Fifteen years ago my teen son was barely a year-old but knew how to climb into my computer chair, find the coloring page bookmark in my web browser, and print his own color pages. He learned by watching me do it one time! My husband and I thought we had a computer genius on our hands (still do). Throughout the years, we’ve allowed him to explore with his connection to technology in many different ways. We never looked at him and thought “He’s too young to learn this stuff!” Instead, we looked at him in amazement as we encouraged his interest in every way possible.
Today, teachers are finding young children like my son in every classroom. Computer technology, something that seemed so foreign to us all twenty-five years ago, has become as common to our kids as the alphabet. The only difference is, early education professionals know how to teach the alphabet, but they don’t know where to begin with teaching computer programming.
How do you teach computer programming to a three year-old? The same way you teach them everything they need to learn at their age — through play!
Cubetto is a Montessori approved educational toy that teaches basic coding principals to children ages three to six. Essentially, he is a wooden robot who is instructed to move after the child has coded his movements on a control board with blocks! It’s simple and impressive! See for yourself in the video below.
The Cubetto Playset is the easiest way for children to start learning computer programming, and it consists of a friendly wooden robot named Cubetto, a physical programming console, a set of expandable coding blocks, a collection of beautifully illustrated maps and an activity book. By placing the blocks in different patterns on the control panel, children create sequences of instructions that program the robot’s movement.
In the process, they develop computational thinking skills that help them understand the basic principles of coding — all of this, in a very age-appropriate way that respects a child’s natural way of learning.
The maps and activity books help children and parents get started with play, by navigating Cubetto through stories and challenges. Planning these mini adventures helps children learn more than coding. They learn to tell stories, to communicate, and to think critically and independently.
Cubetto is the only screen-less programming system, powered by a revolutionary coding language made of colorful blocks that lets children write their first computer programs. Created by Primo Toys, Cubetto is now available for purchase worldwide HERE. Each Cubetto comes complete with one Cubetto, one control board, sixteen coding blocks, one world map, and one storybook. This is everything you need to get your preschooler started with their first computer programming adventure! (Additional maps and storybooks can be purchased separately if you choose to expand.)
Cubetto teaches skills that everyone can benefit from. Regardless if you have a preschooler who is interested in technology, blocks, toys, robots, animation, automobiles, or puzzles, Cubetto is for every child! Cubetto provides gender-neutral play that boosts a child’s creativity, critical thinking, spatial awareness and communication skills AND is the only coding toy that can be used by sighted and non-sighted children in the same setting, creating an equal learning environment that promotes inclusive play.
Do you have a child with special needs? By combining movement, touch and sound, Cubetto also helps children with disabilities strengthen their sequencing and communication skills.
Please visit Primo Toys to learn more.