The Code-A-Pillar expansion packs which is best?



Coding Caterpillar or Code-A-Pillar by Fisher Price is Toylab's Top Christmas Toy of 2016

Toylab bloggers love the Code-A-Pillar the fun toy that teaches kids the art of sequencing that is a crucial part in learning how to build computer program aka to Code.  Coding is getting hot for good reason as its a critical skill for the next generation.


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The main Code-A-Pillar set comes with a set of group of moves it can do but your toddler may quickly want it to do a little more.  This is where Fisher Price smartly added expansion packs.

There are 3 different expansion packs so far and we are going to review each one and let you know which ones we like the best.



Think and Learn Basic Expansion Pack
This pack adds a forward, left turn and right turn segments.  I really like this one because it just give your toddler a few more pieces that are easy to understand.  To me the fun part of the Code-A-Pillar is making it move along a course or from spot A to spot B.  It allows the toddler to solve just a little more complicated of a problem and increases the variability making it more fun.  While this makes the Code-A-Pillar more fun I also don't see it making it overwhelming.  If anything providing these pieces make the Code-A-Pillar easier to use.  Some might even argue that this expansion should have come with the Base Set.

Bottom line I really like this expansion and highly recommend getting it with the base set.

Fisher Price Description:
Code-a-pillar™ inspires little learners to be big thinkers! Preschoolers can develop important skills—like problem solving, planning & sequencing, and critical thinking—as they arrange (and rearrange!) these additional, easy-to-connect segments to send Code-a-pillar™ on all sorts of different paths. Add Go Forward, turn right 90 degrees, and turn left 90 degrees ... your wish is his command with this Code-a-pillar™ expansion pack!
Make the Code-a-Pillar™ grow and go!
This pack contains 3 easy-to-connect command segments with unique actions:
  • Forward—Add this piece and Code-a- pillar™ moves straight ahead!
  • 90° right turn— This piece makes Code-a-pillar™ turn right.
  • 90° left turn-- Add this piece for Code-a-pillar™ to make a left turn.
  • Each pack sold separately and subject to availability


Think and Learn Silly Sounds & Lights Expansion Pack

This set I tend to overlook because when my toddler plays the game is normally trying to get the Code-A-Pillar to go somewhere along or through something.    This pack does not provide any segments that help the Code-A-Pillar move instead these make the Code-A-Pillar make different noises.  That said I can see how making the Code-A-Pillar go to sleep or act goofy could be a lot of fun for a kid.

One warning to parents on this one is that the Code-A-Pillar has no mute button.  If you buy these sounds you might be listening to them.......A LOT!

Fisher Price Description:
Add these to Code-a-pillar™ to make him grow and go!
Code-a-pillar™ inspires little learners to be big thinkers! Preschoolers can arrange these additional easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations to send Code-a-Pillar™ on its path. This encourages experimentation while developing important skills including problem solving, planning and sequencing, and critical thinking. Your wish is Code-a-Pillar™’s command with this zany expansion pack! 
Features:
Make the Code-a-Pillar™ grow and go!
This pack contain 3 easy-to-connect command segments with unique actions:
  • Sleepy Zzzs - Awww...this piece's soft sound & light makes you want to take care of Code-a-pillar™
  • Wacky - Ready to make him go "wacky"? Add this piece & he'll stop & make silly sounds while his eyes "blink" in a zany light pattern
  • Happy - Adding this piece will make him stop & play upbeat music while his eyes "blink" in a fun light pattern
Think and Learn Master Moves Expansion Pack

The master Moves comes with a 45 degree turn, a 180 degree turn and the a repeat segment.  The repeat segment is pretty cool but may baffle toddlers at first.  Basically you flip a switch on it between 1 and 5 and the Code-A-Pillar will repeat the action the repeat segment is attached to the number of times you have set.  Its pretty cool but will likely be overlooked at first.  I like how they named this one the Master set because I think that is how this set is best used.  Let your kids figure out the basic moves and do some things.  Then add this in later.

Fisher Price Description:


Code-a-pillar inspires little learners to be big thinkers! Preschoolers can arrange these additional easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations to send Code-a-Pillar on its path. This encourages experimentation while developing important skills including problem solving, planning and sequencing, and critical thinking. Add sound and light effects … repeat previous actions … turn right 45 degrees or turn left 180 degrees … your wish is Code-a-Pillar’s command with this assortment of expansion kits!
  • Make the Code-a-Pillar grow and go
  • This pack contain 3 easy-to-connect
  • Features command segments with unique actions
  • 90° turn-- Add a piece for Code-a-pillar to make a left turn
  • Each pack sold separately and subject to availability






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