The Most Relevant Kids' Board Game In Decades
What could draw the old and the new together more perfectly than a board game that teaches kids (and adults!) to code.
That is exactly the premise of Code Monkey Island, a board game funded through a kickstarter campaign that is set to launch later this year. When we read this Mashable article, we saw a synergizing light crack over the horizon to the sound of a thousand digital choirs.
We love the idea of learning through play, after all that is the way kids experience and learn about the world. And there is nothing that typifies the “Kid’s World” part of the motto of this website – A Parent’s Window on a Kid’s World – more than the language that sits behind our experience of the e-world and that is ‘code’.
Code already dictates large chunks of our lives, unseen to the naked eye, and there is no question it is part of the ‘normal’ of the future that kids will just take in their stride. On the back of our post about Code Camp, where kids learn to create and code their own app, the thinking behind Code Monkey Island really struck a chord.
Code is built on logic and the movement around the Code Monkey Island board is driven by cards, drawn from the deck, which embody code-type logic. You can see examples of the cards on the Code Monkey website (half-way down the page) and how the cards represent things such as conditional statements, assignment operations, Boolean operators and basic looping. Don’t glaze over. These terms are part of our kids’ future.
We’ve pre-ordered our copy of Code Monkey Island. We’ll be among the first to play it and review it when it comes out in August.
In the meantime perhaps you’d like to read up on mathematician George Boole (1815-1845), who is essentially the father of modern electronics and computing. In Boolean Logic variables are given one of two values: true or false, also known as 1 or 0.