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Dot Creativity Kit for Crafty Kids – Review

Dot Creativity Kit for Crafty Kids – Review

The Dot Creativity Kit is a fun way to mix crafts, robots and coding. Dot is part of the Wonder Workshop family, but unlike Dash and Cue, he wasn’t designed to move.

Instead, he comes with a huge arts and crafts accessory pack, so kids can dress him up, play games and get creative. With a little imagination or just using the instruction cards, you can make some fun games using sounds and lights. There is something to appeal to all kids, a pirate, a princess, a bat or a cute penguin, Dot can be disguised for any game.


Dot has a giant eye that lights up, which makes him look a little like Mike from Monsters Inc, especially with the green shell. Plus the purple prickly coat reminds me of the purple balls in Monsters University. I wonder is this where they got their inspiration from? Let’s review.

Pros

  • Teaches kids about block-based coding
  • Record your own voice and sounds for Dot to play.
  • Gets kids thinking about games design.
  • Loads of arts and crafts accessories.

Cons

  • He doesn’t roll around.

 

Unboxing Dot

Aside from Dot the robot, there is a massive selection of arts and crafts pieces. Kids can cover Dot in fun stickers, or use the cardboard cutouts to dress it. There is a purple rubber textured coat for Dot that can be hung from something like a door. My kids really like the feel of this and it was by far the most used item. Also for lego fans, Dot comes with two attachment stands that lego can be built on.

What You Get In The Box

  • 1 x Dot Robot
  • 20 Project Cards
  • 100 x Stickers
  • 1 x Squishy Purple Case
  • 2 x Building Brick Connectors (lego)
  • 2 x Plastic to Cardboard Connectors
  • Cardboard Activities( to make costumes, mood lamp & accessories).
  • Charging Cable

How it Works

The app is a little daunting at first. There are a lot of options, but once you get your head around it, it’s easy to do. Thankfully Dot comes with 20 coding project cards. These are pre-made games you can try out. In the app, you enter in the project key and it loads up the code for you. Then once you’re in the swing of it, you can begin coding your own. The coding itself involves drag, drop and linking up items on a screen.

Dot can make sounds that are pre-recorded or you can record your own voice. It’s quite fun recording silly sounds or phrases for him to say. Then the voice changer makes you sound a bit like a robot.

One of the games you can play is to hide Dot in a room and record yourself saying “A-choo!”. When someone enters the room, press the play button. It’s designed for 6-year-olds and over, so the games aren’t crazy complicated. But you can make up a few things yourself and get ideas from the instruction cards. The more I played with it, the more ideas popped into my head.

To get kids started and interested in coding and thinking about game design, Dot does a good job. The cards are well designed and easy to follow. If you’re playing Dot with younger children, try to get familiar with the app yourself before you play. It took me a while to grasp the app and by the time I was ready, Dot was covered in stickers.

Wonder Workshop has three apps you can use with Dot. For more advanced block coding use Blocky, to just change lights and sound use Go, and the main one for the Dot projects is Wonder.

Overall Verdict

Dot has a more affordable price point, but the craft pack doesn’t make up for the lack of motion. The dressing up element definitely appeals to younger kids, and dare I say it, makes it appealing to girls? I was a little disappointed that it didn’t roll around, like the Sphero ball. You have to get Dash or Cue for this. I prefer a robot that actually moves, but I can see the educational value at the same time.

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