Each generation brings new educational demands as knowledge and technologies evolve; today's high school graduates face expectations that their parents never imagined when they were seniors. Luckily as the times change, so do the tools. Everyone from educators and parents to product developers are adapting to new trends with creative solutions that address these challenges and ensure that young people are capable of navigating emerging expectations.
One of the more interesting examples of the movement toward tech savvy toddlers is the Fisher Price Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar. This unique toy responds to the instructions that little ones "program"; using a system of shapes and colors that correspond to distinct actions, children can learn cause and effect in a concrete, behavioral sense while they develop an understanding of the outcomes rendered from command variations. In other words, the toy will behave differently based on the order in which it is assembled.
Some early reviewers have argued that the Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar is merely a gimmick, a repackaging of the same kind of causal association that toys have always helped children learn simply couched in contemporary watchwords. However, others think the variable nature of the commands that kids can construct represents an evolution in approach to real-world preparation. If nothing else, we think it's a pretty great looking toy that reflects a new take on some of the earliest (and most important) lessons that children learn: agency and choice consequence.
The Fisher Price Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar is set for release this year, with a projected price of $50.00 USD. Let us know what you think!