How to Make Programming Fun for Your Child?

By Eoin Connolly. Dec. 6th, 2019

In this day and age, programming is becoming a wide-spread skill in many (if not all) industries, so providing your children with fun ways to take up this sought-after expertise will massively boost their prospects. As well as teaching other practical construction skills — which can be used to create a fun range of cool projects — teaching programming teaches children to think in a more literal way, aiding critical thinking and creativity.

There are so many things that make programming both educational, challenging and fun! You just need to know how you can deliver the concepts in a way that your child will find engaging and interesting. Microduino is one of the best options available to you — the kits are targeted at children aged 9 and up, and comprise a four-step, progressive STEM education, designed to get kids familiar with product design, coding, and electronics, as a way to ensure that the subject matter remains interesting, no matter what the level of the child in question.

In fact, Microduino have world-renowned designs of electronic and stackable building blocks. Their STEM learning systems are used by classes all over the world, sprouting ingenuity, imagination and creativity with project-based learning opportunities. With that in mind, 

here are a couple of ways you can make programming fun for your little one!

This award-winning, educational toy is for those children who are highly imaginative and innovative. Combining both modules and sensors, this kit is seriously awesome for making programming fun!

There are 8 projects to be made with this one, namely the lighthouse, music box, nightlight, smart car, piggy bank, reflex battle, 1-on-1 basketball, and windmill! Children are guaranteed to get stuck in — and more importantly, stay stuck in — with the versatility of the building projects and creating something they are truly proud of.

 The coding here is a simple, easy to follow, drag and drop method so they can learn while seeing fast results — yes, even more, uncomplicated than Scratch!

If you have younger children, then you might like to give this to them as a gift. It is designed for a child who is 5 years old and over; it features magnetic components that snap seamlessly together to begin teaching basic circuitry concepts. 

The projects your child will be making include Flashlight, Kitty Alarm, Reflex Battle Game, Solar Fan, Desk Lamp, Magnet Detector, Remote Control LED, Solar Controlled Light, Buzzer Control, Personal Fan, Security Badge and Stop Light. Many hours and hours of fun to be had with this one.

The mPie is a step up from the mPuzzle that we mentioned previously and is aimed at children who are aged 7 and over. 

It incorporates magnetic parts that easily connect together (much like the aforementioned mPuzzle) that introduces children to hardware coding. Advanced product design ideas are also implemented in this one in fun and interesting ways. 

Again, like the others, the product includes different projects that your children will have a huge amount of interest in, namely whack-a-mole, pinball, fly swatter, ambulance, rocket, lunar eclipse, and a catapult.

You can be sure that this isn’t just pure fun; the simple design of the Microduino platform makes it the perfect STEM learning tool in any classroom. This platform was carefully designed to fit into the modern STEM curricula and any cutting-edge lesson plan.

These kits have been designed to eliminate the wires needed in traditional circuitry. This series includes the 102 Basic Kit, 202 Advanced Kit, 302 Expert Kit and finally, the Itty Bitty City kit is also included in this group. 

Your children will be introduced to Scratch 3 coding in mDesigner with these products, as well as having the option to use Python and Arduino IDE text-based coding too. And one of the best things about these Microduino kits is the fact that you’ve got a wide array of available sensors and modules; allowing for the utmost utilization of creative thought in education exercises! 

We are unbelievably lucky nowadays to have so many fun options for our children to use to learn otherwise challenging and, some may say boring, concepts and programming languages. You’ll never have to choose between buying them something educational or interesting again — with these, both aspects are rolled into one!

This award-winning, educational toy is for those children who are highly imaginative and innovative. Combining both modules and sensors, this kit is seriously awesome for making programming fun!

There are 8 projects to be made with this one, namely the lighthouse, music box, nightlight, smart car, piggy bank, reflex battle, 1-on-1 basketball, and windmill! Children are guaranteed to get stuck in — and more importantly, stay stuck in — with the versatility of the building projects and creating something they are truly proud of.

The coding here is a simple, easy to follow, drag and drop method so they can learn while seeing fast results — yes, even more, uncomplicated than Scratch!