Things To Consider
When looking to get your child a toy robot, it is a good idea to understand what is most important for you. Do you want your child to engineer something new/creative or by following instructions and have it operate in either simple or complex actions? Or do you simply want to be able to have the robot ready-to-use right out of the gate? Also, how many commands do you want your kid to memorize or bone up on?
While we haven’t seen any ‘Jarvis‘ style robots out there just yet, we found some pretty slick, fun and engaging options.
How I Selected Top Products
There are a lot of options for toy robots these days. For the purpose of our review, we selected the criteria of top rated and also categorized for the 5 to 7 year old category on Amazon. Then we hand selected what we thought to be the most often reviewed and most appropriately priced toy robots. To review and ultimately judge each robot, we then looked at the best comments and the worst comments and tried to summarize the sentiment.
UBTECH ALPHA 1PRO Humanoid Robot
Alpha 1 pro stands 16″ inches tall and features 16 advanced digital servos that enable your robot to perform incredible movments at Lightning speedConnects easily to your Smart device with the free Alpha app (for iOS and Android) through Bluetooth to access the pre-programmed movements and create movements of your ownThe included 3D desktop programming software makes the Alpha 1 pro a powerful addition to any STEM learning program (windows and Mac OS)
Comments (2 reviews available):- When manually programming the moves you have to hold it up while at the same time trying to move its arm/leg. You can lay it down to program but then its feet may not be lined up with the ground resulting in a very upset programmer.
– Price, Price, Price – At about $100 this is an amazing fun toy to play around with. When this was offered to me it was over six hundred dollars. It has since dropped quite a bit but it is WAY too expensive for what you are getting.
– Lack of AI means it’s just a really nice digital puppet. Maybe if you made a fursuit for it and it walked around barking it might feel like you got your money’s worth.
AOSENMA RC Robots With LED Lights
A new toys education Robots,he will help to teach the basic sciences to Kids and having them closed to nature. The amazing LED lights are builded in Robot’s head, which looks realistic.
It is a infrared control Robots with a transmitter,but you will choose the senses gesture control model throught your hands. Two difference controlling models are available to use. Senses gesture control model is a very fun function and it brings more happy to children, because they can command the Robots where it will go by their hand. Thanks to this magic function.
Comments (25 reviews):
It’s okay, not too much functionality but is as described. Kids got bored of it after a few days unfortunately.
Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach ‘N Tag Movi
3 ways to play!Teach ‘n Tag Movi can move here, there & everywhere—360 degrees of mobility!2 light-up buttons on his head enhance game playSee his facial expressions change during play—60+ different faces!Teaches preschoolers following directions, critical thinking skills & gets them up and moving!
Comments (over 186 reviews):
Really geared towards little ones and possibly low battery life. Seems to get stuck running around quite a bit.
Final Verdict – Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach ‘N Tag Movi
While the traditional humanoid-looking robots are appealing, we feel that most of the reviewers go the best results and appreciation from their kids from the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach ‘N Tag Movi.
Now, granted the ideal age range for this one is right at the bottom of our age range, so keep that in mind when selecting the right one for your child.
The Alpha 1Pro is the closest thing to AI and has really cool apps to connect to so you feel an enhanced experience. Pretty cool all around.