As an introduction to coding, we bought the Clementoni Doc Robot game, and decided to do a review of it for you. I’m really keen for my boys to move with the times, educationally. For me, that means embracing technology and understanding how it works. Coding is huge, and vital to technology – I definitely want the boys to learn it!
Until just a couple of years ago I had no idea what coding was, how it worked, and what it was for. I’ve since learnt the basic understanding of what it is, and intend to fully get into it during the boy’s home education. But, start simple – you know!? If I’m learning coding along with the boy’s, then we need to start with something easy. Especially given their young age too.
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Enter the Clementoni Doc Robot!
I hadn’t seen the Clementoni Doc Robot advertised on TV, so I actually had no idea what it would really be like. I saw it online whilst searching for coding games, and just blind ordered it based on the description.
I’m glad I did.
Now, I’m not gonna lie – in the grand scheme of coding games, I believe the Clementoni Doc Robot to be pretty basic! But that’s exactly what we wanted and needed. If you’re looking for something for a child who already has a grasp of coding then this isn’t for you.
If you know nothing about coding, and your child also knows nothing about coding, then this game is a great introduction to it, to ready them for bigger and better coding games.
What Educational Elements Does The Game Cover?
As described on the box, Doc introduces programming and coding, develops logical thought, and boosts spatial intelligence. It also says it enhances vocabulary, counting skills, and sequencing.
The Clementoni Doc Robot is a STEM toy (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). I can definitely confirm that this toy is great for helping the boy’s with numbers, letters, direction, left & right, thinking skills etc.
We did a short YouTube video showing it in action…
What’s in The Box?
Inside the box you will find:
- The Doc Robot
- Two sets of play cards
- Sequencing tiles
- The play mat (made up of large jigsaw pieces)
- Instruction leaflet
How Do You Play?
There are three ways to play with Doc – education mode; game mode; and free play mode.
The play mat is double sided, with the education mode played on one side, and the game mode played on the other, with the relevant cards. The tiles are used for free play mode.
To play the game, for example in the game mode, you pick a card which tells your child to go from the Start point and then head to the library, picking up the library book en route.
You need to make sure you input all the correct directions and instructions, otherwise Doc could end up bumping into things or hitting a dead end. He’ll let you know, and then you simply put him back at the starting point and re-do the directions on his head.
Is It Worth Buying?
Oh definitely! Like I said, if you are starting at the very beginning of learning coding then this is ideal! He’s definitely worth buying, and we’ve had loads of fun playing with him, and it’s most definitely helping my boys educationally – and in a fun hands-on way!
Because there’s three modes of play, you can alternate each time you play and not get too bored too soon.
The age range given on the box is 4-7, but to be honest had I known about this game I would have given it to the boy’s at age three.
The only negative of this game, is that in the picture of Doc he comes with colourful head buttons, which presumably is to help with matching the colours on the buttons to the colours on the instruction cards. Our Doc has no coloured buttons.
However we haven’t found this to be a hindrance. In fact we didn’t even notice the difference for ages!
In a nutshell, if you’re looking for a great educational toy for your little one, to introduce coding, or just purely for fun, then the Clementoni Doc Robot is perfect!
Buy it from Amazon here.