Learning Resources Botley Coding Robot Activity Set Review

Learning Resources Botley Coding Robot Activity Set Review: We have long been lovers of Learning Resources in the Mudpie Fridays house. So I was super excited when they asked us to review their new Botley Coding Robot Activity Set. Having introduced Monkey to coding with their Code & Go Robot Mouse I knew he would love it. Both robots help children in their first steps towards towards understanding coding and therefore computer science. It really helps his logic skills as well. Monkey is already learning sequencing at school so I knew this would help him on the educational front, as well as being a lot of fun.

In the box you get:

  • Botley The Coding Robot
  • Easy-to-use Remote Programmer
  • Detachable Robot Arms
  • 40 Coding Cards
  • Six boards
  • A sheet of stickers for customisation
  • A variety of accessories to create obstacles and activities for Botley – eight sticks, 12 cubes, two cones, two flags, two balls and a goal

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths the idea behind it is that children are not taught the subjects independently but together. Botley incorporates all of these disciplines.

The basic idea is that you set up a series of mazes or challenges. Using the coloured arrow buttons on the remote programmer Monkey navigates it around the obstacles. The guide has a series of tasks to ease you into the process and to make sure you pick up all of the different things that Botley can do. Botely has two different modes CODE and LINE. When you put Botely in line mode he will follow the black lines on the back of the boards. You can place them together in which ever order you like. Monkey was especially fascinated by this and I think his face says it all.

After we moved on to trying to navigate across the board cards. Its possible to add a green front to Botley which will then allow you to attach arms so that he can carry balls. In this activity he used the coding cards for. I was super impressed by how quickly he managed to understand when to use the left and right hand cards to get Botley to go where he wanted him to.

Botley is aimed at children aged 5-9 years old, Monkey almost 6, was able to read elements on the guide on his own. It was helped by the pictures too. There are a couple of other buttons on the remote which are object detection and repeat. The object detection is really clever as when you include this its possible for Botley to move around something you place in his way. The rubbish bin will delete the previous programme – which we may have forgotten a couple of times!

Things we love:

  • The concept! I like the way it helps Monkey approach tasks logically and start to understand sequencing and helping to develop critical thinking skills. The fact that there is not a tablet or smartphone in sight is also a big plus in my book
  • Its a really fun toy, Monkey didn’t realise he was learning while playing and picked it up very quickly. The lights on top of Botley’s head correspond to the coloured arrows so this can also help with understanding
  • The coding cards are invaluable if you are lacking a little imagination and build up slowly to some of the really complex tasks such as dodging obstacles and playing balls in hoops.
  • The educational benefits of Botley are immense – it helps him develop critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Good quality, bright colours and strong plastics exactly what I have come to expect from Learning Resources.

Things you need to know: Botley requires 5 x AAA batteries which are not included, 2 for the remote programmer and 3 for Botley himself.

There really wasn’t anything we didn’t like about Botley and feel that he is worth the price tag of £79. You can buy your own direct from the learning resources website.

We have had lots of fun with him already and can see Botley becoming a firm favourite in our house. The lovely people at Learning Resources have offered my readers the chance to win one for themselves. To enter please use the Gleam application below and please note the T&Cs.

Learning Resources Botley Coding Activity Set RRP £79

  • Competition is open to residents of the UK aged 18 and over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • One winner will be drawn at random and will receive their own Botley Coding Robot Activity Set
  • The giveaway will close on the 12th July at midnight, the winner will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winners will be asked to provide a full postal address

I have some other giveaways running at the moment so please check them out in the Blog Giveaways Page above.

 

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We were given a Botley The Coding Robot for the purpose of this review as every all words and opinions are my own. 

80 Comments

  1. Peter Watson
    June 12, 2018 / 8:34 am

    Coding is incredibly important for our grandchildren.

  2. Margaret Gallagher
    June 12, 2018 / 8:35 am

    Making learning FUN – always a winner here

  3. iain maciver
    June 12, 2018 / 8:54 am

    a brill giveaway learning on a fun basis

  4. Gill Barwood
    June 12, 2018 / 10:57 am

    Botley looks brilliant, would love to win this.

  5. Annabel Greaves
    June 12, 2018 / 11:10 am

    What a great fun way for kids to learn about coding

  6. Kellie Steed
    June 12, 2018 / 12:05 pm

    I love the Learning Resources range! My son is only 4, but has wanted to be a Scientist for over a year now. I got him their test tube set for Christmas last year and he plays with it almost every day. They are so well made too! Fingers crossed for this lovely prize 🙂

  7. Tracy Nixon
    June 12, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    My boys would love this prize!

  8. Amandeep Sibia
    June 12, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    A great, educational prize. Thank you!

  9. karina henderson
    June 12, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    my little lady loves coding so this would be a fab prize, fingers crossed

  10. Vicky Rayden
    June 12, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    Fantastic – an educational toy moving with the times, I’ve been looking for something like this for my son!

  11. Jenny Taylor
    June 12, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    My son would love this, he always love learning new things and this looks fantastic to develop a new skill.

  12. Anthony Harrington
    June 12, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    excellent! love sun and learning at the same time!

    • Anthony Harrington
      June 12, 2018 / 3:03 pm

      ^^^^ should be fun not sun!

  13. Susan B
    June 12, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    Extremely appealing and educational. A fab giveaway. Thank you.

  14. Kim Styles
    June 12, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    what an innovative toy! so multi-educational and fun

  15. Jo Richards
    June 12, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    My kids would love using this

  16. Chris Michael
    June 12, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    Would love to win this for my daughter

  17. Ren Taylor
    June 12, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    Thanks for another great giveaway …..this would be fantastic to give my nephew as he loves this sort of thing 💛

  18. Thomas Buchanan
    June 12, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    looks great my daughter would love this

  19. Laura Scott
    June 12, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    I work in STEM sector and females are massively under represented. I have two daughters and I am always looking for STRM activities to encourage them.

  20. Solange
    June 12, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    My son would love this.

  21. john prendergast
    June 12, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    have fun while learning

  22. Vikki Sanderson
    June 12, 2018 / 11:32 pm

    My kids are just getting into coding via introductory apps on my ipad but a toy like this would be much better I think!

  23. Diana
    June 13, 2018 / 10:38 am

    This look so fun, my girls would love it 🙂

  24. June 13, 2018 / 10:53 am

    So I” like one of these for my little grandson . Thanks for the chance to win one

  25. Ruth Harwood
    June 13, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    great product, the kids would love it!

  26. Rich Tyler
    June 13, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    Count me in for my boys

  27. Margaret Clarkson
    June 13, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    Great prize, my Godson would love this educational toy.

  28. justine meyer
    June 13, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    this looks like great fun x

  29. Helen B
    June 14, 2018 / 7:22 am

    I wish I had things like this when I was a child 🙂

  30. MANDY DOHERTY
    June 14, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    This looks a fantastic way to discover coding, my grandson would love it and so would his daddy

  31. gemma hendry
    June 15, 2018 / 10:23 am

    looks fun and educational

  32. Lenka Gabriel
    June 15, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    Would be great for my little boy to help with coding 🙂

  33. Chris Andrews
    June 15, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    my grandson would be in his element if l were lucky enough to win this

  34. June 15, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    This looks brilliant. I am all for making learning fun. x

  35. Gary Topley
    June 15, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    Love this for the educational and learning aspect. Thankyou for the competition x

  36. katrina walsh
    June 15, 2018 / 10:28 pm

    Nice to see something both fun and educational

  37. June 16, 2018 / 9:16 am

    This is so cool! I love anything that manages to combine learning and fun. 🙂

  38. A.E. ADKINS
    June 16, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    The boys would while away hours enjoying this 7& no doubt arguing about who was right.

  39. Ali Fanstone
    June 16, 2018 / 5:43 pm

    my grandchildren would love this it looks so interesting

  40. kris mc
    June 17, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    This looks like great fun.

  41. Lisa Wilkinson
    June 20, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    Thanks. My daughter would love this.

  42. Pam Francis Gregory
    June 24, 2018 / 7:47 am

    Learning & fun – Great!!

  43. Rachel Butterworth
    June 26, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    My nephew would love this.

  44. Wendy Tyler
    June 30, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    A brilliant prize! I learned to code as big trak and writing code for computers were all part of my childhood. Its great to see children learning these skills again as it is so important.

  45. Jodie Hailstone
    July 4, 2018 / 2:15 pm

    Great prize my boys would love it

  46. Hannah Burchell
    July 4, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    My son would love this! Coding AND robots -what more is there for a 5 year old… (apart from dinosaurs, dinosaurs and ice cream!)

  47. Amanda tanner
    July 4, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    This would be a great Christmas gift for my nefew

  48. lynn neal
    July 6, 2018 / 7:51 am

    AA great start to coding that is fun too!

  49. Christina Palmer
    July 7, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    Learning in a fun way is always a winner and gets results

  50. Emma C
    July 8, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    Looks like a fun yet educational toy

  51. Susan Willshee
    July 9, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    what a really brilliant toy for getting them interested in coding and robotics. I’d love Piper to try something like this because she has an inquiring mind and would really enjoy it

  52. Laura Turner
    July 10, 2018 / 10:50 am

    This would keep my nephew happily occupied for hours.

  53. Sophie Ade
    July 10, 2018 / 11:53 am

    This looks amazing. I know my son would enjoy this.

  54. Cara Holmes
    July 10, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    this looks perfect for my daughter

  55. Sylvia Paul
    July 10, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    What a fabulous prize, perfect to put away for Christmas x

  56. Michelle Carlin
    July 11, 2018 / 6:52 am

    My eldest would have absolutely loved this when he was younger, but there was nothing like it. I’m sure my niece would have lots of fun and it’s educational as well!

  57. Stevie
    July 11, 2018 / 9:19 am

    This set would be great for my tech savvy nephew.

  58. lorraine kirk
    July 11, 2018 / 11:44 am

    This looks like a great and fun way to learn basic coding

  59. Lorna M Peppiatt
    July 11, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Love this prize, thanks for giveaway x

  60. Mandy Betts
    July 11, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    This looks great fun

  61. Stephen Little
    July 11, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Fantastic!

  62. Anthea Holloway
    July 11, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    This is a super set and I know that my grandson would love it.

  63. janine atkin
    July 11, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    id love this for my nephew

  64. Natalee Gosiewski
    July 11, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    wow looks like fun

  65. Danielle Pooley
    July 12, 2018 / 8:26 am

    This looks good, would love it for my son

  66. amanda greensmith
    July 12, 2018 / 9:36 am

    looks like hours of fun to be had

  67. Charlotte Wilde
    July 12, 2018 / 11:49 am

    This looks FANTASTIC. i’m sure my daughters would love it and learn so much along the way!

  68. sheri Darby
    July 12, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    What an excellent idea. It looks such fun.

  69. Anita Missen
    July 12, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    What an amazing prize. Fantastic gadget.

  70. Sarah Robinson
    July 12, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Fab prize, my boys would love this robot. Looks and and educational!

  71. Emma Payne
    July 12, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    I’m a teacher and would love this!

  72. Laura Blackburn
    July 12, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    This looks so interesting! Never mind my son, I’d love a go!

  73. Danielle graves
    July 12, 2018 / 9:49 pm

    These look great, I love STEM toys for my son

  74. Natalie Crossan
    July 12, 2018 / 10:12 pm

    My daughter would absolutely love this, it’d be great for her upcoming birthday x

  75. Roisin Niceochain
    July 12, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    my nephew Dara would love this

  76. Jeanette Leighton
    July 12, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    Love for my daughter Sheriah 5 she would love this

  77. Nuala R
    July 12, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Great prize and very educational

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