Jul 052016
 
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Home and work computers were just coming on the scene when I was a kid.  My Dad had to take a computer class when I was five or six, and because of that we ended up with one of the popular home computers from the early 80s.

STEM learning is fun for preschoolers with the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-PillarViews From the ‘Ville has received the Code-a-Pillar for free in order to review.

He had a book on coding, and I remember he let me read through it and play around with the computer.  I was really young, but I had such a good time making the screen change colors or play music or other things.  It set the stage for a love of computers and coding that I still have now.

STEM learning is fun for preschoolers with the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar

Teaching preschoolers and kindergarteners the basics of coding is even easier now.  No clunky keyboards or thick instruction manuals are needed when you have the cute new Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar from Fisher-Price.

Each Code-a-Pillar segment sends him in a different direction

The Code-a-Pillar is a hands-on learning toy that teaches kids problem-solving, critical thinking skills, and planning & sequencing.  By arranging the eight included segments in different ways, kids can send the Code-a-Pillar rolling off on a projected path.

Each Code-a-Pillar segment connects to the others & the base via USB ports

Included segments include 1 sound segment, 3 straights, 2 right turns and 2 left turns.  They attach to each other, as well as the caterpillar’s motorized head, through what are basically USB ports.

Code-a-Pillar lights up as he moves

Once your kiddos attach each piece in whatever order they want, they can press the button the base and watch him “read” the sequence as each piece lights up.  A few seconds later and he’s on his way.

Kids can code the Code-a-Pillar along a path to reach a target

Included are two targets that kids can try and have Code-a-Pillar reach based on their coding.  Bubbles had the most fun setting up an obstacle course for him, though, sending him under tables, around chairs and more.

Each Code-a-Pillar segment lights up as he moves

While not every “suggested age” for toys is accurate, the 3-6 target for Code-a-Pillar seems spot-on.  You’ll be able to order him soon from Best Buy.  Additional expansion packs with more directional segments, plus sound and light ones, will also be available.

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar Starter Kit

Would you child love to play with Code-a-Pillar?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

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