What do you do when you need to bring ‘something robotic’ to school for Show & Tell? Build your own robot of course! With school being all about robots these last few weeks miss 6 was super keen to try her hand at making a robot herself, which turned out to be not only lots of fun but also very interesting with this exciting new release from the toy specialists at Colorific:
Build-a-Bot (RRP $39.99, ages 5+) is a fantastic range of toy building kits that introduces children to the basics of S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through play. Who knew learning about motors and sensors, magnets and levers could be so cool? The simple click-and-create system makes kids feel confident that their project is coming together properly and at the end they are rewarded with a robotic toy that really works.
Being only 6 years old Juliet did need a bit of help building her robot, supervised by Hip Daddy she looked at the photos and read the step-by-step instructions until her Build-a-Bot Bunny was ready to come to life. There is even a sticker sheet included so you can decorate and personalise your bot to your own taste. It was a really great activity to do together and the best part is that you can build/pull it apart as many times as you want.
The pretty pink rabbit robot was just up Juliet’s alley, it has the cutest little nose, huge bunny ears and a cheeky tail. It took a bit of patience but once complete it was finally time to introduce the tasty carrot, a clever food trigger that will magically get your bunny to hop around when the carrot touches its nose (Just makes sure you have two AA batteries on hand to make it work). To record your child’s achievement in style a build certificate is included.
One of the other things I really like about Build-a-Bot is that you can swap and change parts between the different kits to create your very own unique bots, what a great way to encourage young builders to use their imagination! There are currently three separate Build-a-Bot kits to choose from (Bunny, Dino and Fox) and with more than 20 pieces per set the combinations really are endless.