Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 2 year-old ++
I like open-ended natural-material toys, but I also think coding toys are pretty awesome, especially a screen-free one that can be played and understood by young kids. This Coding Express by LEGO education is one that I personally love and enjoy playing with my two monkeys.
Why I love ❤️ this toy:
(1) Lego Building Time - it’s Lego Duplo! So before we can start any actual coding, kids need to spend time constructing the objects: a train, a castle-playground, a fishing boat, a fuel station, a train stop, train tracks and any other Duplo creations that the kids can think of.
(2) Push-And-Go Train Engine - the set comes with a clever push-and-go train engine that can detect and follow instructions of the “action bricks” - Red brick means “stop”, green means “change of direction”, blue means “stop for fuel”, yellow brick makes a train sound, white brick triggers light on and off. Kids can place these action bricks on the train tracks, and watch how the train acts according to the pre-planned instructions when it passes over them. We had loads of fun trying out different plans and actions, and watch the train reacted accurately on each step. The boy was eager to design and watch the train performs each action at the “correct timing”, eg stopping for fuel when it arrives at the fuel station, turning backwards when arriving at the end of track etc.
(3) App Experience - There is also an optional app which enhances the experience of play if you need some educative screen-time with kids.
Enjoy the video!