Educational Tech for Kids
Bridging the gap between entertaining and educational when it comes to kids toys can be a struggle for parents and teachers. A stigma that claims that exposure to electronics at a young age is bad for children often turns parents off from using them at home. Introducing young kids to vital technical skills can be fun and beneficial. It gets them excited for learning and science and prepares them for the fiercely tech-driven world they will be growing up in.
We have compiled a few products and kits that kids (and adults too) will have a blast doing while learning important skills.
Circuitry is not typically a subject that we would expect little ones to grasp, but littleBits can turn any kid into an inventor. littleBits’s mission is to demystify electronics and allow anyone to understand how things work. littleBit kits come with a variety of building blocks that snap together with magnets. Kits range from simple lightbulbs and switches to creating musical instruments and piecing together your own smart device. Prices range from $99 for a basic kit to $300 for larger and more complicated ones.
Since 3D printing became a popular tool for a part of mainstream technology revolutionized so many fields since its widespread use and now it can revolutionize your playtime. ThingMaker by Mattel takes all the excitement of 3D printing and makes it safe and entertaining for younglings. Using an app to guide them, kids can create completely customizable figures and jewelry. At $300 for the machine and a few rolls of PLA filament, it’s a great value for what you’re able to create.
Tynker is a site that offers dozens of activities for kids to learn about programming. Programming and coding is all about telling a computer exactly what you want it to do and problem solving when something isn’t functioning right. Researchers predict that by 2020, the number of computer-related jobs will rise by 22% with a high demand for software developers. Tynker uses games like Minecraft and interactive lessons to keep kids engaged and make them forget that they’re even learning.