Did you know that it is possible to learn coding without using screens at all? There are many tangible ways to introduce the concept of coding and electronics to younger children with age-appropriate tools. At Saturday Kids, we have designed our Tiny Techies course for preschoolers 5-6 years old, through hands-on and screen free activities, and with the option of applying these to an on-screen option, Scratch Junior, during the 2nd half of the course.
Curious to see what 5-6 year olds can create? Read on to find out more, plus a special discount code below that you can use for our upcoming Tiny Techies holiday camp this Nov/Dec.
Say Hello to BeeBot
BeeBot’s an award-winning little robot designed for use by young children. Colourful and easy to operate, it teaches young kids programming concepts, directional skills, math and more, all while having fun. Kids learn to build on their critical thinking and literary abilities by programming BeeBot to dance and draw cool geometrical shapes, and to complete an obstacle course that kids’ll get to design themselves.
Invent with littleBits
Have you heard of littleBits? These are fun electronic modules that invite kids to get creative while learning. Kids learn about circuits & invent their own gadgets and gizmos with littleBits. Just like Lego, littleBits are small, simple, intuitive blocks that snap together with tiny magnets. Within every kid lies an inner little inventor. With the power to build from imagination, they will gain creative confidence and the curiosity required to build awesome inventions like this:
Create Stories and Games with Scratch Junior
In the 2nd half of the course, we offer an option for kids to translate the tangible programming concepts they’ve learned from BeeBot and Little Bits, to an onscreen program – Scratch Junior, an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create interactive stories and games. Kids learn how to code on an iPad by snapping together programming blocks to create interactive animations where characters come to life. They can even create their very own original games that they can play together with their friend.
Join us this year-end holiday to let kids learn how to learn. Register here for our Tiny Techies camp and use this code TINYTECHIES30 at checkout for $30 off. We look forward to seeing you and your kids at our camps!