Kano Computers Making Coding Childs Play

IMG_0656I can still remember my first computer. We had a Commodore 64 and, whenever we wanted to play a game, we had to upload it via a cassette. Invariably it would crash and then we would have to start the whole process over again – meaning more waiting – but the pay-off when it did load was one of complete joy!

The first game I had was Ghostbusters. There was also BMX racers and Paperboy which I remember the most. I can recall leaving the shift lock on on the keyboard so that my brother would keep crashing the bike. He used to get very annoyed!

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Of course, computers have come a long way since those days and so have children! Coding is now an important skill and once you have acquired it, it opens up more employment opportunities. With this being a factor, schools are now slowly intergrating this world into our children’s education but Kano have come along to speed up the process.

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When I was approached by Kano and asked if Grace was interested in reviewing a computer, I knew that this was an opportunity too good to miss. Not only are they empowered within the world of coding but they actually understand the ins and outs of a computer by constructing it themselves.

Kano confirmed to me that they aim to do the following:

  • It teaches hardware: put an actual computer together, just like LEGO, with the help of a fun story book that teaches you about all the different components!
  • Teaches coding: code the whole interface and then pick out of hundreds of games available to learn how to code: from coding Minecraft to exploring mysteries kids can solve with code.
  • Enhances problem solving skills: Homework that feels like play? Absolutely! Children pick up all the essential skills of a modern engineer, while having fun.
  • Empowers creativity: A central aspect of Kano is its ability to empower kids and their imagination. It allows children to be creative with technology and to envision their own programs and apps.
  • And needs minimal parent supervision! Because of Kano’s dedication to storytelling, there is no need for a tech savvy parent to be around. There are also extensive parent blocks on internet usage which allow for a safe experience.

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So far in my experience, they are not wrong on any of these claims. But don’t just take my word for it – take a look at what Grace thinks:

I am 100% behind this very clever, innovative product. It will mean that Grace has a headstart with better understanding of computer technology and it will then widen her knowledge and employment prospects – and what parent doesn’t want that for their child?

More Kano Computer Reviews can be found on the following blogs:

Domestic Goddesque

Actually Mummy

HPMcQ 

Jennifer’s Little World

The Kano Computer costs £119.99 and can be ordered on their site with free delivery (expected delivery 1-2 working days)

Disclosure: We were sent a Kano Computer to construct and keep in return for this review, however, all words, images and opinions are our own and have not been influenced in any way.

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4 Comments

  1. May 3, 2015 / 11:34 pm

    Love this review and the concentrated faces, my son Oliver loves the Kano too x

  2. April 27, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    I’m definitely very interested in this… wonder if they have any ideas on how to get our autistic girl to believe it’s worth the effort of building it though?! Our eldest would also need some motivation…. I think it looks and sounds fab!
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