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The Clementoni Mind Designer guides children through the process of learning mathematics, arithmetic and geometry following government guidelines. It introduces your child to design using the precision motors which enable them to create geometric shapes and designs of varying complexity with extreme precision.
This little robot can be programmed manually or by voice using the innovative voice recognition function. With the Arithmetic chart, Mind can be programmed to carry out arithmetical functions, while using the Escape Room chart, your child will be encouraged to solve quests and develop skills in logical thinking.
You can download the free App and your child can then experiment with coding instruction blocks, create complex geometrical shapes and play with loads of original interactive code-games. linked via Bluetooth technology, Mind’s content is permanently updatable for limitless playability!
This robot is aimed at children aged 7 – 10 years old but I would suggest it’s more suited to the lower end of that scale, as while it does a few different things it is on a more basic scale.
Inside the box, you will find the Mind robot, 3 felt pens, printed voice commands, an instructional book and a double-sided play mat.
The Clementoni Mind Designer has controls on – directional arrows which are also coloured and drawing controls.
You can choose between play modes using the switch on the robot, Place the robot onto the mat and he will speak to you and give instructions for play, ie. find number 2 – you then need to use the directional arrows to program the robot to move around the mat. It requires forward thinking and concentration to ensure the correct movement directions are programmed in. The robot, however, doesn’t read the mat, it has it programmed in so if it’s placed on a slope meaning it rolls or doesn’t move over a crease on the mat it will say you have the reached the correct place, when in fact you haven’t.
The voice commands need to be given very clearly and simple commands such are ‘Tree’ which will then make it draw a tree. I do find it struggles to hear Harry as he is missing his 2 top teeth and one of his bottom ones, this makes him lisp and it struggles to understand him.
It draws simple yet very cute images – a tree is made up of a rectangle and a triangle, a mouse shape can be drawn using basic shapes placed together on the app. There are lots more functions available on the app from drawing to coding and you work through steps learning the ropes as you go along moving from basic to advanced.
You can play in 3 modes – free which is free play, programme your robot to move around, press ok and he will follow your instructions. EDU is more arithmetical in nature using games and quests to help children improve their basic numeracy, you’ll use the play mat for this mode, then there is APP mode where you’ll find the more complex coding which some pre-programmed images available as well.
Harry really enjoyed the drawing mode with this toy, he could use the app well and loved seeing his designs on the screen recreated by the robot.
Emmy preferred the coding aspect although at almost 9 she did find it to be a little too simple and soon got bored.
This toy is available from many good retailers for £49.99