If you have a child who loves robots, the Toy Investments Brush Robot Kit from Radio Shack is a great purchase.
This fun kit lets you assemble your own working brush robot that runs on two AAA batteries. For $14.99, it’s an awesome way to get your child excited about science.
The kit is labeled as being for children ages 8 and up, but I think this is a bit misleading. My son is a reasonably bright eight year old, but I doubt he could have put this together without an adult’s help.
If you want to buy the brush robot for your child, plan on providing some assistance for kids 12 and under.
The robot took us about 20 minutes to put together. I thought the illustrations in the directions weren’t as clear as they could have been, but my husband didn’t have a problem with them. However, in all fairness to the manufacturer, putting things together has never been my strong suit.
Once you get it put together, this little robot is adorable and runs very well on a flat surface. My son named it “BRUSH-E” because he said it reminded him of the robot from the WALL-E movie.
He spent an hour or so watching it roam around our kitchen floor after we put it together. It smacked into a few walls accidentally and still seems to be working fine, so I’d say that the components seem to be reasonably sturdy.
I didn’t expect it to actually be able to pick dirt up off the floor, but BRUSH-E did do a bit of cleaning during his trip around our floor.
There was a flier inside our kit with pictures of other robots in this product line. My son is already saving his allowance for the Toy Investments Tin Can Robot Kit.
Disclaimer: A sample Toy Investments robot was provided by Radio Shack for the purpose of preparing this review.
Photo credit: Radio Shack