STEM toys are the hottest trend in educating through play, and coding is a cornerstone of STEM. Forget staring at a screen — kids are now learning what’s going on behind it… and learning to control the ins and outs of computers.
Toys to watch for:
Makey Makey — Can your kids play piano… with something in your fruit bowl? Play Mario on Play-Doh? Well, now they can. Makey Makey kits tie computing to everyday products.
Code-a-pillar — This caterpillar is due out in summer, when toddlers will finally be able to get in on the computer-creation game. Put together, the toy’s sections introduce basics like sequencing and programming without a screen.