One of my favorite gifts that Isaak got, was Code Piano from Lets Start Coding.
I was going to put it in his stocking, but decided I wanted to make it a bigger gift than that. I put it in a big box, filled with confetti, a note in there that he'd start actual Piano Lessons towards the end of January, and wrapped it. Code Piano is a perfect stocking stuffer size.
Learning how to play the piano has been therapy for Isaak. If he gets frustrated with his homework we tell him to go play his keyboard. It takes all frustrations away. It's the only thing I've found that works to calm him down, when he's really frustrated. I knew Code Piano would be up there on his list!
If you don't like to play the piano, that's ok. It's really mostly about coding. Lets Start Coding does have other sets!
- Code Piano $44.99
- Code Speaker $19.99
- Code Rocket $44.99
- Code Car $44.99
Isaak kept saying, "I know how to code. Let's do this." So we did. The cards seem like foreign language to me, in some ways. They are helpful when you dive in to the project.
Once it's plugged in, a download comes up, for the application. That was the one thing I wasn't sure where to put the coding in. It simply worked right after plugging it in.
From there are tips, videos, quizzes, and sample code to use.
Isaak started out just like me, knowing what to do, but really knowing nothing. Ha! He got lots of code that was red, and not working. Thankfully they do have a refresh button.
We left him home alone, to do his thing. He called when we got a few blocks away. "Dad! I did something! Listen!" A few notes chimed in. He called a few more times after that. He was excited about his accomplishments!
I got home, and we did our video. He learned a lot in the few hours we were gone. He still needs to learn more. If he knew everything, Code Piano wouldn't be as fun. He'd have nothing to learn.
What I really loved, was that there was notes from Isaak all over my note page about the product. He said, "Mom I had to do some math to figure out some of the coding. You need math to code." I said, "Remember that when you tell me that you will never use math in the real world."
I'd say Code Piano is a success! It's a toy, but also a learning device.
Questions for you:
Do you know how to code well? Do you find it challenging?
Out of all the sets they have, Which one would you choose: Code Piano, Code Rocket, Code Speaker, or Code Car?
Disclaimer: I got this product for free in exchange for an honest review.