Who says Lego is just for kids? The best toys are the ones that parents can get involved in, and there’s no better bonding experience than building a Lego kit together!
Lego has been around for over 50 years and is ingrained in our culture. But it has come a long way since its inception. Some of the products on this list are so advanced that it’s wrong to call them Lego. We have robots that walk and talk, that you can program from your phone or tablet. More than just toys, these Lego kits teach kids a lot about programming and coding, which will be very useful later in life. And, to balance things out, we’ve added the best, less expensive but still awesome Lego robots that will always be a hit with kids.
LEGO Robot MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Kids Kit
The Lego Mindstorms EV3 31313 kit is a step up from the Boost kit. For kids ages 10 and up, this is one of the best robotics kits on the market. Lego’s Mindstorm products are highly respected in the robotics industry and have revolutionized children’s toys. Gone are the days of building a multi-coloured house with random blocks. No, things are a bit more advanced now. Today’s toys are not only fun, they are preparing our children for a more complex world of robotics and programming.
The kit can be integrated with 5 different robots (EV3STORM, TRACK3R, GRIPP3R, R3PTAR, SPIKE3R), and uses the more advanced EV3 programming software from Lego. This intuitive software uses a drag-and-drop system that makes programming easy and gradually teaches you to code. This gives you a huge amount of leeway: you can build robots that walk, talk and think for themselves. The more you progress in programming, the more impressive the robot becomes. In addition to the EV3 software, you get a free Robot Commander app for your smart device or infrared remote control, which gives you more flexibility. It’s more expensive than the Lego Boost Creative Toolbox, but it’s definitely a bit more expensive. Don’t forget to check out our list of the best Lego Technic sets for other such great items.
- Includes 601 Lego pieces
- Control from smartphone, tablet, PC & ; Mac
- 5 different robots
- Advanced programming using EV3
- For boys and girls over 10 years old
- 2 AAA batteries required
LEGO Robot Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Building Coding Kit
If you’re looking for an entry into the world of Lego robots, look no further. The Lego Boost 17101 Creative Toolbox is much simpler than Lego’s famous Mindstorm robots, but it still offers plenty of fun challenges. Aimed at children ages 7-12, this versatile kit can be integrated with 5 different robots -; Vernie The Robot, Frankie The Cat, Guitar 4000, M.T.R 4, and Auto Builder. The coding part is a great introduction to programming for kids: they can code his behaviour, do fun and educational activities, and he reacts when spoken to. He can move in all directions, change his facial expression, grab and carry objects, and even shoot darts with a shoulder cannon.
That’s actually a great value, considering the 5 different robots you can create and the range of activities. Setup is not that complicated and could probably be done without any help (sorry dads). The only downside is that you need a compatible smartphone, iPad or Android tablet, which could cost you if you don’t already have one. Be sure to check the compatibility list before you buy! Our Marvel Lego Sets review has other great Lego sets that your kids will love, so be sure to check them out.
LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set 45300
If you’re looking for a LEGO robot that will teach your kids about the world they live in, the LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Basic Kit is the ultimate choice. It’s one of the latest products in the awesome LEGO robot collection, which is why we’re so excited to tell you about it. It brings together everything amazing about LEGO and the core elements of STEAM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning to provide an invaluable tool for child development. It’s geared toward children ages seven and up, but it’s not the kind of toy they’ll quickly discard -; it could be their favourite toy for years to come.
So how does this award-winning toy work? Well, it comes with 280 LEGO pieces that are delivered in a storage bin and separated into sorting trays. On top of that, there is a Smarthub, a medium motor, a motion sensor and a tilt sensor. All of these will make sense as your budding engineer works his way through the WeDo 2.0 education pack and accompanying software. Download it to a tablet, desktop or laptop, and they can build a bunch of different robots in a fun and educational way. We don’t want to say the possibilities are endless, but they certainly won’t get bored quickly.
LEGO Robot Creator Robo Explorer 31062 Toy
If the first 2 products were a bit expensive or advanced, the Lego Creator Robo Explorer 31062 is a simple and fun alternative. Aimed at a slightly younger audience, it doesn’t have the impressive robotics of the first two products, but it’s still a great toy. According to Lego, the toy is intended for children ages 7 to 12, but it is suitable for a younger audience. A quick read of Amazon reviews shows that a lot of parents are giving it to 5 and 6-year-olds. You can build it in 3 different characters (Robo Explorer, Robo Dog &; Robo Bird), which means kids can build and rebuild it to their heart’s content. Robo Explorer has big green eyes, spinning body parts, movement tracks, a working claw and a projector. The light brick transforms into Robo Dog’s lighted jetpack and Robo Bird’s lighted eyes.
Forget Lego’s advanced robotics for a moment, this toy takes Lego back to its roots. Kids will be able to feel the same joy we do, building something from scratch and seeing it take shape. It’s also very affordable, costing less than £20, making it a perfect birthday or Christmas gift. Three brilliant Lego toys for the price of one, what more could you ask for! Do you love this Lego product? Check out our review of the best Robots for kids for our selection.
LEGO Robot Ninjago Movie Fire Mech 70615 Building Kit
This kit is directly from the Lego Ninjago movie. The main character – Kai the red ninja – is very popular with kids and makes this toy a huge hit with fans of the series. To be honest, even if they haven’t seen the movie, the toy still makes a great gift. The kit includes the main figure which has movable arms and legs, two firearms (non-firing) with translucent fake fire, and two shoulder-mounted disc guns. It stands 14 inches tall and includes 944 Lego pieces that will give your kids a fun challenge as they build it. It is suitable for boys and girls ages 9 to 14.
In addition to the main figure, there are 6 Minifigures from the series that fit into the opening cockpit. All of these figures come with their associated weapon, including a bow from Zana and a katana from Kai. Like all Lego kits, it’s brilliantly assembled and has plenty of detail. It’s more complicated to assemble than some similar kits, so it could be a lot of fun to build as a family. For more great gun toys, check out our list of the best Nerf guns.