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The Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar is the latest in the Think & Learn range from Fisher Price and is a fun way for your young child to experiment and learn a variety of skills.
The code-a-pillar consists of a motorized caterpillar head that has blinking eyes, sound and lights up and a further 8 segments that connect together and move in different directions. There are also two destination targets with the goal being for the code-a-pillar to reach the target.
There are also so reasonably priced add on segments you can buy to add more value to the toy. They are certainly not 'must haves' but if your child is already getting a lot of use out of it they could make a nice addition.
The recommended age range is 3-6 year olds. We would say both boys and girls would enjoy playing and learning with this toy. We think that it could appeal to older and younger children as well. Probably for 2-7 years old in our estimation.
First up we like that it actually came with batteries straight out of the box well done Fisher Price!
The main feature we liked about this toy is that it should have some longevity and the various uses for the toy will grow with the child. A younger child might appreciate the sounds and lights and the caterpillar crawling about the floor but as the child gets older it can work on the problem solving and puzzle aspects of this toy. We also like that it glows in the dark and lights up with different colors.
If you have a small apartment or a lot of clutter we would suggest looking for another educational toy for your child as this one needs a fair amount of room and ideally a hard wood floor or a thin rug or carpet. One reviewer suggested an empty garage.
The toy is fairly loud and there is no volume control.
The Code a Pillar currently has a recommended retail price of $50.00 The Add on segments are currently selling for about $4.99 each. The Think & Learn Code-a-pillar is currently available and you can read user reviews about it here.
It definitely has replay value so it shouldn't be one of those toys that get relegated to the back of the toy cupboard. We'd say $50 is a fair price but if it is used a lot it could eat up a lot of batteries, so do factor that into the cost.
This is a nice interactive educational toy that parents are actually enjoying playing with alongside their toddlers. It's getting some good reviews from moms and dads online and it's a great fun way to teach young kids logic and problem saving in a fun way.