By Greta Jenkins

This STEM toy is kid tested and approved. Build your maze, and code Colby, the programmable robot mouse. Direct him make his way through the twists and turns to find the cheese! We tested this toy with girls and boys ages 5 , 8  and 10  to see if  this toy was educational, engaging and fun.

Importance of STEM Skills

We chose a STEM toy because of our ever-growing technological world. The need to learn STEM,  Science, Technology Engineering and Math, skills is more important that ever for our children.

Luckily, there are new educational toys making it possible and fun for everyone.

STEM Toy Test Results:

10 years olds could easily set up the maze , program the mouse and stayed engaged because of the many different configurations they could make with the maze.  They remained engaged for about 45 minutes and built mazes included in the game card pack as well as creating his own designs.

8 year olds were able to easily program the mouse and set up the maze.  Programing cards included with the toy helped them set up a maze in ways that challenged their coding skills and the mouse! They remained engaged for about 1 1/2 hours.

5 year olds had a more difficult time doing the programing but a few lessons from a parent and they were able to program Colby the mouse robot.  They also needed parental assist to set up the maze the first few times but then could do it on their own.  They remained engaged playing with the robot and the maze for about 40 minutes.

We Recommend – Surefire Top Christmas Toy for 2017

Code and Go™ – Mouse Robot is truly a top  choice for a STEM Toy  for Christmas 2017. Kids will learn import STEM skill while having fun.  It’s a hands-on methods way to teach coding with and logical thinking to boys and girls ages 5 and over. Definitely a great introduction to coding for young children.

About Code and Go™ Mouse Robot

This Learning Resources set includes 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge, and Activity Guide to provide the perfect hands-on introduction to coding concepts.

Create your path with 16 maze grids to create a 20″ x 20″ maze board, 22 maze walls, and 3 tunnels for endless possibilities. Colby lights-up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds along with colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing.

Add multiple players with Jack, the Programmable Robot Mouse (LER 2841), sold separately. Colby measures 4″L and requires 3 AAA batteries (not included). Winner, ASTRA Best Toys for Kids 2016 – Learning Play Category. Toy rated for age 5 and over

More resources for kids to learn STEM skills:

Multiplication: Teaching It Pain-free

https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/inspire-math/

 

Survey Shows How To Engage Students in Science, Technology ,Engineering and Math (STEM)

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Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins has been writing for Families Online Magazine since 2004. She is a mom, nurse andcommunity volunteer.
Greta Jenkins
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