We’ve had a little robot visitor, he came in a box with his accessories. I’ve got a 9 year old boy, a 7 year old girl and a soon to be 4 year old boy. Botley the coding robot from Learning Resources is geared towards the younger end, although the age range says from 5 years and up. I think 8/9 is the upper end possibly.
What you get inside the box
Botley comes with instructions, 2 cones, 2 balls, 6 hazard sticks, Botley the robot, remote control, reversible cards, flags, circle, mini bots, cards, flags and arms for Botley. You will need 5 x AAA batteries which are not included. These are for the remote control and for the robot.
Botley himself is sturdy and has a cute face. All the children have enjoyed playing with it, and they can easily work out how to do it. Daniel likes it the most, he’s nearly 4. Excuse the sultry cat in the background.
Botley the coding robot retails at £65 which is quite pricey but the technology does a lot. You can programme different activities for him to do and using the reversible cards you could for example, tell Botley to go to the blue and then the green card. You can use the arms to carry the balls to the target circle. You can make him dizzy, say hi and more. Flip the cards over and Botley will follow the black line. You can also draw your own black line on some paper with a marker to follow. In fact, Botley can perform a sequence of steps as he avoids obstacles, manoeuvers courses and moves objects. You will be teaching the children important technology skills they can use in later life. It makes a great Christmas or birthday gift. You can get yours from most toy shops, or from Amazon, I’ve included the link for you below, just click on the image.
Disclosure: we were gifted the robot for this review. All opinions my own.