Thank you to The Motherhood and Wonder Workshop for sponsoring this post and providing Dot & Dash. The honest opinions are my own.
Like many kids out there Kora and Logan love tech & gadgets. They text and email their cousins and grandparents. They use tablets to play apps and games. They use the desktop computer for homework. Kora’s classroom is even getting a 3D printer! Since they enjoy technology so much this past summer I had them spend time on various kids coding sites and apps. They loved them! It’s amazing how quickly they learned and they loved how creative they were able to be with them.
That’s why I’m excited to work with Wonder Workshop and The Motherhood to share with you an inspiring video and talk about coding and creativity for kids.
I love watching this video because it reminds me of being a kid. When the boy put on the magic show and the girl made the fort out of cardboard, these were things that I did way back when too and I’m sure many of you out there did as well. It wasn’t too long ago in fact that Kora and Logan made a big fort in the living room and just a few months ago Logan was working on a his magic tricks.
I like how the video pulls it all together in the end with the adorable robot and the homemade track. We made tracks for our cars as kids and so have Kora and Logan. In fact, I remember the time they made a huge duct tape track all over our living room. They were incredibly creative with it and took hours to set it up and then played with it for ages. It was great seeing them have so much fun and really using their imaginations.
What I like about the coding sites and apps they used this summer is that they encouraged them to think on their own to come up with a solution. They would give them the basics and then they were on their own to figure it out by trial and error. Once they got to a certain point they were even able to create their own characters, scenes, and games.
That’s why I’m excited about Wonder Workshop’s Dash & Dot Robots.
With Dash & Dot kids:
- Can program them to do anything they can imagine
- Use Blockly, which is a drag and drop programming language that snaps together like puzzle pieces
- Start using simple commands and advance to creating more complex algorithms
- Use add-ons where they can play a song on Dash’s Xylophone, take videos using the smartphone mount, and add bricks (including LEGOTM) to them
As you can see in the video above (if you didn’t watch it, scroll back up and check it out now) Dash and Dot are fun robots with endless possibilities. They are wonderful for inspiring creativity and for teaching kids to code. They would make a fantastic gift this holiday season and I recommend them anyone with kids in their lives.
To learn more: Visit Wonder Workshop online