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Bleep Bloop. These Are the Best Robot Toys for Kids.

Soon, the robots will rule us all. We may as well try to make friends.

Jack Shepherd · 24 days ago

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The robots are coming. In fact, they are living among us now, learning from us, studying our every move. Was that just the wind, or did you hear something say “bleep bloop” behind you even while you’re reading this? The good news is that, for the time being, they still answer to us, and in fact, a lot of them are helping kids to learn, play, code, draw, and interact creatively with the world around them. If your kid loves any of those things, but especially if your kid loves robots, these are some of the best robot toys that kids will cherish. 

LEGO Creator Robo Explorer

This 3-in-1 LEGO robot can be built into a Robo Explorer, a Robot Bird, or a Robo-Dog, but whichever form you choose for him, he’ll fast become a favorite for kids who love to play with LEGOs.

Price: $48.95

Positive review: “I’m really a big fan of the LEGO Creator sets. If your kiddo is bored with traditional LEGO sets this is your solution. This is by far one of the coolest LEGO projects my son has done.” – D. Howe

Novie, Interactive Smart Robot

You can train this cool robot to do 12 different tricks, control him with a hand gesture, and even put a few Novies together to watch them interact! 

Price: $18.73

Positive review: “My 8-year old cannot stop playing with his newest robot pal. Easy to use, and "teach" new tricks, this birthday present was a home run. The instructions are simple to read and understand, and come in many different languages. … Even the cat got in on the action. – T. Dyan

Fisher-Price Code 'n Learn Kinderbot

This permanently chipper learning bot wants nothing more than to help kids aged 3-6 learn the basics of coding while they master their shapes, colors, early math, and problem solving. 

Price: $89.60

Positive review: “My 4 year old son loves it. It’s very durable and programmed well. If he picks it up while it’s moving it makes a dizzy sound and stops. It has a cute little “personality” and dances when he wins a challenge.” – Emily

Schylling Planet Robot

An icon of classic science fiction, Robby the Robot has appeared in “Forbidden Planet,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “Lost in Space,” and other classics of the genre. Now he can appear in your home, walking around and being the star that he is. 

Price: $27.00

Positive review: “Very cool, bold colors. Makes a great edition to my son's tin toy collection. This robot is large and unique.” – J. Sherwood

ALEX Toys ZOOB BuilderZ ZOOB Bot

Use your imagination and creativity to assemble your own unique ZOOB Bot out of the 49 different pieces and then set your motorized monster loose on the world to do your bidding!

Price: $18.09

Positive review: “A huge hit with our five-year old. He previously loved Magnet Tiles, but would become frustrated when they so easily fall apart. With Zoobs, he can build them, move them, "battle" them, and they stay together with no problem. The kit includes one set of blinking "eyes" which were a huge hit. He's already asked for another of the same kit so that his bots can battle!” – missg27

4M Tin Can Robot

Who knew you could have this much fun with a repurposed soda can? An automaton with an important message, the 4M Tin Can Robot teaches the value of recycling and fosters creativity at the same time. 

Price: $16.99

Positive review: “Of course, my creative son says, "Mom, it's not CUTE. It's awesome." – M. Heiss

Think Gizmos TG542-VR RoboShooter Remote Control Robot for Kids

Record a message for your RoboShooter to speak on command, then help him walk, slide, dance, and fire his (foam-disc-loaded) blaster with the remote control. 

Price: $29.95

Positive review: “My son is absolutely obsessed with this cute robot. It shoots discs, talks, and walks, and he will not put it down. ... Makes a fantastic gift.” – Davida

WOOBO Plush Interactive Robot Toy for Curious Kids

This super cute and extremely expressive (over 60 facial expressions) plush robot is here to be hugged, but also to communicate and teach kids good habits like daily toothbrushing and cleaning up. 

Price: $159.00

Positive review: “My son loves it. Happy that we purchased this toy for him. Nice item to keep him entertained. Good tool to help them learn and for those who always want to know why or how things work.” – Agutie

Eholder RC Robot Toy

This remote-controlled, gesture-sensing robot can be programmed with up to 50 movements, but what it really loves to do is put on some tunes and start grooving. 

Price: $23.99

Positive review: “My son has got this robot down pat. This is the coolest! He can control it with the remote or his actions. If he turns left, the smart robot follows. It will detect objects in its path and back up, then turn right or left and get around the obstacle. … This is fun for lots of ages and would make an excellent gift for under the tree.” – Aimer L’infini

4M Doodling Robot

Adjust the height and angle of its arms and help this art robot create doodles worthy of Da Vinci. 

Price: $16.99

Positive review: “The interesting thing for me was watching my son build this toy, then play with it, then take it apart to reconfigure it and get new design patterns. ... He really likes this -- he calls it his "Artbot" and he is making custom stationery/art for the brothers in colors of their choosing.” – M. Heiss

Sillbird STEM Building Blocks Robot for Kids

Kids will love the engaging and enriching process of assembling this robot just as much as they enjoy playing with him. A perfect gift for a budding engineer.  

Price: $37.99

Positive review: “I bought this for one of my grandsons for Christmas. He loves Legos, so I thought maybe he'd like to build this. He loved putting it together! If all STEM toys are this fun and educational, I think I'll buy a lot more for the kids. I would highly recommend it. Plus it's not expensive!” – Denise L

Educational Insights Artie 3000 The Coding Robot

The perfect STEAM art-bot for kids who like to code as much as they love to make art. Whatever you code for Artie 3000, he’ll draw. It’s a beautiful, collaborative process.  

Price: $69.99

Positive review: “This thing is so cool!! I think my nephews are going to have a lot of fun with this robot. I love that it combines art with code to use both the left side (problem solving and math) and right side (art and design) of their brains!” – Jason

Remote Control Robot Dog Toy

Who said robots have to be humanoid? Welcome this loveable robotic pet to the family and she’ll sing and dance on command … and never make a mess. 

Price: $55.99

Positive review: “Excellent Toy. I bought it for my 3 year old grandson, and he just loved it. But the rest of the family were truly amazed by this product. Others that we have shown it to fell in love with it and wanted to take the dog home.” – RAG

Meccano by Erector, Micronoid Code Zapp Programmable Robot Building Kit

This STEM model robot can help kids with coding fundamentals. They’ll also have a blast customizing its personality so they can play games and interact with their new robotic friend.  

Price: $34.99

Positive review: “Bought this as a gift for my nephew at his request. When we received it, I read the box on what all it can do, now I want one! It is a great STEM project since you have to build it and then program it with a computer.” – Wendy

Modular Robotics Cubelets Robot Blocks

Building blocks just got a whole lot smarter! Each cubelet has a special function, so young builders can express their creativity by combining the blocks to make unique robotic toys. 

Price: $139.00

Positive review: “Gave it to my grandson and his mom says that he doesn't want to watch TV anymore! Wants to play with cubelets and legos instead.” – Deeds

LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor Building Set

Kids will gain STEM skills as they invent, build, and play with this incredible robot kit. Your little robot builders can create five unique robots and use the robot inventor app to make them go! 

Price: $359.80

Positive review: “This MINDSTORM Robot kit really brings the fun of building a LEGO kit together with learning basic programming structure. After building one of the designs, my daughter will then go through the process of programming it. The included programs are a great introduction to coding and there is enough left to the imagination for her to see what else she can program. Anyone who is a fan of LEGO should give this one a try.” – G W

Wonder Workshop Dot and Dash – Coding Robots for Kids

Robot friends Dot and Dash (also sold separately) challenge kids to code hundreds of games using a free app. These cute little buddies can be taught to dance, sing, play together, and solve challenges.

Price: $279.95

Positive review: “(Bought this for a 5 year old) Absolutely OUTSTANDING product. As both a creative lead and tech developer, my personal standards for these types of devices are quite high and this little thing has not only met every expectation and promise, but exceeded them.” – Dr.M

WowWee Miposaur RC Mini Edition Remote Control Robot

Rawr! This mini-remote control dinobot is small enough to come with you anywhere you go, which is a good thing, as kids will want it nearby wherever they are! 

Price: $19.99

Positive review: “This is awesome! My 6 year old loves it and it was easy to put together.” – Naomi

CIRO 12-in-1 Solar Robot Toys

A fantastic educational toy that allows kids to build 12 different easy-to-assemble robots and appreciate the magic of solar power as they play and learn. 

Price: $26.99

Positive review: “This little robot is so cute!! It's super easy to put together, but younger kids may need adult help to snap in some pieces or to take apart pieces. It was fun to do with my 8yo and an activity we can do over and over to try out all 12 models. We use a flashlight in the house to get it to go. Many of my friends saw a video of ours and wanted one too!” – MomOfOne

Force1 Ditto Mini Voice Changer Robot Toy for Kids

Ditto will repeat everything you say, and it’s guaranteed to absolutely delight younger kids with its glowing eyes, secret sounds, and talent for mimicry. 

Price: $11.95

Positive review: “This little guy is SO cute! He doesn’t do too much and he is pretty small, but man is he fun to play with! I couldn't resist pulling him out of the box when he arrived (bought as a Christmas gift for my son). Took me a minute to figure out how to turn him on and get him to 'do his thang', but when I did, I have to admit I laughed and cackled more than any self respecting adult probably should over a children’s toy.” – Gabriella

4M Green Science Solar Robot Kit

This robot will delight any kid with an interest in science. They’ll learn about solar power and alternative energy and exercise their creativity at the same time as they bring household objects to life with their new robot engine. 

Price: $16.99

Positive review: “It is a well designed, simple construction toy. Just the right amount of fun, learning, and complexity for the price. I'm buying one for my nephew’s birthday too, since it passed my personal quality control!” – Kay