Weekly Roundup: Coding Kits, Toys + More! 9/13 – 9/19

award-winning coding kits

This week’s roundup of Mom’s Choice Award winners is all about learning! It features award-winning toys, coding kits, books + more! Be sure to scroll through the entire list so you don’t miss any of our new award-winners! All the items you see below won a Mom’s Choice Award during September 13, 2020 to September 19, 2020.

Every week companies, inventors, and publishers from around the world send us their products for evaluation. Only the best earn our designation.

Award-Winning Children's book — Tynker Learning to Code Platform

Tynker Learning to Code Platform

Tynker is the #1 online and mobile coding platform in the world for kids and teens to learn computer programming. Over 60 million kids have learned the basics of coding in a fun and intuitive way through Tynker as they develop apps, build games, program robots and drones, and mod Minecraft.

Kids are introduced to programming through gamified experiences that make learning to code fun, starting with a block-based visual programming language before transitioning to real-world text-based languages like JavaScript and Python.

For parents, Tynker is a self-paced learning to code platform that provides a positive screen time for children of all ages and experience levels. Tynker is designed to pique the interest of kids and teens by providing engaging and creative courses and projects. Tynker offers a built-in tutor, interactive explanations, and how-to video guides to promote progression through courses and activities.

For schools, Tynker is a complete learning system that makes it easy for educators to teach code in their classrooms and online. Over 60,000 schools use Tynker’s comprehensive programming and STEM curriculum by allowing educators to integrate coding into what they’re already teaching in English, Social Studies, Math, and Science.

Educational Products:
Ages 9 to 12

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Tangiplay coding kit

Tangiplay: Code N Play is a new generation of coding toy that encourages kids aged 4-9 to learn as they play. It is a collection of 12 physical robot toys that interact with an App on iPad.

We’ve created a completely new way to interact with toys and tablets: Kids control the toys instead of using fingers to play the games. When they press, slide, or rotate the robot, this translates into code that creates a unique response in the game. Each toy represents a different coding command, from the basic [move forward] [build railway] to advanced [Loop] [Condition], kids code to create the route in the game. The advanced coding function helps them to optimize the route and build railways in a faster way. There are 120+ puzzles for kids to explore. They could learn some basic coding concepts.

The toys are made battery/Bluetooth free which makes it absolutely safe. With the replaceable emoji faces, kids can change the robot’s face and create their own stories.
In sum, Tangiplay gives the kids practice with computational and creative thinking while boosting their coding logic, sequencing, math exploration, and problem-solving skills in a natural way.

Educational Products:
Ages 5 to 8

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Award-Winning Children's book — Tangiplay coding kit
Award-Winning Children's book — Speranza's Sweater

Speranza’s Sweater: A Child’s Journey Through Foster Care and Adoption
Written by Marcy Pusey; Illustrated by Beatriz Mello

Kids deserve a safe place to live and grow and learn. For some kids, this means living with foster or adoptive parents. Speranza’s Sweater chronicles one child’s experience through the foster and adoptive system.

Speranza wears her sweater everywhere, hanging onto the last memories of her birth home, until it’s threadbare. Like her unraveled sweater, Speranza must weave together a new story, bringing threads from her past and strands from her present, into a future of love, family, and the true meaning of home.

In this heart-warming and reassuring story, children are offered permission to feel and experience their own story authentically. It provides hope and support for the many mixed emotions a child will experience during their foster and adoption journey, through the unraveling and re-weaving of a favorite sweater.

Speranza also introduces children to potential life experiences of foster and adopted classmates, friends, or family members. By reading Speranza’s story with your child, and discussing the experience of a child in a similar situation, you can create a safe space to talk about feelings of grief, loss, excitement, confusion, anger, sadness, or any of the many other feelings accompanying removal, foster care, and adoption.

Speranza’s Sweater also includes a dictionary of words to empower children and their carers by understanding the language used around them.

Children’s Picture Books:

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Shape N’ Spin Gear Sorter 

A new innovative Shape N’ Spin Gear sorter.
Sort, match, design and…spin! Our new Shape N’ Spin Gear sorter has a flexible
base which can be shaped and reshaped in a variety of layouts. No matter which
way you shape it – the gears will always spin

Toys, Games & Puzzles:

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Award-Winning Children's book — Shape N’ Spin Gear Sorter
Award-Winning Children's book — Ready Freddy Spray ‘N’ Sprinkle

Ready Freddy Spray ‘N’ Sprinkle

An awesome battery-operated circulation water pump (CWP) action fire hydrant bath toy with 4 super cool interchangeable accessories: A hose, a spray head, a water gauge and fire wheel. Attach them to Freddy’s helmet and they will spray, spin, swirl, & sprinkle. Not better way to provide your child with countless hours of sensational bath time fun, discovery and play!
This innovative battery-operated circulating water pump (CWP) bath toy is waterproof and IPX7 certified

Toys, Games & Puzzles:

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Preschool Flash Cards Learning Bundle

Think Tank Scholar Preschool Flash Cards Learning Bundle helps children learn and boost their understanding of phonetics, counting, colors, shapes, and word recognition. The bundle includes 5 packs of 180 cards for learning the Alphabet, Colors & Shapes, Numbers & Counting, First Words with Opposites, and Rhyming.

Each pack comes with 6 fun games, 6 teaching methods, a reference chart, and a bonus activity card, which includes skip counting, estimation, arithmetic, colors, and shapes recognition.

The Preschool Flash Cards are made to last with high-quality cardstock and rounded edges for easier sorting and handling. They are designed to help kids communicate more effectively, describe the world around them, and develop a foundation for reading, writing, spelling, math, and making learning fun.

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Award-Winning Children's book — Preschool Flash Cards Learning Bundle
Award-Winning Children's book — Magic Learning™

Magic Learning™

Magic Learning™ is a 6-in-1 educational box set designed for children aged 3-6. It aims to promote child development in Physical, Cognitive and Social Areas. It consists of 6 fun and educational games with 3 levels of difficulty to encourage toddlers to engage in the games with confident thereby improving their fine and gross motor skills, eye-hand coordination, logical thinking and linguistic skills, creativity, communication and self-care skills.

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KING of GLORY Coloring Book: 70 Scenes Adapted from the Book & Movie
Written by Coloring Artwork by Cole Phail
adapted from KING of GLORY picture book by author P.D. Bramsen and Artist Arminda San Martin
Cole Phail; Illustrated by Cole Phail

This chronological Bible story coloring book with its striking and detailed 70 drawings is designed to be used, scene by scene, with the KING of GLORY 70-scene picture book, DVD (or digital movie), and Illustrated Study Guide. With one picture per page (blank on back side) this works best with coloring pencils or fine felt tip pens, but crayons can work too. While many choose to keep the 70 scenes together (to create and save their personal rendition of the KING of GLORY story), each page is perforated for easy sharing or photocopying. One way to use this coloring book with a small group is to watch one of the movie’s 70 scenes (average length: 3 minutes) and then color the corresponding picture. This coloring book is the final piece of the KING of GLORY Curriculum. www.king-of-glory.com

Children’s Picture Books:
Activities, Crafts & Hobbies ( Includes Puzzles & Games)

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Award-Winning Children's book — KING of GLORY Coloring Book
Award-Winning Children's book — Cyber Spooks - The Chinese Hack

Cyber Spooks – The Chinese Hack: A Cyber Spy adventure for kids
Written by Anthony Sweeney; Illustrated by Dan Harris

Cyber Spooks – a kids Cyber Spy adventure following a team of secret agents defending the world against cyber attack. Book one, The Chinese Hack is a story of a large computer virus outbreak in London.

A short chapter book with full colour graphics, a fun way to learn about cyber security and online safety in the hands of the Cyber Spook Agents.

Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12):
Comic Books & Graphic Novels

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One Comment on “Weekly Roundup: Coding Kits, Toys + More! 9/13 – 9/19”

  1. This is great list that really has me thinking… These would be great activities for my younger child while his older sisters are doing remote learning. Something to keep him quiet, busy and learning!

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