Hands-On Early Learning LEGO Coding Express

This post may contain affiliate links.
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter

Want to introduce your youngest learners to coding? LEGO Education Coding Express introduces children ages 2 – 5 to coding concepts by combing with the playful learning fun of LEGO Duplo bricks with the beginning coding concepts. My four testers LOVED this early technology and science train set– and didn’t want to stop playing with it when it was time to pick up.

Early Learning LEGO Coding Express

Early Learning LEGO Coding Express

Kids get to build train tracks with mini “codes”.Kids will learn how to make the train pause, stop, change directions, make a horn noise, and make a water noise. They’ll do this with colored action bricks that can be placed inside the train tracks. These actions will help children develop the understanding of sequencing, looping, and conditional coding.

Early Learning LEGO Coding Express

Each action brick corresponds to an action. Red is stop. Blue is a water sound. Yellow is music. White is a light. Green is for changing directions.

Early Learning LEGO Coding Express

Early Learning LEGO Coding Express

My testers worked cooperatively to problem solve where to put certain action bricks. For example, they decided to not put the reds in the middle of the tracks and they loved putting the blue (water sounds) everywhere! There are many possibilities for combinations of tracks and actions.

Early learning LEGO Coding Express for ages 2 - 5 with teachers guides & printable building ideas

Watching these kids work together I realized that the Coding Express offers a wealth of opportunities for cooperative learning in the classroom and at home.

Early Learning LEGO Coding Express

Additionally, you’ll get building cards in two levels of difficulty that will help your children extend the learning of the Coding Express. These cards give preschoolers building ideas such as a train engine or train station. (Printable model cards are also available online here.)

Early Learning LEGO Coding Express

Overall, the Coding Express seems to be a hands-on way to playfully learn very beginning coding concepts. Not only that, you’ll see kids making predictions and observations, developing spatial thinking, computational thinking, and understanding cause and effect.

Early Learning LEGO Coding Express

Preschool teachers, you’ll want to know that there is a Teacher Guide with 8 online lessons using the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the 21st Century Early Learning framework (P21) and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework guidelines.

Early learning LEGO Coding Express for ages 2 - 5 with teachers guides & printable building ideas

Expect to also see a free app for this LEGO set that will help kids combine the real-world play with digital play.

Early Learning LEGO Coding Express

Go to the LEGO Education Coding Express Resource page for teacher guide, lesson plans, and building instructions. Buy the Coding Express here.

Early learning LEGO Coding Express for ages 2 - 5 with teachers guides & printable building ideas

You Might Also Like

One Response

  1. Coding activities like these are a great way to spark a child’s enthusiasm towards coding. The lego coding activity which you have shared seems really fun and interesting for kids. Thanks for sharing and explaining it so well!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • WELCOME

    Hi! I’m Melissa Taylor, mom, writer, & former elementary teacher & literacy trainer. I love sharing good books & fun learning resources.

    More About Me

  • STAY INFORMED
    Enter your email address to receive updates on all of our book reviews.