Meet cody block
Cody Block is a Montessori inspired, screen-free wooden toy for children 3+, introducing the basics of computational thinking through tangible programming.
It’s a busy city! Go on adventures with Cody, help him find his way home by driving through the cityscape one block at a time! Create and learn the basics of coding, it’s hands on programming!
How it works
Cody Block introduces the first concepts of computational thinking to young children via tangible programming. Your task is to lay out a path that leads Cody back to his house by positioning the Building Blocks in a correct order.
Each Building Block gives a unique directional command (turn left, turn right, U turn, repeat last command, stop, record path, play path), together they create a sequence of instructions (the basis of any algorithm).
Cody Block comes with the City Guide, a story book with several exercises & adventures providing different learning outcomes.
Genderless design, for boys and girls 3+
Cody Block has been designed with gender equity in mind, it is as much fun for boys as for girls. Also, there are no written information on the toy, it’s ready to play even if your child does not read.
The design of Cody Block takes its inspiration from classic wooden toys and the Montessori philosophy in its material and shape: solid beech wood and intuitive design.
No limit, your bedroom is your playground
Your city can be as big as you want, the Building Blocks can be set 20 cm, 50 cm, 1 meter, 10 meters apart! It’s all up to you and your imagination!
And there are no limits to how many blocks and Cody car you can play with!
Why it so relevant
In this digital age it is important to empower children to be creators and not only passive users of new technologies. The current generation of children will need to be literate in technology in order to understand the world they live in.
Understanding how computers work and learning the basics of coding will not only help children to learn logical thinking but also to develop fundamental problem solving abilities, creativity and resilience. Learning these skills from an early stage creates a natural tendency to assimilate this content in a more efficient way.
What your children will learn
Cody helps introducing coding concepts to the little ones. But what will they learn? And how?
We chose to create a tangible programming language that kids can actually touch with their hands, following the Montessori proposition that kids learn best by experiencing the environment around them.
What's included in Cody Block
The Cody Block set comes with:
1 Cody (the little car) with magnetic top and bottom
16 Building Blocks (4 x turn left, 4 x turn right, 2 x U turn, 1 x repeat, 2 x record, 2 x play, 1 x stop)
1 City Guide / story book with exercises
Cody, the little car
Cody always drives in a straight line and only changes direction or stops when it faces a Building. You can’t drive without a driver, so to turn Cody ON, simply snap his head and body together (we are using magnets!).
The City Blocks
There are 7 different Buidling Blocks, each gives a specific order to Cody. Each Cody Block set comes with 16 Building Blocks in total.
What teachers say
Here is an interview from Bruce Lamont, a primary school teacher and a Lead Teacher in Zurich with 32 years of experience: