I have some tech savvy kids in my house! In fact I dare say my oldest at seven years old has surpassed what I know, at least when it comes to things like Smartphones and Tablets. The computer is still what I know best but with the kids, the tablets reign. If I need to know how to do anything I ask them. Even my youngest who is not even two can swipe a tablet and play simple games. He likes to watch videos and knows how to do it. It’s amazing!
In this technology driven world, I’m happy to hear my oldest say he wants to work in programming. At this point he wants to design video games and I absolutely think that he probably could! When I discovered Ozobot, the worlds tiniest robot, I thought it would be a great tool for him to get those coding and programming brain cells working!
I’ll be honest, when I first saw it I was a little intimidated. I was worried by the description I wouldn’t be able to figure it out. Was this going to be one of those things I needed my kids help to use? What if he had questions I couldn’t answer? I first went to their YouTube channel and watched a few videos. Well that took away the fear factor and actually got me excited about what it could do! When in doubt, follow directions! I started by using the quick start guide and realized this wasn’t going to be as scary as I thought!
It was charged and working much quicker than I expected. It comes with a little USB cable to charge it. I started simple and used the picture cards it came with. You just press the button on the side and away it goes! It was really cool to watch it hit certain spots where there was coding and start going faster or spin around or reverse direction. The light changes light depending what color it is on.
Then I took some markers and wrote out Reed’s name in different colors. It followed it pretty well but I did notice it would get stuck where I was sloppy. It probably misread it as some code that I didn’t intend to do!
I played around with this for hours! My two year old Jax saw what I was doing and started scribbling on a paper and put the Ozobot on it. Even he understood what it could do!
That’s just the tip of the iceberg of what this little guy can do. The main reason I wanted it was for the tablet connection. I know Reed will be so excited to play around with the programming on his tablet. There are interactive games for different levels and the possibilities are endless.
There are a lot of different options and packages that you can add to. I thought this basic starter set was best for Reed but if he gets into it the way I think he will, I’ll definitely be getting more things to go along with it!
Sometimes I worry that my kids are too much into electronics but they really are the future. With things like Ozobot I can take advantage of his love for technology to encourage learning and programming and STEM at the same time he just thinks he’s playing. This would make the best stocking stuffer ever!
Proud winner of many awards including Kapi’s Best Robot toy at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show.
Easy start up – Step 1: Pick up paper & markers to draw coded mazes – Step 2: Go to Ozoblockly.com to fully program Ozobot. It’s quick and simple to drag & drop blocks of codes.
Hours of extra fun for boys and girls when you download A – the free Ozobot’s website activities and B – the IOS & Android Ozobot Apps to play interactive games for every level.
Create challenges and DIY activities, or even design your own games to share with all your friends and the amazing Ozobot community.
Need off/on screen time learning? We have teacher recommended, free programming & STEM inspired lesson plans, fit for different ages and levels.
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