I work with children (Kindergarten through fifth grade). It bothers me how obsessed children are with video games, and even sites like YouTube.
Our school district is currently on a “holiday pause” from hybrid learning. My job is to keep the kids in our program (who’d normally be in school right now) online with their teachers. It’s easier said than done. I have children with different schedules, as well as students who meet with other teachers throughout the day (speech, reading…).
As if that wasn’t hard enough, I also have to keep kids from leaving their online “classrooms” and venturing off to other websites to play games or YouTube to watch videos (some of the kids even watch videos of other people playing video games. How crazy is that?).
I think technology is a wonderful thing. I also think that technology can be harmful to children. I believe they need to disconnect from video games and get back to other things that involve using their imagination and creativity.
Not long ago I learned about a new toy that uses technology, but in a way that is better for young children.
Introducing Codi. You may have seen Codi present on ABC’s Shark Tank series not too long ago.
Codi is the brainchild of Pillar Learning.
About Pillar Learning:
Dayu Yang founded Pillar Learning in March of 2018 to leverage new advances in technology for the benefit of future generations. The former mobile apps product manager realized the tech-driven children of today are not growing up with classic PBS kids shows like Mr. Rogers, Reading Rainbow and Sesame Street. With the goal of making educational entertainment relevant to the modern generation, Codi was born! Together with co-founders William Mock, head of content development and a former kindergarten teacher and academic consultant, and Chris Oslebo, head of product development and a former product manager at a top toy company, Pillar Learning combines innovative technology and educational research to meet the developmental needs of every child.
Codi is an adorable, alien-looking toy. He (she?) is the next generation of kid-centered tech created to spark a child’s creativity through its cute design and interactive and unforgettable songs and stories, like their newest ones about changes at school and virtual trick-or-treating.
Codi is only 8.5″ in size. It’s a great size for young children to carry around. It’s not too big, and it doesn’t weight that much.
Here are some of the reasons why kids and parents love this adorable little being:
- Listen to over 200 classic songs and stories!
- Set guided routines for things like cleaning up, getting ready for school, and more!
- Customize content based on age and interests
- Track what they’re playing, set the volume, and more with the mobile app
- Send special voice messages no matter how far away you are
- Made with durable ABS plastic and food-grade silicone to withstand years of love
- Designed to grow with ongoing software improvements and future content releases
- Antenna and ears light up and change colors
- Comes with one soft outfit with more sold separately
- Cloud-enabled and useable offline
- 8-10 hour battery life for all day play
- Fun for children ages 12 months and up!
I was sent a Codi to review for myself.
Codi needs to be set up on your wireless in order to get the most out of it. Sadly, we have a firewall on our router, and we require a MAC address in order to add Codi to our wireless. I learned that we can get the MAC address, but we’d need to take the firewall off our internet in order to get Codi online to get the MAC address. The last time we did that for another product, it messed things up. For that reason, we haven’t been able to get Codi on the internet. For my review, I can only tell you about the pre-loaded things that came with Codi.
Codi comes pre-loaded with a few songs and stories. You would need to be connected online to download more songs and stories.
Here is a brief video of Codi telling a story.
The songs and stories that came pre-loaded are fun, and I think children will enjoy them. I especially like the calming music. I think that would be great for a child to calm down or even get them to settle in at bedtime.
The stories are read to the child via Codi. The people reading the stories kept me engaged. They were NOT boring or “monotoned.”
I like that Codi is easy enough to maneuver. There are not too many buttons. That makes it much easier for little children to work the toy.
A really fun thing about Codi is that you can purchase “clothing” for him to wear. I received a cute little blue outfit (it reminds me of something you’d wear if you lived some place cold). Other clothing includes a fireman, monkey, unicorn and dinosaur, to name a few.
All of the outfits have a handle on top to help children carry Codi around.
Overall I think Codi is super cute. I am also impressed with all the things you can do with it. I just wish I was able to check out all the features. I think being able to talk through Codi via the app to your child is a great idea. I also like the brand, Pillar Learning, is constantly adding new things to Codi (stories, songs…).
If you are interested in learning more, visit PillarLearning.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of those links are found on the bottom left of their website.
What do you think about Codi? Do you think your child/grandchild would have fun playing with this interactive toy?
*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.