Toys that teach are high on many parents’ wish lists.
All these toys are recommended for ages 8 and older. With the sun at low intensity this time of year, a powerful flashlight might prove handy if any of these bots happen to appear under your tree.
1. 4M Solar Rover Kit, $20
This kit includes all the parts needed to turn a discarded pop can into a solar-powered rover.
2. OWI T4 Transforming Solar Robot, $20
This solar-powered robot can be transformed into four different modes: a robot with walking legs and moving wheels, an insect with six walking legs and moving jaws, a T-Rex with two walking legs and moving jaws or a drill vehicle with a drilling bit and moving wheels.
3. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot, $40
A more advanced robot that can navigate land and water, this build-it-yourself project can be transformed into 14 different modes with a variety of comical and functional movements. Entry level designs include a Turtle-bot, Beetle-bot and Dog-bot. Among the higher level projects are a Roly Poly-bot, Slither-bot and Row-bot.
4. OWI Solar Space Fleet, $20
In this kit, snap-together parts can create seven different lunar modules powered by direct sunlight or a micro rechargeable battery, from a space station, shuttle and rover to an astronaut and a dog.