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Dash & Dot – Programmable Robots for Kids Ages 5+

by TerriAnn
Dash & Dot – Programmable Robots for Kids Ages 5+

I love it when there are educational toys which bring the physical world and the digital one together. Wonder Workshop makes the robot duo of Dash & Dot. These fantastic robots for kids (ages 5 and up) encourage creativity while providing a not-so-obvious introduction to code and programming. The giant eyeball shape, bright lights, and silly sounds go a long way in making it fun as well.

Dash & Dot – Programmable Robots for Kids Ages 5+

Dash & Dot – Robot Fun Plus Intro to Programming and Coding

The main robot is Dash. This spherical robot is affixed upon a base with three wheels. We were glad to see that Dash had no problems at all rolling around on carpet, much to the dismay of Speckles who could not seem to get away. The free mobility of Dash allows for some entertaining actions such as playing a xylophone or taking video via attached smartphone.

Dash & Dot – Programmable Robots for Kids Ages 5+

Dash contains three microphones and three distance sensors. That means some great interactive surprises with your kids or pets. Munchkin tried audio commands but couldn’t quite get the robot to respond. The distance sensors works fine as Dash detects any objects in front of it, exclaims “Oh-oh!” and stops to go around them.

Then there’s Dot. Dot is a stationary robot and doesn’t really do much aside from lighting up and making sounds. It’s more of an extra “thing” and just another item for Dash to interact with. Kids may get a kick out of Dash having a friend but don’t set your expectations too high. The stand can be removed but Dot still doesn’t move or anything.

Dash & Dot – Programmable Robots for Kids Ages 5+

Mobile Control & Added Playtime Fun

Children can control Dash using one of several iOS apps: Go, Path, Blockly, and Xylo. So far, only Blockly is available on Android devices. Go makes Dash move, play sounds, and light up. Blockly is for programming and allows users to drag and drop actions. Xylo is specifically for playing the xylophone accessory (not included in base package). Path ties a virtual game together with how Dash moves in reality. These are all free and my daughter was able to figure them all out on her own.

To add another dimension of play to Dash & Dot, a number of accessories are available. You can choose from a tow hook, a smartphone mount, a bulldozer bar, building brick extensions (for legos, two come with Dash), a xylophone (needed for the Xylo app), and bunny ears and tail (just for looks). These can also be purchased together for $39 or in the Wonder Pack.

Dash & Dot – Programmable Robots for Kids Ages 5+

The graphics  and bright colors presented in the apps will mostly appeal to children 12 and under. Tweens and young teens will find some interest in playing with Dash (and Dot) but may get bored after a few hours, that is unless they are into robotics and want to delve deeper in coding. Munchkin doesn’t really lean toward technical creativity so her time playing with the set was short-lived.

Dash & Dot – Programmable Robots for Kids Ages 5+

Dash is $199, the Dash and Dot Pack is $259, the Wonder Pack is $349, the Building Brick Connectors are $19, Dash’s Xylophone is $39, and the Accessories pack is $39. Everything can be purchased online at WonderWorkshop.com. There you will also be able to find activity ideas and sign up for the bi-weekly newsletter with more ways of enjoying Dash & Dot.

Dash & Dot – Programmable Robots for Kids Ages 5+

I was provided with an item for review. All opinions are my own.

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Kait January 28, 2015 - 2:10 pm

This is so cool! My husband would have a blast with this I’m sure. It would be so fun for him and Cohen.

Liz Mays January 28, 2015 - 3:38 pm

It sounds like Dash is having all the fun. I’m giggling that you’re terrorizing Speckles with Dash! lol It does sound like a cool toy for tech-minded kids.

Alison January 29, 2015 - 5:01 am

This is so neat! I think both of my boys would love a Dash & Dot!

Penelope January 29, 2015 - 8:17 am

That looks like a seriously fun toy…I don’t think my kids could get enough of it!

Andrea Kruse January 29, 2015 - 11:10 pm

What a cool new toy! My kids are really into robots and would love to play around with these.

Tammy Litke (@threedifferent) January 29, 2015 - 11:15 pm

For kids that lean toward this techie action, it’s sure a neat way to get them to hone their passion – outside of video games! I wish something like this would have been around when our daughter was younger, she’s now taking video game design at University, and there is a definite learning curve for her, that I imagine kids that are playing with toys like this wouldn’t have.

Raijean January 30, 2015 - 7:48 am

Omg, this is amazing! my son would love this. I have to get it for him asap!

Crystal January 30, 2015 - 5:05 pm

That sounds like so much fun! I love the focus on robotics with all the new STEM curriculum. This would be a fun way to bring the learning home.

Donna January 30, 2015 - 6:46 pm

How cool! My son is into robotics and tech/gadgets (so is my hubby), he’d love this!

HilLesha January 30, 2015 - 6:52 pm

My son would totally love something like this!

Colleen January 30, 2015 - 8:25 pm

This looks cute and I”m sure a great time for the kids.

vanessa: thequeenofswag January 31, 2015 - 8:34 am

Wow that’s really amazing. I love that we now have robots that are kid friendly.

Anne - Mommy Has to Work February 1, 2015 - 12:57 pm

It’s so amazing all the things people come up with. This looks like a lot of fun!

Billie February 1, 2015 - 10:36 pm

This is so awesome, I would play with it myself.

Jenn February 1, 2015 - 10:37 pm

I love how toys these days teach some valuable stuff!

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