Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar Toy
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- 1 motorized head and 8 easy-to-connect segments for endless combinations!
- Kids connect the segments to make Code-a-pillar go forward, left, right or wherever they choose
- Each segment lights up as the action happens!
- Motorized head segment features lights, fun character sounds and blinking eyes to bring Code-a-pillar to life!
- Can you reach the target? Challenge kids to configure the segments so Code-a-pillar can get to the targets and reach their goals
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With Code-A-Pillar, Development Really Comes Into Play!
See what develops as kids play with Code-a-pillar. Problem-Solving Skills Once kids can 'program' a path for Code-a-pillar, the sky's the limit! It opens the door to problem solving as they figure out how to get Code-a-pillar to go wherever they want! Planning and Sequencing Skills After rearranging his segments a few times, kids will discover that if they plan out a path for Code-a-pillar and put his pieces together in the right sequences, they can get him to follow it! Critical Thinking Skills The more kids rearrange Code-a-pillar pieces, they more they develop critical thinking skills by 'programming' different combinations to send him in different directions!
Make Lots Of Fun Connections!
Can your child make Code-a-pillar go from 'Start' to 'Finish'? Place the 'Start' and 'Finish' targets on the floor. The path he takes to get there is up to your preschooler! Or you can turn any room into an obstacle course! Have your child figure out how to rearrange Code-a-pillar to send him under a table or around a chair. Or draw a map together and see if you can get Code-a-pillar to follow it!
Code-a-pillar inspires little learners to be big thinkers by encouraging preschoolers to arrange (and rearrange) the easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations, sending Code-a-pillar on his path. This learning toy encourages experimentation while developing important skills like problem solving, planning & sequencing and critical thinking. There's no end to the combinations kids can make – mix up the segments and put them back together to send Code-a-pillar in a different direction every time! Where can you make him go next? Every time kids change and rearrange his segments, Code-a-pillar takes a different path. Every time – with cool sounds and lights wherever he goes! Includes 1 sound segment, 3 straights, 2 right turns and 2 left turns to send the learning fun in endless directions! Kids can even configure the segments to make Code-a-pillar reach targets they set up throughout the room. Code-a-pillar is one of the new Think & Learn toys from Fisher-Price that goes beyond ABCs and 123s to help children learn how to think independently. Each toy fosters 21st century skills like curiosity, experimentation and problem solving in ways kids haven't seen before. They're engaged in hands-on, open-ended discovery that helps them become lifelong learners.
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The components plug into each other and the catepillar head through USB connections. These are too difficult to plug in for young children, and I would guess that even a three year old would have some consistent difficulty plugging everything in.
Beyond it's novelty of teaching your kids to "code" this is something that will simply house a bunch of batteries and sit in a corner after a few uses.
My lord this thing is SO LOUD. Not a reasonable level of loud for a kids toy either, but loud enough to wake everyone in the house up if my son wakes up before everyone else. There is no volume control either. Don't get me wrong, this is a really great toy - but if you're the type of person who fantasized about throwing your kids noise making toys out in the middle of the night - maybe reconsider getting this.
Otherwise, it really is neat. He makes some fun noises and has lots of great light effects. I think my favorite thing about it though, is as he's going along if he runs into an obstacle, he stops. You then can pick him up, adjust him, and push his button and he picks up where he left off in his movement series.
His connections are USB, so sometimes I worry my very enthusiastic toddler will shove them together too hard and break them. He's only had it for a day or so, but so far so good. The connections are strong enough that he carries it around and it doesn't fall apart.
The base set of extensions are great as well. They are definitely more than enough so that your kid won't feel like they are missing out if you never buy the expansion pack set of extensions, but we definitely intend to just because they seem like fun.
This is a great buy, and we all really enjoy it, and definitely plan to buy some extension packs. If you dont mind that it makes constant loud noise, you won't regret buying it.
But, there is one pretty serious drawback to the design of this product. The rubber wheel that propells the toy also picks up hair from the ground which gets wrapped up around the gearshift. This causes the toy to stop moving forward and you will hear a clicking noise inside from the gears slipping. To fix the toy you must carefully take apart the entire device and remove the rubber wheel and gearshift and cut the hair off of the gear. This is a tedious task and I do not recommend it for someone who is not mechanically inclined.
Fisher Price should have designed the product with a detachable wheel and gearshaft cover that could be removed to easily access the mechanism to perform this maintenance. Similar to the way vacuum cleaners are designed.