Meet the Quirkbot: a microcontroller compatible with Strawbees, allowing you to build robots with straws, LEDs, and other readily available material. It is the ultimate toy for young hackers. The device can be programmed via USB from Quirkbot.com. You get a drag & drop interface to program and connect components.
You can build fun robots and playful creatures with your Quirkbot. Just bring regular drinking straws, and you are ready to get started. It sounds like a great platform to get children familiar with coding and robots. Did we mention that you can use the Quirkbot like a keyboard or mouse input to talk to your devices? This fun product is on Kickstarter at this time.