Preschool Toys Fisher Price Code a Pillar Review

Published on February 13th, 2017 | by Tae

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Fisher Price Code a Pillar Review – Coding For Kids

Fisher Price Code a Pillar Review – Coding For Kids Tae
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Summary: Great way to get your child thinking and learning!

4.1

Amazing Toy!


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Today I’ll be reviewing the much anticipated, for us anyway, Code a Pillar toy by Fisher Price, part of their Think & Learn range! This toy promises to go beyond teaching and encourage your little ones to think for themselves. Here’s our Fisher Price Code a Pillar Review;

RRP

    • £49.99
    • 3-6 Years
    • 4 AA Batteries


Fisher Price Code a Pillar Review

Visuals

Visually, the Code a Pillar is pretty damn snazzy.  Again, as usual with Fisher Price, there’s a high quality to the toy, and it just looks quite fantastic in my opinion. Kinda futuristic! It’s a nice size too, just over a foot, maybe about a foot and a half without expansions. The Code a Pillar lights up when it’s performing its code, each segment of the code it’s reading will light up and flash, as well as it’s eyes.

Dimensions; 41 x 10.2 x 33 cm

Fisher Price Code a Pillar Review

Features

So, what does the Code a Pillar actually do? The aim of the game is to code your Code a Pillar to make it take a certain route by putting the segments together to tell the toy its path. Each segment has a direction on it and are connected via male/female USB ports. There are 2 mat/coaster like things included, they depict a beginning point and an end point. So if your kid needs bit of a challenge, he can try and get the toy from point A to point B by coding it.

The Code a Pillar comes with 8 segments and it’s head. There are 7 direction segments; 3 straight, 2 left and 2 right and also a music segment. Your Code a Pillar can have up to 15 segments attached at any time, different segments are available in expansion packs such as, Master Moves, Silly Sounds and Lights and just some basic directions.

Fisher Price Code a Pillar Review

Wow, is all I can really say. This toy is so educational and encouraging to children, that I’m kinda jealous I didn’t have one when I was a kid. It’s a breath of fresh air when it comes to kids toys. The Code a Pillar is an important step into bringing preschool toys into the here and now. Instead of heavily focusing on ABCs, 123’s, animal sounds, whatever, this toy is introducing preschool aged children to the world of code. Obviously it’s not actual code, but it shows your children that they can make the toy do what they want by listing certain commands. It blows my mind!

There’s so much mental energy put into playing with this toy too, especially if they try to get the Code a Pillar to go a certain route or avoid a makeshift obstacle course. It can really challenge your little ones, which I think is fantastic.

Code a Pillar works better on smooth, flat floors but it does work okay on my living room rug. (Disclaimer; it’s not a fancy thick rug) and I haven’t tested it on a carpet but I’d guess it would work okay as long as it isn’t too thick.

The only issue I have with Code a Pillar is that it’s such a great toy, your kids are gonna want more bits to code him with. The expansion packs are about £20 each for 3 pieces and I even found a really cool piece (360 degree turn) but it was priced at £29. Now that’s steep. I don’t know if it’s because that part gets imported from America and isn’t sold here in retail yet, but I was kinda gutted. It would be such a fun part.

Other than that, Code a Pillar is a solid toy. It’s mentally engaging, challenging and fun. It’s definitely kept my older two kids quite and entertained since it arrived. Apart from the price, I genuinely can’t fault it. Fisher Price have done a fantastic job again!

Like Fisher Price? Check out my other Fisher Price reviews here;

Laugh & Learn Puppy

BeatBo

Build-a-Beat

Musical Stroll Along Walker

 

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