Conjure your own ice magic with this Kano coding set inspired by Frozen! With this kit, kids will build their own Frozen-themed "ice" sensor, which they can use to control challenges and activities in the app. Make fractals, throw snowballs, conjure your own Ice Palace, and more! As kids play, they'll also learn the basics of programming, first with code blocks, and then with more complicated techniques like loops and variables. It's a fun and tactile way to get kids discovering the powers of coding.
Meet the Coding Critters, adorable pairs of robotic animals that can teach preschoolers coding concepts — screen-free! You can choose Scamper the cat and Squeaker the mouse, Rumble and Bumble the triceratops, or puppies Ranger and Zip. As you follow along with the storybook in this playset from Learning Resources, you'll code a game of hide and seek, teach them to catch a toy, and more. Kids can also create their own coding adventures — or switch their critters to play mode where they act as interactive pets!
Learn to code with a friendly face — and without a screen — with Botley from Learning Resources! Botley is an easy-to-use robot: kid can draw a path for Botley to follow with the black-line follow mode, or code in up to 80 steps, as well as looping commands and if/then logic. As kids work with the 77-piece activity set, they'll learn how coding works and even unlock additional features that they can explore. The set includes coding cards, detachable arms, interactive obstacles, and more to ensure kids get years of fun and learning from this set. Plus, parents will love that Botley is completely app- and screen-free, so kids can foster creativity, problem-solving, and logic skills without ever picking up a device.
With the Code 'n Learn Kinderbot from Fisher-Price, kids use simple coding to control their robot friend! This interactive robot teaches kids early math concepts, colors, shapes, and more, all while kids explore the secret code book and four machine accessories. As they follow the coding challenges and explore the secret code book, they'll develop their undersatnding of cause and effect, logic, and more. It's a fun way for kids to try out experiments and learn the basics of engineering and robotics.
Code your way to the cheese with this board game from Learning Resources! Based on their Code and Go Robot Mouse activity set, this 2 to 4 player game sees kids take on the roles of rival mice hunting for cheese on the board. Each turn, players draw coding cards that they need to put together into a series of commands to get their mouse where they want to go — all while avoiding obstacles like maze walls, and seeking out advantages like warp tunnels that hop them closer to where they want to go! This analog coding game teaches logic skills and basic programming concepts in an innovative, screen-free way.
Minecraft-crazy kids will love this kit that teaches them how to build their very own real computer! This kit from Piper includes a wooden computer case with a 9" LCD display with 1024x600 resolution and integrated speaker. As you follow the included directions, you'll set it up with a Raspberry Pi 3 Project Board with 1GB RAM and a 1.2Ghz Quad Core CPU, plus gadgets like buttons, switches, LED lights, motion sensors, and more. After the computer is built, use the included SD card full of Minecraft-inspired Story Mode levels and Piper Code projects to explore the full potential of your computer. It's a great way to get kids crafting with technology in real life rather than on a screen.
Combine computers with Star Wars and you've got a project that will keep kids busy for hours! With Kano's The Force coding kit, kids will build a sensor that responds to their hand; then, they'll connect it to their computer or tablet and explore a variety of Star Wars-themed coding adventures, from swinging light sabers to mind tricking Storm Troopers and even piloting a starship! No coding experience is necessary. Harry Potter fans will also love the Kano Wand Coding Kit.
This enchanted unicorn kit has everything you need to create a buildable, codable UnicornBot! The 3D, 360° animated building instructions on the free JIMU app (compatible with devices using iOS 9.0 and up or Android 5.0 and up) will guide you through assembling the 440 parts, including smooth motion servos, a motor, and an RGB light-up horn. Then, you can use the easy-to-learn Blockly coding platform to teach your Unicornbot to move, pick-up objects, recognize colors, and more! It's a fantasy-inspired introduction to the basics of robotics and coding that kids will love.
Jump into coding with this game from MindWare! Each of the 12 two-sided mats in this game direct kids to execute a program by hopping along the path they create. First, they learn sequencing, following the directions on the mats in order to get themselves to the end. Then, they'll learn about Conditionals with Yes and No mats that branch off to show how the program changes. She'll also discover how computers can repeat a program identically each time by repeating her path along the mats. This clever screen-free coding game will keep their brains and their bodies busy!
With this clever Kamigami robotics kit from Mattel, you can fold and build your own Lina the Ladybug Robot! Fold lightweight, flat sheets of plastic into shape, snap them together with the robot frame, and then program Lina to drive, race, dance, or battle using the easy-to-use interface in the free app. No programming experience is necessary, but the flexible system allows your creativity to take the lead as you build your skills.
In this kit from Thames & Kosmos, kids as young as four can learn coding principles and skills — no computer required! Kids will build a selection of different model robots, from a fire truck to a mouse to a peanut butter sandwich. Then, they'll lay down physical code cards, drive the robot over them to load the program with the bot's optical scanner, and put the robot on a map grid so it can execute their commands! 30 lessons in six clever stories progress in complexity, covering sequencing, loops, events, conditions, functions, and variables; when they're done, they can create their own robotics adventure!
The most backed board game in Kickstarter history is now available to all with this edition from ThinkFun! In Robot Turtles, kids learn basic coding concepts as they direct their adult "computer" to move a turtle through a maze. It's inspired by the Logo programming language, and includes concepts like debugging and functions. Plus, increasingly challenging obstacles ensure that a wide age range can learn — and have fun! — with this clever game.
Build a robot as easily as you build with blocks thanks to Cubelets, the world's first robot blocks! These magnetic cubes easily snap together. Combine cubes that let your robot Sense, Think, and Act; depending on how you assemble them, your robot will have a different personality. You can also use brick adapters to attach your favorite brick construction toys. Once your robot is built, use the Bluetooth Hat to connect it to the free companion app to remote control or program it. Perfect for teaching design thinking, coding, problem solving, engineering and more, this flexible robotics kit includes six Cubelets, perfect to get budding inventors started.
Avengers, assemble — including you! With this set from littleBits, kids will join their favorite Avengers, including Iron Man, Black Panther and Shuri, and Ant-Man and the Wasp, to create their own superhero identity. Eighteen in-app activities get kids building gear with the easy to use littleBits components, adding new abilities with easy block coding, and designing the perfect superhero icon with the LED Matrix bit. Authentic Avengers sound effects make this an absorbing and exciting way to learn real STEM skills!
This tiny robot lets you explore big ideas! The Ozobot Bit is only 1 inch tall, but you'll be amazed at what you can do with its simple, color-based programming language. The scaleable program lets kids start out drawing a "program" path for their Ozobot, then move on to using the OzoBlockly web-based visual editor, starting with an icon-based system and moving on to loops, logic, and equation blocks. With plenty of additional free material to explore online, this robot will provide hours of science- and art-based play.
Learn the basics of coding by teaching this robotic mouse to make its way through a maze and snag the cheese! Kids can build one of the mazes on the included activity cards or come up with their own maze design, then use the coding cards to set a path for their mouse to follow. You can even buy a second mouse (sold separately) and turn it into a race! It's a fun way to turn coding basics into a puzzle game.
With the Base Inventor Kit from littleBits, creative kids have everything they need to turn their ideas into inventions! littleBits are modular electronic components that connect with no glue or solder, making them a quick and easy way to prototype. With a range of bits that move, light up, and make noise, kids will try 12 different projects, including a voice-activated robotic gripper arm and a room-protecting Intruder alarm — then, they'll come up with their own inventions! Plus, this set is compatible with all other littleBits sets, so you can build her collection as much as you'd like.
Learn the basics of coding as you dance, spin, and jump your way through the challenges in this game from Alex Toys! Decorate your own robot hat, then place direction tiles on the map according the to the challenge cards and work your way to the goal. A timer adds to the frenetic fun! For another game from the same line, check out Future Coders: Cube Stackers.
Turn the whole world into a keyboard! Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Use your wildest imagination and turn everyday objects into touch sensitive pads — turning bananas into piano keys, or a drawing on a piece of paper into a joystick! You could even make a keyboard out of alphabet soup. Because the computer treats Makey Makey as a regular input device, you can use it with any program or webpage. It's a simple invention kit for beginners or experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between!
Explore coding and robotics in a tactile way with Botzees from PAI Technology! Use the 130 blocks included to build six pre-designed Botzees, or create your own. Then, you can teach your Botzee to move, dance, make sounds, and more! The app (compatible with iOS 12 and up and Android OS 8 and up) is engaging and intuitive. Once they've got the knack of it, they can start exploring the 30 augmented reality puzzles to learn even more coding concepts.
Create your own custom Droid — and learn a little about inventing and prototyping — with this Star Wars Droid Inventor kit from littleBits! With the free Droid Inventor app, kids will give their R2 unit some new abilities over 16 missions. Then, they can use the easy littleBits components to experiment with their own inventions! This set is compatible with all other littleBits sets, so the limit is your imagination.
Kids can bring their creations to life with the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox! This 847-piece set allows kids to build five multifunctional models, and then learn the basics of coding so they can teach their models to dance, interact, or explore. The easy-to-use LEGO Boost app (which is compatible with many newer phones and tablets, as well as most Windows 10 devices) provides a step-by-step guide to building, and then encourages kids to explore their own ideas. Older kids can explore robotics through LEGO with the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Kit for ages 10 and up.
With this fun kit from littleBits, kids can build their own interactive space rover! littleBits are easy-to-use electronic building blocks that snap together with magnets and allow anyone to build, invent, and prototype. The space rover kit comes with 34 components that kids can use to complete 30 space-themed projects inspired by the challenges facing real NASA astronauts and engineers, including a space rock collector and an alien life detector. It even includes stories of real-life space pioneers to inspire young explorers and engineers. Once they've tried the included projects, kids can experiment endlessly with their own inventions!
With this kit from Kano, you can build your own wand, learn to code, and make magic! kids will build a wand with the included components, then experiment with over 70 creative challenges and games that teach coding principles. On the screen, you'll watch as your wandwork makes feathers fly, goblets multiply, fire flow, pumpkins grow, and more. The free Kano app is compatible with most iOS, Android or Amazon tablets, Mac and Windows PCs, so it's easy to get started making magic in the Wizarding World.
Defy gravity with this robot building kit from Thames & Kosmos! The Air-Walker is a four-legged bot that uses a system of suction cups and pumps to crawl along smooth, vertical surfaces. Kids can follow along with the 32-page, full-color manual to build the Air-Walker, then experiment with climbing it up, left, and right. Then, take it apart and use the components to build four other models that illustrate how suction and mechanical devices can work in the real world! It's an intriguing and fun engineering kit that's perfect for tween builders.
This pocket-sized robot is packed with tech that lets you customize how it interacts with you! Evo's proximity sensors, optical sensors, and LED lights let you enjoy teaching it tricks quickly and easily, or you can connect to the Ozobot Evo app to experiment with Evo's code, customizing your bot to do almost anything you can imagine! Each Evo comes with a full robotics kit, including a USB charging cable, 1 playfield, 1 skin, carrying pouch, and 4 color code markers.
Rover Control is part of ThinkFun's //CODE Programming Game Series, designed to teach programming principles through fun gameplay! Your rover needs to make their way across a map, but the rover only travels on colored pathways — and these paths are colorless. Figure out how to color the path so that Rover can complete the mission! As kids work their way through the forty challenges on the four terrain maps, they'll learn logic, reasoning, and planning skills, as well as basic principles of programming. It's a fun screen-free way for tweens to explore the possibilities of coding!
Raspberry Pi is a clever kit that allows you to build your own computer! Assemble a credit-card sized computer, then use an included 8GB SD card loaded with the New Out Of Box Software (NOOBS) to get it running right away — then, connect to a monitor and input device and get experimenting with programming! A vibrant online community will give you lots of ideas of what you can do with your very own Raspberry Pi.
Combining the versatility of the LEGO building system with the most advanced technology we've ever developed, the new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 set allows you to create and command robots that walk, talk, think and do anything you can imagine. Follow the building instructions to create TRACK3R, R3PTAR, SPIK3R, EV3RSTORM and GRIPP3R, or make your own creation, and bring them to life with an easy, intuitive and icon-based programming interface. What will you create?
With a little help — and code — from you, there's almost nothing Dash can't do! This little robot comes preassembled and fully charged, ready to use her sensors to interpret the world around her: she can hear sounds, see objects, and feel if you're moving her. This robot and the free apps to control her are compatible with multiple smartphones and tablets.
This little robot from Anki has a mind of its own! Cozmo can express hundreds of emotions, and evolves with every minute that you play with him. Set Cozmo to Explorer mode and see where its curiosity takes you, or play games like Quick Tap and Keepaway. Then, download the Cozmo app on compatible iOS and Android devices, and use the code lab to learn the basics of programming. It's one little robot with a big personality... and an awful lot to teach kids!
Create your very own robot in a snap with Sparki! This affordable and easy-to-use Arduino robot is a great way to introduce kids to electronics, programming, and robotics. With simple steps, you can teach Sparki to avoid edges, solve a maze, draw shapes, and more. Once you've got a hang of the basics, a vibrant online community can give you plenty of ideas of what else to try!
With the Dot Creativity Kit from Wonder Workshop, you can turn Dot the robot into just about any character that you can imagine — and then program Dot's behavior to match! With over 100 stickers and 10 costumes, you can create a truly unique robot. Then, follow along with the 20 activity cards to play robot-enabled games like Duck, Duck, Goose or Hot Dotato! This robot is compatible with most newer Kindle, iOS, and Android devices.