Coding Critters MagiCoders: Blazer the Dragon

Lower Age: 4
Upper Age: 104
Price: $54.99
Year Added: 2021
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Dragon Critter Model
Coding Critters MagiCoders: Blazer the Dragon, by Learning Resources, is a fun and interactive coding toy that is intended for ages 4+.

The components included in the kit are Blazer the Dragon, a coding wand, a Spell Book, various coding cards, and several other gameplay pieces (props like fireballs and character cards). Blazer the Dragon and the coding wand require AAA batteries, which are not included in the toy. 

Coding Critters MagiCoders Blazer the Dragon introduces coding and programming concepts to younger users in a digestible and enjoyable format. Blazer the Dragon can either be programmed to implement a simple set of instructions that are executed only once or it can be coded to perform a looped program, also called a spell, that only terminates with a user input. The user also has the option to create and test their own code which employs the user’s creative thinking and strengthens the user’s understanding of iterative design. Even though the instructions included for this toy are relatively clear, adult guidance might be useful for younger users as switching between the spell and simple coding settings can be somewhat confusing.

Coding Critters MagiCoders Blazer the Dragon teaches children different coding skills and strengthens their computational thinking skills and understanding of coding principles. Some of the coding spells even allow the user to interact with the toy, which brings an added element of fun to learning coding principles. For example, one of the spells allows the user to wave their hand in front of the dragon to change the color of Blazer’s horn. Having these extra interactive details as well as the additional pieces included in the set gives the user the opportunity to play with and create stories with Blazer the Dragon. This aspect of storymaking allows for the user to associate the toy with having fun rather than just learning which could prompt them to engage with the toy more often. Overall, Coding Critters MagiCoders Blazer the Dragon is an excellent medium to introduce younger users to simple coding principles in a fun and engaging way.

Framework Categories

Engineering Thinking (EThink)
Spatial Reasoning
Computational Thinking

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