Happy Homemaker: Robot Turtles

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Robot Turtles


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Robot Turtles is a game with a purpose. It teaches basic computer programming skills while kids are having a great time! It is 100% parent/child interactive making it a great family game night game or a way to spend time with the kids while teaching them a skill they will use long into the future.
Each child chooses a code card stack and a turtle color.  The best part is every kid can win! (anyone who gets their turtle to the matching jewel wins!)  It starts out easy and as it goes the "Turtle Mover" (the parent) can set it up to be more difficult each round played. It is 100% customizable so however hard the parent wants to make it, or however they would like to set it up, they can. (so long as it doesn't block the turtle's first move!) Kids learn skills from debugging to using functions all while using code cards to dictate turtle movement and making fun turtle noises with mom or dad.

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My kids absolutely loved this game. My almost four and five year old had a blast playing this game. It took them a few minutes to get used to letting me be the "turtle mover", but once they realized every time I moved their turtle I made awesome (and seriously funny) turtle noises (whatever turtles sound like haha) they didn't really want to move their own turtle. It was a blast playing with my kids especially knowing they were learning programming skills and having a great time doing it. (I'm not sneaky, sneaky or anything! ;) )
I definitely recommend this game for families with kids of any age-but especially between 4-10 (I'm not sure 15 year olds would appreciate the "beep, beep, beep-grunt" noises made when backing up the turtle ;)  But kids of older ages can play as well with the ability to make it extremely hard as well. It will work their brain and teach them how to write code, functions, and debugging. (who knew a board game could teach all that??) I love ThinkFun Games, and Robot Turtles is no exception. My kids have had a blast playing it and it has been a great way to teach them something new and get great quality family time with them as well.

Product Description:
Robot Turtles was invented by Dan Shapiro, a Seattle software entrepreneur, for his 4-year old twins. Dan wanted to give his kids the superpower anyone could wish for - an understanding of computer programming.

Through simple commands used to program the Robot Turtle, kids learn what it means to write code, debug and use functions. As they play, kids unlock new challenges like Ice Walls, Lasers, and the Function Frog. Start with your four year old but expect to play for years to come!

A Fun Way to Learn to Code! The most backed board game in Kickstarter history sneakily teaches preschoolers the fundamentals of programming, from coding to functions, while making silly turtle noises! Before you know it, your little one will be writing computer games rather than just playing them!

From the Manufacturer

Robot Turtles is a board game for kids inspired by the Logo programming language. It provides crucial brain development and computer programming skills to children as young as 4 years old in the context of family fun. Players dictate the movements of their Robot Turtle tokens on a game board by playing Code Cards: Forward, Left and Right. When a player's Robot Turtle reaches a jewel they win! If they make a mistake, they can use a Bug Card to undo a move. The game has many levels so, as the players advance, they will encounter obstacles like Ice Walls and use more complex Code Cards (like lasers to melt the walls). Play continues until all players collect a jewel, so everyone wins. Beginner to Advanced levels will make it a family favorite for many years. It includes a large Game Board, 40 Tiles, 4 Robot Turtle Tiles, 4 Jewel Tiles, 4 Code Card Decks (45 cards in each deck) and instructions. 2-5 players can play at once and everyone who gets the Robot Jewel wins.
 
Ages:
4 and up
Players:
2 - 5
Features:
  • Game Board
  • 4 Robot Turtle Tiles
  • 4 Jewel Tiles
  • 36 Obstacle Tiles
  • 4 Bug Tiles
  • 4 Code Card Decks (44 Cards Each)

Where to Purchase:
http://thinkfun.com/results?search=robotturtles
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