4M Tin Can Robot
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- The 4M Tin Can Robot teaches the value of recycling by repurposing a used can into a fun and functional robot.
- No special tools or knowledge required; the kit contains detailed instructions and all the necessary parts.
- Just add a used soda pop can and let the fun begin.
- Use the kit to create a silly robot or a motorized monster, or a combination of the two.
- Requires one AA batteries (not included). Recommended for ages 8 years and up. Works well and long with Polaroid Batteries.
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From the manufacturer
4M educational toys cover a wide range of subjects and include science kits, arts and crafts kits, robotics kits, and more. Each toy is creative, imaginative, inspiring--and most of all, fun. They encourage your child's inquisitive nature while teaching them to explore the world around them.
4M Tin Can Robot
This fun kit teaches kids about toys, robotics, and more
Challenge your child's imagination with the 4M Tin Can Robot. Perfect for any young scientist, this fun robotics kit teaches the value of recycling by repurposing a used soda can into a moving, functional robot. The included supplies allow adults and kids to build a motorized monster, silly robot, or any combination of the two. Not only does it foster creativity, it's an excellent opportunity to show kids how toys are assembled and function.
This kit includes necessary components, accessories, and easy-to-follow instructions. Simply supply one soda can, a Phillips head screwdriver, and one AA battery. Recommended for ages 9 and up.
- Kids can assemble a fun robot or mechanical monster that they'll be proud of
- Provides opportunity to teach children creativity and mechanical principles
- Requires some common household items, 1 AA battery, and adult supervision
Makes Science Fun and Engaging
Give the Gift of Science
Affordable and easy to assemble, each 4M Robotics Kit introduces scientific and mechanical principles in a way that kids will enjoy and get excited about.
Each kit comes with detailed instructions that make it easy to teach and learn about toys and robotics.
A Robot They'll Be Proud Of
Children develop personal ownership and pride in their work as they assemble a unique creation to call their own.
What's better than one project? How about an afternoon of them? Mix 4M Robotics Kits to give kids more to learn, enjoy, and show off in front of others.
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|Topics Covered||Robotics & Engineering||Robotics & Engineering||Robotics, Engineering, Physics||Robotics & Engineering||Robotics, Engineering, Physics||Robotics & Alternative Energy|
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|Recommended Ages||Ages 9 and Up||Ages 9 and Up||Ages 9 and Up||Ages 9 and Up||Ages 9 and Up||Ages 9 and Up|
Transform a used soda pop can into a bug-eyed robot with the 4M Tin Can Robot kit. The 4M Tin Can Robot teaches the value of recycling by repurposing a used can into a fun and functional robot. No special tools or knowledge required; the kit contains detailed instructions and all the necessary parts. Just add a used soda pop can and let the fun begin. Use the kit to create a silly robot or a motorized monster, or a combination of the two. Requires one AA batteries (not included). Recommended for ages 8 years and up.
From the Manufacturer
Turn a metal can into a walking, wobbling, bog-eyed robot that can move. It can be transformed to become a robotic monster too. Cans can be cool! Kit includes parts and instructions, just add a "can" do attitude. Watch your child's delight and sense of accomplishment with the robot they create. Great for the "science" enthusiast in your family. Requires one AA batteries (not included). Recommended for 8 years and up.
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|Item Dimensions||3.25 x 6.75 x 5.25 in||6 x 6 x 6 in||3.5 x 4 x 3.5 in||3.5 x 5.25 x 6.5 in||2.5 x 6.75 x 8.5 in||2.5 x 8.5 x 9.5 in|
|Item Weight||0.72 lb||0.66 lb||0.55 lb||6.4 ounces||5.6 ounces||4 ounces|
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The project was very easy to assemble, and contrary to many reviews I see here, I experienced no issues with "fragile, easily broken parts." (I'm writing this review 3 weeks after assembly, and the robot still looks mint, despite hours of play) Assembly took approximately 1 hour, but could have taken much less if I hadn't proceeded slowly to explain the how and why of things during the building process.
Despite my overall positive experience with this toy, a couple of small issues slightly hurt the overall product --
1) In the parts list section of the instructions, the 2 screw types are labeled incorrectly. This will become evident (and the problem resolves itself) as soon as you begin to use the screws, but the error did cause a few minutes of confusion during assembly.
2) The 2 bolts used to connect the arm brackets are simply too short. They may work if you grind the bracket slightly, or simply force the bolts enough to reach the nut, hoping to not break anything in the process, but luckily, I had screws in my "scrap parts container" that worked perfectly. To avoid unnecessary aggravation, I recommend visiting a hardware store and replacing the 4 bolts with bolts that are approximately 1/16 longer. This will cost a few cents extra, plus a trip to the hardware store, but will help ensure a much more positive experience with assembly.
Overall, we enjoyed this toy enough to order another robot from the same company (different model). I had fun with this project, the child is still having fun with this project, and he learned quite a bit about motors, current, why a battery makes his toys move, and why adjusting the cams (feet) impact the movement types. I'd call that a major win, despite the minor annoyances.
But honestly, this robot is just darling -- adding eyes to the form gives it a little personality.
My son spray-painted his can gold before he built this, but you could use any old can. I like how the can is not gripped too tightly by the robot -- you can switch cans as you please.
This was a fun mechanical toy for him to build, and it took him quite a while -- 2 hours or so, mostly because of the teeny-tiny screws.
Here's tip, Moms: If you have a magnet in the house, get it out for this project. It will keep all those tiny metal parts from rolling onto the floor.
*** update -- I added our photos in customer images ***
This is a spectacular product but getting a child to start from Step 1. Open the package Step 2. Pull out instruction sheet Step 3. Match pieces to diagram (I had to disassemble parts for it to match up). Small screws involved as you can imagine but great for skills. Involves using a screwdriver and also attaching nuts to small bolts to manually screw. For us it's a 2 - 3 day (2 hours each) project which is absolutely PERFECT. Already ordered another from this company.
Only reason I'm giving it a 4 star is because my husband said that the directions were a bit confusing the names of pieces on the back of the box didn't match the names used in the directions booklet so he ended up just looking at the picture mostly and putting it together that way.