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The best robot toys for toddlers

Toddler playing with robot toy

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 letting 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:

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 (OK, 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.

Tested by mum Hannah Kenway for the M&B Awards 2017: "It's very durable, my daughter dropped it on the floor and unlike other toys it didn't break or even get damaged. It's great for a wide range of ages, I have a newborn who is fascinated by the lights and my daughter (nearly four) really understood what to do and enjoyed playing the games. It's got an easy clean surface also, so if messy fingers get hold it's just a quick wipe and it's clean again, it's a great size, a lot bigger than I was expecting and it's nice you can change the volume control."

Read more in our full review of BeatBo here

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.

Read more in our full review of Scout here

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.

Tested by Sophie Knight, mum to Eli: "We bought this for Eli on his first birthday, but he still plays with it now (he's just turned three). It makes fun robot noises, but one downside is that those robot noises can be set off very easily while he's sitting in the toy box (the robot, not Eli) so it can make you jump sometimes. I haven't found an off switch, and I always think that's a downfall of noisey toddler toys. There should ALWAYS be an off switch." 

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.

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.

The Dance and Groove Rockit has everything to help your child learn and have fun at the same time. Depending on your little one’s age and stage the learning content can be changed thanks to the Smart Stages technology. This little fella has hundreds of songs and sounds to introduce your toddler to numbers, letters colours and shapes. It’s also a sensory overload with rollers, toggles, sliders and textured hair and feet to exercise their gross motor skills.

A perfect little penguin for your precious little pal. This little guy features three play modes to keep your toddler engaged for hours. It tells funny stories, dances and sings to a variety of music, and interacts with your child by asking them to follow instructions and touch certain parts. It’s mouth, eyes and wings all move and it lights up too - the perfect pal for younger toddlers to befriend.

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.

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.

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).

 

Lizzie is a freelance writer and mum of twin babies and a toddler. In her spare time Lizzie loves keeping fit, feasting on a good pub lunch and spending time with her family. Lizzie also runs a Motherhood and Lifestyle Blog Life with WIT. She studied Publishing with Media, Communication and Culture at Oxford Brookes University and has recently returned to her writing roots.

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