Elijah, my 5 year old discovered a box labeled Robot Parts in the basement. My husband, an electrical engineer has been collecting pieces since we were first married 11 years ago in hopes to find time to build a robot. My son was intrigued. We were not ready to search for motors and other pieces for this creation. Lucky for us, days later K’Nex offered to let us review and host a giveaway of two exciting robots that are more age appropriate.
Hands On Review of K’Nex Scooter and K’Nex Hopper Micro-Bots
The K’Nex Scooter and Hopper Micro-Bots are for ages 7 and up. My husband and I helped my 5 year old son put these micro-bots together. Besides following the directions, he was capable of putting the pieces together. This was the first time he has ever put such tiny pieces together and I wasn’t sure if he could do it or get frustrated. With direction, Elijah was able to put each micro-bot together piece by piece. It took us about 1/2 hour each to put together.
The instructions are simple to understand and includes many pictures to follow along. My husband, the EE was able to do it basically without the instructions. I, on the other hand, had to follow each direction step-by-step.
In the end, we had two very fun and completely different robots!
Elijah has a lot of fun with the robots he was able to make with his mommy and daddy. He takes them everywhere. Sometimes the pieces come undone after lots of play but it is easy to put back together, even he can fix it sometimes. I highly recommend the K’Nex Micro-Bots as it gives kids an outlet for creativity, teaches them to follow directions, shows cause and effect, gives them a sense of accomplishment, and they are just plain fun to build and play with!
More on K’Nex Scooter Micro-Bot
Scooter does just as his name says, he scoots along. He’s quite fun to watch! The K’Nex Scooter Micro-Bot comes with 123 pieces, including a motor, micro rods, and connectors. We used a tray with edges, you could use a cookie sheet to keep the pieces all together. The pieces are quite small. Be sure to have 2 AA batteries or you’ll have a disappointed kid. The micro-bot has an easy-to-get-to on/off switch.
More on K’Nex Hopper Micro-Bot
Hopper is loads of fun to watch he hops and jumps along. He hops best on a smooth carpet but does just fine on a hard surface. With the design and use of the green colors, he looks like a little frog. K’Nex Hopper Micro-Bot comes with 118 pieces, including a motor, micro rods, and connectors.
K’Nex Scooter and Hopper Micro-Bots Together
Of course Scooter and Hopper are fun alone, but K’Nex designed them to work together to create a Scooter/Hopper Combo Bot! This is an even bigger and more amazing micro-bot. The instructions are included in both boxes.
Watch K’Nex Scooter and K’Nex Hopper Micro-Bots in action
Running the microbots together is lots of fun and gets a little crazy. We had fun shooting this video right after we put the micro-bots together even though my little guy had a cold.
Buy K’Nex Scooter Micro-Bot and K’Nex Hopper Micro-Bot
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