Technology is already a crucial part of our day to day lives, so it's no suprise that coding knowledge is only set to become more important over the coming years.
But how do we equip children with the necessary skills to becoming coding literate? The secret lies in filling them with web design inspiration and engaging their creativity and imagination, which is exactly what these five amazing toys and tools do.
01. Hello Ruby
Aiming to turn technology and coding into a whimsical, playful experience, Hello Ruby is packed with amusing downloads to engage children's imaginations.
With fun activities like building your own computer out of cardboard, to designing your own board game, there are plenty of resources on the Hello Ruby site to get young kids familiar with tecnology.
It might not be out until later in the year, but we already love the cute Code-a-Pillar from Fisher Price. Balancing retro toy charm with USB plug ins, this innovative toy can be programmed to turn, light up and make sounds.
Aimed at 3-8 year-olds, the Code-a-Pillar is expected to retail at $50, with add-on module packs sold separately at $15. Perfect for introducing coding basics to kids.
Kids can now control and programme their very own robots thanks to Ozobot. Capable of interacting with drawings and apps, Ozobots are an excellent bridge between e-learning and the real world.
As children get more confident with Ozobots, there are web games and coding programmes ready to download and take their skills to the next level.
Combining a physical Play Tray with tablet devices, Puzzlet lets children programme their way through an adventure game and develop their STEAM skills in the process.
With millions of possible solutions, Puzzlets has been tested and approved by gamers as a way of getting young people to think like programmers. Not only that, it's getting a thumbs up from teachers, too!
When it comes to keeping kids entertained, what tops a ball? Well, the Hackaball is certainly a contender as it blends outdoors fun with coding challenges.
By letting kids programme their own games, Hackaball is a brilliant way of fuelling children's imagionation and creativity, as well as making them learn code in the process. Programme it to light up, change colour and make noises, then have fun playing unique games.
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