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Plywood programming toy helps children learn about coding

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Cubetto uses simple colored blocks to enable children to program a wheeled toy and learn the basics of coding.

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Following on from our coverage of Primo Toys last year, the company has launched Cubetto 2.0 on Kickstarter. The educational toy teaches children how to code using simple commands and a large, colorful interface.

The game is to help the toy find its way back to its home, by writing programs that command ‘go’, ‘left’, and ‘right’, which are done by entering correctly colored blocks. When using the toy, children first line up colored blocks on a control panel. The wooden, wheeled toy will then follow a path of functions laid out by the controls. Cubetto 2.0 is a small, plywood box, and is built around a simple Arduino control computer.

The company behind Cubetto, London-based Primo Toys, say the toy is for ages three and up, and it seems remarkably easy for children to use. The developers claim that “coding is a basic 21st century literacy”, and the toy aims to help develop this key skill.

The campaign is approved by the traditional educational Montessori school, and says it helps children learn programming away from a screen. The Kickstarter has raised more than USD 190,000, with almost 1,000 backers. What other types of toys can teach kids how to code?



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