While we’ve covered products and initiatives aimed at helping kids learn to code, the new caterpillar-shaped Code-a-Pillar from Fisher-Price aims to reach a crowd that we think should be focusing more on playing at the park or building block towers than forming their STEM foundation. Created for kids ages 3-8, the Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar consists of a motorized head and eight body segments. Kids can put the segments together in different orders via a USB drive to make the caterpillar turn, go straight, play music, and learn basic sequencing skills. With lights flashing and sounds galore, this $50 toy, which hits the market in the fall of 2016, is primed for tiny tot overstimulation. We understand that coding will be important for our children’s generation, but we are having a hard time trying to justify why they need to get started when they are so very young and have little to no concept of what coding is. Call us old-fashioned, but we think your money and time would be better spent on traditional toys and books that promote parent-child interaction and build language and motor skills that they will use today. Not to mention, this caterpillar is comprised of plastic, which is code for not being good for Mother Earth.

via Engadget