Everything from using a smart phone to watching TV, to working a washing machine runs on code – so many of our daily activities are the result of computer programming. But coding isn’t just for budding computer whizzes, introducing coding to children can support their entire learning journey.
There are so many benefits to learning coding. It’s fun and engaging with coding through play allows children to practise critical thinking, problem-solving, and to develop their creativity. And the earlier children start, the more they’ll get out of it.
For National Coding Week, 14 – 20 September, the UK’s leading educational toy manufacturer, Learning Resources®, is teaming up with BAFTA Award winning EduTuber and TV presenter, Maddie Moate to get children going with coding.
Maddie Moate says, “Coding is one of the most widely used ‘languages’ on the planet - powering computers, robotics and software across the globe. It’s easy to be daunted by the prospect of coding if it’s not something you’re familiar with. The computing curriculum in schools ensures most school-age children experience some form of coding education in the classroom. I’ve teamed up with Learning Resources to outline the benefits of learning to code and to share tips on how parents can incorporate some fun coding activities at home.”
5 benefits of learning coding through play
- STEM activities, including playing with coding toys, teach cause-and-effect thinking and encourage children to think about what they want to achieve and how actions result in reactions.
- Engaging in coding and programming activities through play is a great way for children to naturally develop agility, resilience, and persistence skills.
- STEM toys such as Botley 2.0 allow children to experiment and solve problems on their own. Putting children in control of their decisions gives them a sense of autonomy and boosts their confidence.
- Children as young as four can learn early computational thinking skills through play, and learning coding is a fun and easy way for families to experiment and play together.
- Coding and programming offer opportunities for logic-based creativity, sparking children’s curiosity and giving them the chance to come up with innovative solutions to problems.
Get hands-on with coding - 5 ways to have a go
- Some of Maddie’s favourite places to explore the world of coding and begin your child’s coding journey:
- Find fun sequencing and map exploration activities on the Learning Resources website
- Visit the Science Museum in London and see the fascinating exhibits on coding covering everything from mathematics, the UK’s code-breaking history, to cyber security.
- Go to Maddie’s YouTube channel and check out the episode filmed at The Centre for Computing History and watch Maddie and her ‘Let’s Go Live’ co-presenter, Greg try to code!
- Check out this great blog for screen-free coding activities.
- Follow Maddie on Instagram from 14 September and check out her video with Botley 2.0.
Botley 2.0 The Coding Robot is the 100% screen-free way to introduce early coding skills to children aged 5+ through hands-on play. Easy to use it will have children coding in minutes. Programme it to dance, work its way through STEM challenges, obstacle courses and even do impressions of dinosaurs!