Updated February 17, 2019 by Jeff Newburgh

The 10 Best Coding Robots For Kids

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This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Encourage a kid's curiosity, imagination, and desire for experimentation with one of these coding robots. Our selection includes a combination of kits as well as fully-assembled toys of all shapes and sizes, making it possible for little ones to learn and explore the world around them through fun, games, and the development of advanced technical skills. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best coding robot for kids on Amazon.

10. Microduino Itty Bitty Buggy

9. Learning Resources Botley

8. UBTech Unicornbot

7. LittleBits Star Wars Droid

6. Ozobot Evo

5. ArcBotics Sparki

4. Makeblock Codey Rocky

3. Sphero Bolt

2. Anki Cozmo

1. Lego Mindstorms EV3

Editor's Notes

February 14, 2019:

One thing I felt this category has going for it is that none of the options are necessarily restricted to just young kids. In fact, most of the toys on this list are designed to grow along with a child and spark his or her imagination as more advanced coding skills are developed. For example, the Lego Mindstorms EV3 comes with a lot of pieces and possibilities for constructing several designs. This is an effective combination of customization and technical skill building. I don't know why, but with the Anki Cozmo, I was thinking of that Eve character from the movie Wall-E. More importantly its Python SDK allows older kids to experiment with more advanced engineering concepts. Added the Sphero Bolt due to its intuitive LED matrix, interactive compass, and sleek futuristic design. Now, if the Anki Cozmo reminded me of Eve, then the ArcBotics Sparki definitely provides that Wall-E vibe with its boxy shape. This bot also offers 100 open-source lessons and grippers for grabbing objects. I also included the Ozobot Evo for its small size and skill tracking capabilities. Some may think that no coding robot topic would be complete without at least one Star Wars reference to the great R2D2, hence the LittleBits Star Wars Droid with a self-navigation feature and programmable special missions. The UBTech Unicornbot is just a super-cool design, thanks to its color-changing horn. I also like the fact that it offers a 360-degree 3D assembly manual. The Learning Resources Botley has a simple profile, but its ability to follow looping commands and avoid obstacles makes it a good option for beginners. Finally, included the shape-shifting Microduino Itty Bitty Buggy due to its integrated voice control function and compatibility with legos.

Jeff Newburgh
Last updated on February 17, 2019 by Jeff Newburgh

Jeff is a dedicated writer and communications professional from San Francisco with a bachelor of arts in anthropology from UC Berkeley. He began his career in computer consulting and later branched out into customer service. Jeff focuses on making complex topics easy to understand. With over 10 years' experience in research, his relentless curiosity fuels a love of writing and learning how things work, and has helped to build expertise in categories such as heavy-duty power tools and computer equipment. Jeff's passion for animals affords him a strong understanding of pet products, including dog houses, beds, and grain-free foods. When he's not writing, he prefers spending time with his family and three dogs, while kicking back and relaxing with a nice glass of red wine.

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