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Amazon STEM Toy Club Review, Ages 5-7: Robotis Play 601 Zoopets

Amazon has launched a STEM Club Toy subscription box! This monthly kid’s subscription delivers “handpicked, high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math toys” to your door for $19.99/month.

This subscription looks like any other shipment from Amazon, with no exterior branding on the box or special insert.

There are 3 age range options:

  • 3-4 year-olds (counting, building, and cause and effect)
  • 5-7 year-olds (hands-on experiments and explorations of electricity, earth science, and simple math)
  • 8-13 year-olds (more complex projects and experiments based on principals of physics, chemistry, and engineering)

This is a review of the 5 to 7-year-old age range Amazon STEM Club for $19.99/month.

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About this Educational Subscription Box for Kids

The Subscription Box: Amazon STEM Toy Club

The Cost: $19.99 per month

The Products: Each month you will receive a different, age-appropriate STEM toy.

Ships to: The U.S. (free shipping)

August’s Toy: Robotis Play 601 Zoopets

 

Robotis Play 601 Zoomates – Retail Value $28.46

Our toy this month is a familiar one as we received a similar set in our first box in February 2018. This is one of our favorite toys that we’ve received and now that we have two full sets, it will be fun to see what we can create! This version contains the materials to create three robotic zoo animals; a penguin, monkey, and a rabbit and it is designed for ages 6 and up.

 

This kit comes with a motorized body section that allows our robot creations to move. It simply takes 2 AA batteries (which we had to provide) and a push of that red button to get the motor going.

 

This kit contains several plastic pieces of various shapes, sizes, and colors along with several small rivets that hold the pieces together when you insert them into the holes. We also received a string which will become the vine for our monkey to swing from!

 

Our booklet contains detailed, color illustrations to show us how to create each of the three animals. The pictures are large which is helpful since a lot of putting this together involves counting to figure out which hole to put the rivets in when connecting your pieces. This makes it much easier to see. The back of our book contains a page for notes and also some information on some Steam Cup competitions.

 

They also provided this little tool for us to use to remove the rivets when it is time to take apart the creations!

 

While my kids are a little younger than the recommended age, I loved putting this together with them because it’s a great way to reinforce so many different skills! I had them counting, identifying colors, sorting, and identifying shapes as they helped me to sort through the pieces and gather what we needed for each animal. This is something a lot of younger kids would enjoy helping with and will make them feel involved in the building!

Penguin Robot:

 

First, I had to add this large white piece to the front of our motor for the penguin’s body. I placed the four white rivets in the spots marked in the instruction booklet and then stuck them through into holes on the the yellow motor.

 

I connected these two pieces for the top of the penguin and then secured it to the body piece on the motor.

 

Next, I attached these body pieces to the sides and top of the motor.

 

Our wheels then got inserted into the black holes on the side of our motor piece. The black hole has a mechanism inside that turns when it is powered on which is how the robots move.

 

Next, I added the feet and a piece to attach the wings to.

 

I added a black piece to the front of the body and two white triangles for the wings.

 

I prepared the eyes and the beak and then attached those to the front.

The last step was to add these three pieces to the top to give our penguin some fuzzy hair at the top.

 

How cute is our little robot penguin? It was so easy to put together!

Here is our little penguin waddling away!

Monkey Robot

 

The kids helped me gather the pieces for our monkey. I put the leg together and placed the rubber band they provided in between the two sides of the leg before closing it up.

 

I added the arm and then I took the string and wound it through the legs and arm pieces.

 

I flipped the pieces over and then added the neckpiece and a big orange square for the head.

 

I flipped it back over and then began added some yellow rectangles to start building his face.

 

I added a piece for the ears and our two eyes.

It turns out that this one is actually not motorized and instead we had to stretch the rubber band and connect it which would allow our monkey to move.

 

Here is our cute monkey! When you pull one end of the string and hold the other side taut, our monkey slowly inches his way up the string. I tied it to a cabinet so you could get a good look at how it moves!

Here is our monkey making his way up to the top of the vine! When you do it with your hands, it swings a bit more, but my helpers were not interested in demonstrating at this point.

Rabbit Robot:

 

We did also create the rabbit which turned out pretty cute, too! This was another motorized robot.

Here is our rabbit hopping through!

 

The other option for this set is to just build your own creations, which is something my daughter really enjoyed doing! She built this little design and also a really cute butterfly, but unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of that one. The possibilities really are endless and now that we have two sets, I think we can get really creative with these.

Here is her little creation spinning around.

Verdict: This month’s Amazon’s STEM Toy Club was one that we were all very excited by! We love these Robotis sets and have so much fun creating with them. There are so many possibilities with these sets and I loved watching my daughter build her own creations. This is one of those toys that can easily keep them occupied for a long time, too. I think it is perfect for the targeted age group of 5-7 since younger children can easily assist and play creatively on their own and as children grow, they can definitely find ways to challenge themselves with this set. This toy retails for $28.46 and we paid $19.99 for this subscription which is a pretty decent value for such a fun toy!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Based on feedback from other subscribers, we’ve learned that you might receive any of the toys featured in previous reviews as your first box for this subscription– not all subscribers receive the same toy each month.

Value Breakdown: The cost of the subscription was $19.99 and we received a toy valued at $28.46. That’s a savings of $8.47 on this toy.

If you like this box, you might also like: Tinker Crate (ages 9+), Groovy Lab in a Box (ages 8+), or Bitsbox (ages 6-12)

Check out all of our Amazon STEM Toy Club reviews, our best boxes for kids, more educational and STEM subscriptions for kids, and all Amazon subscription boxes in our subscription box directory!

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Written by Brandi Dowell

Brandi Dowell

Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Now that she’s a mother of 3, she loves finding unique boxes to educate and entertain her kids while enjoying some more pampering boxes for herself. Her favorites these days are Lillypost, KiwiCo boxes & Wicked Good Perfume!

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