Toys often teach us life lessons, like sharing and learning to play well with others. But what about lessons like trial and error? Cause and effect?
All of these lessons are vitally important in child development. Each of the toys on this list allow kids to get creative by customizing their own bot, then determining how well it works through play, or by encouraging them to design their own game or experiment! Problem solving at its finest & funnest (yeah, it’s a word)!
It’s up to you (er, I mean your kid) to build the best bot with the BattleBots Arena Pro set! Each set comes with two motorized bases, interchangeable weapons, and an arena to test each creation. Each bot comes with a remote control, so fight strategy can compliment weapon choice. Kids build a bot, battle, then decide what worked and what didn’t. They can put their build to the ultimate test by battling against one of their BattleBots Rivals to see if their design can beat one of the champs!
Much like BattleBots Arena Pro, HEXBUG Gladiators come with interchangeable weapons and an arena for the battle to take place. So how are the lessons they teach different? While kids can choose each Gladiator’s weapons, they can’t control their movements. No remotes here folks! Weapon choice is king in this game. Watch the way each Gladiator moves, then decide which weapon combination will lead to victory!
Nanos may not have weapons to change out, but the nano is still one of the most versatile toys out there. The nano moves quickly and changes direction in response to barriers. It can climb, but only at certain angles. Here’s a few ways that your child can play with the nano and test or enhance their engineering skills:
- Use the nano Nitro habitat set to create a maze for the nano.
- Use household items to create a custom maze for the nano to navigate.
- Create a game using the nano, Nitro habitat set, and dice – maybe each roll of the dice determines how many barriers each player gets to move to change the board! First one out of the maze wins!
Encourage your child to use their imagination and critical thinking skills to customize their toys and the games they play with them! Show us how your family plays and learns by tagging us in your photos (@hexbug)!