Botley the Coding Robot (from Learning Resources) is pretty unique for a modern coding toy because it doesn’t require any screen time. My daughter is just getting into science kits and toys and was delighted when we were sent our very own Botley for the purpose of this review!
This cool little robot teaches children aged 5+how coding works and let’s them learn how to instruct Botley to follow certain commands. It’s mostly aimed t children aged 5-9, but my 9-year-old daughter has been playing with it and it wasn’t too young for her, so I think if you’ve got a child interested in this sort of stuff, it would probably even wow a 10 or 11-year-old.
Teach Botley to move objects, knock down bricks, follow an obstacle course and play at an egg and spoon race!
Botley the Coding Robot: What’s in the Box?
The 77 piece Botley set contains:
- Botley robot
- Remote programmer
- Detachable robot arms
- 40 coding cards
- 6 boards
- 8 sticks
- 12 cubes
- 2 cones
- 2 flags
- 2 balls
- 1 goal
- 1 sticker sheet
5 AAA batteries are required in total, but not included.
What can Botley do?
Botley can follow simple code, black lines and even move balls and blocks.
We have laminate in our hallway, so it seemed like the most sensible place to give Botley a whirl. We tried the simple programs from the instruction booklet first of all, but Emma felt confident to make up her own after she’d mastered those.
You can use the coding cards to help remember the sequence, they are colour coded to match the buttons on the remote for ease of use. I liked this because I think it helps with the learning aspect of this kit.
I also rather enjoyed the detachable robot arms.
The arms not only made our robot friend look extra cute and cheeky, but they can make him move the balls and blocks you get in the kit. Botley has an object detection feature, but this doesn’t work when the arms are on.
It’s also noting that if you’re too far away when using the remote, it won’t pick up the signal.
What we thought of Botley the coding robot
My daughter loves him! My son, although just below the recommended age, is really keen on him to and loves to watch his sister control the friendly-looking robot.
I think it’s a really cool toy with the added bonus of teaching children something in a way that pretty much disguises that its educational! I love it and would recommend it to anyone who has a child interested in this sort of thing. A double thumbs up from me!
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