Ozobot, the award-winning coding robot, is an invention that aids kids to use their innate curiosity to create. This tiny bot packs a big punch; crafted with ingenuity, it uses coloured lines and a more mature coding language (OzoBlockly) to teach children and adolescents the beauty of programming. Whether in the classroom or at home, children learn the skills necessary to succeed with Ozobot.
Ozobot Bit 2.0 is a small robot that is mostly manipulated through the use of Colour Codes and OzoBlockly (discussed later). Colour Codes are lines drawn with coloured markers denoting specific actions. Without the use of a screen, children can discover the wonder of programming with a few strokes of a marker. These thick lines will indicate whether Bit should turn, dance, pause, celebrate, change speeds, and much more. Creating games, mazes, puzzles, and more creative structures, such as roller coasters or drawings, require ingenuity, creativity, and the brandishing of a coloured marker. Introducing children early to the surprising complexity of programming simple movements for a robot ensures they will understand the basics of code before opening a textbook.
Ozobot Evo is just as tiny but offers more technological incentives for your buck. This generation of Ozobot teaches children how to use recorded macros with the help of a remote-control app. With a simple tap, children can input direct actions for their Evo to perform rather than having to draw lines or manually program.
Evo has several functions different from Bit. Children can beam programs to Evo using Bluetooth rather than holding it onto a screen for a few seconds to calibrate. Evo also has a social networking capability, allowing for owners to send sequences of actions to their friend's bot for playtime even when separated. Alongside these new features, Evo has a gamification application that encourages extended play sessions. Children can feel accomplished by earning XP and leveling up through programming their Evo to perform their favourite actions. These features add value to the bot, increasing kids' confidence and ability to tinker for hours and using their creativity to learn through crafting.
OzoBlockly is the visual block language children use to power up Ozobots and get them moving. Built on Google Blockly, it teaches kids how to build programs for Ozobots to follow. The user interface is intuitive and provides a playground for children to visually learn code and how to manipulate blocks to create narratives for their Ozobots to act out. Extra material for using OzoBlockly to its fullest extent can be found on the OzoBlockly website.
Through a mimicry of coding language, Ozobot Colour Codes and OzoBlockly simulate building instructions for bot response. This combination of colour coding and block building teaches children how multiple tasks given to a bot can be acted out, allowing for pliability. Kids can also attach implements to their bots, guiding them to illustrate a complex image or act out a scenario.
Ozobots provide children with a physical and visual element to coding. By giving them an object that performs each task as instructed, children learn how to build rather than merely memorising. Failure soon becomes a part of the problem-solving process, in addition to playtime, just as playtime becomes a part of the learning process.
Collaboration is an essential component of learning with Ozobots. Standard classroom activities with textbooks and sheets of paper can come to life with ease. Students will be itching to figure out how to next use their Ozobots to fulfill their dreams.
These skills of providing accurate instructions, problem-solving, building, learning, failing, and collaborating are instrumental in coding. These are also essential components of becoming a STEM student. Children who learn how to accept failure as a part of the process for creation, and thus in experimentation, will have an easier time in developing those skills. The STEM field is wide-ranging, full of interesting careers in academics and active production, and it is part of the future of tomorrow.
Ozobots are a tool that provides a blank canvas for kids to experiment upon, tweaking and tweaking them until they have finally perfected their desired end-result.
The Ozobot packages offered are as follows:
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Makerspaces have emerged as one of the best ways to engage young minds in creative, educational play. These freeform environments consist of tools and materials that children can manipulate to form their own innovative projects. Typically, they will incorporate electronics or computer components to encourage a healthy exploration of technology that can translate into lasting STEAM aptitudes and career interests.
The benefits of a makerspace, whether based at home or in the classroom, are many. Allowing kids to dream up, design, and develop their own open-ended projects inspires confidence in their own abilities and hones their creative capacities. Kids exposed to makerspaces also begin to develop concrete technological and problem-solving skills that they take with them into the classroom (and eventually the workplace). And the best part? Kids don't perceive working in a makerspace as tedious—they consider it to be a form of play, which inspires a natural love of learning and creating.
If you want to take advantage of these benefits for your child or students, there's no better place to start than with the Makey Makey Invention STEAM kit.
Makey Makey is extremely popular for use in makerspaces, and for good reason. The kit employs a simple plug-and-play alligator clip mechanism to connect everyday objects with a computer input. In this way, kids can create their very own keyboards, game controllers, instruments, and much more. They simply develop a concept, connect the physical components to the computer, and map each interaction to a button press or mouse click. It works with everything from ketchup to your pet cat, allowing for infinite creations.
The Makey Makey enables any number of imaginative ideas. Young inventors can hook a donut button up to their favourite video game or program their stairs to work as a keyboard—the possibilities are limitless. This inspires experimentation and a sense of accomplishment with completed projects.
The Makey Makey links the physical with the digital, giving children an engaging way to understand very conceptual concepts about science and engineering.
Playing with the Makey Makey is a clever way to teach useful technology skills in an approachable way. Even the most basic Makey Makey project develops skills in circuitry and computing, and advanced students can delve even further into computer engineering projects.
The Makey Makey is extremely versatile, meaning it's suitable for tinkerers of all ages and skill levels. It is also available in three configurations to suit different use cases.
The classic kit that started it all, the Makey Makey Original Invention Kit comes with everything you need to start rewiring the world. This set includes the standard circuit board that accommodates remapping of up to 18 keys, enabling even complex creations to come to life.
The Makey Makey GO offers all of the benefits of the standard Makey Makey but with the added flexibility of being completely portable. This kit comes with a single USB invention stick and one alligator clip, making it simple to create on the go.
Designed with teachers in mind, the Makey Makey STEM Pack Classroom Invention Literacy Kit is tailored specifically to the needs of educators. Including 12 classic circuit boards, 75 alligator clips, 144 connective wires, and fun extras like conducive pencils, your class will never run out of ways to use your new toys.
Kidzinc is committed to fostering a love of STEM/STEAM from an early age. We carry a wide selection of educational toys and developmental products, including the full range of Makey Makey invention kits. Don't sleep on your child's potential—cultivate their mind early with playthings from Kidzinc.
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You want your kids to grow up to be successful and happy. You've probably heard a lot about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. Since the 1990s, available STEM jobs in the US have grown by 79 percent, and the average college-educated STEM work makes $81,011 per year in contrast with the $60,828 for other college majors earn.
But how do you engage your children in STEM topics? You want them to show an interest in STEM without it seeming like they're back in school. One of the best ways is through play. Kids love to build things and use their imaginations, so why not use STEM toys to instill a love of science and other subjects in them.
Here's a look at two new hot STEM robotic kits to help your kids grow a passion for science and engineering.
Love the idea of a family pet but hate the idea of all the work involved? The CIC Robotic Hedgehog Kit makes it easy for your kids to build their own pet, an adorable hedgehog. While building their new prickly pet, your kids learn more about robotics and the inner workings of robots. They discover how the mechanics work together to move the robot as it responds to sounds. This is a toy that provides as much fun in the building phase as it does in the playing stage.
After the fun of creating their new pet is over, the euphoria of playing with their new pet begins. Your child's new hedgehog responds to a variety of sounds. Your kids will enjoy watching as their pet rolls over, spins around and tumbles across the floor. The built-in sound sensor is designed to respond to a variety of sounds that your kids can use to make their pet respond in a variety of ways. The cutest action occurs when the hedgehog bristles its quills and then calms them again.
Suitable for kids age 10 years old and up, this STEM robotic kit teaches your child about the inner workings and mechanics of a robot.
Who doesn't love choices, and with this cool STEM Robotic Kit, your children have the choice of building five different robots? They can even build one today and change it to a different one next week. The robotic options include:
The 5 in 1 Mechanical Coding Robot helps teach your child how to code, part of computer science. Children, as young as eight years old, can build each of these robots and learn valuable lessons about the connection between coding and actions without needing more screen time. It also teaches your child through play how coding makes a difference in the real world and fuels their imagination for their own futures.
The "coding wheel" helps your child learn to code. The best part is that this is a toy that doesn't need to go online so you don't need to worry about what your child is finding on the internet. Your child can easily remove and replace the pieces of code to make the robot become the various options. Your child learns the basics of computer coding in a fun way that encourages them to learn more.
STEM toys are an invaluable tool to encourage your child's love of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics without lectures and classes. Once they get the bug, they'll pursue more information and learning on their own.
Making sure that you have STEM toys available for their play is an essential part of your job as a parent.
It's a big, big world out there! Babies don't know it, but they're born explorers. They learn about their world by using their senses to interact with people and things in their environment.
There's so much to see, and baby's wide-eyed visual examination of his surroundings provides the much of the first input his brain receives about how to interact with the world around him. Over the first two years of life, he's learning everything from how to track movement and make the eye muscles move in a coordinated way, to recognising faces and objects, depth and distance.
Touch is another sense that is highly developed in newborns, and it is essential in creating the initial parent-child bond. Babies as young as two months can even recognise the difference between hard and soft textures. He begins to reach for objects in early weeks, and by six months, he can grasp objects and even transfer them from hand to hand, making this an ideal time to start introducing toys. This sense of touch continues to develop as baby grows and explores throughout his first year.
It's super-cute when baby puts her fingers and even toes in her mouth, but she doesn't stop there--when she learns to grasp, objects find their ways to the mouth, too! Oral exploration is an important stage in a baby's development. She is learning about taste and texture and even shape by using her mouth.
Imagine the hum of a lullaby, the songs of birds in the early hours of dawn, the cooing voice of a mother soothing a fussy baby. The world is full of sounds that provide baby with information about what's going on around her. She also learns to sort out the sounds in speech so that she can build her own vocabulary and communication skills.
With the little explorers taking in so much information in the first few months of life, it's important that they are provided with toys, textures, and sounds that provide vital stimulation in a safe, healthy manner. If it goes into the mouth, it should be toxin-free. If it is squeezed, snuggled, thrown, and waved around, it should feel good. If it's played with, it should be interesting and colourful. If it makes noise, it should be calming or surprising without startling.
So if baby has a naturally inquisitive nature, what does he need to fulfil his curiosity and teach him about this big world he's come into? We at KidzInc have an answer for him: PIPSQUIGZ LOOPS by Fat Brain Toys.
PIPSQUIGZ LOOPS provide numerous benefits for the baby adventurer:
Soft silicone that is BPA-free, making it safe for baby's mouth and especially soothing for teething gums;
A brilliantly colourful and bumpy texture to provide exploratory excitement;
Large suction cups that stick to any non-porous surface, but which make a surprising "POP" when pulled from it; and
Durable plastic rattle rings for further sound and texture discovery.
PIPSQUIGZ LOOPS is a stimulating toy to introduce at age 6 months when baby figures out how to hold objects, and it will hold her interest for months to come as she continues to absorb messages about how to interact with her environment. Because it is manufactured by award-winning Fat Brain Toys and has been tested and retested to ensure quality and safety, it will be a quality addition to baby's collection that will undoubtedly spark curiosity through toddler-hood.
KidzInc. is committed to providing parents with the very best resources to stimulate development, creativity, and intelligence throughout various stages of a child's life.
Please visit our baby range and get ready to enter a world of exploration for babies and beyond!
Kids of all ages love construction play, and the process of creating and building fosters both physical and cognitive development. Building toys teach problem solving skills, enhance fine motor skills and stimulate hand-eye coordination and spatial perception.
One of our favourites in this category is the SmartMax Magnetic Discovery construction sets, an ideal introduction to the fun of building and the wonders of magnetism.
The sturdy SmartMax system is specifically designed to encourage imaginative play by toddlers and preschoolers. The extra-large (3 cm and larger) pieces are very easy for little hands to manipulate and are safe for even the youngest builders.
The bright-hued SmartMax bars provide a simple, colour-coded STEM lesson in magnetism: opposites attract. Kids will soon discover that the "cold" coloured (green, blue, purple and white) bars repel each other, and will only connect to their opposite "warm" coloured (red, orange, yellow and pink) pieces.
Your little ones are sure to enjoy these classic sets, some of our best sellers. All SmartMax sets are compatible; combine several for maximum fun as your child grows.The SmartMax Basic 42 Piece Set provides everything your child needs to get started: 18 short magnetic bars, 12 long magnetic bars and 12 magnetic balls, as well as an illustrated model building guide. Suitable for age 1 year and up.
The Build and Learn XXL 100 Pieces offers plenty of creative play with 100 of the colourful, oversized SmartMax building blocks. The set is suitable for kids as young as age 1. The attraction and repulsion of the magnets provides amusement for the youngest builders, while older builders can create towers and other structures. The uniquely designed container provides a useful building grid on both its lid and bottom. An illustrated building guide is included.
SmartMax continues to introduce innovative additions to their product line:
Toddlers and preschoolers ages 1 to 5 will adore these colourful and creative playsets, brand new for 2019.Playtime is fun with My First Farm Animals. Build and play with the horse, cow and other farm residents, or invent some unusual combos with the 16 pieces.
Kids age 3 and up can explore magnetism and gravity with the new SmartMax Build and Roll 44 Piece Set. Young engineers can let their imagination run wild with the 44 assorted pieces--bars, curved and straight tubes, 12 metal balls and a funnel. Let the balls roll, and then pack everything away in the sturdy storage case.
At KidzInc we have a near complete range of the SmartMax Magnetic Discovery set and you can find these fun, quality and educational toys at here.
Bath toys: they mould, they break, and they collect at the bottom of the bathtub. If the thought of another bath toy makes you batty, rest assured you are not alone! Fat Brain Toys understands the struggle and has worked tirelessly on designing a fun, hassle-free bath toy that kids will enjoy and parents will love. In comes Drip Drip Bath Toy! A revolutionary new water toy for little bathers, perfect for sparking their interest and teaching them cause and effect.
Gone are the days of broken sailboats and cracked water cups; Drip Drip Bath Toy is a colourful creation made of silicone and high-quality ABS plastic. Water cups sit snugly inside rings that attach to almost any bathtub surface, utilising strong suction cups to deter curious hands from pulling and tugging. In conjunction, their materials help keep the toy more durable than standard bath toys, allowing your little one to experience the joys for many bath times to come.
Drip Drip Bath Toy offers fun and simple lessons on cause and effect as well as visual-spatial relationships. Ask open-ended questions and keep the dialogue going. With a recommended age of 18 months and over, your toddler may not be able to respond quite yet but can process and understand to an extent the science of what is happening. Encourage and lead the way! What happens when you dump a lot of water? A tiny bit? Why does the propeller spin? With three unique cups dripping at various speeds and an attachable propellor, be amazed as your budding bathing beauty watches in wonder as she pours water through the funnels. Water can trickle, stream, spray, pour, and runneth over time and time again.
Not only does Drip Drip Bath Toy introduce science in a very toddler-appropriate way, but it also provides a wonderful sensory experience. The cups were especially (and brilliantly!) designed with different textures from cup to cup. Guide your toddler's hand to the bottom half of the cup and stimulate their senses as they feel bumps, ridges, and lines. Offer your child the toys before they become wet for a more in-depth sensory activity. How does the plastic feel when dry? Is it as slippery as when it's wet? Facilitate sensory activities over and over with the Drip Drip Bath Toy and watch your child become more engaged and excited to play. Want even more sensory fun? Drip Drip Bath Toy is crafted with food-grade silicone, perfect for teething tots! And because each part of the cup is one solid piece, you needn't worry about any part becoming a choking hazard. What another bath toy provides this much fun while being educational and safety-conscious?
In case you still aren't convinced that this is one bath toy you won't regret buying, the Drip Drip Bath Toy also comes with a mesh bag, perfect for drying and storing after bath time! Say goodbye to mould and mildew; the included bag promotes airflow so toys are thoroughly dried and ready for their next use. Should you find the toys aren't as clean as you'd like, Fat Brain Toys has even created it to be dishwasher safe. Throw the pieces in the top rack of your dishwasher, press start, and open when finished to reveal clean, sanitised toys at the push of a button. Could it be any easier?
Fat Brain Toys is paving the way in creating revolutionary toys that both capture children's attention while helping them exercise the necessary skills in a fun and straightforward way; something parents and kids alike love.
Check out more multi-functional and educational toys designed by Fat Brain Toys today!
Magnetic play has always been enticing to children of all ages. Over the last several years sets of magnetic tiles from brands like Magna Tile, NeoPuzzle, and MagSnaps have become very popular for home use, as well as classroom and therapeutic learning. Magnetic play encourages experimentation and imagination but also brings a host of other benefits for the child.
For younger children these colourful, magnetic tiles can help with learning about colours and sorting, as well as recognising shapes and sizes. As the child gets older, the magnetic tiles can help them add depth to their creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Building tall structures helps with hand-eye coordination and actually helps to prepare a child for reading by teaching their eyes to track the pieces as they build, as they would words on a page.
These tiles also come in useful in learning and therapeutic environments. These magnetic tiles have been shown to be especially useful for children with sensory disorders by helping to calm sensory overload and allowing them something tactile to manipulate in moments of overwhelm. Magnetic play also feeds into STEM learning which has become a huge focus in education due to the growth of STEM-related jobs.
STEM encompasses Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and these magnetic tile sets allow for interaction with each of the STEM points. In Science, the magnetic tiles help children learn about how a magnet works and can also be manipulated into Life Sciences and Biology by allowing children to build various cells, flowers, and insects out of the tiles. For Technology, magnetic play opens the discussion topics of what kinds of technological devices use magnets and what kinds of devices can be damaged by magnets. For engineering, the magnetic tiles obviously offer a host of opportunities to build a number of structures, enabling learning as they create. In Mathematics, the magnetic tiles can be used as a manipulative to learn addition and subtraction. Aside from STEM learning magnetic tiles also feed the arts by allowing many artistic opportunities for children to create anything they can imagine.
Obviously, magnetic play and magnetic tile sets bring a variety of learning benefits to the table and are a toy that your child can grow with and use on an ongoing basis, but there are a ton of different brands now due to their increased popularity. So which one is the best? Let's look at a few comparison points between three major brands - Magna Tile, NeoPuzzle, and MagSnaps.
Magna Tile is the original magnetic tile set and has been used for longer by a wider audience, so it carries a slight edge in the durability and performance category. However, NeoPuzzle and MagSnaps are both very durable and hold up well to extended use and play.
All three brands offer an equal amount of creative opportunities. NeoPuzzle does carry a 155 piece set which offers more shapes than the other two brands in comparison.
All of the magnetic tile brands play well together and can connect to each other. This is great news when building a larger set, knowing that no matter which brand you choose it can connect with any other magnetic tile set. Mixing and matching magnetic tile sets can also open more creative avenues!
While magnetic tile sets are very popular, they can also be very pricey. All three brands fall in approximately the same $100 - $200 price range depending on the size of the set you purchase, but NeoPuzzle comes out on top when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, coming in slightly cheaper than the other two brands.
Magnetic tile sets and magnetic play can give your child an abundance of creative opportunities while allowing them to build their fine motor and problem-solving skills. These magnetic tile sets also feed well into classroom and therapeutic learning environments as manipulative for STEM learning or focal objects for sensory therapy. While they may not be the cheapest toy on the market, they have an unlimited amount of uses and applications and they are a toy that will grow with your child and be used for years to come.
Kidzinc was one of the first stores in Australia to sell Magna Tiles and offers all three of the discussed brands of magnetic tiles, along with a couple of other options. Take a look and order your set today!
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