KIBO 21 Robot Kit Review (KinderLab Robotics)

KIBO 21 Robot Kit
What It Is

Build and program your own robot without the use of a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The KIBO 21 Robot Kit gives kids the pieces they need to build and decorate their very own robot and then scan barcodes on a variety of wooden programming blocks to make the robot move forward, sing, light up, and more. You can even record some of your own sound effects and make the robot play them back.

Once you choose the motors, wheels, and sensors that you want to use on your robot, put some of the programming blocks together so you can create a sequence for your robot to perform. The battery-powered robot has a red LED light that scans the bar codes on the blocks one by one, and when it's done scanning, you press the triangle button to make the robot perform the entire sequence.

There are also pieces for decorating the robot, including adding a rotating stage for displaying a doll or something else. Or use the flagpole to fly a flag of your own creation. Or draw on the whiteboard to display a message.

Is It Fun?

There are many ways for kids to get creative with this set, and young kids will like exploring all the things they can make their KIBO robot do. This set is well suited to kids in the recommended age range because it's all about hands-on exploration without the use of screentime, offering an age-appropriate way to introduce some STEM concepts. However, all of this does come at a high price point, so parents will have to decide if the potential repeat play value is worth the cost for their individual children.

Who It’s For

The KIBO 21 Robot Kit is for ages 4 to 7, and is designed to be a hands-on way to engage kids in creative problem-solving without the use of a PC, tablet, or smartphone.

What To Be Aware Of

Four AA batteries are required but not included.

The set includes a KIBO body, a light sensor eye, a distance sensor telescope, a sound sensor ear, a flagpole, a whiteboard and marker, a light output lightbulb, a sound record/playback module, two wheels, three motor modules, a stage support, a stage pedestal, 12 parameter cards, 21 programming blocks, a rectangular stage, and a round stage.

Smaller KIBO Robot Kits are also available and sold separately.

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  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy

    4 AA batteries required