Code Word: Fun!
There’s no doubt that we live in a digital age. So it’s no surprise that an increasing number of computer science- focused toys are hitting the shelves. From board games to robots, here are the best fun-cational toys to give your child this year.
Think & Learn Code-a-pillar – $50
Little learners can send Code-a-pillar on a journey around the room by simply rearranging his easy-to-connect segments. Every combination leads to a different path, complete with cool sounds and lights. With endless combinations, this learning toy encourages experimentation and helps develop crucial coding skills like problem solving, planning, sequencing and critical thinking.
For ages 3-6
Bee-Bot – $89.95
This award-winning little robot is the perfect teaching tool for young kids coding skills like sequencing, estimation and problem solving. Directional keys are used to enter up to 40 commands, which send Bee-Bot through its paces forward, backward, left and right.
For ages 3+
Osmo Coding – $79
This game uses tablet technology to integrate physical blocks that serve as coding commands. Children use the blocks to create the code to guide Awbie in his quest for delicious strawberries. The blocks create a sequence that tells Awbie to jump, move left and walk forward among other commands. Multiple children can even play together.
For ages 5-12
Code Monkey Island – $19.99
This board game uses cards to instruct players on how move the monkeys around the board, teaching them conditional statements, basic looping, solving for coding bugs, Boolean operators and strategic thinking.
For ages 8+
Code Master – $19.99
In this board game, players use programming to move their avatar through 60 different levels in search of power crystals. It requires problem solving and sequential reasoning and is played by one child at a time.
For ages 8+
Code Gamer – $149.95
If your kid is a big gamer, this kit is the perfect way to introduce them to the world of programming. Using a gamepad connected wirelessly to your tablet and four interchangeable sensor modules, kids play through a video game app, solving puzzles and challenges to level up.
For ages 10+
Dot and Dash – $49.99 & $149.99
These two adorable robots help teach kids the wonders of robotics and coding through the power of play. Dot is the brains of a robot and comes with several games you can play immediately. And with free apps Wonder and Blockly, kids can create hundreds of their own games.
Dash is the robot every kids dreams of owning – it responds to voice commands, can navigate objects, dance and sing. Plus, you can create new behaviors by downloading one of the Dash apps, each designed for different ages and play styles.