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12 EdTech toys for Christmas 2016

Bloxels lets children create their own video game by using plastic pixel blocks in a grid...

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http://newatlas.com/best-educational-tech-toys-2016-guide/46113/

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Below are a couple of my favorite toys mentioned in this article. These devices offer great learning opportunities and make the process look really fun.

Boxels

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By arranging different colored plastic blocks into the Bloxels grid, children are able to create a side-scrolling platform video game they can then play on their iOS or Android device. Once they have created a room or level they "capture" the grid using the camera on their smart device and their creation is imported into the game.

Characters are created and added the same way, and Bloxels is designed to help children aged eight to 12-years-old develop their design thinking and creativity. The Bloxels Builder Starter Kit is priced at $50.

Kano Complete Computer Kit

With Kano, children can build their own computer before playing on it and learning real programming...

Give a child a computer and they will be able to play Minecraft; teach a child to build a computer, and they will probably still play Minecraft ... but also have a computer they've built themselves. Kano is a Raspberry Pi-based computer building kit for kids, which aims to make building and playing with computers fun, and accessible thanks to child-friendly instructions.

While Kano offer a $150 Computer kit (for which you'll need to bring your own display), our pick is its Complete Computer kit which sees kids construct the screen and computer before playing with it and learning real coding skills with Python and JavaScript. The Kano Complete Computer costs $285.

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