Disclosure: I was sent the Fisher-Price Codeapillar for review purposes, pictures and opinions are my own.
What do you think of the toys of today’s kids? I find them amazing. The amount of knowledge and learning it does is something that leaves me in awe. I was recently sent a Fisher-Price Code-a-pillar, or Caterpillar, or Codeapillar according to my son. This is geared to help develop the minds of children ages 3-6 yrs old in problem solving, planning, sequencing and critical thinking. These tech toys provide a fun and educational experience. Codeapillar will influence how children will learn, build, and grow. With these new Kids Tech products/gadgets and learning apps, keeping your kids engaged couldn’t be easier.
I was so excited to got selected to review the Code-a-pillar because I have little inventors in this house and everyone loves technology. Last school year I was told by Little A’s (age 8 at the time) teacher that he wasn’t very up-to-date on today’s technology. The lack of him having a computer was hurting him in class. I knew right then things would change all the way down to his little sibling, Nicoli. BabyGirl turns 13 years old next month and is all about science (she went to Stem camp this past Fall)
It wasn’t shocking that she was excited to show her 3 yr old brother all about the code-a-pillar and how it works. Course it didn’t take him long to figure it out, he even figured out that when the code-a-pillar runs into something it says “uh oh.” He knew he needed to turn it around and push the button to start it again.
I love that he is able to figure out he can control the direction this little bug does by simply changing direction piece and attaching it. For those that do not know the Code-a-pillar comes with the head (brain), 8 direction pieces a stop block and a go targets. There are 2 right, 2 left, 3 straight and the noise piece. Have your little guy/girl set up their code-a-pillar and ask them if they can figure out which way it will go and when.
He’s figured out it must light up the whole bug before it starts the directions. The pieces snap together just like a USB which makes it easy for little hands. They are also light in weight so you don’t have to worry about them being too heavy for your child to pick up. They even have cards inside the box for them to follow the codes.
I did think by placing the green and red targets on the ground they would go to and from but that wasn’t our case. But if you start it at the green and have them go the direction they think it will go and place the red at the end it becomes a great guessing game for them. As they figure them out have them try putting obstacles on the course, make sure it’ll be able to get under or around them or it will go off course. Nicoli loves to be the bridge and have it go under him. Sadly when it comes to technology, while I love to learn about it I must ask my kids to turn on the DVR, etc. I am finally learning how to get the flat screen from tv mode to netflix mode or mode to turn it on for one of the machines for the kids to play games.
I highly recommend this little brainy toy for all children 3-6 years old because it teaches them so much more than you think. If you have any kids about this age you may want to think about heading over to Best Buy and pick up one of these Code-a-Pillar for them. ($49.99 plus FREE S&H) I know my kids are liking this little caterpillar as my young ones like to call her.
Tip: Do not use on the carpet, it’ll cause it to jam up and you’ll have to take all the tiny hair pieces out one by one. Using it on a flat surface helps to avoid most debris from getting in it.
Disclosure: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.