The best robot toys for toddlers

Toddler playing with robot toy

by Lizzie Hutchinson |

With so many new and exciting toys on the market it can be difficult to choose one that’s right for your toddler. We want them to be engaged and learn, but to have tons of fun at the same time.

We also want to make sure that we’re getting the best bang for our buck and that the toy captivates their curious minds instead of being cast aside after half an hour of use. We’ve all been there - toddlers hey!

Robot toys are becoming increasingly popular around the world, so we thought we’d give you a roundup of the best robot toys for toddlers available right now.

What is a robot toy?

A robot toy is a fantastic option for your inquisitive tot. They are toys that act intelligently with their environment, through dancing, talking, taking commands and much more.

As tech advances, so do toys, and a robot toy will keep your little one entertained for hours as well as teaching them fundamental new skills as they play.

Benefits of robot toys

We all want our children to have fun, but if there can be an added element of learning while they play, even better.

Robot toys encourage the most inquisitive of minds, as well as overall STEM skills. They help your little one to learn cognitive skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving, all while having fun.

What to consider before buying a robot toy for your toddler

You only have to Google ‘robot toys’ and your screen is inundated with hundreds of products.

Things to consider, especially when buying for a toddler, is that the robot isn’t too advanced. Some require coding and lots of parental input, with others needing an app or a screen to function. All great functions, but not when you want your toddler to be able to play independently sometimes.

Price is also something to consider. There are tons of budget-friendly options on the market, so it is definitely worth doing your research. Or just let us do it for you!

Another thing is durability. We all know that many things don't survive the toddler years, so we want to make sure they can play with it safely without snapping its head off.

Here are some of the best robot toys for toddlers available to buy right now:

Best robot toys for toddlers

Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo

Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo
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Take a look at this cute little guy! Shortlisted in the Mother&Baby Awards 2017, the Fisher-Price Dance & Move BeatBo is a fun and colourful critter that is easy to use and features three modes that will grow with your baby. It dances and sings catchy songs that will have your tot (okay, and you) dancing around the living room. It has a brilliant record function where your toddler can record a phrase and the BeatBo sings it back remixed into a song. It also has a learning and games button which introduces your little one to songs such as ABCs, counting, colours and more. A firm favourite among the toddler community, especially in my house.

Suitable for 9 months and up

Read more in our full review of BeatBo here

Tiny Love Wonder Buddy Thomas Rabbit

Tiny Love Wonder Buddy Thomas Rabbit
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Shortlisted for the Mother&Baby Awards 2022, Wonder Buddies will have your tot laughing with delight as well as stimulating emotional intelligence, fine motor skills, imagination and creativity, gross motor skills, cognition, language and communication, and senses. This little guy, available as a rabbit, mouse, or lion, has seven complimentary play cards to add fun stories to tell, six fun-filled games, and smart sensors for unique interaction with their child.

Suitable for 12 months and up

LeapFrog My Pal Scout and Violet

LeapFrog My Pal Scout
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Scout was shortlisted in the Mother&Baby Awards 2015. This cute and interactive pup is great for younger toddlers and gives them their first insight into basic words, counting and colours through fun games and interactive touch points. Apart from being adorable and cuddly, it also sings more than 40 different learning songs and has games that stimulate your toddler’s mind and helps them to become more aware of their feelings and emotions. This lovable pup can learn your child’s name and favourite songs, so in no time it will be a new addition to your family.

Suitable for 6 months and up

Read more in our full review of Scout here.

John Lewis My First Robot

John Lewis & Partners My First Robot

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Brought to you by John Lewis, this cheeky little chap is a perfect way to introduce your toddler to the world of robots. He has flashing lights to stimulate the senses and moving arms, eyes and legs to inspire imaginative play. With a range of funny noises, he will have your little one in stitches while helping them to develop their communication and social skills.

Suitable for 12 months and up

Disney Pixar Toy Story Ultimate Walking Buzz Lightyear

Disney Pixar Toy Story Ultimate Walking Buzz Lightyear
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To infinity and beyond! What toddler doesn’t like Toy Story? One for the future space cadets and older toddlers, this ultimate Buzz Lightyear figure really walks and talks and has more than 40 sounds and phrases. Your toddler will feel like they are a part of the movie with his fun sounds effects, pop out wings and light up laser (I mean, who doesn’t love a laser?). Buzz really brings adventure to life, and even has a hidden move for your little one to discover.

Suitable for 3 years and up

Top Race TR-P5 Remote Control Dog

Top Race Remote Control Robot Dog
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The Top Race TR-P5 Remote Control Dog is perfect for older toddlers who want the benefits of a dog without the responsibility. Just like a real dog, he will respond to your little one’s voice and perform commands such as sit, spin, crawl, walk and dance. He’s a smart little pup who loves to interact and can even be trained with new commands such as yoga; he even farts, I mean, what more could a toddler want! One for your toddler to grow with and eventually learn to programme him to do more and more.

Suitable for 12 months and up

Fisher-Price Linkimals Smooth Moves Sloth

Fisher-Price Linkimals Smooth Moves Sloth
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The Smooth Moves Sloth has everything to help your child learn and have fun at the same time. This little fella has over 85 songs and sounds to introduce your toddler to numbers, letters, colours and opposites. It’s also a sensory overload with bright colourful lights, fun music, and soft arms that clap along with the music. And when other Linkimals friends are around the sloth chats, sings, and lights up with them.

Suitable for 9 months and up

Infantino Sensory Elasto Robot

INFANTINO Sensory Elasto Robot
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How sweet is this little robot? Perfect for younger toddlers this adorable bot rewards your tot with every interaction, from pulling his leg to moving his arm and turning him upside down. He makes sounds and lights up - his eyes even spin giving different expressions. A great little light and sound show to entertain your little love.

Suitable for 6 months and up

Harry the Happy Robot Dog

Harry dog
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It’s all about the robot dogs! Harry the happy robot dog is a toddler’s best friend. He plays interactive games with your tot such as chase (he even lets you know when he is going for a nap). He also walks, barks, sings, talks, plays music and dances along to songs. If you're looking for a canine friend for your little one but without the responsibility (or mess) then look no further.

Suitable for 2 years and up

ANTAPRCIS Robot

ANTAPRCIS Robot
Amazon

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The most ‘robot’ looking of the robots, this smart looking toy responds to gesture commands and is perfect for the most curious of toddlers. It can be taught to move in all different directions and also likes to partake in a little sing and dance. You can enter commands through a remote control and then watch as it moves freely around, avoiding obstacles (such as nappies, beakers and other toys that have no doubt been scattered on the floor).

Suitable for 3 years and up

GILOBABY Kids Smart Robot

GILOBABY Kids Smart Robot
Amazon

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Available in a choice of colours, this little guy will become your tot's new dance partner, providing hours of fun. It can move all-around using touch and voice controls and kids will delight in using the voice recorder to record sounds and their own voice. This little robot is a great way to introduce your child to advanced tech and will provide plenty giggles.

Suitable for 3 years and up

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Ultimate Learning Bot

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Ultimate Learning Bot
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With Smart Stages Technology that lets you change the learning content depending on the child's age, the Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Ultimate Learning Bot has three learning levels and four ways to play. Toddlers can play and learn with over 120 sounds, songs, and phrases, enjoy fun music and lights, and play hands-on activities including bat-and-wobble play, crawl-and-chase fun, and twist and flip ears.

Suitable for 6 months and up

LEXIBOOK Powerman Jr.

LEXIBOOK ROB20EN Powerman Jr.
Amazon

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Programmable with up to 40 actions and the ability to add music and dance choreographies, this speaking explorer robot is perfect for curious kids. As they're younger you may need to programme for them but your tot will still be able to enjoy Powerman Jr.'s dance, music, lights, karaoke, animal sounds, and more, including an animal guessing game. It's full of surprises and a great one for STEM learning.

Suitable for 3 years and up

Chad Valley Touch and Talk Unicorn

Chad Valley Touch and Talk Unicorn

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With their magical fairytale friend, your child will be kept busy and entertained with sweet unicorn sounds such as sparkling, gallops, and neighs, a light-up horn, and a voice recording talkback function where kids can play with their voice and language. Make learning fun with this interactive toy.

Suitable for 2 years and up

VTech Switch & Go Dinos Overseer the T-Rex

VTech Switch & Go Dinos Overseer the T-Rex
Amazon

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Perfect for a dino-mad tot, this fun electronic learning toy will respond with fun phrases, interesting dinosaur facts, sounds, and has an educational flash card with lots of content to keep your little one entertained while learning. The dino can shape-shift from a mighty robot to a fierce T-Rex in just a few steps, and using the remote control, kids can make the Overseer move, stomp, perform cool stunts, and light up.

Suitable for 3 years and up

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