Ages 9+

Walking Robot


Build your own walking robot and experiment with mechanical motion! This robotics kit walks you through wiring up the motor and linking up the legs to get your ‘bot to walk. Then make it your own using the templates included or materials from home. You’re the robot engineer, so you get to decide!

Why it’s awesome

  1. Make-it-move engineering

    Use real electronic components to make mechanical motion.

  2. Build and tinker

    Create a custom skin for your robot and make it your own.

  3. Explore robotics

    Meet a bunch of real-life ‘bots to step into robot engineering.

What’s included?

  • motor

  • body piece

  • sticky foam sheet

  • 4 bolts

  • 4 plastic rods

  • sticker sheet

  • 2 paper arms

  • 2 paper links

  • 4 paper sheets

  • body panel

  • 2 leg pieces

  • battery pack

  • carbon zinc AA battery

  • wood dowel

  • 3 brads

  • 2 plastic cranks

  • 8 foam gears

  • illustrated instruction sheet

  • Tinker Zine

Topics explored

  1. Robot engineering

  2. Engineering + design

  3. Mechanical motion

Additional details

From the desk of the product designer:

Behind the design

Our design was inspired by old-fashioned, wind-up table toys. But this retro robot has a bunch more stamina, thanks to its motor and cams!

- KiwiCo Product Designer

By the numbers


Designs tested before the final design


Contestants in the secret DIY competition


Robots that escaped during testing



65 reviews

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    Granddaughter (age 8 years) loved it! However, she said she put it together in 7 minutes.



    it was so easy to make it. It was so fun to build, but it was a little confusing to make, but I figured it out!



    Putting together the robot was a great activity! It works well, and sparks a lot of questions. The one piece of constructive feedback I could give is the durability of the product. The first time the robot fell off the table the wood at the connection with the plastic leg bent, and began to crack. We noticed it wouldn't walk after that until we bent the plastic leg back into place, but the wood is very close to cracking. Aside from that I absolutely loved the product! The amount of background information included with the box and the zine made a very contextual and educational experience.



    It worked great, but then the foot broke quickly. Not enough width around where the orange pegs connect.



    I actually ordered it for my nephew's birthday. But my 6 year old daughter convinced me to give it to her. I was unsure whether it would be appropriate for her age or not. But I wanted to encourage her. And she did make her first robot. The instructions were really easy to follow for her.



    My 7 yr old was able to build it completely by himself. It was a fun activity and he can’t wait to try the other robot ideas that came with it.

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