Now that we’ve got a little tyke running around the office here at Major Motion Media, we’ve been paying special attention to kid’s toys. Lately we’ve seen a lot of toys aimed at teaching kids as young as three how to get started with programming. It’s been cited that the average starting salary for a programmer is $91,000, and with the world becoming ever more technologically advanced, there does not seem to be an end to the need for these skills; so investing in these types of toys seems like a no brainer.
The two we liked the best are the Think and Learn codeapillar from Fischer-Price and Bitsbox.
The codeapillar consists of eight segments, each with a different directional code built in (turn right, turn left, go straight, etc) which can then be assembled in any order to make the codeapillar follow a distinct set of commands. Kids learn the basic tenets of code by configuring the segments together to “program” the toy. This toy is being released later this year, and at $50, sounds like a must-have! You can check out the website here!