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Think & Learn Code-a-pillar

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Dancing caterpillar gives young kids easy intro to coding.

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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

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age 3+

Based on 1 parent review

age 3+

Fun, active and learning toy but a bit complicated

I really like this toy! Former teacher of computer skills grades K-8 I'm not sure how much it has to do with "coding" per se, but my son loves to rearrange the pieces to go straight, left and right. It took a while to figure out the noises/soundtrack and to wait after pushing the button for him to start moving. I have not tried the app either but it's good to know it can turn off the soundtrack and error noises if they begin to annoy you. Overall I think it's a fun toy and even my younger toddler enjoys scooting around the floor to follow the caterpillar around. For the price, I'd look for a used one at once upon a child or eBay before paying $50.

Is It Any Good?

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Things start out slowly but get more exciting as kids level up and program complicated paths to lead Code-a-pillar to its target. Overall, Think & Learn Code-a-pillar is very complex and rich for a free app, but there are a few drawbacks. The early levels are not explained fully or well, so parents may need to help kids plug through to get to higher levels, where the app starts to shine a bit brighter. Even on higher levels, however, there remain a few issues that could cause confusion, such as commands that don't match the true direction that Code-a-pillar needs to travel (e.g., the "straight" command points up, but going straight can sometimes mean moving to the right, left, or down). The leaf-feeding interludes don't tie in smoothly to the coding, though they get more challenging as kids level up. And that techno electronica music soundtrack will be exciting and fun for some but annoying for others, so it's great that it can be turned off on the home screen. For little kids, this is a cute coding activity that doesn't carry any of the pitfalls of so many free apps.

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