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ThinkFun Robot Turtles STEM Toy and Coding Board Game for Preschoolers - Made Famous on Kickstarter, Teaches Programming Principles to Preschoolers
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- Trusted by Families Worldwide - With over 50 million sold, ThinkFun is the world's leader in brain and logic games.
- Develops critical skills – Gameplay provides a stealth learning experience, where players learn key programming princples in a fun, easy to learn way. Inspired by the Logo programming language, Robot Turtles lets kids ages 4 and up write programs with playing cards.
- What you get - Robot Turtles is one of ThinkFun's best games for kids ages 4 and up. It was designed by programming expert Dan Shapiro and was the most-backed board game in Kickstarter history when first released. For 2-5 players, includes What you get cardboard and cardstock components.
- Clear instructions – Easy to learn with a clear, high quality instruction manual. You can start playing immediately!
- Parents and children play together - Robot Turtles was designed for parents and children to have a fun play experience together, which makes this preschool game a great gift for either parents or boys and girls ages 4 and up.
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From the manufacturer
A Fun Way to Learn Code!
The most backed board game in Kickstarter history sneakily teaches preschoolers the fundamentals of programming, from coding to functions, while making silly turtle noises! Takes seconds to learn, minutes to play and provides endless learning opportunities. Before you know it, your little one will be writing computer games rather than just playing them!
Set up the game board with the Turtle Tile in the corner and the Jewel Tile in the center.
Use Code Cards (Forward, Left, and Right) to program the Turtle.
Reach the Jewel Tile and unlock the next level of play!
Two words: Robot Turtles. This game teaches kids 4+ the ins and outs of programming in a fun, tactile game. Perfect for 2-5 players, this game has levels of increasing difficulty, introducing obstacles and more complex Code Cards. Beginner to Advanced levels will make it a family favorite for many years!
From the Manufacturer
Robot Turtles is a board game for kids inspired by the Logo programming language. It provides crucial brain development and computer programming skills to children as young as 4 years old in the context of family fun. Players dictate the movements of their Robot Turtle tokens on a game board by playing Code Cards: Forward, Left and Right. When a player's Robot Turtle reaches a jewel they win! If they make a mistake, they can use a Bug Card to undo a move. The game has many levels so, as the players advance, they will encounter obstacles like Ice Walls and use more complex Code Cards (like lasers to melt the walls). Play continues until all players collect a jewel, so everyone wins. Beginner to Advanced levels will make it a family favorite for many years. It includes a large Game Board, 40 Tiles, 4 Robot Turtle Tiles, 4 Jewel Tiles, 4 Code Card Decks (45 cards in each deck) and instructions. 2-5 players can play at once and everyone who gets the Robot Jewel wins.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts, not for children under 3 years. Ages 4+
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I haven't explained the sub-routine element to her yet, but the instruction sets are so limited that I really wonder how often anyone uses these in a meaningful way. Sub-routines are an important element of streamlining a program. But, this doesn't seem to be a practical component of the game.
I probably am being generous with three stars, because I wish I didn't buy it. But, it was so well done that I gave it one or two mercy stars.
It's a very simplistic game, and while it offers different ways to play for different levels of skill, there's never much complexity or challenge, unless you set it up to be really challenging by placing lots of obstacles in your way. There isn't any game mechanic that inherently introduces challenge, or makes it necessary to adapt or react or think on the fly. You just place tiles in your way, then show how you'd get around them.
For a 9 year old this got old pretty fast, even faster for me as the parent. There wasn't enough "game" to it to make it fun enough to want to play more than once, and if it's not fun and game-like, I might as well just sit her down and teach her coding concepts myself.
Actually, the best thing to do would probably be to look around the internet for the various free resources for teaching kids coding. A lot of them are much more fun and just as effective. Check out Thinkersmith and their offerings for instance.
It's great that there's more and more stuff to introduce coding to kids, just have to be aware that each item probably only fits for a very narrow age range. If it's simple enough for preschoolers, it's probably too simple for 2nd and 3rd graders.
My grandson loves this game, and I love that it makes him consider his moves carefully and will encourage him to plan ahead. This will probably be a good game to introduce before chess.
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My five year old totally got the sequence thing really quickly and there doesn't seem any way to expand the game beyond that.