The inventor of Robot Turtles, Dan Shapiro, is a computer programmer and a dad. People often ask him why he designed a board game instead of an app to introduce kids to the fundamentals of coding. Like most parents, Dan had no problem convincing his twins to do screen time. Robot Turtles was his way of sharing his passion for programming with his children while spending fun, quality time together as a family. He wrote the rules so the kids play the role of the programmers commanding grownup players to act as computers making silly turtle noises like beeps, boops, and zaps.
Ideally suited for kids ages 3 and up, the basic game only takes seconds to learn and minutes to play. For more practiced players (around 7 and 8 years old), there’s an advanced level of play that extends the life of the game and provides even more opportunities for learning.