Our Hands On Review with the Botley Coding Robot

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Meet Botley. A coding robot for kids packed with all sorts of fun activities and games. We recently purchased a Botley coding robot for our family and I’m here to give you our full review. If you are looking to teach your kids to code, Botley has a lot of fun and creative coding activities for kids to enjoy. Botley does not require a computer or app, which makes it a great screen-free way to teach kids code. As far as STEM toys go, Botley is one of our favorites! Read on for my full review!

What is Botley the coding Robot?

Botley Coding Robot

Botley is a  colorful robot and remote control combo that teaches kids beginner code. Children can program their Botley coding robot by entering a code on the remote and then ask Botley to ‘run the code’.  Botley is entirely screen free, which is a great feature of this coding robot toy. We love STEM toys and activities in our house, and I love that this toy engages little kids in critical thinking and problem-solving.

What age is Botley the Coding Robot aimed for?

Botley has an intuitive interface and a kid-friendly design. Aimed at kids as young as 5, Botley is marketed to a younger crowd of kid coders. My eldest son is currently 4.5 and he was able to do some of the basic programs for Botley. I do think age 5 is likely the right age to start with this robot to get the most out of it. I think most kids age 5-8 would enjoy this robot. Especially if they do not have a lot of experience with coding. After age 8, or for advanced coders, the Botley coding robot is more limited.

What coding skills are taught with Botley the robot?

At the most basic level, Botley teaches kids critical thinking and problem-solving. In my opinion, these are the most versatile (and necessary!) skills that coding teaches kids. It’s not all about kids becoming computer whizzes and programmers in the future.

Kids need to learn to program Botley with a code and then have Botley execute the code. This is a nice feature of Botley that some other remote control based coding robots don’t have. Kids will learn to think ahead and predict where Botley will end up based on the instruction they give him.

Botley is also able to perform loops, which are an important part of making computer programming efficient. Loops are fun for kids to design. Finally, Botley is able to think on the fly! More complex coders can understand how to program Botley for an “If, then” sequence. If Botley detects an object in his way, what will he do? This is one of the more sophisticated features of the Botley coding robot.

Examples of Botley Robot  Coding Games and Activities

Botley has a variety of programs and activities:

  • Be programmed to navigate an obstacle course
  • Detect and avoid objects
  • Follow a black line
  • Perform loops

Check out my video below to see all the Botley Skills in action! While you are at it, follow my facebook page to see more fun coding activities for kids delivered right to your newsfeed!

Botley enrichment activities available online:

The Learning Resources website has a lot of really fun and creative ideas for how to get the most out of the Botley Robot. Check them out for great ideas!

Accessory Pack

The Botley Robot Action Challenge accessory pack is a total must-have! This was absolutely the best part of the Botley coding robot for my son. The 41-piece accessory set allows you to create a series of super fun chain reactions that my son went WILD for!  Chain reactions are always a blast, and adding in Botley allows you to get kids motivated to practice coding skills to see the chain reaction occur. I highly recommend this set. Even without Botley, this is a great STEM toy for little kids that is SO MUCH FUN!

Where to purchase the Botley Robot?

You can buy Botley and the Botley accessories on Amazon.

Our final thoughts on Botley the Coding Robot

We absolutely loved Botley and had a lot of fun playing with him and teaching him basic code. We are going to donate him to our son’s kindergarten classroom because I believe in Botley as an educational tool for little kids. Botley definitely targets beginner coding skills, which is perfect for the kindergarten and grade 1-2 age groups.

One of the great features of the Botley Robot is that is completely screen free. In my opinion, this is a great feature for the younger age group. However, at the end of the day, computer programming does require… a computer! Botley is somewhat limited compared to other robots on the market in this regard. If you are looking for a robot that has many of the same features of Botley but also expands into learning a computer-based coding language, check out my detailed review of the Edison Robot.

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Katie is mom of two rambunctious boys and a self-proclaimed super nerd. With a background in neuroscience, she is passionate about sharing her love of all things STEM with her kids. She loves to find creative ways to teach kids computer science and geek out about coding and math.  You can find her blogging at Teach Your Kids Code and in her spare time, documenting her families travels at Tear Free Travel.

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