When my children get their 30 minutes a day of screen time, 9 out of 10 times they’re playing a game like Minecraft or Animal Jam. The other 1 out of 10 times, watching kids play with toys on You Tube while listening to me yell in the background “stop watching other children play, get your toys and do it your self!” You likely know the drill, right? I’m not alone, tell me I’m not alone!
Anyway, my husband is a self-proclaimed “Computer Geek” so thoroughly loves to play these games with our 9, 7.5, and 5.5 year old daughters. When we learned about this computer kid for children, Piper, we were both excited! This was the perfect way to teach them WHY their games work, give the behind-the-scenes, if you will.
“What do you learn with Piper? As kids build Piper and progress through the games, they develop both technical skills and approaches that lead to inventive solutions.” In summary, Piper is providing children with critical thinking, building, electronics, problem solving, coding, and growth mindset. It’s like taking all of the good goals to have with children’s free-play and meshing into one activity that they’ll flip over!
The computer took about 3 total hours to build with the help of my husband. The directions were clear and large and it was awesome for the girls to learn to read a blue-print-like instructional diagram. When they were finished, and it lit up, I have never heard such authentic and excited screams! The completed computer sits in the dining room now where they all take turns playing one of the 8 pre-installed game levels.
This kit is a great gift from a grandparent, for a birthday present, holiday, graduation/moving up reward, or even for children to save up to purchase on their own! We’ll call this the “gateway” computer. It’s primitive in comparison to an actual desktop or laptop, but for a child who games, it is the perfect way to create their OWN system to do just that on!
Piper is sold on Amazon (FREE SHIPPING, woot woot!). Check it out here. (This is not an affiliate link.)
Disclaimer: We received a complimentary Piper Computer Kit in exchange for this honest review. We received no monetary compensation from the Piper, Inc company. All opinions are our own.