As a homeschooling mom, I am constantly on the look-out for fun and educational ways to teach the children. When I was given the chance to check out this Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set from Learning Resources, I jumped at the opportunity.
The idea behind this set is to help kick start the learning process for basic coding and allows you to tell the mouse (who is called Colby, by the way) to go in different directions, mapping out a route from start to finish based on the structure of your maze or area of "play".
We took time to build up the play area and set out a little maze with our cheese at the end for the mouse's final destination. I showed the children how to program the mouse and, though it was a little confusing, it is easy to start to understand that if you press this for X amount of times and that for Y amount of times then the mouse will end up at point Z.
My son, who is 3, is not particularly interested in the programming process, yet, but loves to watch the mouse move around and get the cheese, so this is not an activity set meant for younger children. However, my 5 year old had a lot of fun inputting the commands for the mouse to move, figuring out new routes as the mazes changed and randomly programming the mouse to see where it might go,
There are 83 pieces in this set, which is enough to make all of the suggestions on the cards and to ignite a child's curiosity and imagination, while having fun and learning at the same time.
My daughter has been able to learn how to input the code for the mouse all by herself now, and is working on some of the more complex cards, but she really enjoys the reward of watching that mouse go exactly where she wants it to be. So much fun and something she can use for a long while, and which can be shared with my younger son as he grows, too - truly a gift that keeps on giving.
The Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set is high on our list of must-have gifts this year and you can find them in lots of your favorite stores, as well as at the Learning Resources website, HERE!
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