Coding Girls Challenge with Primo Toys #Codinggirls

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As it was Women’s International Day yesterday, it only seemed fitting to take on the challenge set by Primo Toys ,the educational Toy company (who create the fantastic Cubetto playsets) and I knew that my three year W – three going on thirteen – would be perfect for the challenge.

Did you know…only 24% of UK STEM jobs are held by women?  Its statistics like this that make me ,and no doubt others feel frustration that us women and our younger generations are still facing a gender battle when it comes to the workforce.  Primo Toys are currently embracing gender equality and promoting to narrow the gap between women and men’s job opportunities.   Why are there more men astronauts?  Engineers?  Electricians and plumbers?   Lets show our female younger generation that they can achieve anything they set their minds to and should never feel less empowered because of their gender.  Primo Toys are supporting closing this workforce gap with the  offer of their fantastic resources.

Cubetto Playsets are all about teaching coding without the use of a screen, still keeping the activity engaging, fun and exciting!  I was asked by Primo Toys to interview my daughter about whats its like being a girl and what she thought about some off the STEM activities we have taken part in.  As she is only three (nearly four!), I know that I would  need to be inventive in how I got around asking her these questions.  Sitting her down and asking her would just not cut it.  So instead, I involved two of her favourite people, Woody and Jessie of course!

W is looking at Woody and Jessie for our Coding challenge with Primo Toys

Woody and Jessie took part in our #codinggirls challenge

W is being asked some questions by her little figures Woody and Jessie

Woody and Jessie asking the questions set by Primo Toys

Q1. What do you enjoy about being a girl? I like to look pretty and dance!

Q2. Have you ever been told you can’t do anything because you are a girl? Huh?  Why? No!

Q3.  What do you want to be when you grow up?  A police officer (I think she would be perfect for this role by the way!)

Q4. What or who inspires you the most?  A character or a person or someone off the TV?  Vamperina as she can fly and I would love to fly! (I told you there is high hopes for W!)

Q5. What do you know about computer programming/coding? I don’t know but my Mommy and Daddy have a computer and iPads!

Q6. What activity did you enjoy the most out of the STEM activities in our guide and why?  I loved Simon Says and playing with the counters.  I loved Simon Says as its fun to jump about!

We took part in several activities from the STEM guide-book Primo Toys provided and W adored the Simon Says game.  It took her a while to get to grips with it but the outrageous  the task the better and she enjoyed taking it turns.  At one point the whole family were taking part!

W is jumping up when playing Simon Says for our coding girls challenge with Primo Toys

W jumping up and down to Simon Says game in her Snow White outfit…obvs

W is trying to catch a balloon during our game of Simon Says for our coding girls challenge for Primo Toys

Trying to catch a balloon during our game of Simon Says

We also played a game of Connect 4 which I thought would be a great way of W copying patterns.  She found this a pretty easy task and enjoyed using the counters and taking it in turns to make a pattern and then copy it using the blue and the yellow counters.

W is playing connect 4 and learning about patterns in our task for coding girls for Primo Toys

Using Connect 4 as a way to learn about coding #codinggirls for Primo Toys

W is peeking through the holes in our connect 4 game learning all about coding without the use of screens

Thank you to Primo Toys for letting us take part in your Coding Girls challenge, W and I had lots of fun and it was inspiring to know that there are many ways you learn about coding without the use of a screen.  It was also a great opportunity to learn from W about what she thinks its like to be a girl and what she would like to be when she grows up.  Despite being 3, I think she’s already showing signs of being successful!

I think it’s so important for girls to be able to feel they can achieve anything they want in life and I thank Primo Toys for supporting this, giving the girls the power and confidence to aspire to jobs in the science, technology, engineering and maths sector.  Girls Rock!

 

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15 Comments

  1. March 9, 2018 / 10:45 am

    Brilliant post! I never let anything stop me!

  2. March 9, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    Great idea. I used to teach early coding to my reception class without a screen – using the idea of the juice robot. Beebots are also great

  3. March 9, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    What a great idea and I love how she knows no boundaries of being a girl. That’s the way it should be!

  4. March 12, 2018 / 8:14 am

    This is a brilliant challenge. I love her answers to the questions x

    • thewillowtree1
      March 12, 2018 / 9:10 am

      Thank you – yes it was a great challenge as I did not know much about coding.

  5. Hannah | MakeDo&Push
    March 12, 2018 / 9:05 am

    Great post! We’re all about encouraging our daughter that she can be whatever she wants xx

    • thewillowtree1
      March 12, 2018 / 9:10 am

      Absolutely right!

  6. March 13, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    What a great post and she sounds just like my little lady. I must try some of these activities with her. I think girls can be whatever they want to be too my niece is working on becoming an astronaut ;0)

  7. March 19, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    This is brilliant! I do not have girls, but am all for instilling equality in both sexes and definitely plan to teach my boys that girls are their equal and not less or more important then them!
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back tomorrow.

  8. March 21, 2018 / 10:28 pm

    My eldest daughter is the same age as yours so I found this really interesting. I will definitely look into doing some of these activities with Amelie. Thanks for linking this to #thursdayteam

    • March 23, 2018 / 12:25 pm

      That’s great you found it interesting to read about!

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