As robotics become more normal in day to day life, it is not unusual to see the technology being used in robot toys. Robotic toys are a great way to introduce kids to the world of robotics and coding in a fun way. Not only will they encourage critical thinking and problem-solving skills -- robotics kits also really tune those fine motor skills. In this post, there are some great gift ideas as I have selected 5 award-winning toys for 5-year-olds, with a focus on coding and robotics of course. Any of them would be a great choice if you are looking to gift an outdoor toy to 5-year-old boys or girls. You may also like ROYBI Robot ReviewDash Coding Robot ReviewMiko 2 Robot ReviewIntelino Smart Train Review Top award winning toys - 5 year olds 1. Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set Botley the coding robot was the winner in the Innovative Toy of the Year category and is a beautiful introduction to coding for the kid's age group of 5 and up. The award winner toy is easy to set up and ready to use right out of the box having kids coding in minutes. Well, you will need to insert 5 AAA batteries first. The 77-piece activity set features a remote programmer, detachable robot arms, 40 coding cards, 6 double-sided tiles, 27 obstacle building pieces and a starter guide with coding challenges which combine to create 120 different coding steps for your kids to discover. This cute little robot will introduce your child to early STEM skills while playing and having fun, teaching kids to code with active, screen-free play that's perfect for promoting imaginative play, develops critical thinking skills, learning basic math skills, and problem-solving skills. It really deserves the award as it is one of the best toys with endless building possibilities and educational insights currently available. 2. Avengers Hero Inventor Kit There are many kids around 5 years old that don't love some role-play fun! Another great educational toy that encourages learning through play, the Avengers Hero Inventor Kit includes everything that kids need to create their own superhero gauntlet. The place to start is with the bundled app where a variety of Marvel favourites guide kids through the fundamentals of using the Avengers Hero Inventor Kit. Once the fundamentals have been covered, kids are free to get creative and build their customized device complete with authentic Marvel sound effects. In the process, kids will be introduced to circuits and electrical engineering, block-based coding fundamentals such as loops and variables without even realizing they are learning. This is a great toy and although it is rated at kids 8 and up, looking at the reviews, many younger kids have also enjoyed it with so much fun, but be sure to supervise as there are small pieces. 3. MiBro - Really Rad Robots MiBro is a fun little remote control robot from Really Rad Robots, part of Moose Toys. This expressive little guy can be used to communicate, spy and even serve. Kids will love the fun and friendly graphics and the ability to prank their friends by sneaking up and communicating via the remote. Talk into it and MiBro will transmit your message. Kids learn all the essentials and improve child's creativity with this fun robot. Other accessories included with MiBro include a tray, turning him into a remote control butler as well as a fun ball and goal, to play games against buddies and a foam finger. The MiBro Really Rad robot offers terrific value as a fun gift for kids 5 years and up. 4. Thames & Kosmos Kids First Coding & Robotics This Kids First Coding & Robotics is one of many great sets in the Thanes and Kosmos toy portfolio, they really know what they are doing. This particular set introduces early STEM learning and a great introduction to the fundamentals of coding and robotics aimed at kids between the ages of 4 - 8 and a Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner in the Toy of the Year awards. Follow the step-by-step instructions to build a variety of models, each with a series of model-building and coding challenges and lessons related to it: a mouse moves through a maze to find cheese, a soccer player moves a ball into the goal, a fire truck puts out fires, and more. It does have many cooperative games which include hand-eye coordination, fort building, etc. designed specifically with endless combinations to improve some handy skills. Once the model is complete, then kids can get to the coding. Each of the supplied cards (over 200 of them!) contain a different instruction or code. Each one includes a tiny pattern that the robot reads as it passes over them, by laying them in sequence, kids are creating their own code to tell the robot what to do. What’s beautiful is there is no phone, tablet or app required, it’s teaching the fundamentals of coding, without using a screen. Once the robot has stored the code, it can be placed on the grid made of the included map cards and the program will be executed. As kids get older and more advanced, there is also a math model that introduces further concepts such as number comparisons, addition, variables, and algorithms for hands-on math explorations. It is a toy that will grow and develop with your child. 5. Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Machines in Motion While the Toy of the Year finalist Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Machines in Motions isn’t technically a robot, I thought I should include it as it is a pretty impressive set and after all, robots need cogs and gears. Aimed at kids between 4 to 8, this 116 Piece STEM Activity Set is an excellent introduction to the world of engineering, perfect for boys and girls that love making things other than a mess. Aimed at kids between 4 to 8, this 116 Piece STEM Activity Set is an excellent introduction to the world of engineering, perfect for boys and girls that love making things other than a mess. Using the included instructions, kids can build their own versions of many interactive machines and vehicles including individual parts such as a wrecking ball, chains, pulleys, and wheels. Alternatively, they can go off script and create their own mechanical wonders. Designed to be usable with other Gears! Sets, this can be an expansion toy or just a starter set. It will encourage language skills and little kids will love seeing their brightly coloured constructions come to life. It’s worth noting that some parents have pointed out the instructions may be a little harder for young children at the younger end of the spectrum to understand, so expect a certain level of parental involvement required. But when you get engrossed, don’t forget it’s your kids' best educational toys and you have to share :) Discover more Toy of the year winners on Amazon Want to see more winners from the TOTY Awards, be sure to check out the winner's page on Amazon for the full list of finalists, there are some amazing toys and gifts for kids of all ages. Toy industry by Fat Brain Toys is some of the best ones with educational insights for young kids with best gifts, board games, fun robots, game play, etc. About the award-winning best toys for kids What is the toy of the year awards? The Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY) is run by the Toy Association. Founded back in 1916, they have become the toy industry’s leading voice on the developmental benefits of play and the positive impact it has on childhood while being global leaders in toy safety. While there are quite a few toy awards, the TOTY awards are nominated from within the industry and judged by retail buyers, journalists, bloggers, trade media spokespersons, academics, and inventors/designers. What makes an award-winning toy? There is a lot that goes into making an award-winning toy. First and foremost, all of the best toys must adhere to all current US safety standards. Other than that toys must engage children and ideally have multiple ways to play. A good toy should also be great to look at, colourful and attractive to a child. Finally, it should also challenge a child, try to make them think and solve problems, teaching them critical thinking without them realizing it so it is an enjoyable experience. Award winning toys for 5 year olds - final thoughts This year saw many robotic toy finalists due to their STEM learning qualities. If you are looking for an excellent gift for 5-year-old girls or boys, then there are some fantastic choices here that mix learning with play. Kids will enjoy using them without even realizing they are learning essential life skills. Sneaky huh?