Teaching Green with this Renewably-Powered Transforming Solar Toy

Want to give your kids a great gift this Christmas that is not only fun, it’s powered by renewable energy? Seems like a perfect combination to me, and thanks to the 6 in1 Solar Robot Kit, it’s actually a very achievable dream, and for a very reasonable price. Education and play in one? Perfect!

The 6 in 1 Solar Robot Kit is actually six toys in one. It comes with 25 parts that can be used interchangeably to transform from one toy to another. It goes from doggie to boat to car to windmill to two types of airplanes by snapping the different parts together, all without screws or tools. Thankfully, it’s also easy to use. It comes with large, easy to understand instructions so you don’t have to spend hours on the floor Christmas morning putting it together. It can even be assembled by older children.

And because it runs on solar energy, it’s a great teaching tool. Remind your kids to “power-up” by placing the toy in a sunny window to get it charged and ready to play with later in the day. Get them to try leaving it in the sun for different lengths of time to test out how much charge it needs to run the various toys, each of which requires different amount of energy: (milliamps required: airboat: 30, windmill: 100, puppy: 50, car: 60, plane: 20, revolving plane: 20).

They’ll learn all about building things while gaining knowledge about powering things renewably. And who knows, your son or daughter may even be inspired to become solar engineers someday.

And think of all the money you’ll save with this energy-free toy—no electricity, no batteries. Now that’s green playing. It’s available through a number of online vendors, including PVPower.com for under $20.

– Lucy goes green