AD – We were gifted Learning Resources Coding Critter Rumble & Bumble for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own.

Review Learning Resources Coding Critters: One of the brands which I have always gravitated to for toys for the boys is Learning Resources. I am a fan of toys which are educational as well as fun and with a brand like Learning Resources you know what you are getting. We have never had a bad experience with their toys. So when they contacted me to see if we would like to review their latest coding toy I of course said yes. The question is did it live up to expectations?

There are several different Coding Critters, we opted for Rumble & Bumble who are both dinosaurs. They also have a Ranger & Zip who are puppies as well as cats Scamper & Sneaker. Something for every little one. Kipper is dinosaur mad and I must admit these two are very cute. However there is a lot more to it than cuteness.  I really like he fact that they are 100% screen free. So many toys now need an app to run along side but the Coding Critters do not. Ideal for little people. Designed to teach early STEM techniques through simple coding techniques.

What do you get in the box –  Learning Resources Coding Critters

Set up is really easy. All you need to do is to pop three AAA batteries in Rumble.

  • Full colour storybook
  • 10 Coding paw prints,
  • 2 Cardboard playset decorations,
  • Playset for coding games including slide, boulder, cave
  • Multilingual quick start guide.

Aimed at children aged four and over I was wondering if it would be a little too advanced for Kipper. But he couldn’t wait to get stuck in.  The story book works really well at building a story to help you get to know your character. Plus there are various different coding activities built into the story itself.  Each leads to Kipper setting up a challenge for Rumble to complete.  Going through the book you use all the pieces of the play set including sending Bumble down the slide. Before catching him with Rumble’s magnet nose.

Rumble works by using the key pad on his back and the arrows. It is possible to program up to thirty instructions at anyone time which is more than enough for Kippers age group. I like that the go button also cancels out the instructions which makes him even simpler to use.

Things we love

  • I really like the story concept which helps bring coding to life for younger ones
  • Not only does it not need an app. It also means that there is no requirement for blue tooth or wifi either. Which makes it totally transportable for our travels.
  • As well as the coding element if you press Rumble’s nose then he will turn into play mode. In this mode Kipper can pet him and feed him. He will also sing and do a little dance. This element means that Kipper can play on his own with Rumble when needed. Which he loves doing
  • Good quality, bright colours and strong plastics exactly what I have come to expect from Learning Resources.

We have had lots of fun with Rumble & Bumble already and can see the play set becoming a firm favourite in our house. Kipper loves him and takes him to bed with him every night at the moment.  The lovely people at Learning Resources have offered my readers the chance to win one for themselves worth £40. To enter please use the Gleam application below and please note the T&Cs.

Learning Resources Coding Critters Rumble and Bumble with £40

  • 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 Rumble & Bumble Coding Critters set
  • The giveaway will close on the 18th September  at midnight, the winner will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winners will be asked to provide a full postal address

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  1. Perfect prize, a toy that is educational too is always the best sort

  2. My son is starting reception in September and this would be great for him to start learning coding.

    • Sharon Wilkes Reply

      My nephew Charlie is 4 in September. He just misses starting full time school. So this would be a great birthday present to help him.

  3. Rosemary Tily Reply

    Screen free, educational and fun – what more could you ask for!

  4. Lyndsey O'Halloran Reply

    Learning Resources have some really good toys don’t they? This looks great.

  5. Melanie williams Reply

    What a wonderful and fab giveaway. this is the best way for kids to learn for sure…through exploration and play xx

  6. This sounds like a great toy and a great way to introduce kids to coding

  7. We’re big fans of Learning Resources too, though hadn’t come across this set yet. I think my boys would love it.

  8. Ruth Harwood Reply

    fab toy – looks just perfect for my niece! My insta has frozen me out temp, so can’t like posts or anything, not sure why! I follow you, but there’s no way I can like a post!!

  9. Rebecca Nisbet Reply

    these are such a great idea for younger children, my daughter would love it

  10. My youngest would love this his eldest brother who is 10 loves to code so he will feel like he can join in and do his own coding. My fingers and toes are crossed thanks so much

  11. My daughter may be a little young right now (21 months old), but being the fast learner that she is, she would really enjoy playing and learning from this!

  12. Clare Hubbard Reply

    I love learning resources toys, so great for my sons. Really like the new coding critters,

  13. What a clever idea! Would love to see my little one figuring this out – a great challenge for him and he would really enjoy it.

  14. What a great way to introduce children to simple coding! I also love the fact that an app is not required.

  15. I think my son would really like this. It looks like a lot of fun and it’s educational

  16. Fiona Johnstone Reply

    Love educational toys that are fun. My granddaughter would have so much fun with this.

  17. Natalie Crossan Reply

    This would be perfect for my friends lovely little daughter 🙂

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