It’s an undisputed fact that robots have been cool since the beginning of time. They’re featured in every major Sci-Fi franchise from Star Wars to the Jetsons. So, of course, there’s been a boom in kid-friendly educational coding robots for kids that teach the art of coding through interactive play. These robot toys for kids have all the cool Sci-Fi appeal and are chock full of educational fun. These coding robots are great for a variety of age groups and at a variety of price points. Check out a few of our favorites.
Botley is the screen-free coding robot that helps your child learn early STEM skills while playing and having fun. Botley is ready to teach coding for kids right out of the box with minimal setup. Botley is the perfect robot toy for children aged 5 and above, and he grows with your kids’ skill level.
To use Botley, children will work with the remote control to enter a code, and then have Botley execute it. The initial activity kit does come with everything you need to get started, but there are even more lessons and activities you can find online. Botley can be programmed to do anything from following a line to working through an obstacle course.
We ended up donating a Botley to my eldest son’s kindergarten class, and the teacher loved it! The computational thinking and learning that can happen without a screen is incredible. This little bot would be a wonderful addition to any K, 1st, or 2nd-grade classroom.
Read our full review of the Botley Coding Robot.
Edison is one of the most affordable robot toys of it’s kind. It’s commonly used in classrooms across the country to teach kids coding. From drag-and-drop block-based coding to text-based coding with Python, one of the biggest benefits of Edison is the diverse robot programming skills available. Edison can be programmed using any of the robot programming languages.
One of the best things about Edison is that it can be programmed right out of the box it comes in. When you unwrap your bot, the cardboard packing is actually your first code! Edison can scan barcodes as well as be programmed online with a device.
All of the Edison learning documents are free and available online. This is one of the big reasons schools are making Edison a priority – free resources that cover learning from simply scanning codes to Python.
Edison does require a screen to really dive into the coding opportunities, but everything is online – no apps to worry about updating (Yet)! The robot itself is coded via an audio cord – something mostly new to the robotics world. Students would need a laptop or tablet with a headphone jack to be able to get the most of this little bot.
Read our full Edison Coding Robot review!
Wonder Workshops Dash is a great option for a Coding Robot for Kids 6+ years old. Dash helps to make tech knowledge accessible for all ages and provides expander packs to help Dash grow with your child’s skill level. Dash is voice-activated and navigates objects. Dash helps to create confident digital competencies in kids with their 5 Free Programming STEM Apps.
One of the optional accessory packs is a “Challenge Card” kit. If you have a little one who gets bored easily, I would highly suggest making this purchase! These little challenges are fun and keep kids engaged far longer than Dash would on its own.
Another family favorite around here is the xylophone pack. With eight different accessory packs to choose from, you really can’t go wrong. The xylophone just happens to make the most noise, so that is what gets played with the most. #boymom
Dash and its suite of apps are great alone, or with some of the optional accessory packs. There are also standards-based lesson plans educators who use Dash can take advantage of. If you have a 6 to 9-year-old, they will love this fun, engaging, talkative little robot!
Ozobot is a pocket-sized, beginners bot for building early STEAM skills in kids ages 6+ with basic coding skills. Ozobot is an educational robot toy that can be used with or without a screen. Ozobot Bit begins teaching kids to code by drawing commands with a marker. Once your child progresses they can use OzoBlockly online. It’s a more advanced program editor used to create bit code via a drag and drop feature.
Ozobot Bit is about the same size around as an American quarter, and about as tall as a child’s thumb. This robot for kids is tiny but packed with lots of fun! Bit turns different colors as it rolls over them, and reads code through sequences of color on the page or on the screen. Drawing mazes for Bit to follow can get tricky for little fingers – but the coding stickers that come with the starter pack are very helpful!
There is an app called Ozobot Bit that is a great option for those just getting their feet wet. Children and parents can work together to free draw, use a playground of pre-created mazes, or complete challenges for your Bit.
Once the app has been mastered, OzoBlockly will take students from graphical drag-and-drop coding up to interaction with coding languages like Python. For such a little bot, Bit sure does have a lot of power! Just beware, for the above-average coding enthusiast, you might want to look at Bit’s big brother, Ozobot Evo.
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With the LEGO boost creative toolbox, kids can build five different robots from one set. Each robot is progressively more challenging and teaches different skills. Kids can build and code interactive, motorized robots, models and creations with distance, color and tilt sensor technologies. This is one of the best robot kits for kids out there!
You can also download the free tablet app to follow the step-by-step instructions. This set includes a playmat for use with specific activities, and a LEGO Boost wall poster.
While the kit does give step-by-step instructions, it might be too frustrating for the younger end of the age-range. I could see this being a great option for 8-year-olds and up, depending on the amount of parental involvement.
This kit does require a tablet or phone, but once you have it, you can combine this kit with other app-connected lego kits to build some really great things! The flexibility and options are wonderful with this kit, and the ability to talk about coding, engineering, structure, and so much else with just one build session is fabulous!
CUE Coding Robot is the perfect coding toy for kids 11 years and older. Unlike the other coding robots on this list (including Cue’s little brother – Dash) Cue is sophisticated enough for older kids and works to develop creative problem solving and computational thinking skills.
Evo is a coding robot suitable for older kids ages 9+ but for coders at all levels. Evo arrives assembled and ready to play with app games and two ways to code. The app allows kids to work at their own pace and level up their skills as they progress through the games.
Ozobot Evo kids robot is the older brother of the Ozobot Bit. Evo comes equipped with more lights, better sensors, and a Bluetooth connection to let it connect to the Evo by
The biggest difference we have noticed between Bit and Evo is the addition of sounds. I swear they programmed Evo’s sounds to sound like a certain cute, blue-domed robot of international movie fame. My husband isn’t so sure. Either way, the fact that Evo can talk makes it s HUGE improvement over Ozobot’s previous bot – the Bit.
Make sure if you are trying Evo out to play with the codes labeled “Rainbow” and “Disco Party”. You won’t be sorry!
The learn and go robot mouse set features Colby the light-up mouse robot. This is one of the best robot toys for little kids. My son has one in his kindergarten class! This little robot has colorful programming buttons that are simple to use and straightforward.
This coding set includes 16 maze grids, 22 maze walls, 3 tunnels, 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge, and activity guide to provide a hands-on introduction to coding concepts.
If you think back to the years of the game “Mousetrap”, this would be a very familiar concept. The coding cards give the students a layout to set up. After the layout or “Maze” is constructed, students begin discussing how to get Colby from start to finish.
Once a route is decided upon, students program Colby by pushing the buttons on his back. If they push the correct buttons in the correct sequence (and remember that whichever way Colby is facing is now considered straight) Colby gets his cheese! If not, they go back, figure out what went wrong, and try again!
Colby is a great screen-free activity for little coders, and has optional accessory packs to expand on the learning already taking place. This is one type of mouse you will be excited to have in your house!
JIMU robots are interactive codable bots that help kids learn hands-on engineering by programming JIMU using Blockly code. JIMU robots can be programmed to navigate obstacles, pick-up objects, and much more!
Kids can get creative and create new, custom actions with the PRP (Pose, Record, Play) function. This kit includes parts to build two construction-ready robots – GrabberBot or DigBot – or build your use your creativity to build your very own JIMU Robot creation. The recommended ages for this particular kit are 8 or older, and it does seem like it would get frustrating for children much younger than that.
Putting together your GrabberBot or DigBot is easier than you think, and all the pieces (357) simply snap together. The sensors and everything needed to charge the bot come in the kit as well, so you can literally build and go.
Some of the pieces and parts of this kit are proprietary and enhanced – which allows these bots to move more smoothly and sense things other bots on this list may not be able to. For the advanced builder/coder, this might be a very nice feature!
You will need access to an iOS or Android-based device for this kit. The app that can help you built the robot of your choice can also work as a block-based drang-and-drop coding platform. If you are looking for a robotic kit that combines creativity, functionality, and education, you have found it!
If you have a little one who wants nothing more than to design, create, and invent, Dot and his Creativity Kit would be a great fit!
Dot is the perfect companion for kids aged 6 to 10 years old. Dot comes with 20 activity cards and multiple accessories for kids to learn the basics of robot programming. Dot’s Do-It-Yourself projects in the new Dot Creativity Robotics Kit help kids explore coding in a way that is unique and fun!
Special tasks including getting active, building and creating with bricks, storytelling and more. With three compatible apps to choose from, Dot’s imaginative features that attract creative thinkers brings new life to coding toys. Learn the basics of programming while having fun!
Dot’s older brothers at Wonder Workshop (Dash and Cue) might get a lot of the coding attention, but Dot has the ability to transform, morph, and provide endless hours of design fun. Coding with Dot involves a lot more lights and visibility than with the two bigger bots. Debugging will be made easier by simply talking about expectations versus observations. No guessing here!
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Katie is mom of two rambunctious boys and a self-proclaimed super nerd. With a background in neuroscience, she is passionate about sharing her love of all things STEM with her kids. She loves to find creative ways to teach kids computer science and geek out about coding and math. You can find her blogging at Teach Your Kids Code and in her spare time, documenting her families travels at Tear Free Travel.