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Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set - Toy of the Year Finalist
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- Botley helps your child learn early STEM skills while playing and having fun. He teaches kids to code with active, screen-free play that's perfect for promoting critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Botley is ready to code right out of the box and will have your kid coding in minutes
- Botley features completely screen-free coding ; no phone or tablet required. Botley's easy-to-use remote programmer transmits your commands and sends him rolling
- Botley's smart logic lets him detect objects in front of him and avoid them. He can also follow looping commands, take on obstacle courses, and follow black-line paths. He even has hidden features to unlock
- Botley's 77-piece activity set comes with a remote programmer, detachable robot arms, 40 coding cards, 6 double-sided tiles, 27 obstacle building pieces and a starter guide with coding challenges
- Botley is great for children as young as 5, but with his advanced features, he can grow with them for many fun years together
- Botley the Coding Robot requires 5 AAA batteries (3 Botley & 2 Remote). Batteries are not included.
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Botley’s remote programmer makes coding completely screen-free – no phone or tablet required. Plus, Botley’s ready to go out of the box - no app to download, no codes to enter.
Explore Botley’s advanced features and code him for up to 120 steps. Botley can follow looping commands or use smart logic to detect and move around objects in his path.
Black Line Following
Flip the switch to black-line follow mode and set up a path for Botley to travel. Use the included tiles, or draw your own line. Watch him go!
Botley even has hidden features to unlock! With his fun challenges, Botley helps children take their first step into coding!
Botley’s 77-piece activity set comes with a remote programmer, detachable robot arms, 40 coding cards, 6 double-sided tiles, 27 obstacle building pieces and a starter guide with coding challenges
STEM Learning & Fun
Learning Resources offers a huge selection of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math toys. These toys help children problem-solve, communicate effectively, prepare for future success, and have fun at the same time!
Meet Botley, the code to fun! As the newest member of the Learning Resources family, Botley the Coding Robot is here to introduce coding in an easy, friendly way. Children as young as 5 can learn to code with Botley, and with his advanced features, he can grow with them for many years to come.
Botley is ready to use right out of the box, so he will have kids coding in minutes (plan ahead: Botley requires 5 AAA batteries, not included). Botley is also 100% screen free; no phone or tablet required. Explore Botley's advanced features and code him for up to 80 steps, with 40 more you can discover. He can also follow looping commands or be programmed to go around objects with if/then logic. Turn on the black-line follow mode and set up a path for Botley to travel. Botley even has hidden features to unlock! Botley includes a 77-piece activity set, which includes coding cards, detachable arms, interactive obstacles, and code games that are ready for endless hours of fun and learning.
Learning coding with Botley helps kids foster creativity and develop problem solving and critical thinking skills! Give the gift of coding this holiday season with Botley the Coding Robot!
Safety WarningSmall parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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The set also includes 2 cones, 2 balls, 2 flags, and a large orange circle that is supposed to be used as Botley's goal to reach. The cones, balls, and flags are nice to use as obstacles which Botley is suppose to overcome. One of the options on the remote is labeled, "Object Detection" and this indicates to Botley that when he runs into one of the obstacles, he is suppose to figure out how to maneuver around it....he has not been successful so far at doing this though and still completing the rest of his course....but this might be user error.
The robot also includes 6 double-sided cardboard cards. They measure roughly 6 x 6" each. One side is black and white and the other is multi-colored. When Botley's settings are switched to "line" mode, he runs along the black line outlined on the black and white side of the cards. This feature also seems a little finicky. Sometimes he just spins in a circle because he cannot find the black line so it is important to line him up precisely. Also, the cards really cannot be used easily on a carpeted surface because sometimes the robot's wheels get caught on the carpeting and this pushes him off the black line and he gets stuck. Of all his features this is the one we have struggled with the most. I also wish that they had included about 10x the number of these cards. The path it makes is tiny and short and is really a waste of time to set up. He cannot transition from the cube & rod maze to the black & white maze on his own so they cannot be combined, unfortunately. I wish they had developed a ramp feature so that this was possible because, it would have greatly increased the mobility of Botley and the number of different possible builds for the maze. As it stands both maze options are very small and thus limited.
The other side of the cards are brightly colored and designed to practice some more advanced/independent coding opportunities. My son is just starting out and is only 5 years old and so we have only used this option once. But, it does seem to have great possibilities and I'm looking forward to him being able to use this option more in the future.
I love that the sound can be turned off (for when the parent gets tired of hearing it or when there is a sleeping sibling in the house). I also think it was such a cute idea to include a list of "secret coding commands" in the instruction booklet. These allow him to preform cute tricks in which he says, "Hi" and spins etc.
I don't love that we have gone through about 20 AAA batteries since purchasing it less then 1 month ago. It does have an off switch and this has not been used as effectively as it should have been and yet, I do think that simply using one D-cell battery in both the robot and the remote would have been a much better approach.
Overall, we love him and recommend him as a great beginning coding toy.
Set up was fairly easy, and required 5 AA batteries (2 for the remote, 3 for the robot). Our 5-year old enjoyed putting the stickers on some of the activity set pieces while the 8-year old read some of the instruction booklet (he was excited to code).
We started Botley on the "Line" feature where he can follow a thick black line on the included cardboard play space (like a 2-sided puzzle that can be assembled many different ways). It was pretty fun and the younger kids thought it was great. You can draw your own thick black line on white paper and Botley will supposedly follow it, but we haven't tried this yet.
The 8-year old was itching to code so we flipped the board over and tried to follow the coding challenges from the booklet. He jumped right to Challenge 6 and it took him a few minutes to get the hang of it, but once he got started he really enjoyed it. He spent 45 minutes working coding and playing with Botley, trying to get him to do different things.
The 5-year old wanted a turn to code next and was very excited. She is a "do it myself" girl so once I explained the steps she really got into it. We used the deck of cards to keep track of the moves she wanted Botley to make, then coding them into the remote. She was so pleased with herself when Botley did the things she "told" him to do! She seemed really satisfied with it. She played with Botley for about an hour the first day, though with adult assistance.
The 3-year old was obviously too young for the "ages 5+" recommendation, and with good reason. He liked rolling the balls, LOVED pushing the buttons on the remote, and trying to steal Botley and/or the remote from his siblings the entire day.
- Easy to set up.
- Adorable, endearing beeps and noises (uh-oh!, oooooh!).
- Remote beeps and lights up to indicate that the button was pushed (when coding), which is very helpful.
- Comes with a set of cards so kids can put the "moves" in order to help with the coding.
- Booklet has 10 coding activities (in increasing difficulty) to get kids started on coding.
- Hard to share, not a great toy for multiple children to play at once
I highly recommend a Botley for the 5-9 year old in your life, but if you have more than one child, I recommend you buy two!
Botley was an answered prayer just when we really started cracking down on tablet usage. My daughter is learning the basics of coding with an adorable little robot and a kid-sized remote. The instructions made it really easy to work on the basics, gradually working up to more challenging codes.
My daughter loved the fact that Botley can sense and follow lines, so she's begging me to use a ton of paper to make him a large path.
He makes cute little noises and says hi, which really seems to entertain my 6 year old. Her attention is held and I seriously can't wait to get to the more challenging tasks to keep her busy even longer. And, though she's learning a lot, she's mainly having fun, so she'll continue to play with this more than most of her robotic toys that do very little to engage her growing brain!