Kids code along with their new pets’ storybook adventure, and help the brave Ranger and mischievous Zip have a playtime they’ll never forget! Each storybook coding challenge unfolds in the Coding Critters’ fun pet playset – can you code Ranger to play hide and seek, fetch a ball from the tennis ball launcher, or catch Zip after a ride down the slide? In addition to following along with the storybook’s coding challenges, you can also use the pet playset to design your own code games and more! The Coding Critters also double as cute interactive pets – press Ranger’s nose to activate Play Mode, where you can feed, pet, and take care of your new puppy robot pal! You can even make him dance and sing a silly song!
Requires 3 AAA Batteries not included.
What our testers said
“Look at the baby, he is stuck to Ranger’s nose and they are dancing together!” Boy aged 4
“I can make the Ranger go in his home.” Girl aged 5
what our experts think
We found the simple and easy to use Coding Critters a great, creative introduction to coding. The children set up courses following the colourful, illustrated book. They also used the arrow paw prints, challenging each other to code Ranger to complete the course.
Our older testers understood the concepts of coding more quickly than the younger ones, however, the younger children quickly learnt to press the directional buttons followed by the go buttons to make Ranger move. This is fantastic as they learn cause and effect and logical thinking skills (e.g. I do this then this, to make this happen). The playset that comes with the Coding Critters also encouraged imaginative play which was great as it further engaged the children with STEM learning. Some adult assistance was needed however, to understand the ‘quick start guide’ and get everything ready.
– Promotes imaginative play
– Encourages logical thinking
– Introduces basic coding