7 Coding Toys for Little Kids

Best Toys Code a Pillar
Jeffrey Westbrook
Coding isn’t only for big kids, and the basics—like learning cause-and-effect and problem solving—don’t have to be mastered on a computer. These fun picks will get your child thinking like a real programmer.
Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito

If This, Then That

As simple as it gets! Color-match one of the figures to the correct spot on Kid O’s Myland Houseboat tub toy and a light goes on. Place the other correctly to sound the horn. 2 years+, $45.

Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito

On the Right Path

The Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse set’s changing board challenges kids to direct the critter to cheese. 5 years+, $60.

Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito

Chain of Command

The Osmo’s Coding Game adds on to its iPad-based system. Your kid orders actions for a monster, then watches a story unfold. 5 years+, $49 plus $79 for Osmo Starter Kit.

Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito

Bit by Bit

The Kano Computer Kit has your kid build the hardware and program the software. 6 years+, $150 plus $150 for screen (or use one at home).

Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito

Wired to Be Charming

Free apps for iOS, Android, or Fire let kids turn Wonder Workshop’s Dot into a customized Magic 8 Ball and more. 6 years+, $50.

Peter Ardito
Peter Ardito

Open-Ended Play

Your child commands the Mover Kit, from Technology Will Save Us, to light up when and how she wants. 8 years+, $75.

Jeffrey Westbrook
Jeffrey Westbrook

Thinking Big

Coding that’s intuitive! Each part of the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar dictates an action. Pull it apart and reassemble in any order, then hit the go button to watch the creature follow each step. Use the arrow and star to set up a challenge. 3 to 6 years, $50.

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