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Fisher-Price Think and Learn Code-a-Pillar Toy

£32.90
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The Fisher-Price Code-a-Pillar is one of the ‘Think and Learn’ toys which is like a step up from your standard ABC-123 learning toys.

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Jennifer Watts

24th August 2016

By Jennifer Watts

Mum, Wife, Gadget Lover & Foodie


A lot of toys today are either just for fun (which I hate), or just educational (which my daughter hates!) and it’s really rare to find something that’s the perfect combination of both, but the Code-a-Pillar manages it. I think this is one of the best toys I’ve ever bought, and you really can’t argue with the price.

The Fisher-Price Code-a-Pillar is one of the ‘Think and Learn’ toys which is like a step up from your standard ABC-123 learning toys. You have a caterpillar head, and then 8 body sections that each have a symbol on them which could indicate a 90 degree left turn, a 360 degree right turn, and so on. Kids can arrange the body sections however they want, and then set the Code-a-Pillar off. He’ll follow the path in order of the body sections, so he’ll go a different way each time. It also comes with target discs so you can set these down and challenge the kids to get the Code-a-Pillar from one to the other.

I had some family ask what my daughter might like for her last birthday, and I asked them to buy some extra body pieces so we could make the Code-a-Pillar more challenging. It’s great that you can buy more pieces, because it means this is a toy that can grow with your child as they learn and develop more.

Great for Budding Developers

My husband is a Software Engineer, and he practically wet himself when he saw this toy. He’s been wanting to teach our daughter the basics of coding for a while now, but all the apps he’s found have just been a little too old for her. Although the code-a-pillar is like the uber basic, he says it’s actually a really good introduction to coding and this is a toy he’s really happy to sit down and play with her for hours and she loves it when he sets up the target discs and has to arrange the Code-a-Pillar to get to the target.

Age

The box says this toy is for 3 to 6 year olds, which is a bit surprising. My daughter is 5, and although I wouldn’t normally buy her a Fisher-Price toy at this age, I think this is ideal for her, and I think she probably has a good few years left of use in it! I think kids of different ages will get different things from it. My little nephew likes just seeing the Code-a-Pillar light up, but my daughter is really into figuring out the path. She’ll sit for ages working out the best combination and ordering, which keeps her quiet!

Aesthetics

I think this toy looks great. I always wanted to be one of these mums that only had nice-looking wooden toys for her kids rather than all the cheap plastic stuff. It didn’t happen, but I have tried to limit the amount of ugly plastic toys in our house. The Code-a-Pillar is one toy I really don’t mind having out when we have guests round. I think because it’s not just random blocks of colour, but instead it’s a clean white mixed with translucent colour blocks, it really looks attractive. I know not everyone is quite as fussy as I am, but if you hate ugly toys, then you’ll like this. Probably the best looking Fisher-Price toy there is!

Downsides?

I love this toy, and there’s only one thing that bugs me - you need hard floors! Most of our floors are carpeted, and the only areas where we have hard floors are smaller areas which don’t really provide the space we need to play properly. Not a problem if you’ve got hardwood flooring, lino, or laminate though!

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  • Age: 3-6 Years
  • Weight: 1.4 kg
  • Dimensions: 41 x 10.2 x 33 cm
  • Batteries: 4 x AA
  • Model Number: DKT39
  • Sections: 3 x straight, 2 x right, 2 x left, 1 x sound, 1 x head

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