Saturday, July 12, 2014
Robot Turtles Board Game Review
I received the Robot Turtles: The game for Little Programmers Boardgame from ThinkFun and as soon as my daughters saw the picture of the turtle the jewel on the box, they couldn't wait to play with it.
The Robot Turtles Board Game is for children ages 4 and up (and adults as well!) and is the most backed game in Kickstarter history. It was invented by Dan Shapiro, a Seattle software entrepeneur, for his 4 year old twins. It teaches preschoolers the fundamentals of programming from coding to functions, while making silly turtle noises. It's very easy to learn and provides endless learning opportunities.
While I was reading the instructions (I suggest a grown-up do this to help the younger children), my 3 year old daughter popped the tokens, game pieces, crates and ice blocks from the cardboard. The game pieces, including the crates, ice blocks and tokens, are made from a hard cardboard which will not easily bend. They are easy to pop out and my 3 year old daughter had a blast with popping them out.
The rule of the game is to capture the same colored jewel as your turtle using the code cards with arrows. For a more advanced level, you can put the ice blocks and crates on the game board and use a designated code card for the crates and ice blocks. I chose to stick to the beginner level since my daughters are only 3 and 5 so they can grasp the concept of the game first. The youngest player goes first and that is my 3 year old daughter.
The game lasted less than 10 minutes and everyone captured their jewel! Yay!
I love the Robot Turtles board game because it teaches simple programming via a board game. It's very easy to understand and very easy and fast to play. My 3 year old daughter even learned about arrows and directions so that's a big plus for me. :)
You can visit the Thinkfun WEBSITE to see instructional videos about the Robot Turtles and learn more about their other products.
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