The thought of learning coding fills me with fear.
Kian is studying games design at sixth form and his work goes straight over my head and even making HTML codes for my blog gives me a headache.
Computers are second nature to this generation and even Isaac is learning to code at school and now you can teach children as young a three to code with Primo Toys Cubetto.
I was offered the Cubetto to review and if I am honest, I was initially really skeptical about a toy that could teach a child to code. I am pleased to say that it blew me away and we have had lots of fun playing with it both at home and at pre-school as it makes coding accessible for both girls and boys.
The Montessori-approved coding toy has been designed to introducing coding through play to help children aged three years and up to write their first programs using a friendly wooden robot, powered by a revolutionary coding language made of tangible blocks, instead of text on screens.
In the box you get:
- Cubetto wooden robot, complete with a friendly, smiley face and two wheels to make it move (requires 3 x AA batteries)
- Interface Board – the control panel (requires 3 x AA batteries)
- 16 Command Blocks which are colour coded by direction they send the robot in
- World Map – Cubetto’s Adventure Playground
Because the set is wooden, it is robust and looks a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, which is familiar to children and completely gender inclusive, so it appeals to both girls and boys.
Simply decide where you want your robot to go and place the colourful blocks in a sequence on the board to tell it where to go. The cube can go forwards and turn right and left.
Once you have made you route, press the “go” button and watch as Cubetto cleverly moves around the map.
There are also blue function line tiles included which you use if you want to repeat the sequence by inserting them into a special place on the board.
All the kids from Isaac (8), Eliza (6) and Sebastian (3) have enjoyed playing with the Cubetto. At first it was very much trial and error, especially for Sebastian as he would make it turn left and right but forget to add a forward tile to get to his chosen destination but it has really helped their reasoning skills.
With STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) being predominantly male occupations, Cubetto is an early-age solution to gender gap, encouraging both girls and boys to experiment with technology.
Cubetto has an RRP of £159 and is available from primotoys.com