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.
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.
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!
From the Manufacturer
4 and up
2 – 5
- Game Board
- 4 Robot Turtle Tiles
- 4 Jewel Tiles
- 36 Obstacle Tiles
- 4 Bug Tiles
- 4 Code Card Decks (44 Cards Each)
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