If you were wondering about teaching coding to kids, this robotic toy is the answer. Currently engaged in a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, Codie is a toy robot designed to teach children simple programming. Kind of like a mini Roomba, Codie also helps young ones build skills in problem solving and critical thinking.
The educational toy enables kids to learn increasingly more difficult principles the longer they play with the accompanying app. The more levels unlocked, the more the toy can do. In the app, skills are blocked together and colored strings are used in the user interface and tutorials to show the order players have to do things in.
This simplistic but effective approach to teaching coding will likely resonate with slightly older children who have the patience to progress with Codie.