Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar Introduction
Fisher Price have a Think & Learn range and this toy is a popular addition to that range. It is a fun way for your child to learn a number of important skills by experimenting and working things out.
This clever educational toy is a motorised caterpillar head which has blinking eyes and sound, and lights up. There are a further eight caterpillar segments that connect to the caterpillar head and move in different directions.
The goal is to use the right segments to make the code-a-pillar correctly reach the destination target. The package comes with two destination targets.
You can buy add-on segments which can add to the playing life of the toy. They are not necessary for your child to enjoy the toy and therer is enough out of the box to keep them happy. But the add on segments are quite reasonably priced and may extend the life of the toy to your child as they get used to it.
Think & Learn Code-a-pillar Summary Features
- Educational toy teaches logic while giving great fun
- Children connect the segments in sequence to tell Code-A-Pillar go forward, right, left or wherever they choose
- As each segment comes into play it lights up!
- Motorized head segment brings the Code-a-Pillar to life with sounds, blinking eyes and sound!
- Challenge your child to connect the segments in a configuration that gets it to the targets
How much does Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar cost?
You should be able to get this toy for about $40, although the recommended retail price is $50.00.
The add on segments cost $4.99 each. The head comes with 9 segments and you can connect up to 13 in total.
Who would you buy the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar for?
Fisher Price suggest an age range of between 3 and 6 years. We think that both boys and girls would enjoy playing with this toy and benefit from the learning while playing it. It would probably also appeal to children a little bit older and a little bit younger.
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What did we like about the Think & Learn Code-a-pillar?
The very first thing we noticed was that the toy came with a set of batteries so you didn’t have to go hunting for some before your child can use the toy. More toy manufacturers should do this.
The main thing we liked is that this toy appeals to children of different ages in different ways.
The younger 3 year old will appreciate the sounds and the bright lights, and the fact that the toy caterpillar crawls all over the floor.
But as they get older, they will appreciate more the puzzle aspects of this toy and they will start to develop their proble solving skills using it to make it reach the target.
This means that if you buy this this toy for your 3 year old, there should be some longevity as it will last them some years as they develop and use different aspects of it.
On a more basic level, the bright lights and the fact that it is a glow in the dark caterpillar are really cool!
What things didn’t we didn’t like about the Code-a-pillar?
It’s not going to be a lot of fun if you live in a small apartment or a very cluttered house.
This toy needs a fair bit of floor space to allow it to move around according to the segment configuration, which could be set wrong and take it all over the place!
It also ideally needs to be used on a solid floor ie wood or tiles, or on a thin carpet or rug.
We’re not convinced how well it would run on your living room deep shag-pile carpet.
Finally, although it may appeal to the kids, this toy is fairly loud and has no volume control.
Is the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar worth the money?
Because of the fact that the use of this toy will change as your child develops, it shouldn’t be a toy that quickly gets left in the toy cupboard. You should see several years of play from it which helps justify the $40 cost.
But factor in the cost of batteries – or invest in a set of rechargeables – as it will go through them if played with a lot by your child.
Where can you buy the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar?
The Think & Learn Code-a-pillar is currently widely available at lots of online stores and probably some local toy shops.
But as this is an electronic toy, we would recommend buying from a reputable store with great customer service in case you have any problems with it down the road.
Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar Final thoughts
Reading the reviews tells us that this is a bright, attractive educational toy that young children are playing with and learning from.
It’s a good sign that parents are enjoying playing with it with their little ones. Time spent together when they are young is invaluable and if you are both having a great time, all the better.
The reviews from moms and dads who purchased this toy are good and it is a great way to teach problem solving and logic without it actually seeming like teaching.