Toy company 4M, founded in 1993, specializes in making games and crafts that foster learning in kids. 4M has won a host of awards for its toys, and the company's products are sold all over the world. The British Toy and Hobby Association named 4M's Solar Robot one of the Best New
Toys in 2011. 4M uses packaging that is almost entirely PVC-free and includes recycling tips on many of its containers to show kids the importance of recycling.
4M has many toy-building kits, such as the Smart Robot kit, the Solar Robot kit and the Green Rocket kit. These kits feature plastic body parts, a motor, wires, and screws to assemble a self-propelled robot that can change direction when it runs into an obstacle.
4M also offers many other toy and craft projects for kids. The Design Your Own Umbrella Kit (one of many Design Your Own kits from 4M) comes with a plain umbrella and the equipment needed to design and decorate it in a variety of ways.