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Kids can learn and practice the step-by-step logic of programming as well as use one octave of a scale to make music. There's no direct instruction about music or notes, but kids can easily pick up on the tunes. The programming involved is more limited than some of the other Wonder Workshop apps. Curious kids who have both robots may enjoy experimenting to see how Dot responds to Xylo's music. Though not perfect, Xylo for Dash Robot is a fun way to combine music and robotics for young kids.
Ease of Play
Young kids will need help connecting the xylophone and mallet to the robot, and the pieces will need adjusting as kids play.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
A xylophone, a robot, and a tablet is a winning combination; unfortunately, the instrument moves and goes out of tune, and the robot pauses between moves which changes the rhythms of the songs. Kids will appreciate the nice selection of songs included and the option to add their own notes to those or to create their own original songs, but the limited moves and painfully off notes may cause kids to quickly tire of making robot music. Though the robots are prohibitively expensive for many families, the potential for learning and fun is great, and perhaps the prices will fall over time.
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