Coding is a hot topic in education right now, with children in the UK who are as young as five being taught the basics. That's why we were so pleased to see this cool and fun set from Learning Resources, which is a great toy that doubles as an educational experience.
With the Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set, you get a number of green tiles that clip together, a robot mouse and some extra details like tunnels and barriers. You also get a piece of plastic cheese - the reward that the robot mouse is seeking out. You can customise the maze in lots of different ways, but the gameplay is not left totally up to the child because they are guided by 30 coding cards and 10 double-sided activity cards.
The best way to learn at this age is by playing and children had so much fun playing with this that they unconsciously absorbed the early coding and sequencing skills that they need to know without any effort whatsoever. It's all very durable, works well and does what it's supposed to. Children wanted 'just one more go' with this - a sign of a great purchase.
What our reviewers said: "This is such a great early introduction to coding", "Clever idea and nicely executed", "Oh no he's stopped too soon. I need to start again - hang on, let me work it out".
From: Learning Resources
Approx. price: £50
Available: Debenhams, Wicked Uncle, Early Learning Centre
Unlike some games where you simply cannot play if you don't have the knowledge, Timeline allows for a great deal of guesswork, with the beauty being that with each attempt comes a little education. All you have to do is attempt to place your card (stating an event) where on the timeline of British history you think it goes. You then turn it over to see if you are right! It's easy, attractive and a great history lesson in a tin.