Fisher-Price has launched the new Think & Learn Code-a-pillar.
Fisher-Price has launched the new Think & Learn Code-a-pillar.

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SO Queensland wants kids learning code from the age of four.

To help your child get ahead of the game, this might be just the toy to put under your Christmas tree.

Fisher-Price has launched the new Think & Learn Code-a-pillar.

It promises to teach children from three years to develop important skills like planning, sequencing and critical thinking.

Pre-schoolers can have fun arranging and rearranging the easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations, sending Code-a-pillar on his adventurous path.

Each segment lights up as the action happens, featuring bright lights, cool character sounds and blinking eyes to bring Code-a-pillar to life.

The innovative toy comes with eight segments that are programmed to make Code-a-pillar do something, such as turn right, go straight or play music.

Kids can arrange the segments in the correct order to make the toy complete a task.

While there isn't any computer programming taking place, by directing Code-a-pillar to move in a certain pattern, it teaches the basic skills associated with coding in an exciting way.

The toy also comes with a companion app that encourages users to take part in challenges or experiment with different patterns.

The toy will be available from October 21 for just under $100.

It comes as Apple is pushing its Swift Playgrounds as a curriculum option in Australian schools.

RELATED: How Apple's Swift Playgrounds is helping kids to learn coding

Apple to offer Hour of Code workshops

Apple has opened registration for Hour of Code workshops at all 487 Apple retail stores worldwide, from 5-11 December.

Hour of Code workshops teach the basics of computer science with Code.org's programming tutorials. Apple and Code.org share the goal of giving every student the opportunity to learn computer science.

"Hour of Code embodies our vision for Apple stores as a place for the community to gather, learn and be entertained," said Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of retail.

"We're proud to introduce the Swift Playgrounds app into the workshops and honoured to again work side-by-side with Code.org on this incredibly important initiative. Hour of Code is one of the absolute highlights of the year for both our teams and the families that visit our stores."

Swift Playgrounds

This year, Hour of Code programs at many Apple locations will include an introduction to Swift Playgrounds, the free new app for iPad that brings coding to life.

The interactive interface of Swift Playgrounds encourages beginners to explore working with Swift™, the easy-to-learn programming language from Apple, used by professional developers to create world-class apps.

Swift Playgrounds has added a new Learn to Code 3 set of lessons and a companion Teacher Guide.


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