Great tools and tips for teaching kids how to code

August 2, 2016 | by Helena Hernandez

In App development, developers, Internet of Things, UX, internet

Nowadays, kids are very familiar with technology. From a very young age, children start using laptops, smart phones and tablets.

What about teaching your kids how to code so they’ll be encouraged to become creators and not just consumers of the technology they use?

You and your children are going to love these toys.

Every kid is different and has his or her own way of learning. That’s the reason there is a wide range of code learning apps and games designed for different ages and abilities. Here we discuss five great tools that can help your kids learn how to code.

Osmo Coding

This is an interesting game that blends physical and digital objects. It uses Tangible Interaction method. Osmo Coding has numbered modular magnetic blocks which can be snapped together with commands like “jump”, “grab”,“run”. These commands guide Awbie, a little monster on his quest to obtain strawberries.

Dash and Dot

These two little creatures are children’s first real robot friends. These robots can be programmed by free apps for phones or tablets. The app includes tutorials and specific missions kids need to solve. Kids can change the colors on Dash and Dot’s lights, decide the robots’ movements, and add noises and voices to both robots.

Blocks

This is a Google creation with the main objective of teaching children the basics of how to code. As its name says, it consists on a system of blocks with arrows and colors in them that kids connect together in order to control other toys and robots. It makes kids use their logic as they play.

Kano Kit

Kids can make their own computer with the Kano Kit. Its inventors wanted to make the how to code learning process as simple as Lego, and they totally achieved it. It includes a high-spec keyboard and an SD card with preloaded operating system. It also has built-in apps, ideal for learning how to program.

Cubetto

This is a wooden robot that helps children from 3 to 6 years old learn how to code through storytelling and collaboration. It is known to be the first coding toy to work without a screen or digital interface. Cubetto has a programming dashboard, 16 colored blocks, a robot and an illustrated book.  The blocks are used to build codes by the four lines in the dashboard for Cubetto to move around.

 

There are a lot of options out there to teach kids how to code in a really fun and entretaining way. Let's teach the young ones to be the ones creating our apps of the future!