In the box
• 1 Double-sided game board
• 12 Challenges on laminated cards
• 12 Wooden arrow tiles
• 4 Wooden character tiles
• Instructions in Afrikaans and English
Why should children learn to code? From problem-solving skills, job opportunities, critical thinking, and creativity, there are so many reasons to learn to program. Let’s review why children should learn to code.
1. Programming helps children learn to problem-solve
The ability to solve problems is a trait that is useful in life in general. We all want our children to become excellent problem solvers so that they can overcome any adversity they face. Learning to code gives children the chance to learn this type of skill while they are young and it can help them along the way in life.
2. Coding enables computational thinking
Computational thinking is a structured and proven method designed to identify problems regardless of age or computer literacy level. It helps develop critical thinking and focuses on helping students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems. It’s “cross-disciplinary” in nature, and it makes sense to start teaching it in preschool.
3. Computer programming provides children with a challenge and helps them develop resilience
Computational thinking is an unbelievably valuable thinking tool—perhaps the thinking tool of the 21st-century. When children learn to code, they develop the ability to bounce back after failure. They learn that failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and in fact, it can often be something positive because it serves as a learning opportunity. This is one of the most important reasons why children should code, as they will learn quickly that ‘debugging’ your code is half the fun. Coding gives children the ability to try and try again until they succeed and produce the result they are looking for.
4. Coding nurtures creativity
Coding for children is a fundamentally creative process, starting with nothing and finishing with something. Just like painting or cooking, coding encourages a child to benefit from the satisfaction through the process.
Creative thinking begins with a questioning mindset. And, through coding, we enable our curious and imaginative children to be the creative thinkers of the next generation. It can be taught by encouraging children to experiment, explore their ideas, question their assumptions, make mistakes and learn from them.
5. Coding makes math more fun and engaging
Coding can help children build math skills and make learning math more engaging and fun. Math and coding are deeply related. Teaching children how to code involves applying math concepts. Your child will acquire these mathematical skills and abilities without even noticing them and while having fun.
6. Coding promotes learning by doing
Children learn best through doing and exploring. It’s a hands-on approach to learning where children interact with their environment to adapt and learn. Learning by doing is the idea that we learn more when we actually “do” the activity. It involves active engagement, not a passive practice. Active engagement facilitates children with deep learning and encourages mistakes, noticing wrong movements, and how to learn from those.