It only took five hours for the Robot Turtles Kickstarter campaign to reach its fundraising goal of $25,000 (it actually raised more than $630,000). And this Summer, the turtles come to life — or to a store near you — thanks to Think Fun, the educational game company. What started as a Kickstarter campaign has turned into
Robot Turtles ($25, available June 2014), which doesn't rely on a computer or even batteries to teach tots about programming — it uses an old-fashioned board game. In Robot Turtles, kids are in control, trying to get their turtle to a matching colored jewel. To get there, they pick cards with picture instructions, and the grown-ups must follow the instructions, just as a computer does.