Is it possible teaching children how to code without screens? Programming is quickly becoming an essential part of early education, but parents are also concerned that children spend too much time in front of a screen. What if our kids could learn digital skills away from the screen? Now it’s possible, they don’t need to have a tablet or a smartphone to learn the basics of programming. All they require is a wooden robot, an interface board, and coding blocks.
Cubetto is a coding toy for girls and boys aged 3 and up conceived and designed by Primo Toys. It takes coding off the screen, and into the real world. No tablets, no WiFi. Even it is not necessary children know to read!
The robot is made of tactile and hard-wearing wood and the guide into the world of coding. The blocks are the coding language you can touch, like MIT’s LOGO from the ’70. Each block is an action. Combine them to create programs!
Children place the blocks onto the board in a set order to determine how Cubetto, the robot, moves. So, it is the command line. Inside the board is an Arduino-compatible circuit that can read the position of the block and transmit directions to a circuit inside Cubetto.
Primo is introducing new Cubetto Adventure Packs: maps and story books that place the boxy protagonist in imaginative scenarios and present programming challenges for kids to figure out.
This playset introduces computational thinking at early ages. But not only it teaches kids to program through the play, children can be creative with it. Cubetto is designed to be a storytelling tool and helps to spark children’s imaginations.
From Montessori, to Common Core, to Coding Clubs, to STEM programs, Cubetto has been used in schools across 96 countries and counting.
Interesting, right? If you want to support this project and their new packs, you can back Cubetto here.