Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Primo Toys. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.
Limits on screen time for our two boys are necessary during the week otherwise they turn into zombies. They typically aren't allowed to play any video games or use their tablets until Friday unless it's something we deem educational and even then we have to set boundaries because they'll end up playing Minecraft for hours and when I've said enough is enough they'll quickly answer back with a response like "but mommy we're learning how diamonds are made" and dive right back into playing because they assume there's no way I could refute that they are truly engaged and learning. Our lil' monsters are extremely tech savvy they love making stop motion videos together, edit their own YouTube videos and create their own background music with various apps. With all that said we're certainly concerned about all the actual time spent staring into screens, I know it affects me as I bounce from laptop to cellphone to tablet to desktop in heavy rotation. Created by Primo Toys, Cubetto is the only screen-less programming system, powered by a revolutionary coding language made of colorful blocks that lets children ages 3 and up write their first computer programs.
The Cubetto Playset is the easiest way for children to start learning computer programming, and it consists of a friendly wooden robot named Cubetto, a physical programming console, a set of expandable coding blocks, a collection of beautifully illustrated maps and an activity book. By placing the blocks in different patterns on the control panel, children create sequences of instructions that program the robot’s movement.
In the process, they develop computational thinking skills that help them understand the basic principles of coding -- all of this, in a very age-appropriate way that respects a child’s natural way of learning.
The maps and activity books help children and parents get started with play, by navigating Cubetto through stories and challenges. Planning these mini adventures helps children learn more than coding. They learn to tell stories, to communicate, and to think critically and independently.
It's refreshing to discover products like Cubetto which make me wish I were teaching my old 3 and 4 year old students, I swear they are like sponges who soak everything up so quickly. I can only imagine the endless time kids would spend in the classroom or at home while engaged in this.
Cubetto provides gender-neutral play that boosts a child’s creativity, critical thinking, spatial awareness and communication skills. It's so important that a learning tool be able to engage different learning styles and promote inclusive play so I think one truly unique feature is that Cubetto is the only coding toy that can be used by sighted and non-sighted children in the same setting, creating an equal learning environment.By combining movement, touch and sound, Cubetto also helps children with disabilities strengthen their sequencing and communication skills.
Cubetto is available for purchase on www.primotoys.com for $225, or $245 when bundled with the Cubetto Activity Pack, which offers four additional world maps and matching story books. (Activity Pack priced $65 if sold separately).
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