Coding for toddlers as easy as ABC

JUL 25, 2016 | By Aditi Gaitonde
Remember playing Monopoly as a kid and being entirely invested in healthy competition, staying out of prison, asking the bank for loan and sometimes even occasionally borrowing cash from a playmate? Games have always left an impact on kids by imparting knowledge disguised as fun.
Catering to this generation of children, London based Primo Toys is taking educational play sets a notch further with Cubetto. A wooden kit, Cubetto teaches kids three years and above how to code, through storytelling and adventure. It trains toddlers and preschoolers in the basics of computer programming and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills with a tactile experience minus the use of screens. It includes a friendly robot named Cubetto, a board that comprises a physical programming interface, a set of 16 colourful coding blocks, a large map and an activity book.
The goal is to guide the robot to his home using a queue of instructions. We love that this gender neutral toy can be played by tots even before they’ve learnt to read or write. As of April, this was Kickstarter’s most funded ed-tech project, which closed its crowd funding campaign at a record breaking $1,594,006!
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