Giveaway: Get your hands on a Kano – Kids’ Coding Set



Kano offered to send over a coding kit. Being utterly phobic of anything like that, but knowing the rest of the family would approve I said yes. I absolutely love the way it was packaged, the simplicity of it, the way it deconstructs a computer safely and imaginatively. It is such an irresistibly clever idea, to approach coding like Lego. It was a joy to receive and unpack.


What is a Kano?


‘Kano is a computer you build and code yourself. Lego simple, Raspberry Pi powerful, and hugely fun.’

So the Kano is basically a computer, but in separate components – it is really easy put together, like Lego, it even comes with a book instead of an instruction manual. Which seriously appealed to me. It is beautifully constructed to tell the Kano story. Top marks for design.


The raspberry Pi is it’s brain, you can see it here, cased and wired up, which kids get to do all by themselves, a bit like building Lego.


There’s a speaker (it’s voice box?)


A memory card (for well, it’s memory)


Cables to connect it to screen (central nervous system?) and a keyboard and wifi (the human body analogy seems to end here)



‘But what on earth do you do with it after that?’  I asked my husband, because he makes video games happen.

‘All kinds of stuff!’ he said.

So obviously I was clear as mud.

So I let him loose with it with the kids, and let him explain and be honest about how it worked in our house.


Mr A the ex coder speaks…

‘Brilliant idea, well implemented. Kids LOVED putting it together in pieces, showed an interest in what each bit was and wanted to customise it immediately.

Where it fell down in our house was that they both wanted to ‘own’ it, and as neither could, it had to be shared which meant it lost interest once the building was complete. We got into the start of the coding and understanding the keyboard, only 8yo L was with me at this stage, 6yo G had wandered off.

L already knew the basics of computing so this didn’t hold her interest for long, then we had to wait for an update, which was the deal breaker for interest levels.

Loved it as a past coder myself, with just one child, more focused it could have worked better.’

Mr A


The Verdict

I think Mr A was a little bit disappointed the kids weren’t keener, but that is no reflection on Kano, more where our kids are at interest wise right now, but this is the kind of kit we could definitely revisit over time, I’ve also been talking to L’s school about loaning it to the coding club as I think alongside her peers, rather than sibling, L might be more confident and keener to crack some coding.

We absolutely think for the right child, at the right time this would make a perfect gift ad open up a whole world of interest and opportunity. My son is a little young and my daughter perhaps not prepared to be patient for this sort of thing.  But with a child who is really keen and ready, this is absolutely the right piece of kit.

You can read how other children and families got on with it, and even got as far as playing games, to help make up your mind here, here, here and here.


I need this now! Where can I buy a Kano?

Kano kits are £119.99 and you can buy it here


I’m feeling lucky, how do I win one?

So you have a child who is keen to really get to grips with coding, fancy winning a Kano?

Just follow the rafflecopter instructions!


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There is one prize of one Kano set The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
Open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding employees and relatives of Parentshaped and Kano.
Closing date for entries is 14/6/2015
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  • Reply Tracy K Nixon

    Seems easy for children to learn/pick up on and therefore give them more confidence with technology.

    22/05/2015 at 5:51 am
  • Reply Sophie Buckle

    It is new age and easy to pick up which is crucial in this day and age x

    22/05/2015 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Sarah N

    It’s a great kit because it has infinite possibilities. Computing is something that all our children need to learn these days.

    22/05/2015 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply hannonle

    It looks easy for little hands to build and I love the funky orange colour!

    22/05/2015 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Emily Hutchinson

    I think it’s great to get kids thinking, learning valuable skills for the future

    22/05/2015 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Rich Barker

    A great way to introduce crucial skills for the future at an early age, and ‘demystify’ computers and programming.

    22/05/2015 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply gemma brown

    i think it’s brilliant that children can use this. These days computers are used for so many things , and would make sense for children to learn early. my eldest will do coding club next year (year 5) so this would be great to give him a head start

    22/05/2015 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply winnie

    a great way for the kid to learn how computer works

    22/05/2015 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Zoe G

    Great for those important computer skills and learning about technology

    22/05/2015 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply David C

    Perfect for showing kids what goes on inside a computer, and to give them confidence with beginning to code

    22/05/2015 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Lea

    It looks great, I like the way it makes coding look fun and comes with the book which will be more interesting for children.

    22/05/2015 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Sarah Pybus

    That its child friendly but will also push them

    22/05/2015 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Sarah Rees

    Such an interesting kit – My daughter would love this. She loves making things and coding

    22/05/2015 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply fozia Akhtar

    It looks fun and educational for children

    22/05/2015 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Tina M Holmes

    My son would love this he enjoys problem solving and technology

    22/05/2015 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Caroline Clarke

    I like how simply brilliant Kano is!

    22/05/2015 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Ashleigh Allan

    I love that it gets kids thinking!

    22/05/2015 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply kim neville

    Fantastic way for kids to learn about how it works by building together

    22/05/2015 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply Lisa Everaert

    I love how easy it makes things for the kids to learn.

    22/05/2015 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Mark Palmer

    Shows computers are about more than games

    22/05/2015 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply katie skeoch

    Simple & educational

    22/05/2015 at 6:44 pm
  • Reply Sam Nowog

    It looks fun

    22/05/2015 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply Helen Grayson

    How easy it is to set up and use! Much better than a full computer and it allows them to start really early too!

    22/05/2015 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply renae

    I like that it enables kids to learn whilst playing

    22/05/2015 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Helen Battle

    It looks fun and i’m sure the children would love it

    22/05/2015 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply laura banks

    my son want s to be a computer programmer so this is a fab way of learning

    22/05/2015 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Lorraine Tinsley

    I think my daughter would love this and I am sure that it will be the norm in the future for all adults to know about computer programming

    22/05/2015 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply melanie stirling

    It all looks chunky and easy to manage.

    22/05/2015 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Caroline H

    I really like the design of the components. They look bright and friendly to catch children’s interest. Traditional computer parts are so industrial looking (and usually with little scratchy bits that don’t go down well if they catch a finger!).

    22/05/2015 at 11:52 pm
  • Reply Jodie Cook

    It looks simple and easy – great for teaching the basics

    23/05/2015 at 3:51 am
  • Reply Edward Guerreiro

    I love that it includes, almost, everything you need to start coding. Incidentally, I would have absolutely loved this as a child.

    23/05/2015 at 5:33 am
  • Reply Paul T

    I like that it’s a fun way to encourage child to learn more about computers.

    23/05/2015 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Elizabeth Doody

    Coding is definitely the way forward and children are becoming quite efficient with computers so I think Kano would be an excellent introduction into coding and my two computer nuts would have great fun with this!

    23/05/2015 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Briggs

    My children are learning coding and it would be great to give them something physical to learn as well as practical.

    23/05/2015 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Susan B

    It’s curiosity generating, it’s confidence building – and it’s orange!

    23/05/2015 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply Sam Swain

    I like that it is easy for the kids to use

    23/05/2015 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Catherine Amaro

    simplicity 🙂

    23/05/2015 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Laura Pritchard

    Educational for both kids & adults!

    23/05/2015 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Natalie Crossan

    I like that it’s fun and educational x

    23/05/2015 at 10:49 pm
  • Reply leanne weir

    It is easy to pick up

    24/05/2015 at 7:42 am
  • Reply Lynsey Buchanan

    I love thats its a fun and simple way to get kids into computers

    24/05/2015 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Bhavesh Mistry

    the potential learning benefits for kids!

    24/05/2015 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply Lauren Pilkington

    Kano looks amazing. Its something that would be great for all ages and i love the endless fun and also the benefits for the future in learning coding

    24/05/2015 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Leanne moore

    Love the bright colours

    24/05/2015 at 7:46 pm
  • Reply iain maciver

    great way for the kid to learn how computer works

    24/05/2015 at 10:36 pm
  • Reply Martina Pichova

    …that anyone can use it.

    25/05/2015 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Karen Barrett

    Looks very grown up whilst being child friendly.

    26/05/2015 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Maxine Owen

    Such an important skill for children to learn 🙂

    26/05/2015 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Michael McAulay

    I like the fact that it teaches kids very understated but valuable life skills that they do not get taught properly at school

    26/05/2015 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply claire griffiths

    it educates new skills to kids

    26/05/2015 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply clair downham

    its something really different that my children would enjoy

    26/05/2015 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Michelle Banks

    its great for children x

    26/05/2015 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply Allan Mackay

    What I like about the Kano is that it is all inclusive, meaning that it is not just for children, it would be an ideal platform for adults to learn about code and electronics as well.

    26/05/2015 at 7:28 pm
  • Reply Jessica Powell

    That they’re a fun way to learn a really useful skill.

    26/05/2015 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply kathryn booth

    looks bright and clean and easy to put together

    26/05/2015 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Harley

    It’s keeping kids up with technology x

    27/05/2015 at 7:45 am
  • Reply Steven DuckDuck Purnell

    The simplicity of it all… And its ORANGE (Y)

    27/05/2015 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply laura stewart

    looks easy to use xx

    27/05/2015 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Michael Rattray

    I love the orange keyboard

    27/05/2015 at 11:28 pm
  • Reply Kat Glynn

    Its a great idea for starting kids off young, they are learning something that could be of great benefit to them in the future.

    28/05/2015 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Felicity Smith

    i like the use of bright colours

    28/05/2015 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Helen M

    Building it yourself … my son thinks this is soooo cool!

    28/05/2015 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Rachel Butterworth

    It’s such a great learning tool for kids.

    28/05/2015 at 10:54 pm
  • Reply nicola clarkson

    excellent learning tool

    29/05/2015 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply Corinne Peat

    It’s different and educational

    30/05/2015 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Kirsty Broadhead

    Getting kids into technology is so important and I love this idea.

    30/05/2015 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply justine meyer

    Its great for the kids to be able to be involved in building something from scratch and taking pride in what they have done

    30/05/2015 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply Kat Lucas

    Easy way to encourage children to be more involved with how things work instead of just playing

    31/05/2015 at 7:03 am
  • Reply claire woods

    It’s a great kit as the children will have fun and learn at the same time.

    31/05/2015 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Leanne V Mckenna

    The design is great, and its a fantastic way for the kids to learn some real skills for the future

    31/05/2015 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply aj

    it engages imagination

    31/05/2015 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply harriet

    it engages imagination

    31/05/2015 at 11:15 pm
  • Reply Caroline Cordery

    it’s the future of jobs

    01/06/2015 at 12:56 am
  • Reply Carolyn Garaway

    My grandson would love it, and so would I to be honest.

    02/06/2015 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply arabella bazley

    I love the way you build it yourself, rather like the build your own transistors of the past, which gives you a real understanding of how the modern world works and a real sense of achievement that you could build something that looks so complicated.

    02/06/2015 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply lynn heath

    I love that this is something my son would have to build himself, I think that he would treasure the fact that he built it.

    02/06/2015 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply jodie yorke

    great way for the kids to learn how computer works

    03/06/2015 at 4:59 am
  • Reply aaron broad

    Think is a great idea, would of loved to have one as a kid

    03/06/2015 at 5:24 pm
  • Reply Karen Martin

    Its a fun way to encourage learning for kids

    03/06/2015 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply MichelleD

    It helps kids to think about what they’re doing and makes them realise that there’s more to a computer than games!

    04/06/2015 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply Kaci Soderstrom

    Great for kids to get an early start on learning something which is beginning to be a must need to know thing for the upcoming generations

    06/06/2015 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Sarah Heath

    It is educational but fun at the same time, great for learning.

    07/06/2015 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Kristy Brown

    That it’s designed to teach kids such an essential tool

    07/06/2015 at 10:52 pm
  • Reply Kristyn Harris

    Its a fun way of learning! : )

    08/06/2015 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply angela sandhu

    Educational and fun

    08/06/2015 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Paul Songer

    Where was this tech when i was younger. I often feel i was born too early!

    08/06/2015 at 7:41 pm
  • Reply Daniel Stacey

    Coding learning fun

    09/06/2015 at 11:32 am
  • Reply Sarah Hanson

    I can’t get over how tiny they are. The kids will know what to do with them, I’m not sure I will though

    10/06/2015 at 7:05 pm
  • Reply kyle everall

    I think this is a fantastic, very practical way for kids to be hands on and learn at the same time.

    11/06/2015 at 10:30 am
  • Reply cheryl kean

    fantastic !! something dad and son can join forces on and spend quality time together x

    11/06/2015 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply kayleigh white

    It’s not only a fabulous technology educational tool, but it’s a bonding session too!

    11/06/2015 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Paula Phillips

    It’s a great way for kids to learn how computers work which will help them for their future.

    11/06/2015 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Holly Boyd

    I love how it gets children involved. I know my husband would be the same and would be really keen.

    11/06/2015 at 10:09 pm
  • Reply teresa sheldon

    It’s so educational and when you put time and effort into making something I think you appreciate and learn from it more

    11/06/2015 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply Claire Bingham

    I love the thought of have quiet this would keep my sign, he is obsessed with technology and would love this

    11/06/2015 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Teresa Lee

    A fun way to get kids learning

    12/06/2015 at 12:29 am
  • Reply Jon Slater

    An attractive and easy to use introduction to computing and coding, both key skills all children will need to use and develop as part of their education and for their future careers.

    12/06/2015 at 1:50 am
  • Reply Sarah Bates

    It’s great for children’s vital skills these days- I would never of thought about it though!

    12/06/2015 at 8:12 am
  • Reply Debra Winfield

    This looks amazing! My daughter would love this!

    12/06/2015 at 10:50 am
  • Reply Lynsey Poole

    A great unique way to learn! This is super!

    12/06/2015 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Richard Green

    This is a great way to gets kids to programming with the complexity of it all. Love it!

    12/06/2015 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Jon Penner

    Awesome idea, my three would love one!

    12/06/2015 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Daniel Todd

    The creativity aspect is superb for the children plus its all valuable skills as they grow up

    12/06/2015 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Paul Walsh

    It’s an easy way for kids to learn how to code which is a skill which will help them get a job later in life.

    12/06/2015 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Diana

    Great way to show kids how computer works : )

    12/06/2015 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Fran H

    That it looks so much fun!!

    12/06/2015 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply sarah

    fantastic way to teach kids more about computers which is so important now.

    12/06/2015 at 6:16 pm
  • Reply helen spillett

    I think this a great way not only to introduce coding, but will certainly attract my son as he has to build it himself. Coding is now such an important part of learning for children.

    12/06/2015 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply Kirsty Greer

    My eldest loves coding and this would be amazing for her xx

    12/06/2015 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply donna l jones

    teaches them how computers work

    12/06/2015 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Sheri Darby

    It is practical and educational

    12/06/2015 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply Sarah Thomas

    It teaches kids programming skills in a really fun way, and it looks cool too!

    12/06/2015 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Anna Pritchard

    This is a fab gift for children, my son has been wanting to code for about 6 months and after checking in our area there were no courses as yet, I logged him on to the Barclays bank coding area for children but this is a great idea and I love the fact it is aimed at children so you know what they are embarking on is aimed at them and therefore will be safe. Such an innovative and different toy definitely will have to have a word in santas ear near christmas

    13/06/2015 at 8:15 am
  • Reply Eileen Tingle

    It would be really educational for my grandchildren but centred around their favourite hobby – computers, and orange – wow!

    13/06/2015 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Claire Ward

    That’s its educational and fun

    13/06/2015 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Tamsin Dean

    It is fun and learning, what is better

    13/06/2015 at 1:33 pm

    looks fun and educational

    13/06/2015 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Lucy Robinson

    Love how kid friendly it is and teaches such a good skill. x

    13/06/2015 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Sarah Mills

    that your child learns all about computing

    13/06/2015 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Spencer Broadley

    Ease ose

    13/06/2015 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Rick Carr

    all kids should learn about computers in this way

    13/06/2015 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Marrian

    That it’s educational AND fun. 🙂

    13/06/2015 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Wendy Guy

    You produce products which are essential to our children learning about computers. Thank you.

    13/06/2015 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Kay Panayi

    It’s very fun and educational

    13/06/2015 at 7:15 pm
  • Reply Victoria

    I like that there are both hardware and software aspects to learn about

    13/06/2015 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Emma Fox

    It looks like a fun way to learn.

    13/06/2015 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Purmala Shrestha

    I remember trying to code my own game as a kid many moons ago, and the reward i had when it finally worked was bigger than the reward of completing the game itself, which wasn’t the best! These days this creativity has been lost so I love this system for bringing it all back!

    13/06/2015 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Maria P

    it is so unique and I believe it would be sooooo fun to put it together

    13/06/2015 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply claire little

    it looks fun and simple to use 🙂

    13/06/2015 at 9:51 pm
  • Reply Sharon Mclauchlan

    great learning tool

    13/06/2015 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Angela Williams

    Educational and fun

    13/06/2015 at 10:11 pm
  • Reply karen Howden

    its a fun way to learn

    13/06/2015 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply Nicola Holland

    A great fun way for children to learn coding!

    13/06/2015 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply Patricia Avery

    Great for reinforcing what they are already learning about in school 🙂

    13/06/2015 at 10:36 pm
  • Reply Joanne Blunt

    This is everything I would have loved as a child.

    13/06/2015 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply Laura Grayless

    I love that it isn’t complicated. It looks like a computer and will allow children to learn how each component is linked to the next. Add the basics of coding and this will be amazing.

    13/06/2015 at 10:50 pm
  • Reply Darlene

    I like its simplicity.

    13/06/2015 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply Monika S

    how interesting learning can be

    13/06/2015 at 11:06 pm
  • Reply kris

    educational and fun

    15/06/2015 at 11:44 am
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