Getting your kids into coding!
Are you looking for a fun toy that will help kids practice important skills for the future? You’ll want to check out the Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set. Programming the robot mouse is a wonderful, screen-free introduction to coding for kids. It works on if-then logic, problem solving, correcting errors, and critical thinking. These skills will help kids be successful innovators and leaders in the future.
The Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set is recommended for ages 5 and up. My daughter is 3 and half and she loves playing with the robot mouse, too. The way she plays is a lot different than the way my 7-year-old son plays. She needs more support and can’t really play by herself. This makes it a great activity for us to do together.
The goal is to help Colby, the robot mouse, travel through the maze to reach the cheese. You can choose one of 20 activity cards to design a maze or create your own. The set comes with 16 green maze grids, 22 purple maze walls, and 3 orange tunnels. Push buttons on the top of the mouse to tell Colby which way to go. The set also comes with coding cards to help you lay out your program.
To help Lily program the mouse, I had her walk the mouse through the maze. We used the coding cards to write down the program. The cards have arrows on them that correspond to the buttons on the mouse. In the picture above, you can see Colby moving through the maze. He went forward, turned right, and moved forward again to reach the cheese.
The activity cards start simple with needing only a few steps to reach the cheese. Then, they get more difficult. There are often multiple ways to reach the cheese.
For larger mazes, Lily likes to program one step at a time. She pushes one button and then presses the go button. Then, she programs the second step by pushing the next button. Lily places the mouse back to the start and presses go. The mouse will complete both steps. We continue adding steps and starting at the beginning to check our progress. I recommend using the coding cards to keep track of your steps with this method. If you make a mistake, press the yellow circle to clear the program and start over. You can read the coding cards to program the mouse again up to the point you made a mistake.
Creating mazes for the robot mouse is something my kids like to do together. They often build their own mazes and then figure out how to get the mouse to the cheese.
I think the tunnels are my kids’ favorite part of the maze. They love watching Colby go through them. Aiden designed the maze below with the cheese just after the tunnels.
Colby is on his way to the cheese!
You can change the arrangement of the maze tiles. They don’t have to be in a 4X4 grid. You can make a lot of different paths with the maze tiles.
The robot mouse can travel on different surfaces. He doesn’t have to stay on the maze tiles. My kids like to use the purple maze walls and tunnels to create mazes on the floor.
They also found out that Colby will push or pull the cheese around.
They thought this was extra fun. I love it when my kids create games on their own.