Times are changing, technology, smartphones and social networks are part of our daily life. Kids are born with a tablet under de hood and have a lot of facilities for this new technologic generation, but we still have to know how to stimulate them in order to develop their own potential while they play.
We are part of a new generation called millennials, we were born with technology and this is why it’s something natural to us and it isn’t really difficult for us to use it, but we’d really liked to count with all the current technology when we were kids.
Technology still has to win more importance, and also more on the computer area, and this is why it will be crucial to know how to use it, and also to know how to program if we want to have a perfect command of it. That’s the reason why each time we have more gadgets and toys which allow young children to learn about that world while they are having fun, and the fact that they are oriented to children doesn’t mean that adults can’t have fun and learn with them.
That’s why today we bring you different products that will help kids (and adults too) to get introduced to this world and learn more about it:
We start with code-a-pillar, a toy by Fisher-Price which hasn’t been launched yet. It consists on a modular caterpillar with which young children will have fun moving it and making it sound. To do so, they count with different modules which symbolize an action. We can find modules with actions such as: go straight, turn right, turn left, turn around, make a sound and more. This toy will help young children to think in a structured and logic way to be able to break down what they want to do and transmit it to the toy by combining those modules.
And we continue with Cubetto, a really cute box which will allow children (as well as older ones) to have fun while they learn how to code by blocks. This toy is oriented to an older audience in comparison to the previous one and covers a quite much bigger age range. Just as with code-a-pillar we have to program our toy by using control blocks. This time we’ll have to move a very cute box through a remote control. It consists on putting on a panel the different pieces and pressing the button “Go”. But it doesn’t end there, Cubetto offers the possibility to be disassembled and connected to a computer in order to program it by using its own block language, thus, the toy can be extended like that and programmed as if it was an Arduino, a perfect way for avoiding kids leaving apart the toy when their hacker spirit starts to appear.
Now it’s the turn of a really useful tool, whose limit is your imagination. LittleBits consists on magnetic modules (each module offers a different option), and once joined, they enable us to design and prototype our own interactive designs. Also, the fact that it works with magnets and welding is not required, turns it into an ideal tool to experiment, free from short circuits. We can find several kits, from the base kit, to the student kit or even the Smart Home kit.
We reached Lego Mindstorm, a robotic construction toy line oriented to both, kids and adults. The basis of the Lego Mindstorm is to give free rein to our imagination so, depending on how we join the pieces and the programmed actions, we can build robots with different practical applications.
And finally, we bring you something different. McDonald’s is betting on approaching kids to new technologies trough this curious craft that they are proposing for their Happy Meal boxes. They give you the square with the lens already integrated and you have to cut the box of your menu to give it the shape of some virtual reality glasses, the final result are some glasses similar to the Google Cardboard but these are made with your Happy Meal. Currently, this experiment has been launched in the north of Sweden with a limited quantity of 3500 units. We hope that this experiment works and they bring it soon to more countries with more units!