When Learning Resources offered me to review Botley the coding robot. I thought this would be a great opportunity for Lily to learn something new.
I wasn't 100% what Lily would think and wether it would be something that would interest her but I was so pleased to find out that she absolutely loved him.
So a little bit about Botley.
Botley is the cutest little robot, and his job is to follow instructions that are coded by you.
You can make Botley -
Move Forward (one step at a time)
Reverse (one step at a time)
Make a Sound
And replay a sequence
Learning Resources sent us 2 sets. One was The Botley The Coding Robot Activity Set and the other was the action challenge accessory set set.
The Activity Set comes with 77 pieces in total. It includes -
A remote programmer
Detachable Robot Arms
40 Coding Cards
6 Double sided Tiles
27 Obstacle Building Pieces
Starter Guide with Coding Challenges
Then Botley was ready to be played with. You then need to switch him on and choose which mode you want him in. Underneath him there is a little switch with off, code and line.
For this mode you can use the line side of the 6 tiles that are provided. You put them together like a jigsaw and place Botley at the start of the line. He will detect the line and start to follow it. Lily was so impressed with it and she kept saying things like "good boy" as he managed to complete the task. Botley will follow any bold black line so you could even draw out your own paths for Botley to follow.
To make Botley complete a corse of instructions you simple press what you would like him to do. So for example, Forward, Forward, Left, Forward, Right, Forward. you then press the giant green button on the top and Botley will move in the way you have told him too.
We did this for a little while before we decided to try something else. You can make it so then if Botley spots something in his path then he will move and change corse. For this you programme an original code, and then a secondary code to which Botley takes on when he spots something in his way. He makes cute noises when something blocks him which Lily thought was adorable.
The Action Challenge Accessory Set has 40 pieces in total. It includes
A Swinging Hammer,
30 Small Dominoes
an Activity Guide
For this you need quite a hard surface for it to work best. A lot of the dominoes wont stand up on a carpet we found.
Lily has really enjoyed Botley and has taken so much more interest in him than I thought she would. Lily is only 4 and this toy is recommended for children aged 5, so I am looking forward to see how well she does with this toy when she is older.
The Botley Activity Set is £79.00 and is well worth the money for the amount he does. The Accessory Set is £15 and is a great add on for when your child is developing their programming skills.
Head to the Learning Resource Website to see more about Botley.
What do you like about Botley the Coding Robot?