Robot Mouse and Mastermind Toys Christmas

Friday, November 18th, 2016

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When I looked at the homework my Grade Two daughter started bringing home in September, I thought to myself “oh my god, this might be the age my kids are officially smarter than me.”

Now, there are many ways to be smart. I remember thinking I was smarter than my parents too. There is book smert, street smart, sneaking snacks when your kids don’t see it smart etc.

I have learned that my kids, growing up in 2016, are ridiculously coding smart.

Mastermind Toys let us get up close with the Code and Go Robot Mouse, one of the amazing items from their Holiday Gift Guide, and to say I was amazed by it is an understatement.

We have played with quite a few toys as dad and daughters but I wholeheartedly admit that this is the first one that has ever ended with us jumping up and down with excitement at a robot mouse running into a plastic piece of cheese.

As someone who struggled with math and its many concepts, I have always hope my daughters would find a love for patterns and numbers that I never had. It seems that between this and a number of coding apps we have on a few of our mobile devices, this is exactly the case.

Who will enjoy the Code and Go Robot Mouse?

Honest answer: everyone.

I thought I was going to let me kids figure this one out on their own. My oldest daughter loves all things related to coding and my youngest daughter loves mice. This seemed a perfect fit.

But about three minutes into them putting together the green base I had joined in.

And since there are pictures of the radical outfit I wore I should probable speak about that for a bit too:

Hat: Pittsburgh Penguis, Mitchell & Ness

Christmas t-shirt: H&M

Boxers/shorts/only things I wear around the house: Joe Fresh

Okay, but really you can’t imagine how much fun it is to watch the mouse sneak it’s way through the maze you just created with your kids (or that they created on their own if you’re willing to sit back and let them play in a way I wasn’t) and to cheer when it’s robot nose reaches the block of cheese at the end.

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The key to this game is letting your imagination run wild. You can follow the provided maze set-ups or create your own. When we created our own, all three of us started jumping up and down as the mouse made the turns we had programmed it to make.

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This last picture was three days after we got our coding mouse toy. Our oldest daughter still takes it out to set up mazes. And the more she does it, the more advanced she has been making her paths.

To recap: everyone can enjoy this toy. Moms, dads, kids, cats, people stopping by for a drink as they sing Christmas carols.

And if everyone can use one, everyone needs one.

Contest details

Mastermind Toys is letting me give away a $100 gift card (open to Canadian residents only). You can enter below. The contest will close at 12 a.m. on December 10 so that you still have plenty of time to shop for Christmas gifts.

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Mastermind Toys and your holiday shopping

Mastermind Toys is Canadian owned and operated and has, surprisingly to me, been selling toys for more than 30 years in the greater Toronto area. They have since expanded to 48 locations in five provinces: Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia—and still growing! A very important point to note at this time of year is that they also offer complimentary gift-wrapping(!!!) in stores.

And if the convenience and staff with expert toy knowledge wasn’t enough, there are many other reasons to shop with Mastermind Toys. Like their Tie on Some Goodness initiative in partnership with Me to We and that a portion of the proceeds from the purchase of select toys featured in the 2016 Mastermind Toys Gift Guide will be directed to local and global initiatives for children’s education through Me to We Charity.

So, good luck. On both the contest and the shopping.

2 responses to “Robot Mouse and Mastermind Toys Christmas”

  1. Sarah says:

    We were looking at the mouse for our daughters too, so happy to read a review about it! Though our son noticed Lego was coming out with female superheros next week, so that’s our big Christmas present this year. 🙂

  2. Mel R says:

    Love your giveaways, and coding and toys and Christmas! Keep up the good work! Merry Christmas!

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