I’m always looking for STEM toys for my son to get him off screens. When I was offered this toy, I didn’t really know what it was, but it sounded like it was worth checking out. The packaging doesn’t really do it justice in terms of how simple and fun it is to use so it sat for weeks, untouched.
Finally, I got my son to open the box. And we found a nice package of stickers, markers and a very small robot! I wish that was on the box. We would have torn the box open much sooner!
STEM TOY: Ozobot
The Ozobot is a very cool toy that teaches kids the principles of programming using this small robot and markers! Yes! Markers. And stickers!
You program the Ozobot’s path by using colored markers to lay a track that it will follow.
Different colors in different patterns are pre-programmed to make the Ozobot do different things.
There are stickers with these color patterns that your child can use, or s/he can use markers to get the Ozobot to do different things.
The Ozobot comes with everything you need including paper paths that your child can customize. The Ozobot itself can be decorated as well.
The Ozobot kits start at $49. I’d recommend it for kids ages 6 and up. I really like how this STEM toy combines art and creativity with robotics in an opened ended way to play. This makes the toy suitable for a wide range of ages, and also makes it more interesting so that your child will use it more than just once or twice. Math and computer programming is essentially understanding patterns, and this toy teaches that concept using markers and colors! This is a toy to lure kids who think they don’t like STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) into the fold!
I received a kit from Ozobot to evaluate with my son. My opinions, as always, are my own.
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