9 Best Coding Toys and Tools for Children

Are you looking for an out of ordinary gift for the little one? Here are 10 coding toys and tools for children that are educational as well as fun.
Christopher McFadden
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Are you looking for some coding toys and tools for children? Then you've come to the right place. The following  10 are a great mix of toys that will help introduce or develop your child's knowledge and confidence with coding.

1. Code-a-Pillar - Buy Now

Well now, what have we here? Apparently an almost perfect example of coding toys and tools for children. Fisher-Price is renowned the world over for the quality of their toys but this might be a game-changer. The Code-a-Pillar lets your child play and learn some basic coding at the same time.

9 Best Coding Toys and Tools for Children
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The toy comprises of eight segments and a head. Each segment has a symbol on its back to show a direction or an 'action' icon such as playing music or wiggling. The segments can be linked together in a sequence and the Code-a-Pillar will follow it faithfully. 

There are also expansion packs for additional commands. A word of warning for parents, however. There is no volume control!

9 Best Coding Toys and Tools for Children
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2. Lego Boost Robotics - Buy Now

Who can argue with the idea of Lego for Christmas? Especially a Lego kit that is a perfect example of coding toys and tools for children. This set lets your little ones learn how to program robots. The kit is aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 12, but does Lego really have an age limit?

9 Best Coding Toys and Tools for Children
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The kit comes with bricks, of course, a central processing unit and some sensors. The assembled robots can be programmed using an iPad or Android tablet with the included app.

3. Coji from WowWee - Buy Now

This cute little bot is called Coji and it can be programmed using emojis. Kids can use a tablet or smartphone to loaf programs onto the robot and have the time of their lives. Some basic functions are also available without using a mobile device, which is nice.

9 Best Coding Toys and Tools for Children
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Each emoji will describe a specific robot action that can be built into a sequence. For instance, directional symbols will move the robot (as you'd expect). Adding a musical instrument will make Coji play a little tune for your child. 

Children can also build-in if-then statements. The accompanying app also has some games to make the experience more immersive.

4. Code and Go Robot Mouse Activity Set - Buy Now

9 Best Coding Toys and Tools for Children
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Here's a great little toy to teach basic coding that doesn't need a computer or WiFi. Your child gets to build a maze and then program Colby the mouse to traverse it.

Simple yet effective. The set comes with mazes depicted on so-called 'activity cards' that your child can build. Or, of course, your child can design their own. 

Coding involves basic direction commands or 'actions' like lighting up or making a sound. This one is targeted at children as young as 5 and doesn't require any reading skills.

5. Kano Computer Kit - Buy Now

Kano is ideal for children who want to build their own little computer. The entire set is powered using a Raspberry Pi as well as Kano's very own OS and keyboard.

9 Best Coding Toys and Tools for Children
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The set comes complete with an HDMI cable to connect to a TV or monitor. The Pi comes in a transparent case so kids can see the 'gubbins' at work. Cables are also color-coded to help young builders put the kit together. 

The set also comes with a handy guidebook to walk young ones through the entire process.

9 Best Coding Toys and Tools for Children

Source: Kano/Amazon

6. Cubetto - Buy Now

Cubetto is actually a Kickstarter project from the startup company Primo Toys, It was launched in 2016 and raised 15 times its goal of $100,000.

The toy is designed for 3-year-olds and is made of wood. Cubetto doesn't require any screens and will teach your little one the basics of programming commands. 

The wooden robot is controlled from a board where children insert wooden 'commands' or coding blocks.

7. Electro Dough Kit - Buy Now

This one isn't necessarily coding per se, but it is a novel option worthy of consideration. It's not very often you'll see electronics and clay combined into one toy. With Electro Dough Kit you get just that. A company called Technology Will Save Us recently launched a kickstart to make what they call a "squishy play experience".

9 Best Coding Toys and Tools for Children
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The clay is a special kind called "electro-dough" which can actually conduct electricity. The kit comes complete with a simple battery pack, a speaker, and a video game-like controller. 


The toy is aimed at kids between the ages of 4 and 6 and is designed to let them build simple circuits and mold them into any shape. It also comes with a neat app to guide children through the process.

8. Sphero SPRK+ - Buy Now

9 Best Coding Toys and Tools for Children
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Sphero is, as the name suggests, a spherical robot that connects to a smart device via Bluetooth. It comes with batteries that are powered up via an inductive charger too.

Sphero works with an app called Lighting Lab as well as another called Sphero Edu. Both these apps provide a platform for children to program Sphero using a graphical interface.

Sphero Edu also has a block-based system for commands or even real JavaScript code. The robot is waterproof and generally awesome.c

9. Ozobot - Buy Now

9 Best Coding Toys and Tools for Children
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Ozobot is a neat little line-following robot that will help kids learn the principles of coding. This little fella will follow black line drawings on a piece of paper or tablet screen. Strategically placed red dots will also make the robot perform certain actions.

These can include a color change, direction change or change in speed. There is a new EVO model too but the original one is great for introducing the basic concepts of coding.

EVO comes with some extra features like IR Proximity Sensing, RC-controlled movements and some autonomous behaviors.

10. Augie - Buy Now

Last but not least on our list of coding toys is Augie. Augie is a premiere coding robot that comes equipped with augmented reality technology. The toy has been developed to help introduce children to coding whilst having fun at the same time. Augie will engage your child's creativity and imagination whilst enhancing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

9 Best Coding Toys and Tools for Children
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Augie also comes with a free app that offers engaging lesson plans and exciting gameplay. 

So there you go. Have any of these coding toys and tools for children tickle your fancy? Perhaps you have your own suggestions? Let us know in the comments below.


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