Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 5 year-old ++
Who would love this: Parents/ young kids who are looking for a smart coding / STEM/ screen-free technology / robotic toy with BIG potential!
Our local toy library has a first generation Botley, and it has always been the boy’s favourite item to bring home (if we are lucky enough - because Botley is super popular and is always “on loan”.). Thanks to Clover Street, we have now officially “adopted” a Botley 2.0 Coding Robot from Learning Resources ! We are OVER THE MOON, and I can’t wait to tell you more about this smart robot that has just joined our family!
Why I love ❤️ this toy:
(1) Learn Coding / Pre-Programming - Botley is a coding robot for kids as young as 5. The set comes with a 6-directional “remote programmer”. BUT, this is not your usual remote control - It doesn’t give us “instant satisfaction” or free movement command. To make Botley moves and performs tricks, we need to plan ahead and key in the instructions in advance. And that’s exactly what sets Botley apart from most RC monster trucks / robots in market. Kids can learn about sequencing, creating algorithms, and pre-programming. Botley is screen-free, meaning, no iPad or tablet or any downloadable app is needed. The kit includes other accessories such as removable “head gears”, detachable arms, coding cards, obstacle pieces etc. The new Botley can follow a sequence of up to 150 steps (130 steps for previous version), and perform a new skill of “45-degree turns”. It can push a ball around, navigate a maze, detect and avoid obstacles (with OD sensor).
(2) Night Vision & Light Up In The Dark - Botley 2.0 has night vision and light up eyes. We love to devise our visually-colourful light-show. There is also a “ghost” mode (with cute sound effect and “spooky” blue light in the dark) when we key in the secret code.
(3) Pre-Set "Secret" Codes - The instruction guidance has pre-set codes that can transform Botley into a police car (with blaring siren), choo-choo train, shark attack (with bubbling water sound), stomping dinosaur and many more! Our favourite is the hilarious “yikes” mode - Botley would funnily roll away in “disgust” no matter what random item we placed in front of it.
(4) Follow The Black Line - I love the “line mode”. Botley has sensor that can detect black line on white paper and it would scoot gracefully along the line (the kit includes 6 white boards with lines for this fun experiment!).
# gifted in exchange for review
Where to buy this:
The Creative Toy Shop (Australia)
OfficeMax (New Zealand)
Enjoy the video!