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    27 Of The Best Robot Toys For Kids That Will Completely Transform Playtime

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    1. An Educational Insights "Design & Drill" robot take-apart toy to teach kids all about the "nuts and bolts" of using a screwdriver and building a bot. Just watch those fine motor skills start to grow! 

    A green and blue  plastic robot toy with red eyes
    Amazon

    For ages 3+

    Promising review: "Very active, almost 4-year-old grandson loves this robot. No buttons, no sound, no lights, no bells or whistles. Just a fun, 'use your imagination' toy. Chunky plastic screwdriver, perfect for small hands, and lots of colored 'screws' to change face, arms, and legs of the robot. Stickers may need to be applied by adult for younger children. Great value and very sturdy." —BJ

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $12.59+ (available in two colors)

    2. A super durable, easy-to-use set of 26 alphabet robots toys that, you guessed it, change from individual letters into colorful little bots, which in turn can combine into three bigger robots!  

    Grid image of colorful alphabet toys that transform into robots
    Split image of alphabet robots combined into bigger robot next to scale size of single letter A
    Amazon

    For ages 3+

    I give this set of alphabet robots (alphabots?) one of my highest recommendations! A+! At a little over a buck a bot, they're kind of a steal! Whoever thought of turning letters into little robots is a genius but what's even more impressive is that the little bots can then combine into three different bigger robots! I introduced these to my 3-year-old son by playing a game where I ask: "Can you tell me three things that start with the letter A?" So every couple of days we'll play this word game and I'll hide one of the alphabots next to something that starts with its particular letter. It's been a hit and he loves lining up his letters on his windowsill before he goes to sleep every night!     

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97

    3. A Transformers Optimus Prime converting remote control vehicle with lights, sounds, and the iconic voice of the Autobot leader itself. Drive the big rig like any RC toy and move the big bot in 360-degrees so you can actually "Transform and roll out!"  

    Split image of Optimus Prime in truck form and in robot form
    Amazon

    For ages 3+

    I couldn't be more excited about giving this to my 3-year-old son for the holidays this year. I've seen it in action and it is awesome! It even makes the transformation noise (so you don't have to!). Hoping this will be a gateway (or maybe a space bridge) into the world of Transformers and a whole lot of fun. 

    Promising review: "I wish I had this back in 1984! Very good quality. Kids are enjoying it. Multiple sounds and RC function is outstanding. Highly recommended. As with all RC toys we buy, I got the 2-year protection plan. I also bought an extra one as collectors item!" —Boeing787x

    Get it from Target for $69.99

    4. A Transformers "Smash Changer" Optimus Prime, which converts from truck to robot with a push of a button and two "smashing" movements. Changes back to a truck in 11 steps. Definitely "more than meets the eye" here. 

    Split image of Optimus Prime toy in truck form and child model playing with robot form
    Amazon

    For ages 6+

    Parents, these are not the Transformers toys of your youth. They don't quite present the same puzzle-solving challenge but they are just as fun. And quite honestly, their pose-ability and playability is far Superion, um, sorry superior. Great intro for kids to the toy line and characters and can taking a bit of a beating (or, more acurately, a smashing).   

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $33.97

    5. A 35-piece magnetic robot blocks set for building five little planet-named bots or an even bigger super bot all the while helping kids to build their storytelling, design, and motor skills. Plus that magnetic snapping sound is oh-so-satisfying! 

    Grid image of five different robots assembled from their respective parts
    Image of child model playing with robot toys
    Image of bin that robot toys are stored in
    Amazon

    For ages 3+

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic toy! My 3-year-old grandson loves robots and this is right up his alley. He plays with it every time I see him. The box it comes in keeps everything together and perfect for storage. He can build all different robots and mix and match the suggestions on the insert. He can do it all by himself or include other members of his family or friends. The pieces are made well and have been dropped and thrown and are holding up perfectly! Great toy!" —Maureen McCourt

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99

    6. A Learning Resources Botley The Coding Robot 2.0 activity set because it's never too early to get the kids into coding. Botley can be programmed to follow a sequence of up to 150 steps including following plotted courses and avoiding obstacles. The best part, it's all screen-free!

    Two child models playing with wheeled blue robot
    The complete Botley set with accessories
    Amazon

    For ages 5+

    Note: From now until Dec. 14, 2022 for every Learning Resources toy that is purchased from Amazon, Target, or Walmart, in stores and online, the company will donate an educational toy or resource to families that need a helping hand this holiday season.

    Promising review: "I purchased this toy for my daughter who just turned 5. She absolutely loves playing with Botley and the coding is very straightforward and easy for her to understand. She loves that she is able to program different codes to turn Botley into a frog, train, ghost, and more. I love that she is able to learn how to program things in a sequence and use if/then logic when playing. This is a great toy for children who love to learn about technology, and I love that it's a screen-free activity that encourages children to use their thinking cap and imagination during playtime!" —Southern Made Simple

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $59.49.

    7. A 159-piece Lego Creator 3-in-1 Super Robot featuring three builds (robot, dragon, jet) but that shouldn't stop any young mind from coming up with their own original creation brick by brick! 

    Split image of Lego robot toy assembled with image of model's hands assembling said toy
    Amazon

    For ages 6+

    Promising review: "Bought this for my 6-year-old, she loves it! Has instructions to build three different designs as advertised. I like the fact that it lets her think about using the same set of Lego in different ways." —M. Nguyen

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97

    8. An interactive talking robot toy boasting 11-flexible joints for maximum pose-ability that will (warning) repeat anything and everything you and your kids say (in a high-pitched robotic voice). Also great for propping up smartphones! 

    White, teal, and black robot with word bubble stating
    Grid image of robot toy for scale next to laptop and holding smartphone
    Amazon

    For ages 3+

    Promising review: "This is a very durable and, an entertaining toy for kids. Bought two for my boys last year. And they STILL get excited about them. My kids have thrown, tossed, stepped on, and pretty much best their robots up, and not a scratch on them! Worth the money!" —Courtney Jenkins  

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in two colors).

    9. A super colorful (and original) Educational Insights Robot Face Race matching game requiring players to scan the board for the robot head with the correct colored face, nose, eyes, and mouth. Teaches visual discernment, which is an important "key pre-reading skill."

    Colorful robot game board with robot head pieces
    Amazon

    For ages 4+

    Promising review: "Oh the fun we have had playing this game. Plenty of combination faces to keep this game fresh every time. The key to the game is to beat your opponent by finding the robot face that matches the combination generated by the dice insides shaker. Each shake provides a different combo. I bought this for my 8-year-old, who is autistic, and it can get a little challenging to find the right robot face, but it's a good type and the right mix to encourage him to keep going, and not give up. I love playing it (49), my older son (11) loves playing it. It does make for a fast paced, laugh out loud, fun family game night. If you're on the fence, just buy it! Fast set up, super easy to learn, shake the face generator, and you're off to the robot face race!" —Tamara Dyan 

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50

    10. A 12-in-1 solar robot toy kit for the kids to learn a little bit about renewable energy while building constructing bots that move on land (buggy, turtle, zombie!) and water (rower or surfer). The best part? No batteries necessary. Thanks, sun!

    Adult and child models playing with robot kit
    Grid image of 12 different builds for robot toy kit
    Amazon

    For ages 8+

    Promising review: "I had to work on this together with my son because some steps are difficult for a kid. But the instructions in the manual are nice and clear, which makes the task easier. We have together joined the pieces and made it into the Wall-E type character so far, and my son has a blast with it. He's already inquisitive about what other things he can make out of this. This is my son's first solar powered toy, so seeing him understand the concepts of solar energy transform into kinetic, robotics, assembling things together is rewarding." —David Boido

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99

    11. Learning Resources "1-2-3 Build It!" robot factory so toddlers can start on those early STEM skills, especially getting those chubby mitts to develop some fine motor skills while building their first robotic creations. 

    For ages 2+

    Note: From now until Dec. 14, 2022 for every Learning Resources toy that is purchased from Amazon, Target, or Walmart, in stores and online, the company will donate an educational toy or resource to families that need a helping hand this holiday season.

    Promising review: "My 2-year-old nephew loved this gift. The pieces are large but fit securely together. And once together it can take a bit of abuse. He was rolling it all over the floor and into things. And the rearrangement ability of the pieces makes it a new robot when you change them around. Great learning toy and so much better for them than looking at a screen." —BB-O-Matic 

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99

    12. An Educational Insights Artie 3000 coding and drawing robot that teaches future computer engineers to write their own code (after practicing with pre-programmed designs) while getting this little bot to draw works of art on paper. Ohhhh, so that's why it's called Artie! 

    For ages 7+

    Promising review: "From first opening the box, this is a great experience! Artie is super cute, and the packaging and support materials are high quality and good looking. The Quick Start guide is handy, and the numbered lessons are guiding us to what we can do and how to make the magic happen. It really does seem magical to be using this drag and drop code, and then watching our little robot follow our instructions to draw on paper right in front of our eyes. It’s like the code comes to life! The lessons are set up from easy to more advanced, so even if you don’t know how to code, it’s a great way to learn. It was really easy to follow the directions, and the pre-set projects were really cool too! Those don’t even take any coding – they’re just selected from a pull-down menu, press go and watch Artie draw. These inspired us to try even more advanced moves. I highly recommend the Artie 3000 for curious kids who want some real fun, real world experience with coding." —Koo

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $49.11

    13. A set of three fidget spinner robot toys because whether those hands are idle or busy, big or small, these stackable bots with movable joints will keep them calm, occupied, and entertained. 

    Three different fidget robot toys in blue, red, and yellow
    Amazon

    For ages 3+

    Promising review: "My 6-year-old son has ADHD so anything I can put in his hands to keep them busy and productive versus destructive is good in my book and these totally do that! He can play with them individually or all three at once and has been pretty darn creative. He loves them and when he's happy I'm happy! They've survived falls out our truck and off the kitchen table with no issues." —jules g

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99

    14. A voice and remote controlled robot dog, which might just be the answer to constant questioning barrage of "Can we have a puppy?"  No training necessary, this robo-pup follows commands, dances, sings, and even imitates other animals. 

    Child model holding black remote control for white, black, and gray robot dog with musical notes for emphasis
    Amazon

    For ages 3+ 

    Promising review: "The body movements, the acrobatics and the lively sounds fascinate my 8-year-old grandson who got this for his birthday. He and his siblings just love it and keep fighting for the remote! I am specially glad that it is so sturdy that it seems unbreakable. The joy this toy gives the kids is worth much more than the price!" —Syed

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99

    15. A wooden transformer robot and fidget toy that might actually be more challenging to convert to and from its vehicle form than most modern plastic competitors. This is one of those toys that should stick around for years and years to come. 

    Split image of green, yellow, and black toy in robot form and car form
    Five different poses for wooden robot toy
    GWEdResources / Etsy

    For ages 3+ 

    GW Educational Resources is an Etsy shop (since 2021) that's all about creating sustainable educational toys to inspire children to be environmentally conscious.

    Promising review: "Love these wooden robots, they are great quality and great for creative play." —tanyasweeten

    Shipping: Order ships in 1–2 days and arrives in 15+ days. 

    Get it from GW Educational Resources on Etsy for $21.60

    16. A total classic Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots for pitting the Red Rocker against the Blue Bomber as automaton stand-ins for any sibling rivalries that are getting too heated. Didn't Hugh Jackman make an entire moved based on this? 

    Child models playing with red and blue robots inside yellow boxing ring
    Amazon

    For ages 6+

    Promising review: "Got these for my grandkids, ages 6 and 7. They love them, as did their daddy. Played for hours without fights like other games lead to. Now they can battle it out and not lay a hand on each other. Definitely better for younger ones. They are really sturdy also, a plus if your kid breaks things easily." —Michael s thrower

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $21.92

    17. A set of magnetic construction robot vehicles (a mixer, dump truck, excavator, bulldozer, and crane), which combine into one giant robo (kind of like a budget version of the Constructicons but just as much fun).  

    Child model gazing longingly at green robot toy combined from green construction vehicle toys
    Amazon

    For ages 3+ 

    Promising review: "Bought this as a gift for a 4-year-old. He loved it! Kept him busy for hours. Let’s him use his imagination. So many ways to play with this toy as is transforms into a robot plus other cool construction vehicles. The toy seems to be built very strong and can hold up really well even after it fell off the table multiple times. Only con was that it did not come with batteries but not a big deal." —Amazon Customer

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $37.98

    18. A 405-piece remote control robot building kit that teaches the basics of engineering so young users can understand the function of each moving part and how they all come together to perform different basic tasks.  

    Split image of blue and black robot building with and packaging with child model playing with said robot toy
    Amazon

    For ages 8+

    The app with BlueTooth connection allows user to control their robotic creation if four different ways: as a remote, a gravity sensor (by moving the phone around), voice control, or path mode (where you can draw a path for the robot to follow). 

    Promising review: "So I bought this awesome little robot for my son's birthday, he's a longtime lego/robot enthusiast. He loved the building process but as a parent I could tell you what I loved. After the build was complete I had the blessing of watching my son apply critical thinking skills and trouble shooting. No fault of the product by any means but the environment he was navigating it in. He actually took off the tracks and began improving it to suit the terrain he was trying to operate it in. We'll definitely be buying more." —Josh McElfresh 

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99

    19. Or a slightly smaller 110-piece Learning Resources robots-in-motion building set so imaginative little minds can get in gear with STEM learning (but, you know, while still having fun. You don't have to tell them it's also educational).  

    For ages 5+

    Note: From now until Dec. 14, 2022 for every Learning Resources toy that is purchased from Amazon, Target, or Walmart, in stores and online, the company will donate an educational toy or resource to families that need a helping hand this holiday season.

    Promising review: "Bought it for my youngest (4-year-old). He loves it and so does my 6-year-old daughter. They both come up with excellent building ideas on top of the ones depicted in the toy's manual creating moving robots with moving heads and everything else. Excellent quality as every is Learning Resources product we have. Totally recommend." —Virginia 

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $33.49

    20. A voice-activated Wonder Workshop Dash robot for not only introducing kids to coding but growing with them as they become more comfortable and knowledgable in their programming skills. 

    Child model playing with remote control blue orb robot toy
    Amazon

    For ages 6+

    Includes five different free apps for Apple iOS, Android OS, and Fire OS to program Dash to move, dance, make sounds, avoid obstacles, and more! 

    Promising review: "This amazing little robot and his associated apps make it extremely versatile and allow my children to be as creative as they want in programming behaviors and building attachments. The beauty of it is that it can grow with the kids. There are other attachments and the possibilities for expansion and creativity are endless and will last years. This is screen time I really don’t mind because it has proven fun and educational for our whole family. I highly recommend this robot for kids who aren’t yet motivated to program or code. The beauty of this experience was as soon as Dash came out of the box, my children were engaged and exploring every one of his features. In less than an hour, they were using one of Dash’s apps to start coding behaviors. I’ve been trying to get my kids engaged in coding for years but this little robot did it in his first hour with them. We didn’t have to read books or go to a Spring Break Camp to learn how to use Dash. The apps were easy to use, encouraged curiosity and experimentation and made coding instantly rewarding and fun." —-DG

    Shipping info: Available with free Amazon Prime delivery and 6–8-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $149.95

    21. A box of Hexbug Junkbots because not all robots need be sleek and stylish (like an iPhone). This set comes with 24 pieces that can be built into four different character or (ideally) a kid's own unique creation. 

    Blue packaging/storage box with orange lid and black chain for robot toys
    Triptych image of three different colorful junk bot toys
    Amazon

    For ages 3+

    Promising review: "These are so cute. A little smaller then expected but very fun and my son loves them. They are a bit hard to pop together the first few times so you may need to assist your child. We love them though and my son comes up with some funny looking bots very good for the young robot lover in your life." —Katiesha

    Shipping info: Available on Amazon Prime with 2-day shipping, non-Prime shipping options will still arrive by Christmas (see Amazon's full shipping information here).

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99

    22. An one-touch transforming VTech "Switch and Go" dragon roadhog roaring with fun features like an LCD screen that switches from race car driver to dragon while firing off 50+ sound effects. 

    Split image of child models playing with purple and green toy in dragon form and car form
    Amazon

    For ages 4+

    I got a chance to play with this "Switch and Go" roadhog and this thing is a beast (and I mean that in the most complimentary of ways). I do qualify it as a robot because of its transforming feature (super easy too) and the fact that it turns from a car into a non-scaley and imaginarily metallic) dragon. Kind of like a Dino-Bot! Classic "evil-character" colors but is maybe just misunderstood. Tons of fun to be had playing with the ro-beast! 

    Shipping info: Next day delivery available (in time for the holidays). Get free delivery, shipping, and more with Walmart+.

    Get it from Walmart for $29.99