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Teach Your Kids to Code with These Fun ToysCoding is a valuable skill for your child to learn. And luckily, learning to code is something children can easily do. Thanks to a variety of fun and educational toys and coding apps on the market today, teaching your child to code is simple and enjoyable. Coding toys are creative and fun, and there are many great skills kids learn from coding.

If you’re looking for a cool toy that teaches your child a useful skill at the same time, you’re going to love these fun toys that teach your kids to code.

8 Fun Toys to Teach Your Kids to Code

1. Dash Robot

Robots are a great way to teach your kids to code. And the Dash Robot is one of the best coding toys you can buy. This cute robot is an open-ended learning platform that helps your child learn the basics of coding by giving the robot voice commands.

The robot helps children explore a variety of coding basics including loops, events, conditions, and sequences. And with five compatible free apps, there is no end to the amount of fun your kids will have as they learn to code.

2. Kids First Coding and Robotics

With no software or apps needed to play this fun game, your young coder will have a blast learning the basics of coding with Kids First Coding and Robotics. This board game style toy is designed to teach children in kindergarten through second grade 30 different coding lessons through story-based play.

Each lesson is aligned with teaching standards developed by the computer science teachers association. Lessons feature six different story lines with kid-friendly themes, like a mouse moving through a maze or a soccer player moving toward the goal.

If you are looking for a gentle but effective way to teach your kids to code, this is the perfect toy. The game combines model building and coding lessons to teach coding principles in a fun and engaging way.

3. Harry Potter Coding Wand

Any Harry Potter fan would love this fun coding game that gives players a chance to learn to code through more than 70 creative magic-themed challenges. Whether coding a feather to fly or a pumpkin to grow, the Harry Potter Coding Wand combines the fun of magic with learning to code. The adult Harry Potter fans in your home will want to learn to code too!

4. Code and Go Robot Mouse

Not all coding lessons need to be on a computer. Sometimes, teaching coding to a beginner requires analog learning first. The Code and Go Mouse is a great way for young children to visualize code before they begin learning to practice onscreen.

With 16 maze grids, 22 walls, three tunnels, and 30 coding cards, your young coder can practice creating a variety of different patterns and paths, then code the robot mouse to travel through each unique maze.

5. Botley the Coding Robot

If you want another great choice for screen-free play that teaches coding, check out Botley the Coding Robot. Simply use the included remote programmer to transmit codes to Botley the Robot. In addition to having the ability to detect objects in front of him, Botley also responds to looping commands, travels through obstacle courses, and follows back-line paths.

6. Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar

While your preschooler may not be programming video games in the near future, it’s never too early to teach coding concepts. And with this cute toy, your little one will have a blast learning the basics of coding.

With the Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar, your toddler can code more than 1,000 different paths for the caterpillar to take by pushing the different buttons on its body. On top of the fun sounds and light effects on this engaging toy, the simplicity of play is sure to make this educational toy one of your toddler’s favorites.

7. Osmo Coding Jam

Whether your child practices their coding skills with the analog, hand-held pieces or on the corresponding app, they’re sure to have a blast playing with Osmo Coding Jam. This award-winning toy is designed for kids ages five through 12 and has a variety of activities for kids of any coding level.

To play, your child uses coding blocks to create music beats while coding. The game comes with 23 magnetic coding blocks that work on their own or as part of a digital app.

8. Metatalab STEM Coding Set

Designed for beginner coders, Metatalab STEM Coding set teaches basic coding concepts like sequencing, conditionals, and debugging in a fun and engaging way. This simple kit comes with a small robot, a game map, obstacles, and a variety of coding blocks, in addition to challenge booklets that give your kids some coding ideas to try.

The blocks feature intuitive graphic symbols, making them simple for even young children to use.

Have you found a fun toy to teach your kids to code? Be sure to share it with us in the comments section below!

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13 Comments

  1. Kelly|citytoast2southerntea on December 6, 2019 at 1:53 am

    This is cool I will have to check these out my.son is interested in coding so this would be great for him

  2. Leah on December 6, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Wow this is super cool! What age did you start your kids?

    • Leah Nieman on December 6, 2019 at 5:14 am

      My youngest graduated from college this year:-) Tech toys have definitely developed quickly during my parenting years. But, we started our kids when they showed interested. With my youngest it was age 4. What worked for us was introducing our kids to quality toys, software, and apps. The Fisher Price Think & Learn Code a Pillar is great for kids as young as 2 1/2. Dash Robot can be enjoyed by kids 6 and up.

  3. Paris on December 6, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Tech kids!!! My husband will love this!

  4. Tamra on December 6, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    I love this list I really need to start doing this with my kids, I think coding seems more intimidating then it is, right?

    • Leah Nieman on December 6, 2019 at 4:54 pm

      Yes! Coding definitely is one of those subjects that many parents feel is intimidating. Hope your family finds some fun coding toys on the list.

  5. Shayla Marie on December 6, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    I’ll talk to my kids about this and see if they would like to learn code, these look like great resources to get started!

  6. Cyndi Buchanan on December 6, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    My kids love playing with their Dash robot at school. It’s amazing how much they can learn so fast.

  7. Adriane Thompson on December 6, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    My kids love learning how to code. We have the Harry Potter wand and Dash. Both are winners in our house. I love the idea of Botley since it doesn’t require a screen. We have one neurodiverse kiddos whose autonomic nervous system easily becomes overactivated with screens but he loves coding! Seems like a win win to me. LOVE this list!

    • Leah Nieman on December 6, 2019 at 9:15 pm

      So glad the list was helpful. And yes, I love that Botley is a screen-free coding option.

  8. ciara on December 7, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Coding takes it to another level. I love technology but that’s not a strength for me. lol. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Marysa on December 7, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    These are such neat toys for kids. I would love to get some of these for my kids and get them using their creativity especially being home over winter break.

  10. Clarice on December 10, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Oh! I love to get this for my boys. My sons is really into computers and had been asking questions on how to make a mobile phone game. I guess this is just a perfect way to get started. Thank you for sharing this list.

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