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  • two boys playing with a code-a-pillar

Lisa, Clemens Mill | January 2, 2019

Educational toys of today are a far cry from the alphabet blocks and School Days Desk that I played with as a child in the 60s and 70s. From the youngest toddler to school aged children (and beyond) there are toys that teach everything from coding to circuit building to robot engineering.

At Idea Exchange we are proud to provide access to these learning resources, as well as books, videos, and apps that will help you and your children get the most out of them.

The colourful Code-a-pillar lets even very young children discover how to make the caterpillar move in an endless variety of ways by arranging and rearranging its 9 segments. Experimentation becomes problem solving as they learn to configure the segments to direct Code-a-pillar to a specific goal or target.

Snap Circuits and Little Bits are easy-to-use, snap together electronics kits that allow school aged children to explore basic circuits and become inventors.

Meccano Meccanoid and the Star Wars Droid kit introduce children to robots in a friendly, fun and interactive way. Meccanoid responds to voice commands to walk, dance and even give you a high five! Visit the Old Post Office and check out the Droid STEAMbox to build R2D2 and put him through his paces with the app.

But remember, for children a learning experience is often best when shared. Figure out Code-a-pillar or R2D2 together with your child to help them get the most out of it. You’ll probably even learn something yourself! And don’t worry, they’ll let you know when they’re ready to explore on their own.

These are just a few examples of the tech toys that you and your children can explore when visiting Idea Exchange! Watch our magazine for programs and events featuring these and many more incredible Tech Toys that Teach!

For some great information on tech toys for kids look for these and other titles at Idea Exchange:

High-Tech DIY Projects with RoboticsCoding with Lego WeDoCoding with SpheroPlaying with Makey MakeyMake it Yourself Bots and Circuits