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These 10 toys and games turn learning computer programming into child’s play.
Through drag and drop tiles, Alice users can create 3D animations. “Instructions correspond to standard statements in a production oriented programming language, such as Java, C++, and C#,” according to the website. The program comes from Carnegie Mellon University.
Code Monkey Island
Available mid October, this board game puts each player in charge of a small band of monkeys. Using strategies that teach the basics of coding logic, players guide their monkeys to a banana grove.
Users drag and drop blocks of code to create programs (things like animations and games) in this iPad app.
This game is aimed at very young kids — using instruction blocks, kids create a path for a robot named Cubetto using a wooden interface board. Primo will be available in 2015.
Developed by MIT, Scratch is a platform that allows for the creation of “interactive stories, games, and animations” and more by snapping together blocks. Users can also share their projects with the Scratch community.