With the rising trend of digital makers, maker spaces and coding, most parents are probably wondering how to ensure their children don’t miss out on the changing trends in education.
These trends are important, as there are so many skills that are developed from tinkering with electronics and programming. The ability to break down a large problem into smaller parts, using maths to represent solutions, creating and trying out different ideas.
More than that, and something we have seen first hand here at Restech, is the resilience that it builds up in young kids.
It is so unlikely that the first program you write will work perfectly, there is usually at least something that doesn’t work quite the way it should.
But that’s ok, and kids start to understand that. It is ok if it doesn’t work the first time, as long as you go back and figure out what was wrong and fix the problem. There is so much learning and confidence building in relatively short amounts of time.
This is why robot toys or programmable robot kits are one of the best gifts – not just for Christmas, any time throughout the year – that you can buy for your children.
And, no, they don’t have to be expensive.
Some robot toys start from around £10, and they’re great for getting started with mechanics and electronics.
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.
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.
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.
Have a look at our Top 10 Robot Toys for Kids