Christmas 2020 – The Best Budget Coding Robots
Christmas is just around the corner and there are so many ideas for kids presents that it can sometimes be overwhelming! Educational yet fun toys are recommended, as they can help develop vital skills through play. In the past, important STEM skills were learned through toys like Lego blocks, however as technology has advanced, so have the toys. Coding robots are everywhere and can cost a lot of money. Looking to try out a more affordable coding robot? Look no further, we have compiled a list for you. You can thank us later!
Starting off our list is are probably the cutest coding robots on the market, although the next lot on our list must be a close second. The Coding Critters Range offers 100% screen free STEM learning for children through a fun range of animals. Suitable for children as young as four, the activities introduce concepts such as step coding. The set comes with a full colour story book, 10 coding paw prints, 3 playset decorations, a playset for your critter to explore, and the coding critter itself. The coding critters come in the following options:
- Bopper, Hip and Hop – Bunnies
- Rumble and Bumble – Dinosaurs
- Scamper and Sneaker – Cats
- Ranger and Zip – Dogs
But don’t just take our word for it – the coding critters range has won a lot of awards that show how great they are.
Coding Critters Go-Pets Range
This range is basically a motorised interactive pet for your child. The set comes with the pet itself, 16 tiles and a 12-page coding activity book. The little critter can follow black line paths, which appear on the tiles, going on all kinds of adventures. The Coding Critters Go-Pets range allow kids to master the building blocks of coding and STEM by developing skills such as counting numbers to computational thinking. At just £16.99, these adorable little robots are a really affordable way to introduce coding to children – the toughest decision will be deciding which one. This range comes in the following options:
STEM - Robot Mouse
The STEM - Robot Mouse is specifically designed to engage and inspire primary children to develop their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths. It provides real STEM learning for young children and provides a basic introduction to Step Coding through the use of the arrows on the back of the mouse.
Sphero Mini - Coding Robot
Sphero is one of the leading companies in STEM education and it is a favourite amongst teachers. The Sphero Mini Coding Robot is a ton of fun packing into a tiny programmable robot the size of a ping pong ball. It also comes packed with teeny tiny tech, Sphero Mini has a little gyroscope, accelerator, and LED lights. It can keep your little once busy at Christmas all you have to do is connect it up to a smartphone via the Sphero Edu or Sphero Play App. If you are looking for a gift for a football fan, it also comes in a mini soccer option. The Sphero Mini Soccer comes with mini cones to help facilitate soccer drills.
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