Tech Tools for Early Learning
The library is delighted to partner with Erikson’s Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center, to give members of the Erikson community a chance to try out some of the fun tech tools that are available for enhancing children’s learning and development! Many of the tech tools in our collection have been donated to the TEC Center by their developers or through generous contributions from donors.
You’ll find more information about the TEC Center Technology Tools collection below, and you can also search for them in our online catalog. We also have books about coding in our children’s collection, if you would like additional resources to accompany your technological explorations.
We encourage you to evaluate each tool’s educational and social-emotional learning value as you play, explore and learn on your own and with young children. Please ask the Library or TEC Center staff any questions you may have and share your experiences with us! The TEC Center staff is happy to help you get started if this is your first time exploring using technology tools with young children. Here are some questions you should ask if you are looking to create a play or lesson plan with technology.
If you’d like to have some playtime with these tech tools – on your own, or with the children in your life! – please come visit us in the library!
Inspired by Montessori pedagogy, Martbotic Smart Numbers is an interactive number learning game that works with tablets and iPads. Digital interfaces come together with wooden toys, to give children a fun environment in which to learn about math and discover a love for numbers! (Ages 3+)
Tiggly Shapes provide an innovative and fun way for kids ages 3+ to learn spatial reasoning, motor skills, language, and creativity. Each Tiggly Shapes set contains four sleek toys in the shape of a circle, square, triangle, and star that operate in real-time apps for android and iOS. (Ages 3+)
Dash & Dot are here to help kids learn to code! Part friend, part pet, and part robot, they are ready to play and learn with young people as they use free Wonder Workshop applications on iOS and Android devices to program Dash & Dot to do anything they can imagine! (Ages 3+)
Robot Turtles is a board game that teaches programming skills to children as young as 4 years old. Players dictate the movements of their tokens on a game board by playing Code Cards inspired by the Logo programming language. Robot Turtles is great for teaching coding concepts without screens, for classroom and family fun! (Ages 3+)
Have you ever played a Banana Piano? Played a video game with paper? Typed a message with a doughnut?! With Makey Makey, kids (of all ages!) can turn everyday objects into touchpads by creating connections with alligator clips! (Ages 5+)
Osmo is a unique game system that works with reflective artificial intelligence to bridge the real and digital realms. Kids can play word and number games, solve Tangram puzzles, hone drawing skills, learn basic coding, and more! (Ages 5+)
Puzzlets is a tangible tech game for 1-2 players, that introduces children to coding concepts through game-based, hands-on play. Through “embodied learning,” children’s play time is split evenly between screen-time and embodied, real-world activities. (Ages 6+)
Cubelets are robotics and coding blocks that easily connect to form robots. Just snap the blocks together and discover what robot behaviors emerge! Kids can use add Legos to their creations, and even “drive” their robots from a distance, with Bluetooth. (Ages 4+)