Coding has a huge impact on our society today, and it appears that it will grow in importance in the coming years. Recognizing this, Fisher-Price has created a toy that teaches coding to preschoolers.
The “Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar” will teach children the most simplistic coding skills, according to Fisher-Price, like sequencing, thinking skills, and problem solving. The toy company believes the abilities learned will lay a foundation for coding skills that the children could quite possibly exercise as adults.
According to a report by Gizmodo, the body of the toy functions as both action and directional commands. How the child organizes the parts that make up the body will decide how the Code-a-Pillar moves. The report also said that an associated app will be developed to enhance the lessons taught by the toy. Using the app, children can take on different coding challenges that become more complex as they age.
More details related to the toy will be made available at Toy Fair 2016, which takes place Feb. 13-16 in New York.