The Think and Learn Code-a-Pillar is the most recent offering in Fisher Price’s range of Think & Learn toys. Basically it is a fun way for children and grandchildren to learn a variety of skills through experimentation.
A motorized bug with eyes that blink and lights that flash, the code-a-pillar has a further 8 segments that connect together and move in different directions. There are also two destination targets with the goal being for the code-a-pillar to reach the target.
In addition, you can get several different reasonably priced add on segments you can buy to add more value to the toy. They are, of course, not ‘must haves’ but if your kid is already getting a lot of use out of it then they could make a nice addition.
We would say both boys and girls would enjoy playing and learning with this toy, and the recommended age range is from three to six years. We believe it could appeal to older and younger children as well. Most likely between two and seven years old in our estimation.
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Thumbs Up Points
For starters, we appreciate the fact that it actually came with batteries straight out of the box well done Fisher Price!
The primary feature we enjoyed about this toy is that it should have some longevity and the various uses for the toy will grow with the child. A younger child might appreciate the sounds and lights and the caterpillar crawling about the floor but as the child gets older it can work on the problem solving and puzzle aspects of this toy.
Another fun feature is that it glows in the dark and lights up with different colors.
Thumbs Down Points
If space is an issue, for example if you live in a smaller sized apartment or a lot of clutter we would suggest looking for another educational toy for your child as this one needs a fair amount of room and ideally a hard wood floor or a thin rug or carpet. One reviewer suggested an empty garage.
The toy is really quite loud and there is no volume control, which we think is an oversight.
Value in a Nutshell
There is no question that this educational caterpillar has replay value so it shouldn’t be one of those toys that get relegated to the back of the toy cupboard. In our opinion the price tag of just a shade below fifty bucks is a fair price but if it is used a lot it could eat up a lot of batteries, so do factor that into the cost.
What Consumers Are Saying
Average customer review on Amazon.com rating at 4.4 out of five stars.
The code-a-pilllar is a very cool concept; a caterpillar with different segments, each of which contains a simple command (turn right, go straight, play music)
This is one of the most fun ways I’ve seen to teach procedural thinking in a long time. It doesn’t feel like “coding” and it is designed in a way that should appeal to all genders!
I noticed one criticism from others is that it always crashes before it completes all the commands. We have the smallest living room on earth, and we do fine, so I wouldn’t let this dissuade you.
Availability of the Think & Learn Code-a-pillar is more or less ubiquitous at most online stores and we are guessing some local toy shops. Amazon has it available and you can read user reviews about it here.
And in Conclusion
This is a nice interactive educational toy that when we read the online reviews we learned that parents are enjoying playing with alongside their youngsters. It’s getting some good reviews from moms and dads online and it’s a great fun way to teach young kids logic and problem solving in a fun way.