By Smart Lab

Reviewed for Fourth Grade, 2009

Roboxplorer

Whee! This cool vehicle is enough to make any kid's eyes grow wide at the toy store, but not only do speed hounds get to play with it, they get to build it from scratch, too! Designed to tackle not only smooth tabletops, but rough, rocky surfaces, the toy's sleek design appeals to gadget-loving kids, as it introduces them to science masked as construction, with a detailed “lab note” instruction set chock full of kid-friendly graphics.  Young scientists practice following sequential directions and explore classic physics concepts such as inertia and momentum as they test their bot on varying terrain. Appealing to to multiple ages, right up into middle school, fourth grade is the sweet spot for independent challenge and enduring interest. (Smart Lab Toys, $18.55)