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A Closer Look at Cody, Our Code-a-Pillar

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Remember Juicy’s little buddy that we reviewed last month? Well today, I want to give y’all an update and share an even closer look at the awesomeness that is the Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar who we’ve named, Cody. The Code-a-Pillar teaches basic coding in ways that little ones can understand. By using a hands-on approach, Code-a-Pillar fosters curiosity and experimentation using current technology and old school building concepts.

The Code-a-Pillar comes to life when the 8 included interchangeable segment pieces are used to create motion sequences. Each segment signals a different action, sending the caterpillar in a different direction every time.

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What makes discovery play with Code-a-Pillar even more exciting is creating paths and obstacle courses for him to travel through. We built an obstacle course by using a number of wooden blocks and pieces from a train set that I had stored away for over a year. I am a bit of control freak when it comes to toys. I donate and hide often to curb the mess. Opening up this bin where I had hidden tons of builder pieces was like opening up The Barney Bag. Juicy dove in like it was Christmas, looking for the gizmos, gadgets, odds, and ends.

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After pulling out what we needed to create a course, it was time to put together Code-a-Pillar’s motion sequence. Daddy G made a few tweaks to make sure he didn’t run into any furniture. After a few test runs, he marked where the Code-a-Pillar made his turns and we based our path using those points.

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After two trial runs, we were ready to record our experiment. Did we crack the code?

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Watch the video below for the moment of truth. As you’ll hear in the video, Mr. Code-a-Pillar is a bit on the loud side. Toys without volume control usually aren’t my cup of tea, but I’ll let Cody slide since he brings Juicy so much joy.

We cracked the code!

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That’s a good Cody!

The Code-a-Pillar is a smart toy that we’ll definitely keep around. With Juicy’s birthday approaching, I think I’ll add a few expansion packs to his wishlist. If you’d like to pick up one of these little guys for your kiddos, you can do so from the Fisher-Price Shop, Amazon, or Walmart!

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For more ways to play and “Crack the Code” with Code-a-Pillar this fall, visit the Fisher-Price Facebook page!

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Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

20 COMMENTS
  • Kim
    8 months ago

    I significantly lowered the volume on our grandaughter’s Code-a-pillar with 1/2-3/4 of a standard cotton ball. Here’s how: detach the primary unit and place on the operating (flat surface) table…remove the batteries…remove the four screws in the bottom of the blue chassis…there is wiring between the white body and the blue chassis we do not want to damage, carefully separate the white body from the blue chassis until you see the length of the wiring…the blue wire goes to the speaker, remove the two screws that hold the speaker retainer in place…carefully remove the retainer and speaker disc…place 1/2-3/4 of a standard cotton ball in the speaker grill cup of the body and carefully place the speaker disc over it…replace the speaker retainer and screws…carefully replace the blue chassis and retaining screws…replace batteries. You are in business with a lot less loud. Btw, while the chassis and body are apart, it is a good time to fish hair balls out of the single drive wheel and gears to increase longevity—use a small paper clip with a minute bend in the very end.

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  • Debra
    2 years ago

    My husband is a web programmer and so I have been looking into this for my girls!~ It looks like it would be so much fun!

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  • Paula
    2 years ago

    This toy is so cute – and the video of your son dancing / wiggling about as Cody moved about the room is adorable! What a fun toy!

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  • katrina gehman
    2 years ago

    it looks like he loves that. we have the Dash robot and love it. the robots help kids so much. can’t wait to see what more it can do.

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  • This looks like a cute toy and also a great way to implement learning too! It also looks like it makes learning a fun experience!

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  • Heather
    2 years ago

    That is awesome! My youngest is turning two pretty soon, and I think this would be really fun for her to learn to use.

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  • Amanda
    2 years ago

    How cute!!! Toys like this make me wish my kids were little again!

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  • Amanda Love
    2 years ago

    It’s a pretty awesome game that will help exercise your child’s mind, without a doubt! I’m glad you both had fun and it’s really a good learning experience! I love games that help kids learn as well.

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  • OurFamilyWorld
    2 years ago

    What a cute toy for the little ones. I used to buy Fisher Price toys when my kids were babies.

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  • Toys that teach are the best. It looks like the kiddo is really enjoying the Caterpillar!

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  • Toughcookiemommy
    2 years ago

    This is a great way for kids to experiment with coding and technology from an early age. Not to mention how cute Code a Pillar is!

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  • Kim
    2 years ago

    I love the idea of this toy! How creative! My son looks a bit old for it, my newborn will love it in a few years.

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  • Rebecca Bryant
    2 years ago

    What a fun way to learn a new thing. I lvoe when learning and fun go hand in hand.

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  • Stacey
    2 years ago

    So cool! I love that they are finding ways to make learning code an interactive experience for kids of all ages! So much to learn and have fun with. Love it!

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  • jill conyers
    2 years ago

    The Code-a-Pillar, I just had to say the name, looks like a wonderful way for kids to experience computer science.

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  • Sona Sethi
    2 years ago

    Wow! This is a great way to learn! Through caterpillars! These are the cutest ones I have ever seen. :)

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  • karen
    2 years ago

    This is the cutest (and most tech friendly) caterpillar I’ve ever seen! Love how it introduces coding in such a fabulous and friendly way for little ones!

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  • Muffy Mendoza
    2 years ago

    Love this! I love seeing our brown boys code at an early age. My sons would like this.

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  • Eva
    2 years ago

    That is amazing! These kids will be so far past us in just a few years… love the video :)

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    • Sheena Tatum
      2 years ago
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      Thanks! I remember the days of the first Alphie Robot and toy laptops. I didn’t have those growing up, so I’m reliving and experiencing new things through my children.

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