Teach Your Child How to Code
Computers are everywhere these days, and our kids certainly know how to use them. But what about learning how to make them work, instead of just how to use them? You don’t have to wait until higher education to learn computer programming. You can teach your child how to code without a screen even! That’s part of why I like Cubetto from Primo Toys.
Cubetto is your child’s first year of coding education.
Created by Primo Toys, Cubetto is the only screen-less programming system, powered by a revolutionary coding language made of colorful blocks that lets children write their first computer programs.
The Cubetto Playset is the easiest way for children to start learning computer programming, and it consists of a friendly wooden robot named Cubetto, a physical programming console, a set of expandable coding blocks, a collection of beautifully illustrated maps and an activity book. By placing the blocks in different patterns on the control panel, children create sequences of instructions that program the robot’s movement.
In the process, they develop computational thinking skills that help them understand the basic principles of coding — all of this, in a very age-appropriate way that respects a child’s natural way of learning.
I don’t believe using computers or other screen devices are bad for teaching our kids to learn. In fact, some kids need that visual stimulation and immediate response that a computer or tablet can give them! But, in a classroom setting, that can get expensive; plus, children still need to learn with hands on activities too.
With the Cubetto Playset, the children are introduced to the robot, Cubetto, which looks like a wooden box. Cubetto responds to the directions or “code” that is set up on the programming console which the child sets up themself. Then, using colored blocks that pop into the wooden console, they can press the blue button and set Cubetto into motion!
I like that it’s not designed just for a boy or a girl. In fact, it seems to be gender neutral so any child can play with it without worrying about being a girl or boy toy. And because it’s a hands on system, the child doesn’t have to know how to read yet either. This makes it a great toy for younger children too!
There are additional maps and activity books that can be used along with Cubetto to help get the child started, or encourage further exploration once they get the basic controls down. And this also helps the child to think, plan, and communicate with their peers and adults.
This is a great educational toy that not only can teach your child to code, but it’s also a way to get kids to interact outside of the computer or tablet with other children and even their instructors. There’s no “wrong” way or bad grades because the kids simply learn to react and try again if it didn’t work out to what they expected. And you can easily turn this into a group activity for the classroom as the students play/work together. You can even have multiple units for larger learning environments!
You can purchase Cubetto through Primo Toys for $225, or $245 when bundled with the Cubetto Activity Pack, which offers four additional world maps and matching story books. (Activity Pack priced $65 if sold separately). Keep up with the latest news and information by following Primo Toys through Facebook and Twitter.
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