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Coding Kids Gift Guide 2017

Alternate working title Kids Who Code Gift Guide. I don’t usually DO gift guides but I realized there may be parents or grandparents out there that are just as out of the loop as I am when it comes to coding. One of my sons LOVES to code, and I consider myself generally more in the hippie herbal waldorf homemade shiny realm of life. Code what? Robots? Computers? You want to use the soldering iron? Uh um ok? At the same time I want to support and encourage each of my boys to follow their passion. So I do things like send one son to a welding class, and volunteer to assistant coach the Robotics Team for another and write gift Guides for kids who code because I’m learning how to love, in their language. It’s important! So here I am writing the Coding Kids Gift Guide 2017 and hoping I cover all the bases.

Coding Kids Gift Guide

 

I think all these items I’m about to mention will be equally well received by most boys and girls in the 8-12 year old range with a little extra room on each end for different kids. I will definitely post an age range on each item too, along with any personal experience with each item. All links below ARE affiliate links, where I earn a small commission if you purchase the item.

LEGO BOOST


(AGES 7-12) First up we have this NEW Lego Boost. Yes, this is a system that lets kids build, code and play, it’s perfect for the kids that are very new to coding and want to jump right in. The age range for Lego Boost is 7-12, although most kids over 11 would probably be underwhelmed and more interested in Mindstorms. (read on)

LEGO MINDSTORM EV3

(AGES 10-15) For kids OVER 11 I would HIGHLY recommend the next set up from Lego Boost, the Lego Mindstorm EV3 Robotics. My kids have had this set for three years and they’ve created everything from robotic hands to remote control otters (don’t ask!) to dueling robots that fight like Robot Wars. They love EV3. When we bought the set we purchased ONE full set and an Extra Brain Block so each boy could build and program their own robot and share the pieces.

SECRET CODERS

(AGES 10-14)Yes coding is a LOT of fun when you’re working on robots and the like BUT you can give the gift of coding without breaking the bank too. Like the Secret Coders Series by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes. These books are perfect for boys and girls, theres a LOT of problem solving going on and mysteries to be solved. There are four of them so be sure you check out which one you’re ordering or just give them all. #1, #2 #3 #4 and you can even preorder #5.

   


 

(Ages 10-15) If your kids already have a Lego Mindstorms set maybe think about adding a few of the MANY lego Mindstorms books. Lots of fun and unique project ideas, your kids won’t quit using EV3 when they run out of ideas!

Good mechanical pencils and graph paper make figuring out tough problems a lot easier. Figure it out on paper and then put it into practice.

OSMO SYSTEM

We loved the Osmo System, read my sponsored review here. This system is great for kids just beginning to think about coding because you manipulate the tiles in your hands to activate things on the screen. Hands on coding!

So there you some great ideas for that coding kid in your life. Let me know if you have ANY questions, I’ll be happy to answer them. And don’t forget a LOT of schools participate in First Lego League Robotics which is a great place to learn about programming, team work and robot games. So fun!