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

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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.

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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.

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There’s a speaker (it’s voice box?)

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A memory card (for well, it’s memory)

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

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‘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!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Terms and Conditions

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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139 Comments

  1. Tracy K Nixon
    22/05/2015 / 5:51 am

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

  2. 22/05/2015 / 11:59 am

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

  3. Sarah N
    22/05/2015 / 12:13 pm

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

  4. hannonle
    22/05/2015 / 12:23 pm

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

  5. Emily Hutchinson
    22/05/2015 / 12:24 pm

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

  6. Rich Barker
    22/05/2015 / 12:36 pm

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

  7. gemma brown
    22/05/2015 / 12:44 pm

    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

  8. winnie
    22/05/2015 / 1:05 pm

    a great way for the kid to learn how computer works

  9. Zoe G
    22/05/2015 / 1:18 pm

    Great for those important computer skills and learning about technology

  10. David C
    22/05/2015 / 1:28 pm

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

  11. Lea
    22/05/2015 / 1:47 pm

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

  12. Sarah Pybus
    22/05/2015 / 1:47 pm

    That its child friendly but will also push them

  13. Sarah Rees
    22/05/2015 / 1:48 pm

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

  14. fozia Akhtar
    22/05/2015 / 1:49 pm

    It looks fun and educational for children

  15. Tina M Holmes
    22/05/2015 / 1:57 pm

    My son would love this he enjoys problem solving and technology

  16. Caroline Clarke
    22/05/2015 / 2:20 pm

    I like how simply brilliant Kano is!

  17. Ashleigh Allan
    22/05/2015 / 4:38 pm

    I love that it gets kids thinking!

  18. kim neville
    22/05/2015 / 5:23 pm

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

  19. Lisa Everaert
    22/05/2015 / 5:39 pm

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

  20. Mark Palmer
    22/05/2015 / 5:54 pm

    Shows computers are about more than games

  21. katie skeoch
    22/05/2015 / 6:44 pm

    Simple & educational

  22. Sam Nowog
    22/05/2015 / 6:47 pm

    It looks fun

  23. Helen Grayson
    22/05/2015 / 8:31 pm

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

  24. renae
    22/05/2015 / 8:58 pm

    I like that it enables kids to learn whilst playing

  25. Helen Battle
    22/05/2015 / 9:17 pm

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

  26. laura banks
    22/05/2015 / 9:29 pm

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

  27. Lorraine Tinsley
    22/05/2015 / 9:50 pm

    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

  28. melanie stirling
    22/05/2015 / 10:30 pm

    It all looks chunky and easy to manage.

  29. Caroline H
    22/05/2015 / 11:52 pm

    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!).

  30. Jodie Cook
    23/05/2015 / 3:51 am

    It looks simple and easy – great for teaching the basics

  31. Edward Guerreiro
    23/05/2015 / 5:33 am

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

  32. Paul T
    23/05/2015 / 11:44 am

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

  33. Elizabeth Doody
    23/05/2015 / 1:13 pm

    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!

  34. Elizabeth Briggs
    23/05/2015 / 3:50 pm

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

  35. Susan B
    23/05/2015 / 4:01 pm

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

  36. 23/05/2015 / 4:13 pm

    I like that it is easy for the kids to use

  37. Catherine Amaro
    23/05/2015 / 8:28 pm

    simplicity 🙂

  38. Laura Pritchard
    23/05/2015 / 9:29 pm

    Educational for both kids & adults!

  39. Natalie Crossan
    23/05/2015 / 10:49 pm

    I like that it’s fun and educational x

  40. leanne weir
    24/05/2015 / 7:42 am

    It is easy to pick up

  41. Lynsey Buchanan
    24/05/2015 / 9:15 am

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

  42. Bhavesh Mistry
    24/05/2015 / 5:10 pm

    the potential learning benefits for kids!

  43. Lauren Pilkington
    24/05/2015 / 5:31 pm

    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

  44. Leanne moore
    24/05/2015 / 7:46 pm

    Love the bright colours

  45. iain maciver
    24/05/2015 / 10:36 pm

    great way for the kid to learn how computer works

  46. Martina Pichova
    25/05/2015 / 9:32 pm

    …that anyone can use it.

  47. Karen Barrett
    26/05/2015 / 11:53 am

    Looks very grown up whilst being child friendly.

  48. Maxine Owen
    26/05/2015 / 1:33 pm

    Such an important skill for children to learn 🙂

  49. Michael McAulay
    26/05/2015 / 2:00 pm

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

  50. claire griffiths
    26/05/2015 / 2:33 pm

    it educates new skills to kids

  51. clair downham
    26/05/2015 / 6:30 pm

    its something really different that my children would enjoy

  52. Michelle Banks
    26/05/2015 / 7:10 pm

    its great for children x

  53. Allan Mackay
    26/05/2015 / 7:28 pm

    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.

  54. 26/05/2015 / 7:34 pm

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

  55. kathryn booth
    26/05/2015 / 8:55 pm

    looks bright and clean and easy to put together

  56. Harley
    27/05/2015 / 7:45 am

    It’s keeping kids up with technology x

  57. Steven DuckDuck Purnell
    27/05/2015 / 1:53 pm

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

  58. laura stewart
    27/05/2015 / 2:59 pm

    looks easy to use xx

  59. Michael Rattray
    27/05/2015 / 11:28 pm

    I love the orange keyboard

  60. Kat Glynn
    28/05/2015 / 12:51 pm

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

  61. Felicity Smith
    28/05/2015 / 2:31 pm

    i like the use of bright colours

  62. Helen M
    28/05/2015 / 4:37 pm

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

  63. Rachel Butterworth
    28/05/2015 / 10:54 pm

    It’s such a great learning tool for kids.

  64. nicola clarkson
    29/05/2015 / 9:55 pm

    excellent learning tool

  65. Corinne Peat
    30/05/2015 / 9:12 am

    It’s different and educational

  66. Kirsty Broadhead
    30/05/2015 / 5:15 pm

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

  67. justine meyer
    30/05/2015 / 9:55 pm

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

  68. Kat Lucas
    31/05/2015 / 7:03 am

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

  69. claire woods
    31/05/2015 / 10:30 am

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

  70. Leanne V Mckenna
    31/05/2015 / 7:54 pm

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

  71. aj
    31/05/2015 / 8:31 pm

    it engages imagination

  72. harriet
    31/05/2015 / 11:15 pm

    it engages imagination

  73. Caroline Cordery
    01/06/2015 / 12:56 am

    it’s the future of jobs

  74. Carolyn Garaway
    02/06/2015 / 6:20 pm

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

  75. arabella bazley
    02/06/2015 / 9:30 pm

    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.

  76. lynn heath
    02/06/2015 / 10:07 pm

    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.

  77. jodie yorke
    03/06/2015 / 4:59 am

    great way for the kids to learn how computer works

  78. aaron broad
    03/06/2015 / 5:24 pm

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

  79. Karen Martin
    03/06/2015 / 10:48 pm

    Its a fun way to encourage learning for kids

  80. MichelleD
    04/06/2015 / 8:00 pm

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

  81. Kaci Soderstrom
    06/06/2015 / 4:12 pm

    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

  82. Sarah Heath
    07/06/2015 / 4:59 pm

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

  83. Kristy Brown
    07/06/2015 / 10:52 pm

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

  84. Kristyn Harris
    08/06/2015 / 12:35 pm

    Its a fun way of learning! : )

  85. angela sandhu
    08/06/2015 / 2:31 pm

    Educational and fun

  86. 08/06/2015 / 7:41 pm

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

  87. Daniel Stacey
    09/06/2015 / 11:32 am

    Coding learning fun

  88. Sarah Hanson
    10/06/2015 / 7:05 pm

    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

  89. kyle everall
    11/06/2015 / 10:30 am

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

  90. cheryl kean
    11/06/2015 / 4:44 pm

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

  91. kayleigh white
    11/06/2015 / 6:39 pm

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

  92. Paula Phillips
    11/06/2015 / 9:11 pm

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

  93. Holly Boyd
    11/06/2015 / 10:09 pm

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

  94. teresa sheldon
    11/06/2015 / 10:12 pm

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

  95. Claire Bingham
    11/06/2015 / 10:20 pm

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

  96. Teresa Lee
    12/06/2015 / 12:29 am

    A fun way to get kids learning

  97. Jon Slater
    12/06/2015 / 1:50 am

    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.

  98. Sarah Bates
    12/06/2015 / 8:12 am

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

  99. Debra Winfield
    12/06/2015 / 10:50 am

    This looks amazing! My daughter would love this!

  100. Lynsey Poole
    12/06/2015 / 10:53 am

    A great unique way to learn! This is super!

  101. Richard Green
    12/06/2015 / 12:52 pm

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

  102. 12/06/2015 / 12:55 pm

    Awesome idea, my three would love one!

  103. Daniel Todd
    12/06/2015 / 1:16 pm

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

  104. Paul Walsh
    12/06/2015 / 1:19 pm

    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.

  105. Diana
    12/06/2015 / 2:27 pm

    Great way to show kids how computer works : )

  106. Fran H
    12/06/2015 / 3:03 pm

    That it looks so much fun!!

  107. sarah
    12/06/2015 / 6:16 pm

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

  108. helen spillett
    12/06/2015 / 6:47 pm

    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.

  109. Kirsty Greer
    12/06/2015 / 9:54 pm

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

  110. donna l jones
    12/06/2015 / 10:06 pm

    teaches them how computers work

  111. Sheri Darby
    12/06/2015 / 10:13 pm

    It is practical and educational

  112. Sarah Thomas
    12/06/2015 / 10:20 pm

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

  113. Anna Pritchard
    13/06/2015 / 8:15 am

    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

  114. 13/06/2015 / 10:33 am

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

  115. Claire Ward
    13/06/2015 / 10:58 am

    That’s its educational and fun

  116. Tamsin Dean
    13/06/2015 / 1:33 pm

    It is fun and learning, what is better

  117. MICHELLE KEMP
    13/06/2015 / 1:52 pm

    looks fun and educational

  118. Lucy Robinson
    13/06/2015 / 2:37 pm

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

  119. Sarah Mills
    13/06/2015 / 2:56 pm

    that your child learns all about computing

  120. Spencer Broadley
    13/06/2015 / 3:56 pm

    Ease ose

  121. Rick Carr
    13/06/2015 / 4:45 pm

    all kids should learn about computers in this way

  122. Marrian
    13/06/2015 / 4:49 pm

    That it’s educational AND fun. 🙂

  123. Wendy Guy
    13/06/2015 / 5:43 pm

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

  124. Kay Panayi
    13/06/2015 / 7:15 pm

    It’s very fun and educational

  125. Victoria
    13/06/2015 / 8:39 pm

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

  126. Emma Fox
    13/06/2015 / 9:15 pm

    It looks like a fun way to learn.

  127. Purmala Shrestha
    13/06/2015 / 9:17 pm

    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!

  128. Maria P
    13/06/2015 / 9:23 pm

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

  129. claire little
    13/06/2015 / 9:51 pm

    it looks fun and simple to use 🙂

  130. Sharon Mclauchlan
    13/06/2015 / 10:05 pm

    great learning tool

  131. Angela Williams
    13/06/2015 / 10:11 pm

    Educational and fun

  132. karen Howden
    13/06/2015 / 10:12 pm

    its a fun way to learn

  133. Nicola Holland
    13/06/2015 / 10:35 pm

    A great fun way for children to learn coding!

  134. Patricia Avery
    13/06/2015 / 10:36 pm

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

  135. 13/06/2015 / 10:40 pm

    This is everything I would have loved as a child.

  136. Laura Grayless
    13/06/2015 / 10:50 pm

    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.

  137. Darlene
    13/06/2015 / 11:02 pm

    I like its simplicity.

  138. Monika S
    13/06/2015 / 11:06 pm

    how interesting learning can be

  139. kris
    15/06/2015 / 11:44 am

    educational and fun

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