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Cubetto

Cubetto

Fall 2016 Toys
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Manufacturer: Primo Toys
Price: $225.00
Review:

There's a lot of learning with Cubetto. And it's not just "coding." The Cubetto Playset belongs in a preschool where a beloved teacher can read Cubetto's story aloud, explain Cubetto's language, and put the lessons into context.

The Cubetto set includes the star himself (the wooden robot), an interface board (his control panel), 16 tiles (his commands), a storybook, and a map (the world according to Cubetto) that serves as a playmat for learning. The beautifully designed set is approachable and welcoming, the pieces are easy to hold and to place, and the controller is simple (aka elegantly designed) and includes an advanced feature for looping.

In the care of the preschool teacher, young explorers (of both digital and physical worlds) will learn the vocabulary, language and communication skills of coding, but also about mountains and rivers, earth's rotation, compass points and countries around the world. Cubetto's storybook is just the beginning. It sets the course for storytelling, rewards curiosity, and encourages collaboration - all through hands-on play. Seems like the best parts of preschool to us.

Claire Green   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Claire is president of Parents' Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children's interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.

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Primo Toys
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