A new generation of kids are lucky enough to use different kinds of coding toys that are actually fun. Steve Jobs once said, “Everybody should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.” As technology dominates most of our lives, learning basic computer programming is not just a smart idea, it is an important skill for grown-ups and children alike. Now toymakers have turned coding into a kid-targeted playground. Coding can help kids develop academic skills, improve creative thinking, and gain valuable abilities that can even translate into a career. Coding skills do not have to be tied to computer software anymore. The interactive coding kits we are introducing today are the newest tools to help kids learn computer programming.
Coding toys 1 — Makeblock Airblock
Airblock is a modular and programmable robot that incorporates the ability to fly with basic engineering and coding. The drone itself consists of six magnetic, modular parts that are easy to assemble and disassemble without the need for tools. It is not just a plain, old drone but an easy-to-use, programmable drone that can inspire children’s interest in STEM education. It can be controlled by the Makeblock app, which is the command station that brings children’s imaginations to flight. From the app, kids can drag and drop blocks to create flight codes, then assign each code to a button. The Makeblock app uses a simple interface, allowing children to focus on the most important bits and learn the basics of programming.
Coding toys 2 — Makeblock Neuron
Learning to code usually involves sitting in front of the computer and writing programs, but Makeblock Neuron can be software independent. It is a programmable, electronic, building-block platform that allows kids to connect coding blocks, allowing the kids to control other programmable toys and learn the fundamentals of coding in the process. It contains over 30 kinds of blocks with different functions, so children can build a variety of innovative gadgets. Combined with the Neuron app, this gadget can be programmed to perform complicated action sequences for servo operation and let the kids control its movement remotely. Makeblock’s intention is to teach the logic behind coding, so that kids can pick up basic skills as they play and later transfer that knowledge to real-world applications.
Coding toys 3 — Makeblock Codey Rocky
No matter how many coding kits children get, what they really want to is to build their own robot friend. Codey Rocky, a fun, animal-like design includes a controller that doubles up as the robot’s face and ten electronic modules that can be coded using a graphical interface on a computer. Codey Rocky helps children dive into the world of coding and create their statement while discovering their own creativity.
Ten electronic modules are available in this robot, all of which can be controlled with a code. Not only does Codey Rocky teach children what code is, how it works, and how to create a program, it also teaches logical thinking, helping kids learn how to solve problems and teaching them what AI and the IoT is, making them much more aware of the world around them.