If last week’s Hour of Code got your kids fired up to learn more about computer science, then we’ve got an awesome gift recommendation for you. Bitsbox is a cool free website where kids can learn and practice code, and now they’re launching a fun subscription box filled with even more geeky goodness. And if you hurry, you can score a cool stocking stuffer.
Create a free account on the Bitsbox website to access programming lessons that are so simple, any kid who can read and type (hunt and peck is fine) can follow along to create and run apps. Then scan the QR code in the top right corner of the screen to import your new app onto your smartphone or tablet. Boom — now you’re an app developer, with an icon on your screen to prove it.
The new Bitsbox subscription offers tons more coding projects delivered monthly, along with other cool goodies like stickers, temporary tattoos, and coupons and discounts on educational toys. Of course kids always love getting mail that’s just for them, but the other reason I love this subscription approach is that it reignites kids’ interest in coding projects when a new box arrives. Because even kids who adore computer science like to do other stuff too.
If this sounds like an awesome gift for a kid you know, check out the Bitsbox Kickstarter where they’re offering a stocking stuffer package with extra app projects when you pledge at the $90 level, which will get you three months of Bitsbox starting in April 2015. Yes, it’s kind of a bummer to have to wait so long, but there are plenty of projects on the website to keep the kids occupied until the first box arrives.
But hurry — you’ve got to pledge before midnight EST tonight to get the stocking stuffer. Which would be a pretty cool way to let the kids know that they’ve got one more cool present on the way in spring.