Coding To Be Big Feature Of 2021 Christmas Presents
Back in the day, Christmas presents were all about train sets, chocolate oranges and board games. Then came computer games and digital devices. But now, coding is taking centre stage.
The BBC’s Science Focus magazine has published its list of the best coding toys for kids this year, devices that will not only provide lots of smiles on December 25th and fun thereafter, but help equip youngsters with crucial skills for work in the future and encourage them to take coding classes.
An example is the Lego Mindstorms, aimed at those aged ten and up, which allows kids to build five different robots and then use the coding programme Scratch to bring them to life. Another Lego device, aimed at those aged 7-12, is the Creative Toolbox, using the Boost app to bring one of five robots to life.
For a really young audience, aged three upwards, there is a train set involved - but this involves coding for beginners using Scratch or Python to programme the intelino J-1 Smart Train to run on the route set out for it.
With a football-related device for eight year olds and an LED display model for teenagers, there is certainly plenty of choice.
However, the best option of all may be an item with a distinctive BBC theme - the High Five Inventor Coding Kit. Designed with a Doctor Who theme, this could be absolutely ideal for big fans of the show, who can combine coding with their love of time-travelling adventures in the TARDIS, dodging Daleks and giving Cybermen the slip.