National Coding week was founded in 2014. By 2020, it is expected that the UK will have more than 750,000 new ‘digital’ jobs and British businesses will need to train nearly 2.3 million people to meet the demand, therefore individuals can play their part by learning new skills or sharing their expertise.
It is very important to develop coding skills in children, I have been involving my girls in coding too by introducing them with toys that are 100% screen free. On September 16, 2019 is a coding week and to celebrate, we have decided to review the Coding Critters from Learning Resources.
Coding Critters are the playful puppy pets, which bring early STEM concepts to preschool learning through 100% screen-free coding. They come in 3 varieties: Ranger & Zip, Rumble & Bumble & Scamper & Sneaker. We chose Ranger & Zip combo. The play-set comes along with the adventure book which guides you to a lives of a Ranger and his friend Zip.
Each storybook coding challenge unfolds in the Coding Critters’ fun pet play-set – can you code Ranger to play hide and seek, fetch a ball from the tennis ball launcher or catch Zip after a ride down the slide. In addition to following along with the storybook’s coding challenges, you can also use the pet play-set to design your own code games and more! You can also press Ranger’s nose to activate Play Mode, where you can feed, pet, and take care of your new puppy robot pal! You can even make him dance and sing a silly song! The play-set was super easy to put together, girls did it themselves.
Little ones can help the Coding Critters on their storybook adventures, as you code them to play fetch, hide and seek, and more in their fun pet playset! You can even design your own challenges!
We have also made a video for our YouTube Channel, we hope you like it! 🙂