9 best coding toys and tools for children

Are you looking for an out-of-the-ordinary gift for your little one? Here are 9 coding toys and tools for children that are educational as well as fun.
Christopher McFadden
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Are you looking for some cool 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 in coding.

1. Botley the Coding Robot

Botley the Coding Robot

Coding is an important skill that children need to learn. But, it can be difficult to get them interested in coding. Botley the Coding Robot is a great way to introduce coding to kids and allow them to explore the world of coding without a screen.

The Botley the Coding Robot is a coding toy that teaches kids to code in a fun and interactive way. It has 16 different coding styles, which allows children to learn and experiment. Botley also provides 16 fun interactions, which help build critical thinking skills as they explore the possibilities of each interaction. This toy is recommended for children aged 5 and above.

The Botley the Coding Robot is an interactive toy that introduces children to programming by using a physical interface instead of a screen. It comes with 78 pieces that can be assembled into different robots, vehicles, and animals.

2. LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox

This set comes with 847 LEGO pieces that kids can build and rebuild into 5 cool multifunctional models. Made for 7-12-year-old boys and girls who love to tinker and learn about science. It enhances the critical learning and thinking ability of kids.

Who can argue with the idea of Lego as a gift? Especially a Lego kit that helps children with coding. 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?

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.

Artie 3000 Coding Robot

The Artie 3000 Coding Robot is perfect for beginner coders who want to start practicing their skills in an easy way. It does not require internet access, so it can be used safely by kids who are just starting out with coding.

The Artie 3000 is a coding robot that draws lines on paper. It is pre-programmed with various designs and can be used by beginner coders. It is easy to set up and doesn't require the internet. The Artie 3000 Coding Robot is safe and secure for children to use, as there are no sharp edges or small parts that can be swallowed.

This robot is great for kids because it teaches them how to code without any risk of injury or harm. A fine toy to get your little munchkin to spark their interest in coding.

4. Code and Go Robot Mouse

Code & Go Robot

This toy helps develop critical thinking and coding skills, which are important skills for the future. It is also a good way to introduce STEM learning at an early age. Also a good choice to go for in this back-to-school season to get your kids into the groove of coding.

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 'activity cards' that your child can build. And, of course, your child can design their own as well. 

Coding involves basic direction commands or 'actions' like lighting something 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

Kano Computer Kit

This toy is a new way to introduce children to coding. It is an open-source, DIY kit that allows kids to build their own computers and learn about the basics of coding. Comes with hundreds of coding challenges which promise fun and learning for all ages.

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.

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.

Apitor SuperBot

This robot toy set has the ability to teach children how to code, how to build and how to think critically. It is also an educational toy that helps children learn STEM subjects. It also helps massively in enhancing graphical program learning.

The Apitor SuperBot is perfect for kids aged 8 and above who are interested in STEM learning. The different pieces in this set can be used to build 18 types of cool robots. They can be assembled into multiple shapes like a car or a plane. The Apitor SuperBot also has a dedicated app that allows you to control the robot from your phone.

The Apitor SuperBot is a robot toy set that enhances critical thinking and graphical program learning. It provides a hands-on way to learn how to code while also teaching kids how to think critically.

7. UBTECH UnicornBot

UBTECH Unicornbot

This robot toy is programmable and is made of plastic. It has a wide range of options for the user to program it to perform. This robot simplifies STEM learning and develops critical thinking skills in children.

The UBTECH UnicornBot is a toy robot that can be programmed to perform various tasks. It comes with 440 pieces, is made of plastic, and is designed for kids aged 8-14 years. It simplifies STEM learning by programming the robot to perform various tasks like walking and dancing.

The UBTECH UnicornBot helps children develop critical thinking skills by teaching them how to program the robot. It promises a time full of fun and curiosity while also increasing a child's observation and analytical skills.

8. Sphero SPRK+

Sphero SPRK+

This toy is designed to inspire creativity and make coding and engineering accessible for everyone. It’s easy to code and create, so it can be used by both children and adults. This toy is inspiring engineers of tomorrow because it allows them to explore the world of engineering at their own pace.

Spheho 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.

Sphero works with two apps; Lighting Lab and Sphero Edu. Both 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 very awesome.

9. Augie

AUGIE Coding Robot

This robot toy is equipped with augmented reality technology that enhances children's imagination and creativity. It offers engaging lessons in a playful way that kids can relate to. A perfect point to start STEM learning for kids.

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, enhancing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This toy 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 tickled your fancy? Perhaps you have your own suggestions? Let us know in the comments below.

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