10 gizmos and gifts to encourage kids to learn to code
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Think you’ve got a budding coder in your house?
The learn-to-code space has no shortage of ideas to inspire young minds and help them get to grips with programming logic. We’ve rounded up some of the best stuff we’ve seen recently, from toys which aim to encourage learning via play, to connected hardware kits focused on inventing and project-making, to gamified software learning environments for those happy to gift a subscription.
Prices range from a few dollars for an in-app purchase to around $200 for fancier gadgets. Whether you’re buying a gift for a three year old or a tricky teen you’ll find something to consider here.
Sam Labs Inventor Kit
BBC micro:bit programmable board
pi-topCEED desktop computer
The Official Raspberry Pi Projects books
Flybrix build your own LEGO drone kits
Box Island learn to code game
CK for Modding subscription service
Mimo learn to code app
Tynker code learning subscription service