There's a different way for preschoolers to code and play with the Fisher-Price Code-a-pillar. The new Code-a-pillar Twist is a smaller version of the original but with more than 1,000 possible coding combinations for kids to explore. Instead of attaching segments to the Code-a-pillar, with this version, kids simply twist a dial on top of each non-removable segment to send the Code-a-pillar turning left, turning right, moving forward, playing music, making different sounds, or chatting.
To program the Code-a-pillar, turn him on and twist each of the five dials to choose a direction, music, or sound effect. Then, press the big "Go" button and watch the Code-a-pillar do the reactions you programmed. When the toy stops, dance along to the "code" song.
Suggested challenges in the instruction booklet encourage kids to turn a room into an obstacle course and program Code-a-pillar around the obstacles. With parent participation, the problem-solving aspect of this toy can be greatly enhanced, especially for the youngest kids.
This version of the Code-a-pillar is really easy for kids to play with, and it still has lights, sounds, and movement that will be fun for kids to watch. It's a nice introduction to some coding concepts, such as problem-solving, planning and sequencing, and critical thinking, but parents may need to guide parts of the play to enhance those educational aspects.
Code-a-pillar Twist is for ages 3 to 6.
Four AA batteries are required but not included.
This toy has two levels of volume.
This works best on hard, flat surfaces. You'll also want to play with this in an area where you'll have a lot of space.
4 AA batteries required
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