I am all for Easter baskets stuffed with chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and other treats but this year, give them a gift that is not just fun but helps them learn to !! Its a great excuse to encourage them to learn coding, which teaches them far more then programming skills and with these ideas, its fun and rewarding.

1.) Learning to code can teach them persistence pays off. They may not get it right the first time but if they continue to try they will.

2.) Apply logic to solve a problem.

3.) Team work is a great thing. You can not know everything but if your willing to put your heads together great things can be accoplished.

4.) Learning coding will encourage them to learn more and to teach it to others, even things that are not taught in the classroom.

5.) They will learn how to think through and solve problems.

6.) All school subjects play a roll from reading to math, encouraging them to learn all that they can.

7.) It will give them a new outlet for creativity.

8.) Computer science can change the live, not only theirs but the lives of everyone.

9.) Super powers.
” The programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future. You’re going to look like you have magic powers compared to everybody else.: – Gabe Newell

10.) Its fun ! Especially with the toys that are available now, letting them learn while being entertained.

Osmo Coding Game ~ Osmo Coding teaches problem solving and logic skills, it helps kids succeed in an increasingly digital world. With Osmo, coding is approachable, creative, and fun. Just snap physical blocks together to create sequences of commands and easily learn computer programming fundamentals. Works with iPad Pro 9.7 inch, all iPad Mini, all iPad Air, all iPad 2 & up. *Requires the Osmo Game System, found in any Osmo Kit.

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar ~ See what develops as kids play with Code-a-pillar. Problem-Solving Skills Once kids can ‘program’ a path for Code-a-pillar, the sky’s the limit! It opens the door to problem solving as they figure out how to get Code-a-pillar to go wherever they want! Planning and Sequencing Skills After rearranging his segments a few times, kids will discover that if they plan out a path for Code-a-pillar and put his pieces together in the right sequences, they can get him to follow it!

Wonder Workshop Dash Robot ~ Dash the robot from Wonder Workshop makes learning to code fun for kids. He’s a real robot for children ages 6 and up that is responsive to its world. Free iOS, Android and Kindle Fire mobile apps have exciting coding adventures and projects that bring Dash to life.

Wonder Workshop Dot Robotics Kit ~ Use your Apple or Android smart phone or tablet to transform Dot into hundreds of different toys and gadgets, such as a lively alarm clock, flying spaceship, a funny fortune teller, or even an electronic instrument.

Ozobot 2.0 Bit, the Educational Toy Robot that Teaches STEM and Coding, Crystal White ~ Program your Ozobot Bit to dance, race, and more! Perfect for boys & girls from beginner to advanced.

Thames & Kosmos Code Gamer Coding Workshop and Game (iOS and Android Compatible) ~ Learn to code by playing a video game

Let’s Start Coding Ultimate Kit: Learn Real Code, Build Real Things ~ Build over 60 hands-on projects as you learn to code!

Piper Computer Kit ~ The Piper Computer Kit comes with everything you need to assemble your own computer. Inside, you will also find our revolutionary learning system that teaches kids engineering and programming through a combination of engaging storyline, physical building, and Minecraft.

littleBits Electronics Arduino Coding Kit ~ Make your own Etch-a-Sketch! Program a visual display! We’ll walk you through the basics using the Arduino programming environment, without the breadboarding, soldering or wiring normally required. Perfect for hackers, designers, makers and tinkerers of all levels.

Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set ~ Introduce children to the fun of coding and puzzle solving with this colorful, programmable mouse with maze! A great way to introduce young children to science, technology, engineering, and math