Sunday, 24 July 2016

Introducing The Code-a-Pillar From Fisher-Price

We have been having a lot of fun this week with a fab new piece of kit from Fisher-Price, the Code-a-Pillar is a new innovative product aimed at children aged 3-6 years old, priced at £49.99. In the technological world we now live in its a great idea to get them started young and this is the perfect pre-school learning toy.
As coding becomes the latest buzz word for the under 6's, Fisher-Price launches a new pre-school toy that teaches the foundational skills of coding, such as critical thinking, problem-solving and sequencing. Aimed at 3-8-year-olds, the innovative Code-a-Pillar is the first of its kind in the market, encourage experimentation, as it inspires a child's natural curiosity and promotes independent thinking through interactive hands-on play.
We created the above video to give you a closer look and view of the Code-a-Pillar in action, as you can see Mr C loved it and it has been well played with by all 4 children. My older guys got bored pretty easy, but it is aimed at a younger age range.
The Code-a-Pillar comes with the main head unit, 2 left units, 2 right units, 2 straight ahead and 1 pause unit, this plays music and makes him wait a few seconds. The Code-a-Pillar will move dependant on what way you connect the pieces. The pieces all connect via a USB-style connection, they are really easy to connect and disconnect.
Mr C really liked trying different ways to make the Code-a-Pillar move and enjoyed building it in many ways. It didn't take him long to figure out how to get it to do what he wanted it to do and he was using the targets to get from A to B. I was really interested to see his head ticking and working out how he could get the Code-a-Pillar to get from 1 target to the other. He tried a few combinations that didn't quite work for him and when he finally got it he was so pleased with himself.
The Code-a-Pillar is very visually stimulating as well, with its bright colours and flashing lights. It's really cool to play in the dark as the lights all flash and it looks like a mini disco. Once you build your combination you press the start button. The Code-a-Pillar thinks for a few seconds and reads the blocks to make it path. The off he goes on his travels, the travels that your child has planned and programmemd him to make. He works best on a flat smooth surface, although we did manage to get him to run on the bedroom carpet and the back yard.
Mr C is 5 and he was the child out of all of mine who loved the Code-a-Pillar the most, he spends ages playing with it. He was happy just to make random combinations and crawl around the floor with it. It is going to be great for the school holiday to get him off the sofa and walking around. We will definitely be purchasing the additional packs, Mr C is desperate to make his Code-a-Pillar to go round in circles. There is also an app launching soon to go alongside the Code-a-Pillar, we will definitely be trying that to give a new play dimension. The Code-a-Pillar retails at £49.99 and the additional packs at £14.99 and can be purchased from Smyths Toys, Argos and Toys R Us.
Thanks For Reading
Mandy
*I was sent the above item FOC for the purposes of an honest review.

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