Looking for some hot gifts for your young coders? New ideas abound in the learn-to-code space, all designed to inspire young minds and help them learn programming logic. Here are five new ones that we’ve seen recently, that range from add-ons to Lego’s to a host of other upgrades. These range from ‘cool’ to ‘crazy’ on the fun scale, and some of the new ones that are making the scene this year have prices that range from a few dollars for in-app purchases to around $225:
Cubetto Playset – A programmable wooden robot for kids as young as 3 years old. Cubetto is the friendly wooden robot that will teach your child the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands on play. Montessori approved, LOGO Turtle inspired. Website: https://www.primotoys.com/. Price: $225.
Sam Labs Inventor Kit – Inventor lets you s-t-r-e-t-c-h your imagination. Use SAM Blocks and the SAM Space app to build awesome projects, games, inventions and hacks. Super quick. Super smart. Website: https://www.samlabs.com/shop/inventor. Price: $139.
BBC micro:bit programmable board – The BBC micro:bit is a programmable board designed for 11 – 12 year olds. There’s a programmable LED display, buttons, motion detector and sensors on board — all of which can be controlled via drag-and-drop code block editors, or a text ieditor to push coding skills further. Website: http://microbit.org/. Price: $29.
Flybrix build your own LEGO drone kits – This is a very cool program from Flybrix that lets you build a drone using Lego Bricks. Ages 14 and up. Last Day to order for Christmas arrival is December 15! Website: https://flybrix.com/. Price: $189.
Box Island learn to code game – If you’re buying for a child who already has access to a smartphone or tablet then learn-to-code puzzle game Box Island could be a cost-effect option for encouraging programming. It’s a free download for Android and iOS including ten levels. Website: https://boxisland.io/. Price: $2.99 to $7.99 in-app purchase.