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6.2

The Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar inspires little learners to be big thinkers by encouraging preschoolers to arrange (and rearrange) the easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations, sending Code-a-pillar on his path. Code-A-Pillar features 9 easy-to-connect segments that preschoolers can arrange and rearrange to tell the toy how to move forward, left, right, wiggle, dance or even wait for a couple seconds before moving again. Kids can configure the segments in such a way that the Code-A-Pillar can reach targets they set...

6.6

Cato’s Hike’ is a game for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to teach kids and young children basic programming skills. A Programming and Logic Odyssey takes kids on a story-based adventure through mazes to collect hearts and stars and find friends, using the logic of computer programming to guide their character. The backstory is delivered in pieces at each leg of the hike. There are keys to find, doors to unlock, and damsels in distress to rescue. To move a character, kids drag...

8.1

Code.org is a non-profit organization and eponymous website led by Hadi Partovi that aims to encourage people to learn computer science.  The website includes free coding lessons and the initiative also targets schools in an attempt to encourage them to include more computer science classes in the curriculum. Code.org is a very good starting point for kids begin coding. Code.org’s vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science because it drives innovation in the...

6.8

Bee-Bots an exciting programmable floor robot for Child Care, Early Years & Lower Primary. Its child friendly layout appeals to children and it is a perfect starting point for teaching control, directional language and programming to young children. This open-ended resource allows teachers to use the Bee-Bots as a tool to enhance learning in Literacy, Science & Numeracy through a multitude of activities.   Sturdy construction and colorful design entice children to put Bee-Bot through its paces. Directional keys are used to...

6.2

Robot Turtles is a board game for kids ages 3-8. Kids won't know it, but while they're playing, they're learning the fundamentals of programming. Robot Turtles has a sneaky way of teaching kids – as young as preschoolers - the basics of programming. Inspired by the Logo programming language, the goal is for kids to get their turtle to a matching colored jewel. While kids get to be the programmers and have all the control, grownups act as the computer, following...

7.7

Cubetto looks like a little wooden box, with a smiley face on one side and an arrow on the top indicating its direction. Two large wheels are embedded mostly inside the body; these, combined with the small plastic bumps on the front and back, allow Cubetto to roll around and turn left and right. Programming with blocks isn't intrinsically exciting. Instead, the joy comes from helping kids balance an abstract set of directions with the very real contents of their living...

6.8

Daisy the Dinosaur is an app that can be used to introduce students ingrades K-3 the basic logic behind computer programming. This free, fun app has an easy drag and drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy to dance across the screen. Kids will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events by solving this app's challenges. After playing Daisy, kids can choose to download a kit to program their own computer game....