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The 2016 Toy Buying Guide For Kids Learning How To Code

December 17, 2016
in Kids

Learning to code has gained a place at the top of so many parent's minds. Not long ago, I wrote about how important it is to approach these toys as one would approach a key investment. That is, we should be truly interested, stay informed, and enter a community to further engage in learning. With that in mind, I realize that it is still difficult to purchase one of these products with confidence. Here is a guide categorized by questions to ask ourselves when looking for the right toy for our child. Does My Child Enjoy Open-Ended Play? Child development experts can't say enough about open-ended play. It promotes creativity, problem-solving, story-telling, and perspective-taking especially if role-play is involved. Toys with robots are great for this type of play. Often times, they come with apps that allow you to just drive the toy without having to code it always. These toys include a wide variety of very well-designed toys that also present a little personality to them. For example, when you turn them on, they greet you with a very cute voice and a light sequence or motor movement. The child will instantly feel a connection. The child here is not coding but some toys have various methods of engaging a toy. It's possible to play with something using a driving app and then learn to code with it when ready. Pictured is the child with a Sphero 2.0, an older version of the Sphero SPRK+. Photo: Toys As Tools It's possible to play with something using a driving app and then learn to code with it when ready. Pictured is a child with a Sphero 2.0, an older version of the Sphero SPRK+. Photo: Toys As Tools My...

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