Gifts for Gifted Children: Code Monkey Island

The holiday season is upon us and that means taking on the challenge of finding gifts for your children that are both fun and enriching. If your child is gifted this can be particularly difficult because they might not be interested in they typical toys. Luckily for us we have shopping options beyond Target and Walmart. I wanted to share with you a few toys and games over the next few weeks that are perfect for gifted children.

One of the biggest pushes in education these days are STEM skills, because our society and workforce have become so technologically dependent. However, for most of us things like computer coding are so far out of our experience that you wouldn’t know how to start. Yet, many of the people who are leading in the tech industry started learning how to code as children. In order to share their love of computers and coding techies have created video and board games that make learning to code fun!

Many of the people who are leading in the tech industry started learning how to code as children

One of these games is Code Monkey Island, a board game created by Raj Sidhu. Side funded his game through Kickstarter where he raised almost $40,000 to make is game. If you take a look through some of these Kickstarter campaigns you can see how popular these games are. According to the campaign, “Code Monkey Island is a board game designed for families. It takes about a minute to learn the rules and 45 minutes to play, and exposes kids to fundamental programming concepts like control structures, data structures, Boolean logic and operators, and assignment and mathematical operations.” While the concepts seem complex, they are presented in a fun way that anyone can learn. 

One challenge that parents of gifted children often have is not understanding their kids interests, especially when it comes to technology. Playing a game, like Code Monkey Island, together as a family gives parents a chance to learn right along their children. Hey, if it’s made for kids certainly we can figure it out!

Playing a game, like Code Monkey Island, together as a family gives parents a chance to learn right along their children

Code Monkey Island, while initially only available through their Kickstarter campaign, has reached its goal and you can now buy it through Amazon for $34.99. See below for their Kickstarter campaign video.