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Robotic Kits for Kids

Updated on March 3, 2018

Science-inspired Activities for Kids, Start Introducing Robotics at an Early Age

Robotics for kids? I'm sure that you have experienced working with a robotic kit with your little one! Of course, it is not about expecting your child to learn extremely complicated electronic concepts which require background knowledge and intensive study. It is not about creating the next genius through forcing a child to learn things not within his or her level of understanding. It is about feeding your child's curiosity and mapping the child's line of interest.

Robotic kits for kids are available on amazon and you can choose from various designs and level of complexity. It contains all the diodes and other items you need to assemble the robot, including a DVD that will be your guide to go through it with your kid. It is a great way of spending quality time with your child while nurturing his brain with useful information; boosting his potentials and keeping him focused.

Photos in this article shows my son working on his first robotic kit. He was six years old here.

Now, He is 12 and Here is His Project in Science

Robotics for Kids Kit

Robotics Kit for Kids, #1 Premium Build a Remote Control Robot, Perfect Set for Young Kids Who Like to Build Things, Intermediate Difficulty
Robotics Kit for Kids, #1 Premium Build a Remote Control Robot, Perfect Set for Young Kids Who Like to Build Things, Intermediate Difficulty

Building something is certainly interesting to kids without distinction as to gender. Robotic kits for kids is not just an ordinary build-and-play set - it is an awesome kit for children where they will stretch their imagination and test what they want to learn in science.

For homeschooling parents who rely on materials that they bought for their kids, this robotic set is perfect. The parts are individually packed thus it is more organized.

Parents and child/children will have a golden memory to cherish with this kit.

 

Five Best Robots for Kids

Robotic kits and Soldering

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Safety First

Note that many of the robotic kits available for sale requires soldering. When dealing with heat, fire or current, be sure to prepare your child in handling. Tell him or her what he or she needs to avoid and point out exactly what could possibly happen if he/she does not pay particular attention to the warning.

There are robotic kits that do not require soldering like the item I posted above. Kits like this are better options if your child is still young.

Why Choose Robotics as Part of Your Child's Activity

We Like to Give our Kids the Best We Could

Most kids these days are engaging in activities that are mostly simulated. I mean here, instead of playing indoor and outdoor games to physically stimulate their body and mind, they just sit down and play simulated games through a number of electronic gadgets available.

If you engage him in robotics, he will be interested in physically manipulating, creating, observing and causing "something" that will surely make him proud of it.

Read along to see other advantages of robotics.

You will answer many of his questions

Children are always curious about how things work, why things work and what are in it. Busy parents oftentimes reach some point of exhaustion in answering unending questions that a child posts. Many of his questions on how his toy can walk or talk or do other things will be answered after you are done with his very first robotics kit.

Answering Questions

Parents are often caught unprepared to answer too many questions from an inquisitive child. There are times that parents' minds are too preoccupied with tons of concerns that they may not have a minute to digest what the question is all about. When your child is interested how things work and they start asking you about these, give them a robotic kit and they will discover the answer to, not all but, many of their questions.

It will encourage your child be observant and critical

Well, that means that he will be asking more questions but you will be happy to hear his or her line of questions. Sometimes, you will notice that a child asks questions only to draw your attention. You will notice this when he starts making some not sensible ones: I mean, those questions that you know he already knew the answers.

Much of How we Understand Things is by Observing Them

When a child's attention is engaged and he puts his or her full focus on it, he could conceptualize the underlying explanations to how things work more with ease than when a parent tries to describe the concepts thru words. So too is the fact that if everything is explained to a child, he will be lazy to find his way in learning new things.


Enhanced attention span

More often than not, it is a struggle to catch a child's attention and a bigger concern to keep him focused. These days, a lot of kids are diagnosed of attention deficit disorder. Sometimes, I think that the generation had been transforming to be more active (that's a more positive way of looking at it).

Engaging kids with robotics will surely catch their attention.

An Increase in Attention Deficit Syndrome

Child psychologists and children educators agree that there is an increased number of attention deficit cases now as compared to about three decades ago. It becomes more challenging now to keep a child focused on a task. It is likewise difficult to handle their hyperactive tendencies.

Give these kids something to assemble and manipulate and you will see them sit and preoccupied for hours.

Great Way to challenge a child's mind

Even as adult, I got fascinated with this robotic kits. We learn about circuits, capacitors, diodes, and other basic things in high school physics but I did not have some actual hands on experience assembling these items myself.

Most Popular Robotic Kit on Amazon

OWI  14-in-1 Solar Robot
OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot

See the feedback on this product and you will surely be enticed to buy it.

It is a solar robot and really interesting.

 

Tips for Parents

Get acquainted with some basics

The kit may have a parent or teacher's guide with it. Take the time to review it before you start working on it with your child. It helps a lot to refer to glossary of electronic terms. Then translate the terms into a simplified presentation. It is not really required that you have to study electronics in depth before you can work on a robot kit with your child.

Depending on your area, robotics may be offered as a special class or out of school or extra curricular courses. Nonetheless, the tuition may be a bit harsh to the pocket. Aside from that, you'll miss the opportunity of spending quality time with your child while creating and discovering something fun.

Explain simply

Introduce the materials to your child one after the other. From the most simple to the more complex. Be sure to make interesting introduction and start always with something he knew. For example, if you are explaining about the robot sensors, you may start by letting him realize how he sense things. "How can you tell me what are the colors of these flowers in the picture?" Then, you can go on saying that the robot feels what it is programmed to feel through the sensors. Since you mentioned the word "programmed", you have to elaborate on that too.

Of course, you know more what your child already know so try not to make it too simplistic that he will think you are treating him younger than he should be treated.

Let him do most of the job

Let him do the soldering, cutting, assembling. Of course, you need to teach him first how to solder properly and give him safety tips so he will not end up burning his fingers or hurting himself while working.

Best Option for Beginners

Robolink Rokit Smart (11-in-1) Starter Robot Kit for Arduino Learners with Video Tutorials
Robolink Rokit Smart (11-in-1) Starter Robot Kit for Arduino Learners with Video Tutorials

This option offers flexibility and entices the child to engage in assembling, creating and programming.

With 11 robots to make with this kit, your child will surely stick to it for hours. Now, that is a great way of keeping him or her busy on something where he could learn much.

 

When is a child ready? - Factor it by age?

Readiness to learn something may not always be by age. The primary question would be: Is he interested? Nonetheless, I put the poll based on age because kids have particular set of behavior or tendencies at a particular age. Of course, this is a sweeping generalization because there are many other factors to consider. Yet, again, I suppose that age still stands as one big factor in assessing readiness.

Feel free to put in your comments if you disagree with me.

What do you think is the best time to introduce robotics to your child?

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      Stew 3 years ago

      So excited I found this article as it made things much qurikec!

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      jponiato 4 years ago

      I think it's a great idea to get kids interested in robotics early, when their imagination is strong.

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      ToyTrainsGScale 4 years ago

      Great lens,Thank You!

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      BinendraWije LM 4 years ago

      Damnit.I would have had so much fun with this if it was available when I was a kid.A definite step up from Lego.

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      the-gadgeteer 4 years ago

      Wish they had some of these when I was growing up. I'm trying to get my son into it now, but he's a teenager and has other interests. The robot kits for his age are a LOT more expensive..

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      jpmny999 4 years ago

      What a great way for kids to learn!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I love that you use your own original photos on this article on robotics for children. Your son is adorable.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I think robotics are really fun for kids.

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      Is so great to see projects that will bring out imagination. Great lens. i wish I had these kits available when I was young

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      David Edwards 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Awesome, I'm always looking for ways to get my girls more science exposure, great info!

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      My son and his friend are doing a Lego robotics class on Saturday. They love the class and continue to do it home!

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      loveanime22 5 years ago

      great lens thanks for share

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      topbuilderlist 5 years ago

      its great, more kids love to know these stuffs.

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      Synergise2011 LM 5 years ago

      This looks like a great idea. Do I need to be technically minded to do this alongside my child?

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      AdriatiX 5 years ago

      Great read. It's always better for youngsters to start early exploring their skills and boundaries.

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      Aunt-Mollie 5 years ago

      In my country, robotics is taught at an early age. A few years ago, a national competition was started by a former Air Force Commander and head of General Motors in our country for a robotics competition for high school students. That competition is a grand success and those students are now leaders in developing robotics for the international market. So, yes, teach kids as early as possible.

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 5 years ago from Ozun

      parents should learn from this lens to get robotics and any learning toy to the kids, sooner is better.

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      LeenaBK LM 5 years ago

      That was quite an interesting lens. My son is 4. I hope he starts showing interest soon.

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      ryokomayuka 5 years ago from USA

      Nice Lens.

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      mcspocky lm 5 years ago

      EXCELLENT lens... The sooner kids can start learning anything the better, and robotics is a great thing for them to learn.

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      Elastara 5 years ago

      Robotics never fail to pique healthy curiosity and technological interest of young kids.

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      Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great. Can't wait for my grandson to be old enough.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice informative share - thanks !

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      ArslanSultan 5 years ago

      Very nice article on the subject. Thanks!

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      johnsja 5 years ago

      This is a great activity for kids. Boys especially seem to be attracted to the workings of robotics.

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Great gift to stimulate the already naturally curious child...I still remember my first medical kit that included a 8" high transparent male figure with all the major organs( that I painstakingly painted) and the viens and arteries running along the length of the anatomically correct minature model. Great lens on tools to expand the minds of elementary students and up inquisitive minds.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      These are terrific ideas for children!

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Brilliant stuff! My son would love it as he likes all things scientific and engineering!!

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      sikiriki 5 years ago

      Great lens!!I am electrician and I wish that I have that gadget when i was a child:-)

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      vegasgeorge 5 years ago

      Thanks for checking out my Scarf Jewelry lens. I love robots. Check out my robot lenses, Robot Toys For Children, Robot Pets.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      If the kid loves it, robotics is a great way to help them develop.

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      dannystaple 5 years ago

      Hmm - your poll module seems to be closed anyway I think robotics kits are some of the best ways for kids to learn - I compiled my own list of kits - http://www.squidoo.com/educational-robot-kits-for-... but decided that wasn't enough, so I built my own robot kit! http://shop.orionrobots.co.uk/products/orion-explo... I can see them playing an increasing role in the teaching of ICT and STEM in and out of schools.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this idea. Great lens!

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      The One Stop Shop 5 years ago

      This lens is great! I remember watching the old "Battle bots" show as a kid growing up.

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I think children should be exposed to robotics, computers, etc as soon as they are able to physically manipulate them. Great lens.TonyB

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      jean valdor 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      WeaselPuppy 5 years ago

      We use BOE-Bots with kids at work (5th through7th grade). They learn programming, some electronics in assembling and calibrating them, and there are sensors and speakers, for those that need a bit more of a challenge. The kids have a lot of fun. Parallax is the company that makes them.

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      Ajenje 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips.

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      Maribel Forayo 5 years ago from Philippines

      @Oneshotvariety LM: They will surely love it. My son was too curious and interested, you see how he looks in the pics :) He is 7 years old

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      Very interesting lens! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Ideas, Thanks for sharing this

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      Oneshotvariety LM 5 years ago

      Thank you for the great tips. I love robotics and am looking forward to showing my twins more about them.

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