Raising kids in the 21st century digital age, is completely different to the way I was raised back in the 80’s. I was fortunate enough to have access to computers as early as kindergarten, but I did not have my own cell phone until after college. Many kids nowadays are more tech savvy and comfortable using digital communications than their parents generation. So with these significant advances in technology, what should be part of a basic, common knowledge base for kids in the 21st century?
The term procedural literacy is being used a lot more lately, where literacy is the ability to read and write, and process information. Where procedural literacy goes beyond reading and writing, and includes computing, media and coding. When kids learn to code, they learn how to think.
There are many computer games and apps for kids to learn how to code, but not so many physical toys. My kids are 3 and 5, so I am eager to have them gain technology knowledge, but don’t necessarily want them to be using technology to learn it. That is why I was so excited to have my kids try out the new tech toy product from Best Buy the Code-a-pillar.
Code-a-pillar fun new kids tech toy by Fisher-Price
The Code-a-pillar encourages your child to explore sequences and reasoning with this fun Think and Learn tech toy. Both of my kids preschooler and Kindergartener, were engaged and eager to arrange the segments in different orders, to see whose would clear all the way to the end without running into a wall or furniture. The Code-a-pillar follows instructions to go left, right, straight or toot a horn. My kids can easily re-arrange the pieces into a completely different combinations, without any adult help. When your kids Code-a-pillar completes the combination correctly it speaks to your kids in its secret caterpillar code talk.
Plus who would not want to learn about coding from this sweet face. Yes this toy makes noise, but it is so not overly loud or annoying. To learn more about the Code-a-pillar and pricing click over to Best Buy.
I was compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.