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Lowest price ever according to CCC. It was a clearance item at Walmart a couple months ago, but that was only available in store.

The Amazon product page says it's recommended for ages 3-8, although the box recommends ages 3-6.

Some of the reviews complain about the loudness of the toy. Here are some fixes for that: https://smile.amazon.com/ask/ques...XSSEOIF5YC

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Code-a-pillar inspires little learners to be big thinkers by encouraging preschoolers to arrange (and rearrange) the easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations, sending Code-a-pillar on his path. This learning toy encourages experimentation while developing important skills like problem solving, planning and sequencing and critical thinking. There's no end to the combinations kids can make--mix up the segments and put them back together to send Code-a-pillar in a different direction every time.
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This is a great toy, and is well worth the price. I get the reviews that it is loud, however, if used correctly, your child should not be that close to the toy when in use. Essentially, here is how it is used:

Each segment of the body provides a direction of motion for the head. Once all desired segments have been attached, you direct the Code-a-pillar to run the set of directions. I usually set up an obstacle course for my daughter to run the Code-a-pillar through. Depending on the difficulty of the course, it then takes my daughter between 3 and 12 trial and error attempts to get the Code-a-pillar to complete the desired actions. It really teaches so much; entry to coding, problem solving, following sequential directions.

The education really translates well to real life. By 3 years old, my daughter was already knew her right from her left. Now, at 3.5, she can direct me home from places like her school or the grocery store using left/right/straight directions. She has a much better understanding of directions than I had at twice her age!
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Also $24.99 at Best Buy if you want to get rewardzone points but sadly $6.99 shipping unless you hit their minimum for free shipping or have one available for in-store pickup.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/fish...Id=5464400
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thanks for posting this deal- just in time
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Any first hand experience with this toy from fellow sd'ers? Is it a big hit with the kids?
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Any first hand experience with this toy from fellow sd'ers? Is it a big hit with the kids?
It is VERY loud... so if your kid enjoys hearing then I would pass on this one.
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Any first hand experience with this toy from fellow sd'ers? Is it a big hit with the kids?
I looked at this a few weeks ago and read many of the reviews on Amazon. The toy seems amazing for this age group but a few of the more thoughtful reviews seemed to suggest that this is a toy that a great deal of parental involvement is required for it to have any real value to your child if your child falls on the younger side of the suggested age. Since my interest was for a gift for a 4 year old, I did not buy it but I was quite impressed with the higher reviews. I'd suggest reading both the good and the bad ones (skipping the ones where the item was free in exchange for the honest review crap) to get a good idea if this will work for your child and your household if no one replies here. Another thing to note is that it seemed to work best if the house has a very large open space that does NOT have high pile carpet with the preference being some sort of tile or hardwood.
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This is a great toy, and is well worth the price. I get the reviews that it is loud, however, if used correctly, your child should not be that close to the toy when in use. Essentially, here is how it is used:

Each segment of the body provides a direction of motion for the head. Once all desired segments have been attached, you direct the Code-a-pillar to run the set of directions. I usually set up an obstacle course for my daughter to run the Code-a-pillar through. Depending on the difficulty of the course, it then takes my daughter between 3 and 12 trial and error attempts to get the Code-a-pillar to complete the desired actions. It really teaches so much; entry to coding, problem solving, following sequential directions.

The education really translates well to real life. By 3 years old, my daughter was already knew her right from her left. Now, at 3.5, she can direct me home from places like her school or the grocery store using left/right/straight directions. She has a much better understanding of directions than I had at twice her age!
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Walmarts clearanced this toy out within the last month. some as low as $7 or $9
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Overrated, loud and changing the direction with the segments provides only an extra few minutes of fun
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One moment they're coding worms, the next they're writing Hello World programs
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Walmarts clearanced this toy out within the last month. some as low as $7 or $9
I just checked Brickseek for the UPC (887961248449) and you're right. Some local Walmarts had them for ~ $13 (all OOS.)
I've seen this item hover around $40. I would love to get one for my daughter, but I think I will wait for the price to drop below $15!​
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One moment they're coding worms, the next they're writing Hello World programs
... and then the ILOVEYOU Worm after that?
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Super loud, no volume control, basically just get it over with and buy your kid a drum kit, at least you can teach them to hit the drums less hard, this dumb Code-a-Pillar will always be too loud.
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Same Price on Amazon with free shipping for prime members, what's the hype?
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