The Coolest Toy (Ages 3 - 5)

Coding is a huge thing and as the word becomes increasingly more tech savvy. Remember when Google offered free coding classes to young girls? Exposing children to coding at an early age, is truly becoming a "thing" and more schools are adding mandatory coding classes to their curriculum. Additionally, there are extracurricular coding programs that you can utilize to introduce your child to coding if your school doesn't offer courses. 

 Code-A-Pillar toy

Code-A-Pillar toy

Enter one of Luca's cool Christmas gifts, Code-a-pillar.  This toy is essentially one of the earliest ways you can introduce your child to coding. Although aimed at children ages 3-5 years old, I always get my son toys that are slightly above his age range to push him a little. The caterpillar is designed so that the child can control what direction he goes in. You put the pieces in the order in which you like him to go. Left, right or straight. First, you can chart out a course with your child that he or she wants the caterpillar to take. Then, arrange the pieces according to the planned route. Press start, and voila! You have just introduced your child to simple coding and a really good time.

This is a little advanced for Luca but he is starting to understand that if he wants the caterpillar to go somewhere, he has to change his pieces and he finally realizes that he can not move on any rugs. Last but certainly not least, he is a caterpillar and not a snail. Baby steps.....

You can buy the caterpillar here:

Additionally, here are a few coding resources to get you started or support any work you've already begun to do with your child and even yourself, on coding:

  • Code - www.code.org | This is a mecca coding learning resource. From pre-readers to beyond, there are a variety of tools and games to teach anyone, at any level, how to code.
  • Tynker: Coding for Kids  - www.tynker.com | For children 7+ and you can customize a program based on your child's needs.
  • For Adults - Here is a link to a list of 45 places you can learn to code from | Learn to code

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