Code-a-Pillar Think & Learn is an impressive new (2016) STEM learning toy for preschoolers. In fact, after reviewing it, Code-a-Pillar now tops of my list for educational holiday gifts for preschoolers and older. (Ages 3 – 8)
Impressive New Tech Toy for 2016: Code-a-Pillar
Each segment of the Code-a-Pillar is a mini program for how the toy will move, straight, turn right, turn left, with a bonus sound segment in purple.
Connect the segments easily by plugging them into each other. Put them in different orders to make the Code-a-Pillar do unique programs. Each new arrangement will have your Code-a-Pillar going distinct directions at different moments, depending on the order of code.
The Code-a-Pillar also comes with a green start circle and red end circle. Use these to try to get from the start to finish only using your coding abilities –and trial and error, of course.
This toys builds a child’s knowledge about the foundation of coding: knowing that mini programs like turning left or going straight can combine into a larger program that does something. (If you’re familiar with Scratch, it’s just like that free programming site but hands-on and for younger kids.)
What my kids loved about this tech toy (and they are WAY older then the target demographic of preschoolers) is how much FUN it was.
We think it’s an engaging, cool toy that kids will want to play with again and again.
Since it’s also STEM skill building, develops problem solving, and is open-ended, it’s a learning toy that I fully endorse. It would be a great gift for the 2016 holiday season.
Go to my STEM Gift Guide for more STEM toys like this one.
I’m not often impressed by electronic toys but I really am with this one.