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Kids Can Build Their Own RC

Fun and Educational: RC Building Kits for Ages 4-17

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VEXplorer Modular Robotic System

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It's always fun when you can combine radio controlled vehicles with another activity that kids love -- and make it educational too. LEGOS, those plastic building blocks that provide endless hours of entertainment, make building your own RC a snap. Elenco and Learning Resources also have cool construction sets that allow novice mechanics from 4 to 17 to experience the fun of building their own car without any automotive expertise.

Kids under 10 may need adult help and supervision but these RC kits feature easy-to-follow instructions. While the RCs built with these kits might not be the fastest or coolest looking cars on the block, they provide a fun learning experience for all ages.

RC Kits for Teens

The kits and building sets for teens generally have lots of parts -- often many small parts -- and may require careful study of the assembly instructions.

One way to learn about electronics and how motors and engines work is to build an RC vehicle from the ground up. Kits from Revell, Elenco, and LEGO Systems help teens learn about radio systems, motors, circuitry, robotics, and even soldering while building their own RC vehicle. These RC kits for teens vary in complexity but do have one thing in common -- a great learning experience that results in a real radio or remote controlled car, truck, tank, or wheeled robot.

Explore all these options of RC Kits for Teens arranged roughly in order from most to least complex.

RC Kits for Pre-Teens and Preschoolers

Although some of these kits may have a lot of parts, assembly is often simplified with easy-to-snap-together pieces and color-coding. Kids under 10 may need adult help and supervision but these RC kits feature easy-to-follow instructions for building trucks, race cars, and even a fanciful jalopy for 4-8 year olds.
Explore all these options of RC Kits for Pre-Teens and Preschoolers arranged roughly in order from most to least complex.

Beyond the Toy RC Kits

If these RC kits for kids have whetted you or your child's appetite for more, the next step may be to build a hobby-grade RC vehicle from the ground up. Get a kit or buy your own parts and plans. Building your own RC car or truck or other RC vehicle can be the ultimate thrill for the RC modeler.

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