Meet the Code-a-Pillar, Fisher-Price's new toy that teaches preschoolers how to code.
Fisher-Price unveiled a new toy that teaches preschoolers how to code. The new Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar exposes kids to the concepts of coding like thinking skills, problem solving and sequencing.
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The Code-A-Pillar is only able to teach kids the very basics of programming. It does though come with a companion app. The details are still very limited on how that plastic caterpillar is teaching coding.
The full details will be released at the Toy Fair 2016 next month. Gizmodo has published the press photo from Mattel that is you can see above.
I just got into the coding thing for kids during the holidays. I use apps though featured in the Hour of Code initiative including Lightbot Hour. My kids are now 7 and 5 and are used to the iPhone since years. The Lightbot Hour app is great and my kids love it. Besides sequencing, they learn how to program with procedures and loops.
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Skipping the Code-A-Pillar and straight going to apps to learn coding appears to be the more effective and flexible way if your kids know how to use the iPhone.