world.
Educational FocusProgramming LanguagesMaterialPlaytimeAvg. Price for the past year
Robotics, programming, creativityScratch, Python, Arduino, C++Plastic1hr$322.05

3. WhalesBot AI Module 1s

WhalesBot AI Module 1s

For Age 8+

WhalesBot AI Module 1s is one of the best-suited robot toys for kids who are interested in gaining all-rounded STEM.

Highlights

  • Equipped with 600 parts for at least 12 given projects.
  • Provide 49 courses spanning Scratch, Python and C++.
  • Cultivate entry-level coding skills.
Educational FocusProgramming LanguagesMaterialPlaytimeAvg. Price for the past year
Robotics, programming,coding skillsScratch, Python, C++Plastic1hr$299

4. GobiDex 6-in-1 Space Solar Robot Kit

GobiDex 6-in-1 Solar Robot Kit

For Age 8-12

This 6-in-1 Solar Robot Kit for kids is an interesting and educational STEM science toy that uses solar power or battery energy to make 6 different types of space robots run. 

Highlights

  • Enables children to build 6 different innovative models.
  • Children will learn about the basic principles of robotics and mechanical operation.
  • Safety and environmental protection.
Educational FocusProgramming LanguagesMaterialPlaytimeAvg. Price for the past year
Robotics, mechanical operation           /Plastic1hr$19.99

5. Sillbird STEM 12-in-1 Education Solar Robot Toys

Sillbird STEM 12-in-1 Education Solar Robot Toys

For Age 8+

The Sillbird STEM 12-in-1 Education Solar Robot Toys offer an exciting and educational experience that combines robotics, engineering, and renewable energy. 

Highlights

  • It has 190 pieces and accessories with non-toxic ABS plastic.
  • Kids can build 12 different robots with it.
  • This science toys will teach children how to engineer a robot that uses solar power.
Educational FocusProgramming LanguagesMaterialPlaytimeAvg. Price for the past year
Dexterity Skills, STEM education           /Plastic1hr$39.99

6. OSOYOO Omni-direction Mecanum Robot Car for Arduino Raspberry Pi

OSOYOO Omni-direction Mecanum Robot Car

For All Ages

It has all the features a traditional Robot car for Arduino should have, including remote control by Bluetooth, IoT through Wifi, Line tracking, and Obstacle Avoidance auto driving. 

Highlights

  • Remote control by Bluetooth, IoT through Wifi.
  • It's an Omnidirectional Robot Car for Arduino.
  • The kit includes an OSOYOO Mega 2560 board that is fully compatible with the Arduino Mega 2560 and an OSOYOO ESP8266 WiFi shield.
Educational FocusProgramming LanguagesMaterialPlaytimeAvg. Price for the past year
Arduino programming, DIY skillsMicroPythonPlastic1hr$82.99

7. Yahboom UNO R3 DIY Smart Robot Car Kit

Yahboom UNO R3 DIY Smart Robot Car Kit

For Age 15+

As an easy-to-build robot car kit, Yahboom UNO R3 is suitable for children who are 15 years old or older. 

Highlights

  • All the module interface has been modified with XH2. 54 ports
  • Have the installation video available on the CD.
  • Support for scratch 3.0 programming.
Educational FocusProgramming LanguagesMaterialPlaytimeAvg. Price for the past year
robotics, programming, DIY skillsScratch 3.0Plastic1hr$82.99

8. Makeblock mBot: Beginner-friendly Robot Kit

Makeblock mBot; kids' first robot kit

For Age 6+

mBot is beginner-friendly as it is mainly designed for beginners to learn electronics, robotics, and programming. For children of all ages, kids can control the robot to perform simple tasks through drag-and-drop coding blocks by using mBlock block-based coding software. Thus, coding could be fun and easy. 

Highlights

  • Offer 12+ free basic courses and 8+ free learning cases for STEM education.
  • Equipped with free use  of coding software-mBlock.
  • It is compatible with 500+ Makeblock electronic & mechanical parts, LEGO bricks.
Educational FocusProgramming LanguagesMaterialPlaytimeAvg. Price for the past year
robotics, programming, STEM education, DIY skillsBlock-based coding, ArduinoAluminum alloy1hr$79.99
mBot in educational setting

Makeblock mBot: Kid's First Robot Kit for DIY and STEM Learning

$79.99
$89.99

9. DJI Robomaster S1

DJI Robomaster S1

For All Ages

As a game-changing educational robot, DJIRoboMaster S1 provides you with DIY device-building fun. 

Highlights

  • Features in six programmable AI modules.
  • Each Mecanum wheel is made up of 12 rollers.
  • With up to 46 customizable components, six Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) ports, and supported custom accessories.
Educational FocusProgramming LanguagesMaterialPlaytimeAvg. Price for the past year
robotics, programming, 
mathematics and physics concepts
Scratch, Python Plastic2-3hrs$549

10. JIMU Mythical Series: Robot Dragon

JIMU Mythical Series: Robot Dragon

For Age 8+

The kit includes 606 pieces and it is suitable for STEM learning. It's a buildable and codable robot dragon for 8+ kids.

Highlights

  • Use Blockly to make the dragon's snout glow red or blue and activate its wings to flap.
  • To activate the touch sensor on FireBot's chest, please press it. You can also program magical actions using its wings.
  • The package contains two distinct sets of wings that can be used to personalize and modify the item.
Educational FocusProgramming LanguagesMaterialPlaytimeAvg. Price for the past year
robotics, programmingBlockly coding Plastic1-2hrs$69.99

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