Name: Emma Vanstone of Science Sparks
Age of children: 9, 8 and 5 years old
Emma is a busy mum to three even busier children. She is passionate about the importance of science education and making science fun for kids. You can find Emma’s science-based activities and investigations over on Science Sparks, a website bursting with creative and engaging ideas for children of all ages.
What were your first thoughts when the product arrived?
I thought the packaging was instantly appealing and the product sturdy and well made. My children couldn’t wait to open the box and get started.
How did you use the product?
For my five year old we used Colby the Robot Mouse to introduce the concept of programming. She found the direction cards very helpful and the process of planning, coding and then correcting her routes has been brilliant for improving her logic skills.
My eight year old was able to code Colby without the direction cards, which has been great for helping develop his spatial awareness and ability to visualise directional changes, as well as working through the process of coding, checking and then amending his code if necessary.
What are the educational benefits of the resource?
The Robot Mouse Activity Set is great for improving logic, reasoning, directional skills and for practising following instructions, as well as being an engaging and entertaining introduction to coding.
What did you like/dislike about the resource?
I loved that Colby was so easy to use as well as visually appealing. My five year old could follow the instruction cards without too much help and very much enjoyed trying to code Colby’s route to his cheese. The set is very easy to use with little set up required.
What is the long term appeal of the resource?
Our Robot Mouse Activity Set comes out frequently without any encouragement from me. Each time it’s played with the children find a new way to explore the set, such as building their own obstacles for Colby or creating their own layouts.
Is the product unique?
I haven’t come across a similar product available yet in the same price range.
Would you recommend this product to a friend?
I would definitely recommend the Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set, its bright colours, easy to handle design and educational benefits make it a superb addition to any child’s collection of toys and games.